Are the Chicago Blackhawks for real? [NHL Live Thread]
That game is, of course, the featured game throughout the league, but if you aren't a fan of the Blackhawks, or the Phoenix Coyotes, their opponents for the day, there are eleven other games on tap to entertain you.
Our schedule looks like this:
Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres
Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders at New York Rangers
Florida Panthers at Philadelphia Flyers
Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins
Calgary Flames at Columbus Blue Jackets
Carolina Hurricanes at Ottawa Senator
Toronto Maple Leafs at Winnipeg Jets
Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues
Los Angeles Kings at Nashville Predators
Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild
Chicago Blackhawks at Phoenix Coyotes
The NHL Network is televising the Caps and Pens game, and if you are a Pittsburgh fan, this might be good news, as they have already defeated the Capitals this year. The Pens are at at 7 wins with only 3 losses, while the struggling Capitals have only two wins this season. and neither of those is on the road. As a Washington Redskins fan, I also follow the Capitals, and I hate that the teams seems to be struggling so badly. Star Alex Ovechkin just isn't the star one would expect so far this year, and Braden Holtby, in goal, has not been all that. I'm sure Eric (gearhead) has more to say about this matchup. One can only hope the Penguins struggle on home ice, but it isn't likely. They have really come together as a team in the recent games.
In Canada, Rogers Sportsnet will televise three games. The Hurricanes/Senators game will be shown on Sportsnet East, while Sportsnet West will see the Flames and Sportsnet Pacific will televise the Canucks. Of course, as long as the Flames are on TV, that is the game I will watch. It might be incredibly depressing, as Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff is out for tonight's game for sure, and possibly future games, depending on how quickly his lower body injury heals. In goal tonight will be backup, Leland Irving. The Flames are really not prepared for the loss of Kiprusoff and has brought up another goalie from their farm team, as Irving's backup. Columbus has played more games than Calgary, but only have one more win. Depending on how well Irving performs, and how effective the defense is at backing him up, Flames fans could be in for a surprise.
I know we have fans out there who know far more than I about how their teams are doing, so I'll refrain from offering my "expert" opinion. If you have some wisdom to impart, or if you are watching and can offer insights, we'd sure appreciate that. In any case, join in!