The Second Half of the NHL Season Kicks into High Gear with 10 Games! [NHL Live Thread]
We begin our day in Boston, where the Bruins play host to the Flyers, the first of your NHL Network games.
Jess: This one is a toss-up for me. Bruins I guess.
Debi: I gotta go with Boston here. They are just stronger lately, and the Flyers are playing like crap. Boston it is!
BK: Boston is damn near untouchable on home ice, and the Flyers are abysmal on the road...that and the fact that you cold never pay me enough to pick Philly if my life depended on it. We're ALLLLL on the Bruins...
Philadelphia Flyers @ Boston Bruins - 1:00 PM ET - NHL Network (US AND Canada), CSN Philly, NESN
We have another early game facing off at the same time at Nassau over on Long Island...
Jess: Look at these Caps! I’m going out on a limb and saying that they can make it past the Isles today.
Debi: Washington seems to have remembered how to play hockey. Not sure what the issue was exactly early on, but they have won a bunch lately, and have to be the favorites tonight. Besides, I like them.
BK: Don't look now, but the Caps are slowly creeping back into the playoff race, 7-3 in their last 10. I am actually going to pick the Isles in the upset here though, they seem to win one, lose one, so I'll pick them to win one.
Washington Capitals @ New York Islanders - 1:00 PM ET - CSN Washington, MSG+
Next we have an hour to get to a date with the two teams that will shortly be joining the Eastern Conference.
Jess: What’s with this rivalry? Or is that only in my head? I’m too lazy to look anything up right now. I’m going out on a limb and saying that the Blue Jackets will take this one from Detroit at home.
Debi: Columbus beat Vancouver the other night (muuhahahahaha) and I think they want out of the basement. Probably not the popular choice, but I'm going with the Blue Jackets.
BK: Columbus has won 3 in a row, that's really stretching it. Meanwhile, Detroit is back up to 4th in the West. I want Columbus to win, but I just don't see it happening, Wings walk away with this one today.
Detroit Red Wings @ Columbus Blue Jackets - 2:00 PM ET - FSN Detroit, FSN Ohio
Let's quickly hightail it out to the Shark Tank for an afternoon matinee between the Sharks and Blues, the second of your NHL Network games...
Jess: The Blues surprised me the other night, and I think they have it in them to beat the Sharks tonight. Day games are always kind of flat, IMO, and since essentially this is earlier in Sharks time than Blues time, then the Sharks will likely be flatter than the Blues. This sounded better in my head. Blues win
Debi: Gotta go with the Blues. Don't know why, just do
BK: This game could honestly go either way...just to go against the grain of you two, I'm gonna take the Sharks.
St. Louis Blues @ San Jose Sharks - 4:00 PM ET - NHL Network (US), FSN Midwest, CSN California
We've got a bit of a break for dinner and then it's off to Toronto where the Pens meet the Leafs in the NHL Network finale.
Jess: This will be a fun game. The Penguins are the better team, but I think the Leafs will give them a fight. I’ll pick the Penguins here, but I think it goes down to the wire.
Debi: Well I really honestly have no clue in this one, but because you always say I go against the Pens, Bryan, and because I have the Leafs fanat work making like airless Hitler today, I'll take the Pens!
BK: The Pens and Leafs are the only 2 teams left without an overtime loss. That means tonight's game has to go to OT, right? I can't pick against my Pens, never do, but Toronto worries me, I can't remember the last time they actually beat the Leafs IN Toronto!
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Toronto Maple Leafs - 7:00 PM ET - NHL Network (US), CBC, Root Pittsburgh
Next we're going back south of the border to Raleigh where the Canes host the Devils...
Debi: I can't go against the Canes after last night's performance!
BK: I gotta take the Canes here, Devils are still in a free fall, just 2-6-2 in their last 10...and we're ALLLLL on the Canes!
New Jersey Devils @ Carolina Hurricanes - 7:00 PM ET - MSG+, FSN Carolina
A litte further south we find the Habs traveling to Tampa to meet the Bolts...
Jess: Hmm. Upset special? I don’t think so. The Bolts might be at home but I don’t think that will matter to Montreal tonight.
Debi: Gotta take the Habs. Their overall record is just too goodBK: Jess, I am going to pick that upset special. The Bolts play much better at home than they do on the road, and they'll be looking to rebound after that sad performance against the Jets 2 night ago. Tampa Bay wins it on home ice.
Montreal Canadiens @ Tampa Bay Lightning - 7:00 PM ET - CBC, RDS, SUN
Let's get out of Florida quickly as we have ano hour to get to Music City for our next game...
Jess: WOW the Preds owned Edmonton last night! I just hope they didn’t score their allotted goals for the week (or month, geez). They may not go as nutty on the Wild as they did the Oilers but I think last night was the kick in the pants they needed to at least wake them up just a bit.
Debi: Well we all know Christi is there in person tonight, so here's hoping the Preds do her proud!
BK: Both teams desperately need to put a nice win streak together. I know the Preds played last night and the Wild didn't, but the Wild are just horrendous on the road. I gotta take Nashville to win back to back. Win it for Christi, Nashville!
Minnesota Wild @ Nashville Predators - 8:00 PM ET - FSN North, FSN Wisconsin, FSN Tennessee
At the same time that game squares off, we have another game out in the desert between the Stars and Coyotes...
Jess: Please hockey gods let the Coyotes win.
Debi: Jess you are making me hate the Stars. I can't help it. Gotta take the 'Yotes
BK: I am with you Jess, and for the record Jagr is the one making me hate the Stars. I'm picking the Coyotes, who if they win in regulation could actually leap frog the Stars and push Dallas out of the playoffs at least for the night.
Dallas Stars @ Phoenix Coyotes - 8:00 PM ET - FSN Southwest, FSN Arizona+
Our night cap is Debi's Flames at Staples for a date with the Kings...
Jess: Aw these poor Flames! At least they don’t have to travel very far after last night’s shutout loss. I’m so sorry Debi, but I don’t have a whole lot of faith that they’ll bounce back, especially against the red-hot Kings tonight.
Debi is not going against her team, I can guarantee you that.
BK: I'm sorry Debi, but I gotta agree with Jess. I don't think the Kings are going to lose 2 in a row at home. They're playing some excellent hockey right now. Kings will take this one on home ice.
Calgary Flames @ Los Angeles Kings - 10:00 PM ET - CBC, FSN West
As always, this is your place to come to talk (or bitch) about the game(s) you're watching this afternoon and into the night. Stay a while, enjoy an action-packed day of hockey with us. Let's get this party started!