Playoff Rematches, The Battle of Hollywood, and Much More [NHL Live Thread]
Our first stop tonight is Long Island where the Isles host the Habs. After a dismal start les Habitants have gotten themselves back above .500. the Isles on the other hand continue to think that John Tavares can do it all himself. As a result, they're the worst in the East and have 4 wins, just one more than the laughing stock Blue Jackets. The Habs are coming off their 7th win in their last 10, and this one could be over early.
Montreal Canadiens @ New York Islanders: 7:00 PM ET - RDS, MSG+
From NYC we're off to the city of (not so) brotherly love where the Flyers are flying high and scoring goals out of their collective a$$es. Phoenix is winning behind exceptional goaltending from Mike Smith. The Coyotes will face their former goalie tonight. Who has the inside advantage? This is tied for game of the night, as we'll find out who knows who better. Is it Bryzgalov knowing all the moves his old teammates make, or the Coyotes exploiting Bryzgalov's weaknesses?
Phoenix Coyotes @ Philadelphia Flyers: 7:00 PM ET - FSN Arizona, CSN Philadelphia
Staying in the northeast we're headed back north again into Boston where the champs are playing like the champs now. They're undefeated so far in November, outscoring their opponents 34-13! They have no excuse not to blow tonight's opponent out of the water the same way. It's the Blue Jackets. As long as they remember they're playing the worst team in the league and don't overlook them, this game should be over at the first intermission.
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Boston Bruins: 7:00 PM ET - FSN Ohio, NESN
Next we're gonna hightail it down to Tampa where this is my other vote for game of the night. It's a rematch of last year's first round east playoffs as the Pens travel to play the Bolts. Crosby is on the trip, but no he won't play. The Bolts have been a bit inconsistent this year. Their usually electric (no pun intended) power play is 0-for-11 in the last 2 games. The Pens meanwhile are coming off a game 2 nights ago in which they made the Avs remember how young they really are, scoring 5 unanswered goals. Pittsburgh is looking for some revenge. No Sid? No problem right now.
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Tampa Bay Lightning: 7:30 PM ET - NHL Network, ROOT Pittsburgh
Speaking of the Avs, they're at the next stop as they continue their road trip with a game in the Twin Cities. How will they respond after getting a lesson in adversity Tuesday night in Pittsburgh? The Wild are currently leading their division, so it won't be any easier tonight. After starting 6-0 on the road, the Avs will try to snap a 4-game road losing streak. Lesson #1 to Colorado, if a bounce doesn't go your way tonight, have a goldfish memory span and brush it off! Don't let it get you down like what happened after Pittsburgh's 2nd goal Tuesday night, or the same thing will happen again.
Colorado Avalanche @ Minnesota Wild: 8:00 PM ET - Altitude, FSN North
Next it's off to Music City where the Preds host the Leafs. Toronto is still winning largely in part to Phil Kessel who continues to lead the league in scoring. They haven't played lights out the past few games, but Toronto still shouldn't be overlooked. The Preds meanwhile are coming off a 3-1 victory against the Caps. Holding one of the league's best offenses to one goal the whole game is pretty damn impressive. With only 1 regulation loss in their last 9 games, the Preds are one of the league's hottest teams right now.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Nashville Predators: 8:00 PM ET - LTV, FSN Tennessee
From Nashville it's into the Gateway City where the Blue Notes host the suddenly surging Panthers. 2 teams who have been a pleasant surprise to start the season face-off in a game where something's gotta give. The Blues are looking for their 8th straight game at home with a point, while the Panthers come in with a chance to win their 5th on the road for the first time in 3 years. 2 nights ago Florida went into Big D and kept the goal horn silent all night with a 6-0 victory against one of the league's best teams who have now hit a road block. Which streak continues?
Florida Panthers @ St. Louis Blues: 8:00 PM ET - FSN Florida, FSN Midwest
Stop #8 on tonight's route finally takes us north of the border for a couple games in Canada. The first is Winnipeg where the Jets meet their (soon-to-be-no-longer) division rivals, the Capitals. The Caps will try to avoid a 3-game losing streak after only managing to get 1 goal behind Pekka Rinne in Nashville en route to a 3-1 loss. The biggest names on the team just aren't scoring goals. But me thinks this team desperately needs Mike Green. Overall they're 10-5-1, but a perfect 8-0-0 with him in the lineup. The Jets haven't been much better in the goals department. I never thought I'd say this for a Capitals game, but with the way both teams are struggling to find the back of the net lately, first to 3 wins.
Washington Capitals @ Winnipeg Jets: 8:30 PM ET - CSN Washington, TSN
Staying in Canada we find 2 Canadian teams squaring off, and 2 that have both been a bit of a surprise. The Sens made a huge salary dump last year at the trade deadline, and were supposed to be God awful. The Oilers are still a very young team for the most part save the reincarnated Nikolai Khabibulin. Both have 9 wins on the year and both are playing above expectations. The Sens finally ended a streak where they looked like the bad team they were supposed to be, and now look for a 3rd straight win. The Oilers meanwhile are looking for their 5th straight win on home ice, something they haven't done in 4 years. Craig Anderson got pulled against Buffalo after allowing 2 goals in 2 1/2 minutes to start the game...funny how a goalies responds the following game, it's usually with a vengeance, and Anderson has done just that allowing only 3 goals in the last 2 games.
Ottawa Senators @ Edmonton Oilers: 9:30 PM ET - Rogers Ottawa, Rogers Edmonton
We've got 2 more stops on this train tonight and we're headed into Cali for both of them. It's off to Southern California for the first one, and this train is not stopping at Disneyland! No, we're not going to Hollywood either. We've got a hockey game to catch, and this one is in Anaheim. The Ducks and the Kings face off and the Ducks play host. The Kings won at Staples last night, and tonight they try to sweep a real home-home match with the Ducks for the very first time. While the Kings have won 3 of 4, the Ducks' armor appears to have been quacked (Yes, Jess, I went there with the lame pun). That PRG line that couldn't be stopped last year (Perry, Ryan, and Getzlaf) can't find the net now. They need to find it and they have to do it Quick tonight if they're going to beat the Kings.
Los Angeles Kings @ Anaheim Ducks: FSN West, Prime Ticket
Our final stop tonight is another playoff rematch, this from last year's 2nd round of the west. The Sharks have been on a roll lately, although they hit a road block against the Coyotes 3-0 last Saturday. Meanwhile the Wings have been inconsistent in a way that would make Kordell Stewart proud. They started the season with 6 wins, lost 5 in a row, won 4, and lost their last game in St. Louis 2 nights ago. Going 0-for-16 on the PP doesn't help matters either. Yes, you heard me, a team that perennially murders teams when they have the man advantage has a goose egg in 16 straight power plays. You may be hearing this question a lot this year...is age finally catching up with the Wings?
Detroit Red Wings @ San Jose Sharks: 10:30 PM ET - FSN Detroit, CSN California
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