Some of the Best Teams and Some of the Worst Teams Are in Action Tonight [NHL Live Thread]
Then it's the Pens who begin a 3-game road trip up in Ottawa. They lost yet another defenseman, Jay McKee is the victim this time with an infected finger. However, Max Talbot is expected to play, and Sergei Gonchar could be back as well. They all fell out in successive games, so you'd expect them to all come back around the same time. Ottawa has fallen off a bit, giving up 7 goals in consecutive losses before beating the Leafs, which is easy to do.
Then it's off to St. Louis where the struggling Blues host the still-over-.500 Coyotes. The other game at 8:00 is in Nashville, where the Devils are looking to rebound. Yes, it finally happened, the Devils' last road game was a loss. They better not underestimate the Predators, who are riding a 3-game winning streak, having just beat San Jose, which in the regular season, is never an easy task. Then at the bottom of the hour it's this year's pleasant surprise, the Blue Jackets out of Columbus, traveling to face the STILL Jekyll and Hyde Dallas Stars. This month so far they've alternated wins and losses. If they keep up with that clockwork, their last game last night was a win over the Wings, which means tonight it's time for a loss...unless they can stop this oscillation.
Then an hour later it's a huge game up in Calgary where the Hawks meet the Flames. Both teams have a record of 12-5-2, making this quite possibly the game of the night. The Hawks haven't won a road game this month, but they're on a loooong road trip. The night concludes in Anaheim, where the anemic Ducks return home after their 5-2 loss in Pittsburgh 3 nights ago. They'll host the Lightning, who are currently playing above .500. If the Ducks win, at least for tonight, they'll be out of the basement in the Western Conference. An overtime loss would tie them with the Wild and Blues. Here's tonight's full lineup...
7:00 PM ET:
Boston Bruins @ Atlanta Thrashers
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Carolina Hurricanes
7:30 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Ottawa Senators
8:00 PM ET:
Phoenix Coyotes @ St. Louis Blues
New Jersey Devils @ Nashville Predators
8:30 PM ET:
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Dallas Stars
9:30 PM ET:
Chicago Blackhawks @ Calgary Flames
10:30 PM ET:
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Anaheim Ducks
As always, this is the place to come to talk (or vent) about the game(s) you're watching tonight.