NHL Friday Live Thread

10 Games on a Friday Night? HELL YEAH! [NHL Live Thread]

11/15/13 in NHL   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

Hello out there in FanIQ Land and welcome to an NHL Friday night.  It's not often we have this much action on a Friday, but TGIF I say today!  From Pittsburgh to Jersey to Winnipeg and Edmonton...IIIIIT'S A HOCKEY NIGHT in North America!  There are 20 teams in action tonight, and we have some good matchups along with a couple (should be) laughers.
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Welcome to the Q's NHL Pregame Show.  I'm Bryan, and I'm joined by one of my two wonderful co-hostesses Jess this evening.  Both of our teams are playing, so we will be glued to the TV picking apart our teams (Pens for me and of course the Ducks for Jess).  Anywho, we've got a long way to go and a short time to get there.  You know what to do, hop on the Q Train as we depart for a 10-city tour...ALL ABOARD!

We begin near the Falls where the hapless Sabres host the Leafs.
Jess: I don't think the Leafs have any problem pulling this one off. You never now, but I think they've got this one.
BK: This game will be like a home game for Toronto with as many fans as they'll have invading Buffalo's arena.  So much for firing Lindy Ruff, they've already fired his replacement.  You know he's secretly laughing every day that he wakes up down in Dallas for how bad his former team is...Leafs win.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Buffalo Sabres: 7:00 PM ET - SportsNet Ontario, MSG Buffalo, Bell TV

Next it's off to Jersey where the Devils host the Kings.
Jess: Are the Devils still stinking up New Jersey? Kings.
BK: The Kings pulled off one hell of a 3rd period comeback up the road last night at Nassau.  Can they win both of these NYC area games?  I think they can.  Devils scoring (or lack thereof) is their demise here, Kings win.
Los Angeles Kings @ New Jersey Devils: 7:00 PM ET - FSN West, MSG+

Pittsburgh is our next stop where the Pens host the Predators.
Jess: I'm so out of it this year, I have no idea what's going on with either team. I know that your Pens were doing great for awhile but have lost a step somewhere along the way. I still think they're better overall right now than the Preds. And Pekka's out with a nasty injury, isn't he? Penguins.
BK: Blood might be thicker than water, but this is the exception to that rule.  Sorry sis, while I'm looking forward to seeing Seth Jones, the Pens will NOT lose 4 in a row!
Nashville Predators @ Pittsburgh Penguins: 7:00 PM ET - Sports South, ROOT Pittsburgh

Jess's Ducks are next up as they continue their 2nd east coast swing in Raleigh against the Canes.
Jess: So, they've started off 0-2 on this road swing. Yuck. But, that happened last time too and they finished it off strong. Hoping they can do that again.
BK: Wow, what happened last night?  Is Getzlaf going to play?  I think that was an anomaly.  The Ducks will rebound nicely tonight against a team that I still can't seem to figure out.
Anaheim Ducks @ Carolina Hurricanes: 7:00 PM ET - Prime Ticket, FSN Carolina

Our next stop is Ohio's capital city where the Jackets host the Habs.
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Jess: Habs
BK: I'm feeling the upset here.  Montreal is the better team, but I'm picking the Jackets for the win at home as Montreal's new mayor finds more ammo to rip the team apart and piss off the entire city.
Montreal Canadiens @ Columbus Blue Jackets: 7:00 PM ET - RDS, FSN Ohio

We head north of the border for our next stop as the Sens play host to the Bruins.
Jess: This will be a great game! If my Ducks weren't playing (and a ton of other great stuff to watch on Friday night) I would probably watch it. Anyway...I'm picking the Bruins.
BK: This one should be pretty entertaining.  I think Boston will keep it close, but ultimately the back-to-back games will tire them out against a team that (unlike the Devils) CAN score consistently.  Ottawa wins it.
Boston Bruins @ Ottawa Senators: 7:30 PM ET - NESN, SportsNet East, TVA

