Monday Night Hockey Open Game Thread 2/25

Can the Blackhawks keep their streak alive? [NHL Live Thread]

2/25/13 in NHL   |   Jess   |   32911 respect

Greetings, puckheads! Today it's just me and BK, but Debi should be joining us in the comments momentarily. Not many games today, but judging by the lineup, they'll be intensely entertaining. The one nationally aired game is the Stars and Predators, on the network formerly known as Versus, NBC Sports Network. While I'm not a big fan of Dallas, I do like the Predators, and Rinne is extremely fun to watch so I'll probably be joining you for that one, at least for a bit. Read on for our game "analyses" and predictions...
 
7:00pm
Game: Leafs (11-8-0) @ Flyers (9-10-1)
Broadcast: TSN, CSN-PH
Picks:
Jess - This will be a battle - the Leafs are playing out of their minds, and the Flyers are coming off a momentum building win over the Jets. I'm taking the home team for the upset. Flyers.

BK - Toronto plays great on the road, Philly plays pretty decent at home. Sorry, but I can't find it in me to pick Philly, Jess. I hate them as badly as you hate the Stars, perhaps even more. I'm taking the Leafs to pull out a road win.

7:30pm
Game: Canadiens (12-4-2) @ Senators (11-6-2)
Broadcast: RDS, TSN-HABS, SNET-E
Picks:
Jess - The Habs have cooled off a bit and the Sens are home. Each team has won one against the other so far this year, each on home ice. I don't know though - something is telling me to take the Habs on the road today.

BK - The Sens have been playing surprisingly well for as many injuries as they've sustained recently. That won't happen tonight though. Michel Therrien has the Habs playing like he had the Pens playing in 2008 when they went to the finals against the Wings the first time. I'm taking the Habs to shut down the Sens.

8:00pm
Game: Stars (9-8-1) @ Predators (8-6-5)
Broadcast: NBCSN
Picks:
Jess - Unfortunately, the Preds have next to zero offense. Fortunately for them, they have a monster netminder in Pekka Rinne (I just like saying his name...but he is indeed great.) I usually hem and haw over whether or not to pick Nashville, but not today. It helps them that I refuse to pick Dallas, ever.

BK - I'm picking the Preds for a) fear my sister will strangle me if I don't and perhaps try to kidnap Jamie Dixon, and b) I want to see Jagr cry. devil

8:30pm
Game: Oilers (7-7-3) @ Blackhawks (15-0-3)
Broadcast: SNET-W, CSN-CH
Picks:
Jess - One might look at these two teams and think there's no way the Oilers win. However, two things: I think soon, vulnerability sets in for the Hawks. They can't go all season without at least one regulation loss - it just isn't done in hockey. It's just a matter of time. Also, the Oilers give Chicago fits for whatever reason. That said, I still don't think the Blackhawks' streak ends on home ice. Blackhawks (possibly in overtime.)

BK - They did it again last night, but it was only a mere 1-0 game against lowly Columbus. Will that be a wake up call or is this the night it finally happens? Judging by last night I'm very tempted to pick the Oilers...but I'm not gonna. Hawks find a way to keep the Midas touch for one more night.

10:30pm
Game: Ducks (13-2-1) @ Kings (8-6-2)
Broadcast: PRIME, FS-W
Picks:
Jess - Ahhh the Freeway Faceoff. No matter how either of these teams are doing in any given season, they tend to split. The Ducks have been on a roll, but is this the night that they come back down to earth? I'm almost positive this game at least goes into overtime...maybe even the shootout. I won't pick it though - as per usual with my teams.

BK - Let me flip a coin...I gotta go with the Kings on home ice, sorry Jess!

Jess - Don't be sorry, Bryan. Honestly, if I made picks for my team this one would be a really tough one. It always is with the Kings.

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2/26/13   |   Jess   |   32911 respect

Blech - well...I suppose Fasth had to lose sometime. Kings definitely played better tonight. Congrats Teach and the rest of the Kings fans!

2/26/13   |   Jess   |   32911 respect

2/26/13   |   Jess   |   32911 respect

I love Francois Beauchemin - he's been one of my favorite Ducks since he was "thrown in" with Marchant. My dog is named after him. I have a Beauchemin jersey. All of that said, I'm sick of these guys saying "Is there anything this guy hasn't done?" EVERY. SINGLE. GAME. At least twice per game. Yes, he's awesome, he's having an amazing season. Come up with some new material.

2/26/13   |   Jess   |   32911 respect

*expletive*

2/25/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7048 respect

1.  I have a very smart brother.
2.  Take that, Dallas Stars.
3.  Roman Josi, I hearchu.
4.  Jamie Dixon is safe.  For now.
5.  Shea Weber will be kidnapped either March 21 or April 6 and taken to a drive-thru wedding chapel in Vegas. 
6.  Congrats to Mike Fisher on his 200th goal.

2/25/13   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

I'm 3-1, do I still get a point for an OT loss?

2/25/13   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

Hossa, and the Hawks win it!

2/25/13   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

And the beat still goes on, Chicago is headed to OT.

2/25/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24069 respect

good no call on that goal by Josi.. puck was in the net before contact was made.  what's a western conference game if it isn't decided in OT or a shootout

2/25/13   |   Jess   |   32911 respect

Jess wrote:
I might just go 0-4 tonight (I'm not counting the Ducks game)

Nope, Nashville just took it in OT

2/25/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24069 respect

more overtime goodness

2/25/13   |   Jess   |   32911 respect

Geez the speed of this game is ridiculous compared to all of the other games I've peeked at tonight. Probably not the best time to try and teach my daughter anything or have her try to follow it. indecision

2/25/13   |   Jess   |   32911 respect

I can already tell this Ducks/Kings game is gonna be on the rough side of chippy.

2/25/13   |   Jess   |   32911 respect

I might just go 0-4 tonight (I'm not counting the Ducks game)

2/25/13   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

What a shocker, tie game in Chicago.  If only all video reviews were that easy.

2/25/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24069 respect

kramer wrote:
Belly flopping off the diving board?

it was more like avoiding bullets Matrix style

2/25/13   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

The_Real_Stoney wrote:
I'm not sure what Carey Price was doing on that last shot

Belly flopping off the diving board?

2/25/13   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

Ottawa does it again.  This is starting to remind me of a couple years ago when the Pens won nearly every game in a shootout while Crosby and Malkin sat out the second half of the year.

2/25/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24069 respect

I'm not sure what Carey Price was doing on that last shot

2/25/13   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

Shootout time in Ottawa.

2/25/13   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

Sens and Habs are headed to OT.

2/25/13   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

Hooray Leafs!  Watching the Flyers lose is always gratifying.laugh

2/25/13   |   Jess   |   32911 respect

ooh yay Fasth is starting cheeky

2/25/13   |   Jess   |   32911 respect

The_Real_Stoney wrote:
Edmonton's PP is so much fun to watch

I'm a 12-year old.

2/25/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24069 respect

Edmonton's PP is so much fun to watch

2/25/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24069 respect

Jess wrote:
And now it's a goal-fest indecision

that's the same thing that happened when I went to the Avs-Preds game.. who the hell knows anymore

2/25/13   |   Jess   |   32911 respect

The_Real_Stoney wrote:
if it's goals you want to see, don't watch this Preds-Stars game. A little fugly to start

And now it's a goal-fest indecision

2/25/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24069 respect

man, the Blackhawks are just relentless and keep throwing wave after wave of solid players out there

2/25/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24069 respect

if it's goals you want to see, don't watch this Preds-Stars game. A little fugly to start