Thursday Night Hockey Open Game Thread 4/4

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4/4/13 in NHL   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

Tonight will be fun, as we get to see a lot of players jumping in with their new teams after yesterday's trade deadline sent them packing. Jagr will be debuting with the Bruins, and we'll see Gaborik take the ice with Columbus, among others. Which players do you think will make the most immediate impact?

Blog Photo - Thursday Night Hockey Open Game Thread 4/47:00pm: Devils (15-12-9) @ Bruins (23-8-4) 
Broadcast: NHLN-US, MSG, NESN
Picks:
BK - Bruins will win this one at home. The Devils are hurting, and Steve Sullivan will not replace Kovalchuk.

Jess - I agree; I don't see the Devils beating Boston at home. Although I do have a question for you, BK - now that Jagr is a Bruin does your wishing for the Stars to lose transfer to Boston?

7:00pm: Flyers (16-17-3) @ Maple Leafs (20-12-4)
Broadcast: CSN-PH, SNET-O
Picks:
BK - Hey Flyers, do you miss Lupul and Van Riemsdyk yet? Leafs got this one.

Jess - Aww Lupul. I miss him. Leafs win.

7:00pm: Islanders (18-16-3) @ Capitals (17-17-2)
Broadcast: MSG PLUS, CSN-DC
Picks:
BK - Do my eyes deceive me or are the Isles really in this playoff race?! I'm taking them to win on the road at the Verizon Center.

Jess - I don't know what it is about the Islanders but something about them makes me dislike them slightly. Colors? Redirected indifference? I don't know. I'm calling it for Washington at home, just because.

7:00pm: Lightning (15-18-2) @ Hurricanes (16-17-2)
Broadcast: SUN, FS-CR
Picks:
BK - I gotta believe the Canes take this one. Aside from Stamkos probably winning another Rocket Richard, the Bolts have nothing to look forward to.

Debi - Damn. Have to start with one I really have no clue about. Bolts have won the previous ones so I'll go with the Canes to win. Don't ask me why.

Jess - Hurricanes.

7:30pm: Jets (18-18-2) @ Canadiens (23-8-5)
Broadcast: RDS, TSN-JETS, TSN-HABS
Picks:
BK - This is a huge game for the Jets I believe, but I don't think they can handle les Habitants.

Debi - Gotta go with the Habs even tho they've let me down lately

Jess - Unanimous. 

8:00pm: Blue Jackets (15-14-7) @ Predators (15-14-8)
Broadcast: FS-O, FS-TN
Picks:
BK - The Jackets were actually buyers yesterday getting Gaborik. Can they really make the playoffs???? I dunno, but I'm taking the Preds tonight, although it could be OT.

Debi - With Gaborik in the lineup tonight the Blue Jackets might have some new life but I think home ice advantage may play in the favor of the Preds so I'll take them

Jess - I always enjoy this matchup, and tonight it appears to be just as exciting as usual. Just for fun, I'm going to say Preds win in overtime or the shootout in a low scoring battle.

8:30pm: Blues (18-14-2) @ Blackhawks (27-5-3) 
Broadcast: FS-MW, CSN-CH
Picks:
BK - Bouwmeester will be the difference in this game...and not in a good way. Hawks win.

Jess - Blackhawks

10:00pm: Red Wings (18-13-5) @ Coyotes (15-15-6)
Broadcast: FS-D, FS-A
Picks:
BK - Gonna go with Phoenix just because I can't stand those pesky Wings.

Debi - Wings

Jess - I'm with you BK, but I don't really care one way or another about the Wings unless they're killing my Ducks. I just know they're closer in the playoff hunt. 

10:30pm: Oilers (16-13-7) @ Canucks (19-11-6)
Broadcast: SNET-W, SNET-P
Picks:
BK - Debi, I might fall out of my chair again if Edmonton does what they did to the Canucks last week. What the heck, I'll pick them just for the hell of it, Oilers beat Vancouver one more time.