Next it's back into the US where the Caps and Wings face off at The Joe.
Jess: Caps
BK: I refuse to pick this game, I'd rather see the roof cave in...gavomit!  However, this game is on NHL Network in the US for your viewing (dis)pleasure. wink
Washington Capitals @ Detroit Red Wings: 7:30 PM ET - NHL Network (US), CSN Washington, FSN Detroit

We head to the Twin Cities for our next stop as the Wild play host to the Panthers.
Jess: I'm ticked off at Florida right now (though I should be mad at the Ducks, rather,) and I've always kind of liked the Wild. Not that it means a lot when trying to analyze a game and pick a winner, but I think Minnesota is better anyway so I'm picking them.
BK: The dismantling has started in Florida with trading Kris Versteeg back to the Hawks.  Expect much more to come the longer this team struggles.  For tonight, Wild win and I don't think it's going to be much of a contest.
Florida Panthers @ Minnesota Wild: 8:00 PM ET - FSN Florida, FSN North, FSN Wisconsin

We finish the evening in Canada with a pair of games.  First it's the Jets playing host to the Flyers.
Jess: Ya know what? I never pick the Jets. I just noticed that. Well, I'm going to tonight.
BK: The Flyers have won 3 in a row, that streaks comes to a screeching halt tonight.  Jets win at home.
Philadelphia Flyers @ Winnipeg Jets: 8:00 PM ET - TCN Philadelphia, TSN Jets

Our night cap takes us to Edmonton where the Oilers host the Sharks.
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Jess: Gah. Go Sharks...specifically Hertl.
BK: The Sharks also had a dramatic win last night, stunning the Canucks and winning in OT 2-1.  They'll handle the Oilers tonight.
San Jose Sharks @ Edmonton Oilers: 10:00 PM ET - TSN, CSN California

As always, this is your place to come to talk (or bitch) about the game(s) you're watching tonight.  Let's get this party started!
 

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11/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

AlwaysSunshine wrote:
It looks like they got the infection cleared out during the surgery and he's not had any setbacks.  He's having an MRI sometime around Thanksgiving to determine the next course of action.  It's expected he'll make a full recovery, though.

Very glad to hear that :)

11/16/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7035 respect

I just wish the Preds had kept Anders Lindback around.  He was a decent backup to Rinne.  Hellberg is just not getting the job done for whatever reason.  I just hope they get this all straightened up before March.  I'll be in Smashville for my birthday and I need some decent hockey out of these guys by then.

11/16/13   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

Geez, first Vokoun with the blood clot in his pelvis, now Rinne with the infection, this is a crazy year for the health of goalies!  Glad it sounds like he'll be okay sis.

11/16/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7035 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I made it home.  It has been snowing like crazy, and blowing as well.  

Christi, is he going to be okay?  I haven't even turned on Center ICe yet, so I haven't heard updates.  Just hoping all these guys with their injuries are going to recover!!

It looks like they got the infection cleared out during the surgery and he's not had any setbacks.  He's having an MRI sometime around Thanksgiving to determine the next course of action.  It's expected he'll make a full recovery, though.

11/15/13   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

I made it home.  It has been snowing like crazy, and blowing as well.  

Christi, is he going to be okay?  I haven't even turned on Center ICe yet, so I haven't heard updates.  Just hoping all these guys with their injuries are going to recover!!

11/15/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7035 respect

Pekka had arthroscopic surgery on his hip following an injury, and the Preds may as well be playing with an empty net. 

11/15/13   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

"Hop in the Cordoba, baby, we're goin' bowling!"  2 goals in the first, 2 in the second, and it's 4-1 Pens after 40.

11/15/13   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

Power play goal for the Pens, long shot from Malkin from the point deflected in front by James Neal.  He gets his first of the year and man have I missed that chemistry.  Somehow all is right with the world again. laugh