Tuesday Night Hockey Open Game Thread

Will the Islanders nip Boston's winning streak in the bud? [NHL Live Thread]

2/26/13 in NHL   |   Jess   |   34498 respect

Greetings, puckheads! As expected, last night's games were mostly exciting, with both Nashville and Chicago winning in OT and Ottawa beating the Habs in the shootout. Neither Anaheim nor Philly were able to take it that far, however. Tonight's lineup, for the most part, promises to be just as much fun. Let's get to our picks!

Blog Photo - Tuesday Night Hockey Open Game Thread7:00pm
Game: Jets (8-9-1) @ Rangers (8-7-2)
Broadcast: RDS, TSN, MSG
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Picks:
BK - I despise all my division rivals, but if there's one of the 4 foes I can tolerate, it's the Rangers. I have no faith left in the Jets. The Rangers win this one at MSG.

Debi - Really hoping the Jets can keep the momentum going on this road trip and come home with one more win. I think they can do it!!

Jess - BK, you have no faith in the Jets and I'm starting to lose faith in the Rangers. One of these times though, they're going to win, right? 

7:00pm
Game: Hurricanes (9-7-1) @ Capitals (6-10-1)
Broadcast: FS-CR, CSN-DC
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Picks:
BK -The Caps are still a mess. I'm not confident they can climb out of the cellar enough to make the playoffs this year. The Canes will take advantage of this and silence the Verizon Center crowd.

Debi - Ugh. I just don't know. The Canes have been stronger in the early going but these two teams are usually pretty closely matched. Flipping a coin and taking........Caps

Jess - I actually went down the line and saved this pick for last, because...wow. The Caps may be a mess but occasionally come up big. The Hurricanes are like Jekyll & Hyde. Eenie...meenie...minie...MELVIN - okay, Caps. 

7:00pm
Game: Stars (9-8-2) @ Blue Jackets (5-12-2)
Broadcast: FS-SW+, FS-O
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Picks:
BK - I'd like to see Dallas lose 2 in a row, but Columbus is not the team to make that happen. Dallas wins this.

Debi - Yeah. Stars

Jess -  Ugh. We all know I won't pick the Stars, but seriously? They need a tough stretch. They need to be knocked down to at least 13 in the West. Sick of them winning. I hope the Blue Jackets have a flash of brilliance tonight.

7:30pm 
Game: Bruins (11-2-2) @ Islanders (8-10-1)
Broadcast: NBCSN, NESN
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Picks:
BK - For no particular reason, I'm taking the Isles for my upset pick of the night.

Debi - I just gotta stay with the Bruins. I like what I've seen of them this year. I know it's home game for the Isles and from all accounts their home games are electric but I gotta go with the Bruins 

Jess - Hmm, this is the nationally aired game? Out of tonight's entire lineup, this one is the game I least want to watch. No offense to either team; it just doesn't seem like it'll be one of the better matchups tonight. That Tavares kid is crazy good, but I'm taking Boston too. If this were a day game I might go the other way.

7:30pm
Game: Sabres (6-12-1) @ Lightning (9-8-1)
Broadcast: MSG-B, SUN
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Picks:
BK - Buffalo is such a sad sight right now. The Bolts are returning home where they play much better than on the road. Lightning walk all over the Sabres and send the crowd home happy.

Debi - The Bolts. Maybe they will be kind to me tonight.  

Jess - Buffalo is a dumpster fire. All in for Tampa Bay.

7:30pm
Game: Penguins (13-6-0) @ Panthers (5-9-4)
Broadcast: ROOT, FS-F
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Picks:
BK - Who's the guy who hit Malkin Friday night? I know it wasn't on purpose, but he should still have his head on a swivel tonight. The Panthers are back to scoring 1 goal a night while the Pens have been incredible on the road. I can't pick against my Pens.

Debi - Florida!!!!! (Might be sorry) 

Jess - Man that hit was awful - it was one of those that they show over and over, and no matter how much I don't want to look, I can't help it. And it makes me cringe every time. Poor Malkin. Pittsburgh seems to be doing okay without him though, and while I know they're on the road I think they pull off this win. Gotta take the Pens.

