In Addition to Football, There Are 6 Hockey Games As Well...Push-Button Fingers, Anyone? [NHL Live Thread]
There's a pair of 7:00 games, the first in Philadelphia where the Flyers are looking to keep the ship pointed in the right direction. They beat the Islanders the other night, but are hosting the Senators tonight, who have the same number of wins as they do, but like the Flyers have struggled as of late, losing 5 of their last 6 games. This game might be brutal, with both teams struggling mightily.
The other 7:00 game is an original six matchup between the Leafs and Bruins in Bahston. Phil Kessel hopes this start for the Leafs won't be as embarrassing as the last game in Beantown. Pardon the pun, but they should be bringing some momentum with them following a thrashing of Atlanta in their last game. Save their 7-2 embarrassment against the Bruins, they've won 6 of 8.
At 7:30, the Habs play host to the Pens, who are coming off a game in which they lost to the Canes at Mellon Arena, a team that prior to that game had not won a road game this season. But a game against the Habs could bode well, as the Pens have won 4 straight against Montreal and have outscored them 12-3 in those 4 games.
At 8:00, it's a matchup between 2 pleasant surprises in the Western Conference. The Blue Jackets travel to Nashville, but that has been a horrendous place for the Jackets. They're 4-19-3 against the Preds in Nashville, and the Preds haven't lost at home to the Jackets since April of 2006.
Then it's out west where the Thrashers are in western Canada, facing the Canucks, the last team in the NHL without an overtime loss this year. Both teams are coming off lackluster performances. Talk about funky scheduling, the Canucks are at home now until December 27, a long homestand, but then in January, they'll start a 14-game road trip with the Olympics sandwiched in between.
The final game of the night is between the other 2 pleasant WC surprises as the Coyotes head to Hollywood to face the Kings. Phoenix has won five in a row, and the Kings have won 3 in a row themselves. One of those streaks will come to an end tonight, but both of these teams have been very impressive so far this season. Here's tonight's full lineup:
7:00 PM ET:
Ottawa Senators @ Philadelphia Flyers
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Boston Bruins
7:30 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Montreal Canadiens
8:00 PM ET:
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nashville Predators
10:00 PM ET:
Atlanta Thrashers @ Vancouver Canucks
10:30 PM ET:
Phoenix Coyotes @ Los Angeles Kings
As always, this is the place to come to talk (or vent) about the game(s) you're watching tonight.