A Shark Attack in Toronto, A Playoff Rematch, and the Battle of SoCal All in One Night! [NHL Live Thread]
We've got plenty of action on tap tonight. The Pens visit Nassau Colosseum for the first time since knocking out the Isles in the playoffs last year. The Sharks begin an east coast swing in Toronto. Dallas is looking up and will face the Hawks at the UC. There's also the battle of Southern California to top off your night. Let's cut to the chase, we've got a long way to go and a short time to get there. From New York to D.C., L.A., and everywhere in between, IIIIIT'S A HOCKEY NIGHT in North America. Get ready, the Q Train is about to depart on a 9-city tour...ALL ABOARD!
We begin this evening in Toronto where the red hot Sharks come to town to face the Leafs who have stumbled as of late. Toronto will play them tough, but I think San Jose runs that win streak to 6 tonight, Sharks win.
San Jose Sharks @ Toronto Maple Leafs: 7:00 PM ET - CSN California, SportsNet Ontario
Next we're off to the Maus...I mean Nassau Colosseum where the Isles host the Pens. It's the third time this year they've played each other, but the first on Long Island since Brooks Orpik sent the Isles to the golf course with an OT series winner last May. The Isles are struggling without Nabokov, and you know I will never pick against my Pens. The Isles keep reeling here.
Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Islanders: 7:00 PM ET - RDS, ROOT Pittsburgh, MSG+
From the Island we're off to our Nation's Capital where the Caps host the Canes. These two teams are still divisional rivals even though the Southeast is no more. Both teams are playing about even lately, but being that this is a Caps home game, I have to take them.
Carolina Hurricanes @ Washington Capitals: 7:00 PM ET - FSN Carolinas, CSN Washington
Our next stop is Ohio's capital city where the Blue Jackets host the Lightning. The Bolts are slowly starting to falter without #91 on the ice, and it's only going to get worse. That said, I still think they have the ability to beat the Blue Jackets on the road tonight who continue to disappoint.
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Columbus Blue Jackets: 7:00 PM ET - SUN, FSN Ohio
Next we're off to Florida where the Panthers host the Sens. Ottawa is 3-7 in their last 10...ouch! Florida seems to be the perfect cure though. I think Ottawa starts to pull out of that slump tonight with a much needed win against an abysmal team.
Ottawa Senators @ Florida Panthers: 7:30 PM ET - SportsNet East, TVA, FSN Florida
Let's head northward to the Windy City for our next game as the champs host the Stars. Dallas is starting to play better, but the Hawks are riding a 6-game win streak and have not faltered one bit, leading the league with 44 points. The Stars are on the upswing, and took the Hawks to a shootout at AA center last week in a valiant effort, but I don't think they're quite at the level yet where they can beat Chicago at the UC. Hawks win. This is also on NBCSN for your viewing pleasure!
Dallas Stars @ Chicago Blackhawks: 8:00 PM ET - NBC Sports Network, TSN2, CSN Chicago
Music City USA is our next stop where the Canucks stop by for a visit. Vancouver has been struggling lately, and Nashville is doing as good as can be expected without Pekka Rinne. I'm taking the home team here for my sis, and also because who doesn't love a John Tortorella press conference after a loss?
Vancouver Canucks @ Nashville Predators: 8:00 PM ET - SportsNet Pacific, FSN Tennessee
We're headed west next for a matchup between the Oilers and Coyotes in Edmonton. The Oilers continue to sit dead last...how long will it take all those draft picks to gel together and make this team respectable again? This is getting laughably ridiculous. Meantime, Phoenix will enjoy this night and be all over them. Coyotes win.
Phoenix Coyotes @ Edmonton Oilers: 9:30 PM ET - FSN Arizona+, SportsNet West
As mentioned, the battle of SoCal is tonight's night cap. Both the Ducks and the Kings are right where we would expect them to be, in the top 3 of their division. The Ducks haven't lost at home in regulation yet this year, and the Kings have only 1 regulation loss overall in their last 10 games. This is the game of the night folks, and I say it goes to OT, possibly even a shootout. I'm torn with this one...I'm going with...Jess's Ducks.
Los Angeles Kings @ Anaheim Ducks: 10:00 PM ET- FSN West, Prime Ticket
As always, this is your place to come to talk (or bitch) about the game(s) you're watching tonight. Let's get this party started!