RLD Hockey is an NHL blog of mine where we take a look at the hot topics around the league on a daily basis. One of our staples is the 'Morning Skate', where I rundown everything going on in the NHL, including predictions on the big games. The PensBlog has been nice enough to let me share the Morning Skate with you . You can follow us on Twitter @RLDhockey!
The Morning After:
Stars 3, Predators 2
Kings 4, Avalanche 3
Red Wings 3, Sabres 2 (SO)
Penguins 6, Maple Leafs 5 (SO)
Canadiens 4, Hurricanes 3
Senators 4, Flyers 1
Capitals 3, Islanders 2
Bruins 3, Canucks 1
Predictions record: 5-3
My 3 stars of the night:
1. Milan Lucic, BOS (1 Goal, 2 Assists)… Lucic had a nice homecoming in Vancouver, collecting three points and the game-winner.
2. Erik Condra, OTT (2 Goals)
3. Alex Goligoski, DAL (1 Goal, 1 Assist)
Lightning @ Rangers, 1:00 ET
Blue Jackets @ Predators, 3:00
Maple Leafs @ Thrashers, 5:00
Devils @ Panthers, 5:00
Coyotes @ Blackhawks, 7:00
Blues @ Flames, 8:00
Bruins @ Oilers, 8:00
Avalanche @ Ducks, 8:00
Games of the Day:
Tampa Bay Lightning @ New York Rangers
1:00 ET… TV: Local Networks
Overall: Lightning (36-18-7) … Rangers (33-26-4)
Last Ten: Lightning (5-3-2) … Rangers (4-6-0)
Away/Home: Lightning (15-11-3) … Rangers (14-13-3)
Season Series: 3-0 Lightning
Players to watch:
TB- Martin St. Louis
St. Louis is currently on an eight-game point streak.
NYR- Bryan McCabe
McCabe is expected to make his debut with the Rangers against a familiar opponent.
TB- Dwayne Roloson (2010/11 stats: 17-19-2, 2.70 GAA)
NYR- Henrik Lundqvist (2010/11 stats: 25-20-4, 2.33 GAA)
TB- Mattias Ohlund (lower body, questionable), Ryan Malone and Mike Lundin (abdominal, out)
NYR- Marian Gaborik (concussion, out), Marc Staal, Chris Drury and Alexander Frolov (knee, out), Ruslan Fedotenko (shoulder, out), Derek Boogaard (concussion, out)
The Bolts and Blueshirts will close out their season series in what could be a possible playoff preview. Guy Boucher’s club is coming off two solid wins, but is playing their first road game since before the All-Star break. John Tortorella’s gang blew out Washington 6-0 on Friday and will look to carry over that success. I think they will to finally solve Tampa.
Prediction: Rangers 4, Lightning 2
Phoenix Coyotes @ Chicago Blackhawks
7:00 ET… TV: NHL Net. (US), Local Networks
Overall: Coyotes (33-21-9) … Blackhawks (32-23-6)
Last Ten: Coyotes (8-2-0) … Blackhawks (5-3-2)
Away/Home: Coyotes (18-11-4) … Blackhawks (18-14-0)
Season Series: 2-0 Coyotes
Players to watch:
PHX- Shane Doan
Captain Doan had his six-game point streak snapped on Friday.
CHI- Marian Hossa
Hossa has been pretty effective in the last two games for the ‘Hawks.
PHX- Ilya Bryzgalov (2010/11 stats: 27-15-6, 2.60 GAA)
CHI- Corey Crawford (2010/11 stats: 21-12-3, 2.11 GAA)
PHX- Ray Whitney (lower body, questionable), Ed Jovanovski (eye, out), Adrian Aucoin (lower body, out)
CHI- Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body, questionable), Fernando Pisani (concussion, questionable)
The ‘Yotes and ‘Hawks meet up tonight for another critical game in the Western Conference. Chicago seems to be back on track after three straight wins; they have shown shades of last year’s team during this recent stretch. Phoenix has lost two in a row, but haven’t dropped three straight in regulation all year. I think that streak continues for Phoenix, but Chicago grabs the ‘W’.
Prediction: Blackhawks 3, Coyotes 2 (SO)
The rest of tonight’s predictions:
Predators over Blue Jackets (Lock of the day)
Thrashers over Maple Leafs
Devils over Panthers
Blues over Flames
Bruins over Oilers
Ducks over Avalanche
Video of the Day: