Top Teams Meet on NHL Saturday [NHL Live Thread]
The first game, at 2pm ET features the New York Rangers meeting the Ottawa Senators. The Rangers have played a few more games than the Sens, but the FanIQ fave so far is the Rangers, by 85%. The game is being broadcast on CBC.
The evening games start up at 7:00 pm ET with the very evenly matched New Jersey Devils hosting the Washington Capitals. The Devils sat out yesterday while the Capitals put a hurting on the Wild. FanIQ has them pretty close, with the Caps having a slight advantage.
Buffalo continues their road trip, after a shootout win over the Flames last night, and take on the Philadelphia Flyers. Again, these teams are virtually identical in the stats department, but Philadelphia is trying for six straight wins. Buffalo, however, would love to beat the Flyers at home. This should also be a great matchup. At the same time, the Calgary Flames will look to re-up their confidence, visitng Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs. The Leafs are having a dismal season and shouldn't be too much of a contest for the Flames, and CBC will feature this game as well.
The other two 7:00 pm games feature the New York Islanders visiting the Florida Panthers and the Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings
At 7:30 pm ET, the Tampa Bay Lightning welcome the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings are having a phenomenal season so far, and I for one, couldn't be happier. It won't be a walk in the park for the Kings, as Tampa Bay is coming of two wins against Minnesota and Montreal, but the Kings are showing they are in this league to stay and will be fighting to continue their dominance.
Also at 7:30, the Boston Bruins visit the Pittsburgh Penguins a rematch of their game earlier this week. Boston put a spanking on the Pens, something many of us non-Penguins fans enjoyed immensely. The Penguins will be looking for revenge on the Bruins, who count only 8 wins so far this season, even though they have the bragging rights that one of those wins was a shutout against Pittsburgh.
Three games get underway at 8:00 pm ET, Dallas Stars taking on the suprisingly strong Phoenix Coyotes, the San Jose Sharks at the St. Louis Blues and finally, the Montreal Canadiens at the Nashville Predators. The Habs and Predators game should be a little closer match, stat wise, while the other two may not be much of a surprise.
The final game of the night features the Colorado Avalanche hosting the Vancouver Canucks, at 10:00 pm ET. Vancouver is having a reasonably good year, not as strong as the Av's, but decent, and could be a bit of a challenge for the Avalanche. Unfortunately, the Canucks are in a slump, having lost the last three games, but they will have Roberto Luongo back in goal tonight after his hairline rib fracture. CBC will broadcast this game as well.
So if you are done with football and basketball for the day and want to catch up on what's happening in the hockey world, join us here for updates, play-by-play and trash talking. And don't forget, make your picks for points and bragging rights.