8:00pm
Game: Flames (7-7-3) @ Wild (8-7-2)
Broadcast: SNET-W, FS-N, FS-WI
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Picks:
BK - This is a toss up for me. I'm gonna flip a coin. Heads one team wins, tails the other team loses...I pick Calgary.

Debi - Flames beat the last meeting they are gonna do it again!!!! 

Jess - If it weren't for the fact that the Flames are your favorite team, Debi, and I'm all about moral support, I wouldn't really care either way who wins this. I want the Flames to win for you though, and I actually see that as a very realistic possibility. Wild may play much better at home than they do on the road, but Calgary plays better on the road than at home for whatever reason. Either way, it'll be a fantastic game. Flames.

10:00pm
Game: Coyotes (8-7-3) @ Canucks (10-4-4)
Broadcast: FS-A PLUS, SNET-P
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Picks:
BK - I want to pick Phoenix, but I don't think they have it in them. I gotta take Vancouver and the Ginger Twins on home ice.

Debi - Do you really need to ask??? 

Jess - Oh my, tie-breaker pick. Phoenix. Any given game, baby. (Obviously I'm listening to the NFL Combine right now and channeling Deion.)

10:30pm
Game: Avalanche (7-8-2) @ Sharks (8-6-3)
Broadcast: ALT, CSN-CA
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Picks:
BK - The Sharks have appeared human lately, but the Avs are just too much of a mess on the road for me to think they can pull off an upset at the Shark Tank. The Sharks will have a field day with the Avs much like the Bolts will have with the Sabres.

Debi - Gotta go with the Avs on this one, no reason, just picking them 

Jess - Common sense tells me to pick the Sharks, but I'm not always one to go down that road. Another upset, Avs win. Maybe in the shootout.

Now time for some great plays you may have missed last night! 
 

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2/26/13   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

And the Flames lost, too, so NO, I am NOT happy :(

2/26/13   |   Debi_L   |   11790 respect

kramer wrote:
This is a complete disgrace.  I know the Pens can't win them all, but Debi I know you're sitting somewhere smiling because the Panthers are beating them so badly right now.  I know you hate them, so this is obviously making your night!angry

No Bryan, I LOVE a good game of hockey, and  I really only hate the 'nucks.  I dislike the Pens, but if they are playing good hockey, I will enjoy the game, because i enjoy well played hockey.  I didn't get to see the game, but if they weren't playing well, i more than likely would have been yelling at them how to play blush

2/26/13   |   Jess   |   34498 respect

kramer wrote:
angryangryangryangryangry (mumbles expletives)  Happy, madame co-host?!

This whole night has been ick.

2/26/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

angryangryangryangryangry (mumbles expletives)  Happy, madame co-host?!

2/26/13   |   Jess   |   34498 respect

*sigh* maybe not. 

2/26/13   |   Jess   |   34498 respect

Rangers are outshooting the Jets, and all of a sudden they're actually getting scoring chances. Well I'll be! Game is still 4-3 Jets but the Rangers have been close quite a few times. They keep this momentum going and I bet they get one in the last couple of minutes.

2/26/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Stop the press, the Pens have come all the way back in the same period and tied the game at 4!surprise

2/26/13   |   Jess   |   34498 respect

Three goals in 1:13 - 4-3, WPG

2/26/13   |   Jess   |   34498 respect

What the hell is going on in New York? 3 goals in less than 2 minutes.

2/26/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Hmm, now that I say that the Pens have suddenly made it 4-3 and we have a game again.  I am praying this is one of those infamous cases where I throw my team under the bus and they make me put my foot in my mouth.

2/26/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

This is a complete disgrace.  I know the Pens can't win them all, but Debi I know you're sitting somewhere smiling because the Panthers are beating them so badly right now.  I know you hate them, so this is obviously making your night!angry

2/26/13   |   Jess   |   34498 respect

Oh em gee, Rangers.

2/26/13   |   Jess   |   34498 respect

haha! Silly Rangers. That shift was comedy.