The Morning Skate: 3/10

 
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The Morning After:
Yesterday’s scores:
Capitals 5, Oilers 0
Thrashers 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT)
Blues 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT)
Kings 2, Red Wings 1
Lightning 4, Blackhawks 3 (SO)
Flames 4, Stars 3 (SO)
Ducks 5, Rangers 2
Predictions record: 3-4

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My 3 stars of the night:
1. Alex Ovechkin, WSH (2 Goals, 1 Assist)… Ovechkin’s three points helped fuel the Capitals’ sixth consecutive victory.
2. Lubomir Visnovsky, ANA (2 Goals, 1 Assist)
3. Jonathan Quick, LA (28 Saves, 1 GA)
Close but no cigar: C. Stewart, STL; C. Perry and B. Ryan, ANA; M. St. Louis and S. Stamkos, TB; J. Toews, CHI; O. Pavelec, ATL; E. Fehr, WSH

Tonight’s Slate:
Sabres @ Bruins, 7:00 ET
Flyers @ Maple Leafs, 7:00
Senators @ Panthers, 7:30
Canadiens @ Blues, 8:00
Wild @ Predators, 8:00
Flames @ Coyotes, 9:00
Canucks @ Sharks, 10:30

Games of the Night:
Buffalo Sabres @ Boston Bruins
7:00 ET… TV: Local Networks

Records:
Overall: Sabres (32-26-8) … Bruins (38-20-8)
Last Ten: Sabres (5-3-2) … Bruins (7-2-1)
Away/Home: Sabres (18-11-5) … Bruins (16-12-4)
Season Series: 3-2 Sabres

Players to watch:
BUF- Drew Stafford
Stafford scored a hat trick in their last meeting on Jan. 1.
BOS- David Krejci
Krejci quietly has 12 points in the last 9 games.

Projected Goaltenders:
BUF- Ryan Miller (2010/11 stats: 28-19-7, 2.67 GAA)
BOS- Tim Thomas (2010/11 stats: 29-8-7, 1.97 GAA)

Injury Report:
BUF- Thomas Vanek (flu, probable), Jochen Hecht (upper body, probable), Jochen Hecht (lower body, probable), Patrick Kaleta (knee, questionable), Derek Roy (quad, out)
BOS- Marc Savard and Steven Kampfer (concussion, out), Andrew Ference (knee, out)

Game Thoughts:
Playoff foes from a year ago, the Sabres and Bruins faceoff tonight in their final regular season meeting. Buffalo has played really well in the second half, and will look to hold onto their eighth seed in the East. The B’s hope to shake off a tough loss in Montreal on Tuesday. The Sabres will be desperate, but I think Boston overcomes that.
Prediction: Bruins 3, Sabres 1

Vancouver Canucks @ San Jose Sharks
10:30 ET… TV: Local Networks

Records:
Overall: Canucks (43-16-9) … Sharks (39-22-6)
Last Ten: Canucks (6-4-0) … Sharks (9-1-0)
Away/Home: Canucks (20-9-4) … Sharks (18-11-3)
Season Series: 2-1 Canucks

Players to watch:
VAN- The Sedins
Henrik and Daniel both have five points on the Canucks’ three-game win streak.
SJ- Patrick Marleau
Marleau keeps scoring big goals; he has five game-winners since the break.

Projected Goaltenders:
VAN- Roberto Luongo (2010/11 stats: 31-13-7, 2.22 GAA)
SJ- Antti Niemi (2010/11 stats: 26-16-3, 2.37 GAA)

Injury Report:
VAN- Mason Raymond (shoulder, questionable), Chris Higgins (thumb, doubtful), Kevin Bieksa (foot, out), Alexander Edler (back, out), Andrew Alberts (wrist, out)
SJ- Dan Boyle (upper body, questionable), Kent Huskins and Scott Nichol (upper body, out)

Game Thoughts:
Two of the top teams in the Western Conference go head-to-head tonight in the Shark Tank. Vancouver has recovered from a rough patch by winning three straight against the Kings, Ducks and Coyotes. Can they keep it up against a Sharks team that has been so good since mid-January? Niemi has struggled against the Canucks, so I say Vancouver keeps rolling.
Prediction: Canucks 3, Sharks 2

The rest of tonight’s predictions:
Flyers over Maple Leafs
Panthers over Senators
Canadiens over Blues
Predators over Wild
Coyotes over Flames

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