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The Morning After:
Kings 4, Capitals 1
Senators 5, Oilers 3
Canadiens 3, Maple Leafs 0
Lightning 4, Hurricanes 3 (OT)
Predators 5, Avalanche 3
Coyotes 3, Blackhawks 2 (SO)
Wild 3, Blues 1
Canucks 4, Flames 2
Predictions record: 5-3
My 3 stars of the night:
1. Carey Price, MTL (27 Saves, Shutout)… Price delivered for the Habs – who needed a win against rival Toronto – with his sixth shutout of the season.
2. Mikael Samuelsson, VAN (2 Goals)
3. Anze Kopitar, LA (1 Goal, 1 Assist)
Bruins @ Red Wings, 12:30 ET
Islanders @ Sabres, 3:00
Penguins @ Rangers, 3:00
Blue Jackets @ Stars, 3:00
Kings @ Flyers, 3:00
Hurricanes @ Thrashers, 5:00
Sharks @ Panthers, 5:00
Ducks @ Oilers, 8:00
Games of the Day:
Boston Bruins @ Detroit Red Wings
12:30 ET… TV: NBC
Overall: Bruins (31-17-7) … Red Wings (33-16-6)
Last Ten: Bruins (6-4-0) … Red Wings (5-5-0)
Away/Home: Bruins (16-6-4) … Red Wings (16-8-4)
Season Series: 1-0 Red Wings
Players to watch:
BOS- Milan Lucic
The B’s need ‘Looch’, who has 23 goals, to rise to the occasion in this one.
DET- Johan Franzen
Franzen has yet to score since his five-goal performance on Feb. 2; does he snap out of it today?
BOS- Tim Thomas (2010/11 stats: 26-6-6, 1.92 GAA)
DET- Jimmy Howard (2010/11 stats: 27-10-3, 2.85 GAA)
BOS- Marc Savard (concussion, out)
DET- Valterri Filppula (knee, out), Brad Stuart (jaw, out), Chris Osgood (groin, out), Mike Modano (wrist, out), Jan Mursak (toe, questionable)
These Original Six foes will finish off their rare home-and-home today in the Motor City on NBC’s ‘Game of the Week’. The Wings took the first matchup 6-1 in Beantown, which will only inspire Claude Julien’s club to put forth a great effort today. Detroit has been inconsistent lately, but I think they’ll be able to fend off the B’s and complete the home-and-home sweep.
Prediction: Red Wings 3, Bruins 2 (OT)
Los Angeles Kings @ Philadelphia Flyers
3:00 ET… TV: Local Networks
Overall: Kings (23-26-6) … Flyers (30-20-6)
Last Ten: Kings (5-4-1) … Flyers (4-3-3)
Away/Home: Kings (10-15-1) … Flyers (18-7-5)
Season Series: 1-0 Flyers
Players to watch:
LA- Anze Kopitar
Kopitar has hit a bit of a dry spell in the last month, but is he back on track after yesterday’s two-point output.
PHI- Chris Pronger
Pronger will be a key player for Philly here, going up against a familiar foe of his.
LA- Jonathan Quick (2010/11 stats: 24-14-2, 2.13 GAA)
PHI- Brian Boucher (2010/11 stats: 13-6-2, 2.25 GAA)
LA- Marco Sturm (knee, out), Scott Parse (hip, out)
PHI- Ian Laperriere (head, out)
Before the season, some people had this pegged as a possible Cup final matchup. Right now, L.A. is just trying to survive their Grammy’s road trip and get back into the top eight. They are 3-0-2 on the 10-game roadie thus far, coming off a win yesterday in D.C. Philadelphia is seeking their fourth straight win before heading out on the road. I like the Flyers here; it should be a good game.
Prediction: Flyers 3, Kings 2
Carolina Hurricanes @ Atlanta Thrashers
5:00 ET… TV: Local Networks
Overall: Hurricanes (26-22-8) … Thrashers (25-22-10)
Last Ten: Hurricanes (4-4-2) … Thrashers (3-4-3)
Away/Home: Hurricanes (12-13-6) … Thrashers (13-11-5)
Season Series: 3-0 Hurricanes
Players to watch:
CAR- Erik Cole
Cole has played better in the last month, and has scored a couple big goals recently.
ATL- Evander Kane
Kane has three goals in the last two games, including the big game-winner on Friday.
CAR- Cam Ward (2010/11 stats: 23-18-7, 2.73 GAA)
ATL- Ondrej Pavelec (2010/11 stats: 18-15-8, 2.58 GAA)
CAR- Jussi Jokinen (lower body, out), Ryan Carter (back, out)
ATL- Fredrik Modin and Freddy Meyer (upper body, questionable), Jim Slater (concussion, out)
As we stand right now, the ‘Canes and Thrashers are knotted at 60 points and tied for eighth in the East. This evening’s game is a gigantic four-point swing. Carolina rallied to gain a point last night, but it’ll be a quick turnaround for them. Meanwhile, Atlanta had a crucial win over the Rangers on Friday and will look to carryover that success. Paul Maurice’s crew has taken the first three meetings, but I think the Thrashers solve the puzzle today.
Prediction: Thrashers 4, Hurricanes 3
The rest of tonight’s predictions:
Sabres over Islanders (Lock of the night)
Rangers over Penguins
Stars over Blue Jackets
Sharks over Panthers
Ducks over Oilers
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