Game: Devils (10-3-4) @ Capitals (5-10-1)
Broadcast: NHLN-US, MSG PLUS, CSN-DC
Jess - Well, I'll pick this game! As much as I'd like to see the Capitals come out of whatever funk they're in right now, I don't think that's happening today. My money's on the Devils.
Debi - Yawwwwn. Well an 8 week old puppy means I have some time this morning to put my picks in after all! I'm also really reluctant to pick this game, but I have to agree with Jess. I really, really want the Caps to win, but I'm going to have to take the "Debils" in this one.
Game: Jets (7-8-1) @ Flyers (8-10-1)
Broadcast: TSN-JETS, CSN-PH
Jess - I do not remember that game. 9-8? Really? Were Carp and Goldberg in net that day? I would normally take the Jets too, but I think the Flyers take this win at home.
Debi - I have to be loyal to the Jets in this one, even though my dad is probably looking down on me saying "What are you thinking??" Sorry, Dad.
Game: Coyotes (8-6-2) @ Oilers (6-7-3)
Broadcast: FS-A, SNET-W
Jess - I dunno, BK - this is an awfully early game for a team that plays their home games on west coast time. I think that ultimately the Yotes are the better team, but their last two games were at home and they've had a pretty lax schedule this past week. I predict they come out flat and stay that way for at least most of the game. It may not be enough to overcome the Oilers this time.
Debi - Oh Jess, yee of little faith! I can't pick the Oilers. Nope, can't do it, even though my two nephews are at this game today (IF they survived last night and are actually awake). But even though they have their jerseys on and should be cheering drunkenly, I'm still picking the 'Yotes. BTW these are the two nephews I spoke of in our nostalgia hockey memories thread. Little buggers.
Game: Avalanche (7-7-1) @ Kings (7-6-2)
Broadcast: NHLN-US, ALT, FS-W
Jess - This will be a nail-biter, I'm sure. I agree though, Kings win.
Debi - Yeah, this is the game I really wish I got on TV. I think the Kings are surging again, and although I think the Avs aren't exactly awful, I think the Kings will prevail.
Game: Islanders (7-9-1) @ Sabres (6-11-1)
Broadcast: MSG PLUS, MSG-B
Jess - Hah! Right? Well...I'll pick it. I still don't think the Sabres are in their right mind right now. Islanders get the W.
Debi - Agree. Islanders it is.
Game: Rangers (8-6-2) @ Canadiens (11-4-2)
Broadcast: CBC, RDS, MSG
Jess - Ugh the Rangers are killing my picks percentage. They have GOT to start shooting the puck! Florida's Markstrom faced 40 shots against your Penguins and only let 3 in. Thirty-seven saves and his Panthers still lost the game. Dear Rangers: You know why the Penguins got that win? Because they shot the puck! So frustrating. Anyway, I'm not giving up on them yet.
Debi - Rangers have chances and instead of shooting the puck.....it's a pass. Nothing I hate more than a team not taking advantage when one is there. Habs for my son.
Game: Maple Leafs (11-7-0) @ Senators (10-6-2)
Jess - Hmm. Sens.
Debi - Not taking the Leafs, even though I think it might be the smart pick. Sens (for no other reason than I like them better).
Game: Lightning (8-7-1) @ Hurricanes (8-6-1)
Broadcast: SUN, FS-CR
Jess - Something is telling me to pick the Hurricanes here too.
Debi - Yeah, I don't know why either, but I have to go with the Hurricanes.
Game: Predators (8-5-5) @ Red Wings (7-7-3)
Broadcast: NHLN-US, FS-TN, FS-D+
Jess - If I'm Pekka Rinne, I'm calling out all sorts of guys right now. This offense is atrocious. He shouldn't be expected to get the shutout every game in order to win. I'm with you. Red Wings.
Debi - I'm really torn on this one, and the Wings have been my nemesis. Every time I do pick them, they seem to lose. So I want to pick them so they lose. But I want the Preds to win. Dammit. Okay, Wings. (reverse psychology
Game: Blue Jackets (5-10-2) @ Blues (9-6-2)
Broadcast: FS-O, FS-MW
Jess - I'm calling an upset again for Columbus. Just because.
Debi - HAt! Stupid game. Yeah, I'll go with you Jess, cuz these bottom dwellers actually won the other night.
Game: Sharks (8-5-3) @ Stars (8-8-1)
Broadcast: CSN-CA, FS-SW
Jess - Oh god, really? I have nothing against the Sharks, but evidently I'm supposed to root against them. Personally I'd rather see them beat Dallas. By default, since the Sharks aren't the Stars, even if they were 0-16-0 I have to pick the Sharks.
Debi - I know Jess won't pick the Stars. I see Bryan has picked the Sharks. We need a s**t disturber, so I'll pick the Stars, just for fun.
Game: Wild (8-6-2) @ Flames (5-7-3)
Broadcast: CBC, FS-N, FS-WI
Jess - Wishful thinking maybe? Whatever it is, I'm picking the Flames
Debi - I don't know why the Flames suck so badly on home ice. It's ridiculous. However, without Clutterbuck in the lineup, the Wild don't have their big hitter. For the Flames, well, simply put, they need Kipper back in net and that's still a week away. Baerstchi back on ice might help a little (I hope) You know I gotta take the Flames.
What a great day of NHL action! Let's kick it off with my favorite - Saves of the Week for 2/22...
Amazing, right? And since I'm feeling generous today, we're going to get another one. Yep - bonus video! One of my very favorite things about sports in general is that they lend themselves to some unexpected hilarity at any given time. Hockey is especially awesome at this, as you can see:
Videos courtesy of NHL.com
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