NHL Black Friday Live Thread

After You Finish Your Shopping, Join Us For Some Hockey! [NHL Live Thread]

11/27/09 in NHL   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

I hope everyone (in the U.S.) had a happy Thanksgiving, and let me just say that in my humble opinion, if you're one of the people who gets up before the buttcrack of dawn to go shopping on Black Friday, I think you're nuckin' futz!  Anywho, whether you're one of those people, or you're going out later in the evening to shop, or you're staying at home on Black Friday, there will be hockey on no matter what time you're home.  There's 12 games in all, and they go non-stop from high noon on the east coast to a 9:30 PM ET face-off in western Canada.

The day starts off with a bang, as the Devils head to Beantown.  After winning their first 9 on the road, the Devils have lost their last 3 away from home.  They face another tough test today against the Bruins.  Milan Lucic could be out for Boston, but they'll have Marc Savard back.  This one should be a goalie matchup, and fun to watch.

An hour later, it's another battle between 2 Eastern Conference teams, this time in Philly.  The Flyers mounted a comeback to win on Long Island the other night, and they'll host a team that started hot but fell off.  The Sabres will try to snap a 4-game losing streak in the City of (not so) Brotherly Love.

Another hour after that we've got 2 more games.  The Avs started the year red-hot, and are still playing great hockey.  They'll meet the Wild who continue to lose more than they win, but that doesn't mean anything come face-off time.  The other 2:00 game is on Long Island, where the Islanders, who continue to improve, will host the Penguins, who stand alone atop the NHL with 17 wins.


At 4:00 ET, it's an afternoon matinee in Anaheim, where the Ducks will host the Blackhawks who are coming off a performance in which they dismantled the Sharks IN San Jose.  Now that Marian Hossa is in the lineup, that offense is even more impressive...until they get to the postseason, but that's a long way off.  Getting dizzy from circling North America yet?  You might after I tell you that when this game ends, we're headed back to the east coast.



Just as that game is coming to a close, the evening games will be starting.  Those start in Carolina, where the anemic Canes play host to the Thrashers out of Atlanta, who are pretty darn good on the road so far this year with a record of 7-2-1.  The other 7:00 game features the Flames who (don't have a heart attack, folks) come into Joe Louis Arena with a BETTER record than the Wings!  Calgary has been excellent on the road as well with only 1 regulation loss away from home.


Then the Panthers, led by star goalie Thomas Vokoun, host the Maple Leafs who can't be taken too lightly after their last game, in which they dealt the Lightning their first regulation loss on home ice this season.  Speaking of the Lightning, they're the other 7:30 game, and they'll play host to the Rangers who are looking to win 3 in a row.

Then it's off to Nashville, where the Predators are still on fire, and it might continue in this game.  The Blues are in town, and at 9-9-4, you really don't know which Blues team you're going to see.  They only have 1 regulation loss on the road, but they're a bit inconsistent.


For the last 2 games of the night, we travel to Phoenix first, where the Coyotes are still holding a winning record, and will face the Stars who have earned points in 9 of their 12 road games.  It should be a big test for both teams.  A half-hour later is the final game of the night.  Tonight's finale features the Oilers at home against the aforementioned Sharks, who are looking to rebound after getting thoroughly embarrassed at home against the Hawks.  Everybody got all that?  Just in case, here's today's full lineup:

12:00 PM ET:
New Jersey Devils @ Boston Bruins

1:00 PM ET:
Buffalo Sabres @ Philadelphia Flyers

2:00 PM ET:
Colorado Avalance @ Minnesota Wild
Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Islanders

4:00 PM ET:
Chicago Blackhawks @ Anaheim Ducks

7:00 PM ET:
Atlanta Thrashers @ Carolina Hurricanes
Calgary Flames @ Detroit Red Wings

7:30 PM ET:
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Florida Panthers
New York Rangers @ Tampa Bay Lightning

8:00 PM ET:
St. Louis Blues @ Nashville Predators

9:00 PM ET:
Dallas Stars @ Phoenix Coyotes

9:30 PM ET:
San Jose Sharks @ Edmonton Oilers

You're bound to catch a game at some point today if you're home, and this is the place to come to talk (or vent) about the game(s) you're watching today!

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11/28/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

nyrangers wrote:
Rangers get embarassed 5-1 (lone goal came late anyway). And Brian Boyle has to be the softest 250 pound 6'7" or whatever guy I have ever seen

You haven't seen Hal Gill very much then.  He's the stupidest 6'7 guy.

 

11/28/09   |   nyrangers   |   192 respect

kteacher wrote:
Ha! That is EXACTLY why the Kings traded him. lol

I mean I got nothin against the guy, but someone needs to teach him how to use his body and how to fight...and how to win faceoffs.

11/27/09   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

nyrangers wrote:
Rangers get embarassed 5-1 (lone goal came late anyway). And Brian Boyle has to be the softest 250 pound 6'7" or whatever guy I have ever seen

Ha! That is EXACTLY why the Kings traded him. lol

11/27/09   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

tpowell25 wrote:
Trailing 4-1, the Thrashers score 5 goals in the 3rd period to win 6-4.

And for all of you goal streakers, Kovalchuk scored.  Woo hooo!!

Atlanta sure can score some goals.

11/27/09   |   nyrangers   |   192 respect

Rangers get embarassed 5-1 (lone goal came late anyway). And Brian Boyle has to be the softest 250 pound 6'7" or whatever guy I have ever seen

11/27/09   |   tpowell25   |   1627 respect

Trailing 4-1, the Thrashers score 5 goals in the 3rd period to win 6-4.

And for all of you goal streakers, Kovalchuk scored.  Woo hooo!!

11/27/09   |   tpowell25   |   1627 respect

After showing the Wings who the big dawgs are, the Thrashers are on the road against conference foe Carolina.

No score yet, but Carolina has had quite a few scoring chances early.  But Ondrej Pavalec continues to look awesome.

He just might be the best goalie in the world.  No, seriously.

11/27/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Guess this Pens loss goes under the category of "you can't win them all."  Had this been last year when the Isles were a laughing stock of the league I'd be a little more ticked off.

 

11/27/09   |   Dubya   |   39 respect

2-1 Penguins on the Island in the 2nd period.

11/27/09   |   gobigblue1960   |   4803 respect

The Red Wings injuries are starting to hurt the team. If you get shutout by the Thrashers you are in trouble.