Can Sid the Kid keep it going?
It's just that big a deal.
Sidney Crosby returned to hockey 4 games ago and has amassed 9 points in those games. The Penguins weren't too shabby before Crosby returned, but many claim, with him back, the Pens are heading for another Stanley Cup. Personally, even though they are on top in the NHL, I wouldn't want to jump that far ahead in the predictions. (Yes, Bryan, I know you already have them winning the Cup).
Beating the Rangers isn't going to be a walk in the park, though. They are coming off back to back wins, beating the Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers. Without Mark Staal on the roster, it will be more of a challenge.
The Flyers are resting tonight, but the Caps are back to work against the St. Louis Blues, for the only time this season. The Caps have a new coach in Dale Hunter. Boudreau was released as coach as the Caps lost 8 out of 11 of their last games.
The Blues also have a relatively new coach, and the change has paid off, with them winning 7 since the hiring of Ken Hitchcock. Washington will also have a challenge tonight.
For a change, I do get to see my Calgary Flames play. They line up against the Nashville Predators tonight, and while neither team is having a stellar year, Nashville has managed a couple of ties, and sits 4-2-2 to Calgary's 4-4-0. At least I get to watch them play against a team they might have a chance with. They beat the Wild in their most recent game, while the Preds beat the Oilers in the third game of their 5 game road trip.
The lineup for the night looks like this:
All times Eastern
New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres
St. Louis Blues at Washington Capitals
Florida Panthers at Caroline Hurricanes
Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators at Winnipeg Jets
Phoenix Coyotes at Chicago Blackhawks
Nashville Predators at Calgary Flames
Columbus Blue Jackets at Vancouver Canucks
So make your picks, talk some trash, follow the games, and join in here for all the fun.