Debi - oh please please please!!!!

Jess - Hmm The Canucks are weird, but I'm not sure that the Oilers will do it again. I think Vancouver wins. (I hope I'm wrong)

10:30pm: Wild (21-13-2) @ Kings (20-13-3)
Broadcast: NHLN-US, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-W
Picks:
BK - Kings take the night cap at Staples. Pominville will add some scoring to the Wild but it won't be enough.

Jess - Wait, where the hell did the Wild come from? All of a sudden out of nowhere they're actually legitimately at the top of the pack, regardless of division. Oh well. I say Kings win at home anyway.

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4/4/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Canucks are running a telethon to raise money for a hospice they operate for BC Children and their families.  Stan Smyl is operating one of the phones.  I feel like a s**t for not being a Canucks' fan.

Oh yeah, and they lead 1-0

4/4/13   |   Scott   |   53795 respect

Can't believe the Blues finally found a way to win a game in Chicago.  Hopefully these last two road wins helps this team get some momentum to get them off the playoff bubble

4/4/13   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

WOW What a finish to that Chicago game. I love shootouts like that - 6 rounds? Way to go, Blues!

4/4/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I just discovered that I get the Nucklehead/Oilers game.  Please, please please please, let there be an outcome that will make me happy :)

4/4/13   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

And another. Hmm...Backstrom may have to go sit down soon.

4/4/13   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

Kings didn't waste any time.

4/4/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

kramer wrote:
P.S.: Does ANYONE want to win the Southeast?!indecision

Apparently the Caps. It'll make it more fitting when they have their crushing playoff loss.

4/4/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

To answer your question, Jess, yes my hatred for Jagr does transfer to Boston.  However, I gotta be fair-minded about this and realize that they're too strong for most teams and will still get to the playoffs with or without Jagr.

4/4/13   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

As little as I care about the Flyers, it is nice to see Bryz doing well. I always really liked him.

4/4/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

P.S.: Does ANYONE want to win the Southeast?!indecision

4/4/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Does Kramer ever pick the Caps? And he accuses me of knee-jerk hatred...

Meanwhile, the Caps did win in the shootout. If the Montreal-Winnipeg result holds, the Caps take the division lead. These bastards might just pull me back in*...

* Again, as I've said before, I'm aware of my bandwagon-ness. Sorry hockey nuts, but it's tied for my 4th favorite sport at best.
(Edited by kramer)

Yes I have picked the Caps.  I try to be fair when picking these games, and went by the fact that the Isles are no longer a pushover.  If this were last year, I'd never pick the Isles if my life depended on it.

*edit* The Flyers are the one team you will never see me pick.

4/4/13   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Does Kramer ever pick the Caps? And he accuses me of knee-jerk hatred...

Meanwhile, the Caps did win in the shootout. If the Montreal-Winnipeg result holds, the Caps take the division lead. These bastards might just pull me back in*...

* Again, as I've said before, I'm aware of my bandwagon-ness. Sorry hockey nuts, but it's tied for my 4th favorite sport at best.

Hey I don't care where it ranks with you, as long as you don't act like we hockey nuts are idiots for liking it as much as other sports because it's "boring" or some other such elitist sentiment cheeky

And I picked your Caps tonight. I rock.

4/4/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Does Kramer ever pick the Caps? And he accuses me of knee-jerk hatred...

Meanwhile, the Caps did win in the shootout. If the Montreal-Winnipeg result holds, the Caps take the division lead. These bastards might just pull me back in*...

* Again, as I've said before, I'm aware of my bandwagon-ness. Sorry hockey nuts, but it's tied for my 4th favorite sport at best.

4/4/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

LOL Marcus, you aren't invisible.

So far some of my picks are right!! Wow, I'm in shock! wink

4/4/13   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

What the crap, 'Canes?

4/4/13   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

marcus_nyce wrote:
Can anybody see this post?

Yup

4/4/13   |   marcus_nyce   |   27339 respect

Can anybody see this post?