Game: Lightning (6-6-1) @ Panthers (4-6-3)
Broadcast: NHLN-CA, NHLN-US, SUN, FS-F
Bryan - I'm with Debi, the Panthers are now finding ways to lose. The Bolts never say die, they win this battle for the Sunshine State.
Jess - A couple of southern teams to start us off today eh? This should actually be a pretty good game. Florida is struggling but they haven't outright lost any more games than the Lightning. I'm going against the grain here and picking the Panthers to gain 2pts in this matchup and move up the ladder just a bit.
Game: Senators (7-5-2) @ Maple Leafs (8-6-0)
Bryan - The Sens are wearing thin, and no Brian Murray, Matt Cooke shouldn't be in a league where all the "goons" play. You're still mad at the Pens for all those years you choked in the playoffs against them as the Caps head coach (yes, I went there). I'm picking Toronto in this one, injuries are starting to catch up to Ottawa
Jess - I'm taking the Leafs here too.
Game: Flyers (6-8-1) @ Canadiens (8-4-1)
Broadcast: CBC, RDS, NHLN-US, CSN-PH
Bryan - The Flyers couldn't hold on last game in New Jersey, I doubt they're gonna have an easier time with the Habs. I'm picking the home team...Debi, are we channeling each other or something?
Jess - The last time I watched any part of a Flyers game, it seemed as if they were confused out there. It didn't feel like there was much communication or that the team doesn't click or something. I'm not sure if that was a one-game thing or if that's where Philadelphia is this year but my money is on the latter. Until these guys get on the same page, I think they'll continue to struggle. Canadiens.
Game: Devils (9-2-3) @ Islanders (5-7-1)
Broadcast: MSG, MSG PLUS
Bryan - The Isles ended their losing streak with a shootout win at MSG 2 nights ago...but the Devils have already had their bi-weekly regulation loss. Road team wins this even though the Isles will be the fresher team.
Jess - As good as the Devils have been so far this season, that's as bad as the Isles have been. I'm not entirely sure this game is set in stone though. I'm choosing this as my upset special of the night.
Game: Ducks (10-2-1) @ Predators (7-3-4)
Broadcast: PRIME, SPSO
Bryan - I see what you did there. The Ducks have just beat the Blackhawks and the Wings on the road in their last 2 games. Winning at the Joe last night was huge. However, the Preds are riding back-to-back shutouts into this game. Can this one end in a tie and we just say the hell with the shootout? With how inconsistent the Preds have been though, I gotta go with the Ducks to not only end that shutout streak, but continue their winning ways on this road trip.
Jess - I hope you guys are right. I see this game on the schedule every time and think "Ugh. Pekka Rinne". And then I giggle, because the name Pekka Rinne tickles me. There's something special about these Ducks this year; something I haven't seen in a few years. They didn't play great against the Stars or the Blackhawks and sometimes frustrate me, but they've got this "never give up" attitude. If people want to see the Ducks at their best, tuning in for the 3rd period is always a good bet.
Broadcast: FS-O, FS-A
Bryan - I want to pick Columbus in the upset with as Kordell Stewart-like inconsistent as Phoenix has been this year, but I can't do it...Coyotes get the W.
Jess - Coyotes at home.
Game: Avalanche (5-6-1) @ Oilers (5-5-3)
Broadcast: CBC, RDS2, ALT
Bryan - I can't either, they're still not good enough. Avs make their road record appear a little more presentable with the win at Edmonton.
Jess - I love when teams are this well matched. It usually turns out a little better than when that happens in the NFL. This will probably be a very fun game to watch despite the fact that both of these teams are struggling so much right now. Of course, I'll always pick the Avalanche when I have no vested interest in the opposing team, and I'm mad at the Oilers right now.
And would one of my threads would be complete without a fun video from NHL.com? Let's watch some goalies do what they do with style...
Gives me giddy belly every time.
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