NHL Friday Night Hockey Open Game Thread

Flames vs Ducks in a host head-to-head, while Hawks try to hold on [NHL Live Thread]

3/8/13 in NHL   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

Blog Photo - NHL Friday Night Hockey Open Game Thread Greetings, puckheads, and welcome to Friday Night Hockey on FanIQ! Just five games tonight, but two of your hosts' teams are going head-to-head, so this ought to be interesting. We also have some great staggering of games, for those of you who have NHL Center Ice, so if you time it right you could be watching hockey all night long!

7:00pm
Game: Senators (12-8-4) @ Rangers (12-8-2)
Broadcast: RDS, TSN, MSG
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Picks:
BK - This one is tough. I'm gonna go with the Sens to steal one. The Rangers played last night and had to go to OT, that will catch up to them. 

Debi - Ugh!!!! I hate this!!!!!! I have to go with the Rangers but I want to go with the Sens.  

Jess - This one would normally be a coin toss, but I'm going to bank on the Rangers momentum after coming from behind to win their game yesterday. That, and I obviously have a soft spot for them.

7:30pm
Game: Jets (11-11-1) @ Panthers (7-12-5)
Broadcast: TSN-JETS, FS-F
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Picks:
BK - Both teams played last night, and the Panthers looked like the sorry sight they are, game was over before the first commercial break. I'm gonna take the Jets to complete the Florida sweep, Panthers are too much of a mess. 

Debi - Jets! Jets! Jets! 

Jess - I think the Panthers could bounce back and pull off the upset tonight. I know it seems like I have something against the Jets; I don't. I don't get to see them play a lot though so they end up being scapegoats, I guess. 

8:00pm
Game: Oilers (8-10-5) @ Predators (9-9-5)
Broadcast: SNET-W, FS-TN
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Picks:
BK -Oilers got shut out at the Joe, they might be shut out 2 nights in a row from Rinne. Nashville wins on home ice and it could be over quick. 

Jess - I agree, I think Rinne can take these guys. Notice I don't say "the Preds"...because, well, it's pretty much the Pekka Rinne show this year, for some reason. I have faith they'll get better, but we're not seeing it quite yet.

Blog Photo - NHL Friday Night Hockey Open Game Thread9:00pm
Game: Blackhawks (21-0-3) @ Avalanche (8-10-4)
Broadcast: NHLN-US, CSN-CH+, ALT
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Picks:
BK - The Hawks did it again two nights ago winning in the final minute. This time they play the same team who gave them a run for their money and really played a hell of a game, but it's in Denver. I'm calling it now, this is the night it finally happens. Avs win in regulation playing the way they did the other night but with the home crowd support behind them. 

Debi - Is tonight the night? Is it??? I'm not picking 

Jess - I've been saying for awhile now that #1, the Blackhawks probably won't break their streak at home and #2, their first regulation loss is going to be at the hands of a team we never saw coming. Well, I'm with you tonight BK - I'm gonna be brave and call the upset.

10:30pm
Game: Flames (9-8-4) @ Ducks (16-3-3)
Broadcast: NHLN-CA, SNET-W, PRIME
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Picks:
BK - Oh man, fight nice you two! Calgary is starting to play a little better, but the Ducks are one of the best teams in the league. That said, I'm gonna bow out from picking this game and let Debi and Jess go at it. wink

Debi - I WANT the Flames to win, obviously, but I think the Ducks will, unless Kipper proves to be a brick wall.  

Jess - Oh BK, you chicken. We're all sportsmen here! Besides, I never pick games my team is in, you know that. I have a feeling Getzlaf will have a big game, having just signed an 8-yr contract extension today. You're right though, Calgary is playing better and the Ducks barely got past the Coyotes series at .500. Hiller was stellar in net for game 3, though I'm not sure who's getting the start tonight. Debi, I hope you get to watch the game, because it will be a good one!

