The Morning Skate: 2/19


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The Morning After:
Yesterday’s scores:
Devils 1, Rangers 0
Blues 3, Sabres 0
Bruins 4, Senators 2
Red Wings 4, Panthers 3
Hurricanes 3, Flyers 2
Wild 5, Ducks 1
Blue Jackets 4, Blackhawks 3
Predictions record: 5-2

My 3 stars of the night:
1. Ty Conklin, STL (25 Saves, Shutout)… Conklin filled in for Jaroslav Halak nicely, getting the shutout in Buffalo.
2. Todd Bertuzzi, DET (2 Goals)
3. Patrick Sharp, CHI (2 Goals, 1 Assist)

Tonight’s Slate:
Thrashers @ Oilers, 3:30 ET
Senators @ Maple Leafs, 7:00
Kings @ Islanders, 7:00
Devils @ Hurricanes, 7:00
Panthers @ Lightning, 7:30
Ducks @ Blues, 8:00
Coyotes @ Predators, 8:00
Stars @ Canucks, 10:00
Avalanche @ Sharks, 10:30

Game of the Night:
Phoenix Coyotes @ Nashville Predators
8:00 ET… TV: None

Overall: Coyotes (31-19-9) … Predators (31-19-8)
Last Ten: Coyotes (7-3-0) … Predators (4-4-2)
Away/Home: Coyotes (16-9-4) … Predators (14-5-7)
Season Series: 2-1 Predators

Players to watch:
PHX- Keith Yandle
Yandle had three assists on Thursday to get to 50 points for the season.
NSH- Patric Hornqvist
The last four games is arguably the most effective Hornqvist has been all year.

Projected Goaltenders:
PHX- Ilya Bryzgalov (2010/11 stats: 25-14-6, 2.57 GAA)
NSH- Pekka Rinne (2010/11 stats: 21-14-6, 2.07 GAA)

Injury Report:
PHX- Ed Jovanovski (eye, out), Adrian Aucoin and Taylor Pyatt (back, questionable), David Schlemko (head, out)
NSH- Steve Sullivan (face, probable), Marcel Goc (shoulder, out), Francis Bouillon and Matthew Lombardi (concussion, out), Cal O’Reilly (leg, out)

Game Thoughts:
Phoenix and Nashville, seeded third and fourth in the West, will meet for the final time this season. The Preds have taken two of the first three games; overall, they have won four of the last five games vs. Phoenix at home. The ‘Yotes come in winners of six straight, while the Preds have won three of four. This should be a good one… I’ll go with the Preds at home here.
Prediction: Predators 3, Coyotes 2

The rest of tonight’s predictions:
Thrashers over Oilers
Maple Leafs over Senators
Kings over Islanders
Hurricanes over Devils
Lightning over Panthers
Ducks over Blues
Canucks over Stars
Sharks over Avalanche (Lock of the night)