Blizzard Schmizzard - it's time for Hockey
Honestly, tonight, the news is entirely of a different nature. First, we have the weather plaguing the East Coast. So far, it hasn't had any kind of effect on the afternoon games, with all of them getting underway on time.
However, the second "out there" story is the unfortunate fire that broke out in the Minnesota Wild equipment van yesterday, destroying a good deal of the team's equipment, including all of goalie, Niklas Backstrom's gear. Apparently, two members of the coaching staff returned to Minnesota to try to round up some alternate equipment for tonight's game, but only time will tell whether this will be one of those things that defeats a team before the game even starts. The replacement equipment arrived in Ottawa at 9:30 this morning, and the team did have the opportunity to skate with the new equipment earlier today. The Wild and the Ottawa Senators, their opponent this evening, are fairly evenly matched, statistics wise, so if the equipment the Wild acquired is decent , particularly for their goalie, it could be a decent matchup.
Added to the difficulties the Wild have to endure is the fact that the Sens new goalie is Brodeur, yep, that's right, but he is Mike Brodeur, apparently a distant relative of Martin. And speaking of Martin, he broke Patrick Roy's record last night for the most regular season games played, and when the Devils meet up with the Atlanta Thrashers tonight, he will be trying to break Terry Sawchuk's record for the most shutouts. Although the thrashers aren't the worst team in the league, Brodeur has a decent chance of breaking that record tonight.
Other games on at 7:00 pm include the Pittsburgh Penguins meeting up with Buffalo. With the Sabres only three wins back of the Pens, again, it could be a decent matchup.
At 9:00 pm the Columbus Blue Jackets meet up with the oh-so-strong Colorado Avalanche followed at 10:00 pm by the Washington Capitals in Edmonton to take on the Oilers.
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Here's your full lineup:
Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres
New Jersey Devils at Atlanta Thrashers
Florida Panthers at Carolina Hurricanes
Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders
Minnesota Wild at Ottawa Senators
Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs
Columbus Blue Jackets at Colorado Avalanche
Washington Capitals at Edmonton Oilers