The NHL has been abuzz this week on FanIQ with a brutal KO, an amazing save (there have been several of those, but one so worth noting that it made the front page,) and of course your regular live threads. I know I usually like to highlight the goalies and hits, but let's take another direction tonight and look at some pretty goals from this past week, courtesy of NHL.com (3.8)


How was your hockey week? Who are you rooting for tonight? Will my team or Debi's team prevail? Q it up here all night for the NHL on FanIQ!
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3/9/13   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

Debi_L wrote:
*sigh* Oh well, I knew it was a real long shot, but it would have been nice if they could have scored even one goal. :(

Fasth was stingy tonight.

3/9/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Awww, you don't have to be nice.  Not even the Flames FB page is posting anything encouraging....

*sigh* Oh well, I knew it was a real long shot, but it would have been nice if they could have scored even one goal. :(

3/9/13   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Awww, you don't have to be nice.  Not even the Flames FB page is posting anything encouraging....

haha I guess maybe I've just been on a "high" only to be smacked back down all too often, even with the Ducks. Calgary is not behind due to their own play, for sure. I don't know what else they could do.

3/9/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Jess wrote:
I'm not all that confident yet...your Flames came back from 3-0 against these guys before

Awww, you don't have to be nice.  Not even the Flames FB page is posting anything encouraging....

3/9/13   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

Debi_L wrote:
sad

I'm not all that confident yet...your Flames came back from 3-0 against these guys before

3/9/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

cryingcryingcrying

tears for each one of the Ducks' goals......

3/9/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Jess wrote:
WooHoo! Bobby Ryan gets one past Kipper, seemed to wake these guys up.

sad

3/8/13   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

AlwaysSunshine wrote:

HAHAHAHAHA that's almost embarrassing.

3/8/13   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

WooHoo! Bobby Ryan gets one past Kipper, seemed to wake these guys up.

3/8/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Wow, I bet Stoney is happy!! Wasn't he going to that game?? There will be no stopping him tomorrow ;)

3/8/13   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

The Ducks better hurry up and get something going offensively. They're not gonna hold off these Flames for long with a 1-goal lead. Spending way too much time in their own territory.

3/8/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7414 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I got to see part of this sh**kicking when I picked up my daughter from work.  Her boss is an Edmonton Oilers fan.  He's in Phoenix right now, so I couldn't even laugh at him.

That sucks.

Although I'm not sure I could've laughed tonight b/c, since I'm going to the game tomorrow, I'd earn almost-instant Karma.

3/8/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

The Avs have done it!  Way to be brave Jess.  I just saw how well they played in Chicago at times skating circles around the Hawks.  Something just told me Chicago wouldn't be quite so lucky against the same team on the road.

3/8/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Jess wrote:
Holy crap they shut out Edmonton 6-0...I hope they didn't use up their goal quota! Maybe this will give them the kick in the pants they need.

I got to see part of this sh**kicking when I picked up my daughter from work.  Her boss is an Edmonton Oilers fan.  He's in Phoenix right now, so I couldn't even laugh at him.

3/8/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I'm Home!!!

And I don't get the game crying

3/8/13   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

I heart Winnik

3/8/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7414 respect

Jess wrote:
Holy crap they shut out Edmonton 6-0...I hope they didn't use up their goal quota! Maybe this will give them the kick in the pants they need.

I was going to go tonight also, but I couldn't get off work today, even a little bit early.  I hope they haven't worn themselves out tonight, and I hope they now know how good it feels to play good offense.

3/8/13   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

AlwaysSunshine wrote:
I hope I get to look at it up close and personal tomorrow night.

Holy crap they shut out Edmonton 6-0...I hope they didn't use up their goal quota! Maybe this will give them the kick in the pants they need.

3/8/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7414 respect

Jess wrote:
WOW look at this Preds offense!

I hope I get to look at it up close and personal tomorrow night.

3/8/13   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

Make that 5-1

3/8/13   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

Chicago down 4-1 in Colorado

3/8/13   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

WOW look at this Preds offense!

3/8/13   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

Holy crap that was a lot of penalties...5 minutes for fighting, 2 minutes for instigating, 2 minutes for roughing (I think), 10 minute game misconduct - OTT, 5 minutes for fighting, 2 minutes for charging (I think)...NYR goes on the PP and hasn't done anything yet

3/8/13   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

As usual, starting my night out watching the Rangers. King Henrik's in net. Sweet.