There are several intriguing games on the schedule tonight. We start off with the ‘not another game’ game as Toronto takes on Boston for the 5th time since November 9th (and the NHL wonders why people get tired of seeing the same teams over and over again). Next up is the up and down Rangers taking on the struggling (one win in 7 games) Penguins as the Rangers look to get back up into a playoff spot (they currently sit in 9th). I have a hard time getting excited about the Islanders facing Canadiens but both teams seem to be playing above what one might have expected prior to the season so maybe there is a story line there. Tampa takes on Atlanta in a southeast division matchup. I like Atlanta in this game because they are just a much better team in all aspects of the game but if Tampa plays well they could make an interesting game of it. Buffalo should easily hand Florida another loss just as Detroit should easily defeat St. Louis. Calgary-Minnesota should be a good divisional game in the tightest division in the NHL and a Calgary win will put them in a tie with the second place Wild. In the battle of bad teams we have Chicago taking on Phoenix. Phoenix is actually playing better lately having won 4 of 6 and Chicago is 3-0-1 in their last 4 so it probably won’t be as bad of a game as their records might indicate. The not very good but rested Kings are probably in a pretty good position to hand the struggling Nashville another loss after the Predators were shutout against the Ducks last night. And in the final game of the night I expect San Jose should have a relatively easy time against the mediocre Avalanche.
|NY Rangers||-135||Pittsburgh||126||NY Rangers||Some|
|NY Islanders||-159||Montreal||137||NY Islanders||Good|
|Los Angeles||-140||Nashville||128||Los Angeles||Good|
|San Jose||-192||Colorado||148||San Jose||Strong|