Good Tuesday morning THUNDERBLOG lovers! It’s been awhile since I talked some puck here at the Thunderdome. Did you miss it? Waldo did:
We’ve decided to change things up and make hockey a more daily occurrence. Before I fully introduce this new piece, here’s how I did with my last round of picks:
My Pick: Calgary over Florida at home; Result: Flames 4 – Panthers 3 (SO)
My Pick: Toronto over Washington at home; Result: Maple Leafs 2 – Capitals 1 (SO)
My Pick: Phoenix over Anaheim at home; Result: Ducks 4 – Coyotes 2
My Pick: Pittsburgh on the road over Boston; Result: Bruins 4 – Penguins 3 (OT)
My Pick: Pittsburgh at home over Toronto; Result: Penguins 6 – Maple Leafs 5 (SO)
3-2 on the week to move to 13-10 on the season.
And now with out further ado, I am proud to show my newest hockey post. The Daily Morning Hockey Roundup. A Shot of Hockey to go with your Morning Coffee as Matty D has called it.
LAST NIGHT’S SCORES (GWG in italics):
Four games in the league last night that featured two of those being inter-conference showdowns.
The Canadiens edged out the Devils in Montreal last night 3-2. W: Carey Price (28 Saves); L: Martin Brodeur (14 Saves); MTL Goals: Borque (6), Galchenyuk (7), Pacioretty (10); NJ Goals: Bernier (3), Ryder (6) – This was a back-and-forth game that Montreal deserved to win. Carey Price’s 28 saves carried the team but the Habs were able to shut down New Jersey’s three power play and extend their point streak to seven straight.
Ondrej Pavelec makes 35 Saves in MSG as the Jets beat the Rangers 5-2. W: Ondrej Pavelec (35 Saves); L: Cam Talbot (25 Saves); WPG Goals: Albert (1), Jokinen 2 (5, 6), Setoguchi (7), Wheeler (6); NYR Goals: Callahan (7), Zuccarello (4) – Olli Jokinen, that crafty vet, scored twice and helped out on one to help power the Jets over the Rangers and their rookie netminder in Cam Talbot.
St. Louis tries to make a comeback, but falls short to the Kings in LA 3-2. W: Scrivens (25 Saves); L: Halak (20 Saves); LA Goals: Stoll (3), Toffoli 2 (5, 6); STL Goals: Shattenkirk (2), Tarasenko (9) – St. Louis outshot LA in this one and were finally able to find the back of the net but LA’s physical play, 52 hits, was too much for the Blues to complete the comeback.
And now for my Fly-guys…
Flyers travel to Minnesota, get shutout 2-0 in Game 2 of their Road Trip. W: Harding (28 Saves); L: Emery (19 Saves); Min Goals: Coyle (3), Pominville (14) – This game was about the Flyers not being able to capitalize. The forwards missed plenty of chances and great goal opportunities going 0 for 2 on the Power Play. They possessed the puck well winning faceoffs and not turning it over, something that couldn’t be said about the win in Nashville on Saturday night. Josh Harding also play outstanding, see below. The Flyers’ road trip continues on Wednesday as they’ll go to an arena that hasn’t given it’s usual Home-Ice Advantage: Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Highlight of the Night:
That was extremely depressing to watch live last night…
Stat of the Day:
The Eastern Conference teams dropped both games last night as Western Conference teams improve their dominating record over the East to 104 – 61 (overtime losses excluded).
GAMES OF TONIGHT:
Nine games on the slate tonight in the NHL. The two games to keep an eye on are San Jose in Toronto at 7 and LA in Anaheim at 10:30. Toronto is riding a four game losing streak but is very much in the Atlantic Division mix but I’m picking the Sharks. LA and Anaheim trail the Sharks in the Pacific so that has boosted the importance of the “cross-town” rivalry. The Ducks have only lost once at home but I’m going with LA and their defense, which has really stepped up without Jonathan Quick. Although LA needs to score on the power play, they haven’t score on their last 20 chances and Anaheim hasn’t let up a PP Goal in their last 18 times shorthanded.