It's a good thing we love hockey, because we have eight more games today! [NHL Live Thread]
When we started our little effort of covering all the games played with a Live Thread, I think we envisioned as many as three threads a week. However, with the shortened season, the teams seem to be playing every day, and we seem to have a full slate of games almost daily. So today we have eight games on tap, and I can honestly say the only one I am really excited about it the Vancouver vs. Chicago matchup. I so want to see Chicago put a huge hurting on the ginger twins et al.
This is what our schedule looks like today, all times Eastern:
Winnipeg Jets (5-8-1) at Buffalo Sabres (6-9-1)
Broadcast: TSN-JETS, MSG-B
Jess: I don't have a dog in this fight. Their records are similar, I don't know either team well at all, and I'm pretty sure I haven't seen either of them play. I'll go ahead and just go with the home team here.
Bryan: Both of these teams suffered home losses on Sunday, and both are struggling. I'm not sold on the Jets, and I think Vanek will pad his scoring lead en route to a Sabres win on home ice.
Debi: I have to go with the Jets. Neither team is playing particularly well right now, and this is the start of a road trip for the Jets, but I have to believe they got a huge pep talk before heading out and somehow they will pull off the win.
Montreal Canadiens (10-4-1) at New York Rangers (8-5-1)
Broadcast: RDS, TSN-HABS, MSG
Jess: Come on now, you know I can't go against King Henrik. I don't know if he's starting tonight or not but I hope so. The Habs are on a 4-game win streak and the Rangers are "undefeated" in regulation in the last 5. Ordinarily I'd pick the Canadians, but not today.
Bryan: The Habs are coming off a shutout at home last night, but now go to MSG, where only one team has beaten them in regulation. I want the Habs to win it, but I gotta go with the Rangers at home in this one being the fresher team.
Debi: The Habs are in the midst of a huge win streak which has to give them momentum heading out on the road, but the Rangers haven't exactly been pushovers of late, either. This has the potential for a really great game, and I think it will be one. I do believe the Habs will prevail, however.
New York Islanders (6-8-1) at Ottawa Senators (8-6-2)
Broadcast: MSG PLUS, SNET-E
Jess: I'll go with the Senators here, only because of momentum.
Bryan: Both teams played yesterday afternoon. The Isles took a beating and a half at home, and the walking wounded Sens beat the Devils in a shootout. After yesterday's games and both teams equally as tired, first to 3 wins tonight, and I'm actually gonna go with the Isles in a road upset.
Debi: The Islanders also start a road trip, but they aren't heading out with a win streak. Not at all. Ottawa lost Erik Karlsson last week and I have been worried about how they would realign their players to remain as promising as they were early in the season. The win from the Devils was in a shoot out, but a win is a win. The islanders will have to put something together if they want to get out of this roadtrip with anything but losses. I take the Sens.
Toronto Maple Leafs (10-6-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (4-5-1)
Broadcast: LEAFS TV, SUN
Bryan: Toronto has been awesome on the road, but this is where they struggle tonight. They just played last night in Florida and got a road shutout, but I told you Florida used up their goal supply for the month. They will not shut out a Tampa Bay team who had an extra day's rest. The Bolts may have their way with the leafs tonight. Stamkos gets at least one.
Debi: The Leafs are having an excellent season, which sucks for me at work. We have a Leafs fan who loves to gloat. In any case, Ben Scrivens' two recent shutouts has the Leafs giggling with glee. The fell into some awesome goaltending, just when they needed it. Even with a win to their credit, the Bolts won't have much for Toronto.
San Jose Sharks (7-4-3) at St. Louis Blues (9-5-1)
Broadcast: TSN2, NBCSN, CSN-CA
Jess: I think the Sharks might start to turn things around tonight and pull out of their slump. The Blues are playing great, but San Jose is overdue.
Bryan: Ooh, this it the (network formerly known as) Versus game, and I think it'll be a good one. The Blues have been playing well as of late, but this time I think the Sharks break out of the little funk they're in. Road team takes the win here.
Debi: Remember a few years back when I wrote that the Sharks could win the Stanley Cup? That was Geoff's big idea, and unfortunately, I've never really lived it down. I definitely give this win to the Blues.
Detroit Red Wings (7-6-2) at Nashville Predators (7-4-5)
Broadcast: FS-D, FS-TN
Jess: Predators, and maybe it'll go into OT. They seem to like that.
Bryan: Detroit's road struggles continue. The Preds will be coming home on a warpath after yesterday, and even though they'll be tired I think they'll take their frustration out on Detroit. Besides, Christi might disown me if I pick against Nashville.
Debi: Meh. I have no real feeling on this one. I want the Preds to win, so I'll take them.
Vancouver Canucks (8-3-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (12-0-3)
Broadcast: SNET-P, CSN-CH
Jess: Now that the Blackhawks are so close to breaking a record, I think they play even harder if that's possible, and get the win here. They'll wait until they've sealed their place in history before they give one up.
Bryan: I'm tempted to pick the road team here to do the unthinkable, because they do have the team to do it, but I'm not going to go there. Hawks keep on rollin' for one more night.
Debi: Every team wants to be the one to take down the Blackhawks. Unfortunately for the Canucks and their fans, they won't be the team to do it. No way, no how.
Los Angeles Kings (5-6-2) at Edmonton Oilers (6-5-3)
Broadcast: TSN, FS-W
Jess: I have to go with the Kings.
Bryan: The Kings aren't quite the team we saw last year, but I still think they're better than the Oilers. Road team takes the win in the night cap to make our favorite Q teacher a happy girl.
Debi: Oh the Kings!! Although the stats for these two teams overall is similar, the Oilers have momentum on their side right now. Their game against the Avs was huge for them, while the Kings are struggling. They look nothing like the Stanley Cup Champions they are (sorry Becky) and I find myself yelling at the TV when I do see them play. Although I hate to, I have to take Edmonton in this one.
So there you have it. Eight games to keep you entertained tonight and us here to entertain you more. Join in with us and do your yelling here, instead of at your spouse or kids!