Friday Night Hockey Open Game Thread

Can Chicago beat the Canucks to stay undefeated in regulation? [NHL Live Thread]

2/1/13 in NHL   |   Jess   |   35116 respect

Tonight we have a full evening of hockey starting at 4:00pm to those of us on the west side. This season has started off sloppy, from the players, coaches, and most notably - officiating. That's to be expected, of course, considering the fact that the lockout got us started incredibly late. Hopefully now that we're a couple of weeks in things will start looking normal again. 
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Tonight I'm adding my picks for each game, since we're getting a better idea of what these guys are all about deeper into the beginning of the season. However, as always, anything can and does happen.

On the slate tonight (all times Eastern, of course):

Game: Flyers (2-5) @ Caps (1-5-1)
Broadcast: RDS, CSN-PH, CSN-DC
Pick: Go Caps

Game: Senators (5-1-1) @ Hurricanes (2-3)
Broadcast: SNET-E, TVA, FS-CR
Pick: Hurricanes are at home. I'm not sure how much that matters, but I'll be rooting for them to get to .500.

Game: Jets (3-3-1) @ Lightning  (5-1)
Broadcast: TSN-JETS, SUN
Pick: Another upset benefits the home team. 

Game: Blues (6-1) @ Red Wings (3-2-1)
Broadcast: NHLN-US, FS-MW, FS-D
Pick: Blues are doing great, but I see a possible upset here. 

Game: Coyotes (2-4-1) @ Stars  (2-4-1)
Broadcast: FS-A+, FS-SW+
Pick: Yikes. Go Coyotes?

Game: Blackhawks (6-0-1) @ Canucks (3-2-2)
Broadcast: TSN, RDS2, CSN-CH+
Pick: As much as I'd like to see the Blackhawks go undefeated in regulation tonight, I think their luck runs out in Vancouver.

Game: Wild (4-2-1) @ Ducks (3-1-1)
Broadcast: FS-N, FS-WI, FS-W
Pick: I don't pick games involving my favorite teams. I just hope the Ducks keep the undisciplined penalties down and can get something done on the Power Play.

How about some hard hits to start us off tonight?

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2/2/13   |   Jess   |   35116 respect

Well, they stayed undefeated in regulation! Crazy start of the season. Way to go, Chicago!

2/2/13   |   Jess   |   35116 respect


2/1/13   |   Scott   |   54664 respect

Blues/Red Wings might have been the worst officiated game I've seen in a long time.  Wings get the benefit of a terrible call on David Backes and take advantage on the 5 minute power play to escape with the win.  

2/1/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Wow, Dan Ellis shuts out the high-octane Sens!

2/1/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

The Bolts are all over Winnipeg tonight, and it looks like the Caps for one night are playing well against a struggling Flyers team.  Blues/Wings looks to be the game of the evening.