NHL Saturday All Day Hockey [Live Thread]

Thirteen Games equals All Day Hockey! [NHL Live Thread]

3/16/13 in NHL   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Blog Photo - NHL Saturday All Day Hockey [Live Thread]My most favorite place to be for a hockey game lately is Boston Pizza.  My daughter just started working there a few weeks ago and since we live out of town, more often than not, I can be found occupying a stool at the bar, watching the games on the three TVs above.  There are a diverse bunch of folks who also hang out there, Montreal fans, Toronto fans, very quiet Canucks fans, and of course, the loudest Flames fan.  Unfortunately, the boss is an Edmonton fan, so when this Flames fan gets loud, the channel can get changed.  It's all in fun.

Today's games get underway early, and run late, so if you are snowed in, rained on, or just simply in a vegetative state, there is a lot of hockey to be had.  I'm not sure if our resident hockey queen, and fellow blogger, Jess, will join us, but Bryan and I will start off.

Jess: I'm here! A little late, but I'm gonna jump in...

Here is today's schedule, all times Eastern:

1:00 pm

Washington Capitals (11-14-1) at Boston Bruins (18-4-3)
Broadcast:  CSN-DC, NESN

Bryan:  Bruins will probably suffocate the Caps.  Washington just doesn't have it this year even though they beat Carolina.  Boston wins.

Debi:  Even though Washington isn't over 50% in the win/loss scheme of things, they have surprised me lately.  Every time I say they can't win, even though I want them to, they do.  Can they beat Boston? Dammit.  I think they can, but I just can't pick them.  Boston wins this one.

Jess: It's a little late to be a fair pick; Boston is up 2-0 after the first. I won't pick here (though I would have picked Boston)

New York Rangers (13-12) at Pittsburgh Penguins (20-8-0)
Broadcast:  NHLN-US, MSG, ROOT

Bryan:  I have a lot more confidence against the Rangers than I did against the Leafs.  The Pens seem to know how to beat John Tortorella's system...8 is great!

Debi:  Normally I would say the Rangers could give Pittsburgh a run for their money, but after the past few games, I just don't see it.  Pittsburgh it is.

Jess: Ugh the Rangers are awful lately. Pens.

3:00 pm

Ottawa Senators (13-8-6) at Buffalo Sabres (10-14-3)
Broadcast:  SNET-E, TVA, MSG-B

Bryan:   Buffalo is embarrassingly bad on home ice and this Sens team just continues to impress.  Sens win it on the road.

Debi:  Agree wholeheartedly, Bryan.

Jess: Hmm I would call an upset here just to be different but I can't do it. Ottawa.

Minnesota Wild (14-10-2) at Colorado Avalanche (10-12-4)
Broadcast:  FS-North, FS-Wisconsin, ALTITUDE

Bryan:   Didn't these two just play in Minnesota?  Since it's in Denver this time I'm taking the Avs for the home ice advantage and the win.

Debi: Hmmmm.  Home and home.  Wild and Koivu are so hot right now.  Avs are floundering just a little.  I just don't know if they can pull it all together tonight.  I think I have to take the Wild.

Jess: I have faith that the Avs can take Minny at home. 

7:00 pm

Winnipeg Jets (14-11-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (15-12-2)
Broadcast:  CBC

Bryan:  Toronto is starting to take a tumble, finding ways to lose the past week.  I'm gonna take the Jets to win this one on the road.

Debi:  This is gonna be one helluva matchup.  The teams have each taken a game in their previous meetings this season, and they are really close in points.  However, while the Jets are strengthening, the Leafs have had a couple of losses that shouldn't have been losses.  Gotta take the Jets, but I believe it will be a close game.

Jess: Guess what, Debi? Takin' the Jets today! This will be a fantastic game to watch. 

Montreal Canadiens (18-5-4) at New Jersey Devils (13-9-6)
Broadcast:  CBC, RDS, NHLN-US, MSG

Bryan:   Les Habitants vont gagner ce soir!  Les Devils sont fatigués après hier soir.

Debi:  Just can't go against the Habs in this one.  They are too strong.

Jess: Habs are too good, Devils are meh...and Brodeur isn't back yet is he? Gotta take Montreal.
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Carolina Hurricanes (15-10-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (11-15-1)
Broadcast:  FS-CR, SUN

Bryan:   Tampa Bay is falling apart and it's not pretty at all.  Canes win and stay atop the division as the Bolts keep it close, but ultimately find a way to lose.

Debi:  'Canes.

Jess: Hmmm...I believe THIS will be my upset special. Tampa Bay at home. 

Phoenix Coyotes (13-11-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (10-12-6)
Broadcast:  FS-A PLUS, FS-O

Bryan:   Phoenix isn't impressing me, but the Jackets are riding a franchise record 9-game point steak and staying in every game.  I'm going to actually take Columbus for the win.

Debi:  Columbus just keeps on surprising me!  I'm still giggling over their game with Vancouver.  Can they win this one?  I don't think so, but I wouldn't be surprised to see it go to OT to get that double digits franchise record.

Jess: Wow, this is actually a tougher one than it should be. Columbus is looking on the up and up. Two upset specials? Yes please!

7:30 pm

New York Islanders (12-12-3) at Florida Panthers (7-15-6)
Broadcast:  MSG PLUS; FS-Florida

Bryan:   Woof!  Umm, Isles aren't a complete embarrassment like the Panthers.  I gotta take the Isles, but I think I'd rather watch paint dry.

Debi:  The meeting of these two teams is just a cluster....  Neither team is impressive, both are rather blah.  I gotta take the Isles in this one, though.

Jess: Gah. New York.

8:00 pm

Anaheim Ducks (20-3-3) at St. Louis Blues (15-10-2)
Broadcast:   PRIME, FS-MW

Bryan:  Jess, have faith in your Ducks.  The Blues will give em all they got, but they won't quite be able to overtake the Mighty Ducks, and yes they are mighty this year!

Debi: HA! Sorry, Scott, I just don't think your Blues have quite enough to beat the Ducks.  I believe the game will be a good one, and well played by both teams, but the Ducks will prevail.

Jess: I'm skrred. (Ack don't remind me of the "Mighty" Ducks.)

Chicago Blackhawks (22-2-3)  at Dallas Stars  (12-11-3)
Broadcast:  CSN-Chicago, FS-Southwest

Bryan:  Okay Chicago, time to blow out the Stars.  I'm taking the Hawks.

Debi:  Is there such a thing as a dislike bandwagon?  Just as I try to temper my dislike of a team when a friend is a follower, I find myself disliking the Dallas Stars more and more.  In any case, I don't think the Stars have a hope in hell in this game. 

Jess: Please for the love of all that is good and decent, KILL the Stars!

10:00 pm

Detroit Red Wings (15-10-2) at Vancouver Canucks  (13-7-6)
Broadcast:  NHLN-US, CBC, RDS2, FS-Detroit+

Bryan:  Ugh.  I gotta take the Canucks.  Sorry Debi, but my disdain for the Wings is the deciding factor.

Debi:  I watched the Detroit/Edmonton game last night, and while I don't care for either team, it was some poetic justice after the gloating some Edmonton fans at Boston Pizza did early in the game.  They actually weren't around for the end or Petry's goal into his own net.  Too bad, it could have been fun.  In any case, I think Detroit has Vancouver's number.  

Jess: Oh my. I'm taking Detroit, but ugh.

10:30 pm

San Jose Sharks (12-8-6) at Los Angeles Kings (14-10-2)
Broadcast:  CSN-California, FS-West

Bryan:   San Jose won the other night at the Shark Tank.  The Kings will repay the favor at Staples as the Sharks are winning games at a snail's pace after that hot start.  2 in a row seems almost unheard of for them right now.

Debi:  I had really high hopes for the Kings on Thursday, but the penalties taken by Muzzin derailed the team.  San Jose took that one, but I don't think they will get the win tonight.

Jess: Come on Kings! I thought they were going to come back and beat those Sharks but they just ran out of time. I think they do it tonight.

The games are  underway, and I, at least will be around most of the day and night.  It is going to be a great day of hockey!  And, just because Jess started the tradition of a closing video, here is my favorite goalie in action.

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3/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Looks like I'm 8-3 today with 2 games left, come on Kings!

3/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Jess wrote:
Not just this game - they had so much promise at the beginning of the season, and this whole season has been a disappointment.

That's why I gave them a FEH in the midseason report cards.

I was watching some of that glorious Stars/Hawks game and they played that after the Hawks got their 8th goal.

3/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

I was so wrong!

These nucklehead unis are the butt-ugliest things I have seen in a very long time.  Even my FB Canucks fans are eerily silent...and absent....

3/16/13   |   Scott   |   54141 respect

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner for Chris Stewart in overtime.  Blues finally find a way to beat the Ducks

3/16/13   |   Jess   |   34926 respect

lmao @ St. Louis w/ "Forget" You right after the Ducks goal. Well played, St. Louis sound guy.

3/16/13   |   Jess   |   34926 respect

kramer wrote:
Pittsburgh has their number.  A couple years ago we were the ones who couldn't sniff a win against the Rangers, now it's the Pens dominating them.  These two teams are never "even," it's just one streak after another or so it seems.

Not just this game - they had so much promise at the beginning of the season, and this whole season has been a disappointment.

3/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

23 saves for his 23rd career shutout and Marc Andre Fleury has the new franchise shutout record.  I was hoping that the day it happened it was on home ice, that was beautiful today! (Sorry Dan)

3/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Jess wrote:
What the heck happened? They had so much promise

Pittsburgh has their number.  A couple years ago we were the ones who couldn't sniff a win against the Rangers, now it's the Pens dominating them.  These two teams are never "even," it's just one streak after another or so it seems.

3/16/13   |   Scott   |   54141 respect

Just in time for Duck season tonight in St. Louis, the Blues will welcome back to the lineup two of their best snipers, TJ Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko

3/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Colorado got one, but it wasn't enough,. they lose 6-4.

Ottawa and Buffalo had to go to OT, but Ottawa got the win.

3/16/13   |   kteacher   |   34393 respect

From what I've read, Tyler Toffoli will make his debut on RW with Carter playing C and Richards playing LW (has he ever played LW?) tonight. I've read nothing but good stuff about this kid. We'll see, but how cool to get your first start playing with those two?

Bernier gets the start (I think and hope. Quick needs a time out. )

3/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Minnesota has doubled the Avs so far, and Buffalo just tied it up at 3.  Both games are moments from being done regulation

3/16/13   |   Jess   |   34926 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Man, the Rangers suck :'(

What the heck happened? They had so much promise

3/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Man, the Rangers suck :'(

I didn't want to be totally rude and say that, Dan, but yeah, they got the big goose egg against the Pens sad

3/16/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Man, the Rangers suck :'(

3/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Yay Jess!!!! Glad you made it!  (I know, I was late :( )

3/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Both Boston and Pittsburgh are dominating in the early games.  Boston up 4-1 over the Caps, while Pittsburgh has so blanked the Rangers, 3-0