Better Late than Never: December 6th Hockey Roundup

Your morning shot of hockey to go with your coffee.

A little late on the roundup today. We were live-tweeting the World Cup Draw. Check out the Twitter for the full coverage and we’ll have a recap coming soon. Hopefully, Goalie-Girl made up for our tardiness. Miss her? Here she is again:

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LAST NIGHT’S SCORES:

Ten games last night with me picking on three games. Asterisk indicates the team I picked

Penguins blow out the Sharks* 5-1. W: Marc-Andre Fleury (44 Saves); L: Antti Niemi (23 Saves); PIT Goals: Dupuis (4), Kunitz 2 (15, 16), Letang (6), Megna (3); SJ Goal: Hertl (14) – Well I was wrong to against the Penguins at home. Malkin was out of this game with a lower back injury but the Pens didn’t need him for this one. Crosby may not have had a goal, but Sid the Kid did have three assists to bring his league-leading point total to 41.

Canadiens edge out Bruins* 2-1. W: Carey Price (32 Saves); L: Tuukka Rask (25 Saves); MTL Goals: Pacioretty (11), Plekanec (10); BOS Goal: Campbell (2) – Yeesh, two straight losses. Carey Price played outstanding in this one as the Habs continue to earn a point in their 9th straight game (8-0-1) and take first place in the Atlantic Division.

Wild score late in the third to edge out the Blackhawks* 4-3. W: Josh Harding (16 Saves); L: Corey Crawford (19 Saves; MIN Goals: Brodin (5), Cooke (5), Parise (12), Scandella (1); CHI Goals: Hossa (12), Morin (1), Saad (8) – The Blackhawks led this one 3-2 in the third period. Josh Harrding made an outstanding save on a Patrick Sharp breakaway.

Another 0-fer, 0-3 on the day, 15-15 on the season, back to .500

Lundqvist proves he’s worth the money, Rangers down Sabres 3-1. W: Henrik Lundqvist (27 Saves); L: Ryan Miller (28 Saves); NYR Goals: Nash (5), Richards (8), Zuccarello (5); BUF Goal: Ennis (5) – This was a pretty easy to see. Elite goaltender versus the worst team in the league, enough said.

Maple Leafs end losing streak with 3-2 OT win against Stars. W: Jonathan Bernier (48 Saves); L: Karri Lehtonen (21 Saves); TOR Goals: Kadri 2 (8, 9), Smith (4); DAL Goals: Cole (4), Horcoff (3) – Jonathan Bernier is proving to be the best backup in the league. Toronto certainly is on the James Reimer train but Bernier is making a case to other teams in need of a solid netminder.

Lightning defeat Senators 3-1. W: Ben Bishop (33 Saves); L: Robin Lehner (19 Saves); TB Goals: Flippula (10), St. Louis 2 (11, 12); OTT Goal: Wiercioch (1) – St. Louis ended a lengthy scoring drought, which is good because Tampa Bay keeps losing players. The latest two are defensemen Victor Hedman and Keith Aulie. Tampa Bay has started to stagger off since the loss of Stamkos, but they could really drop off now.

Panthers blast Jets 5-2. W: Tim Thomas (29 Saves); L: Ondrej Pavelec (21 Saves); FLA Goals: Bjugstad (4), Fleischmann (4), Gudbranson (2), Hayes (2), Olsen (1); WPG Goals: Jokinen (7), Ladd (8) – Rookie Defenseman Dylan Olsen scored his first career goal as Timmy T played as the goalie Florida has been hoping he’d be. The future in Florida seems to be very bright with their current rebuilding process.

Blues blow out Islanders 5-1. W: Jaroslav Halak (22 Saves); L: Anders Nilsson (21 Saves); STL Goals: Backes (13), Bouwmeester (2), Morrow (5), Paajarvi (2), Roy (7); NYI Goal: MacDonald (3) – This was very easy to see, St. Louis is of the best offensive teams in the league while the Isles are one of the worse defensive teams. NYI’s losing streak stretches to eight games.

Jeff Skinner scores a hat trick, Canes top Preds 5-2. W: Justin Peters (20 Saves); L: Marek Mazanec (9 Saves); CAR Goals: Faulk (2), Nash (2), Skinner 3 (7, 8 ,9); NASH Goals: Fisher (7), Stalberg (3) – Skinner continues to shine for Carolina against a team that cannot score many goals.

Oilers explode offensively against Av’s 8-2. W:Devan Dunyk (33 Saves); L: SemyonVarlamov (20 Saves); EDM Goals: Acrobello (3), Eberle (10), Gagner (3), Hall 3 (8, 9, 10), Hemsky (6), Perron (12); COL Goals: Holden (2), Parenteau (8) – Taylor Hall also got an assist in this one, great game for him. Definitely the first skater star of the night. He’d get HOTN honors if it weren’t for:

Highlight of the Night:

Rick Nash has still got it.

GAMES  THIS WEEKEND:

A full weekend of action this weekend. The Flyers will visit the Stars tomorrow afternoon at 2pm. The Stars are much like the Flyers, similar records, goal differential. If the Flyers can play like they did in Detroit on Wednesday night, it should result in a win. Dallas is 4-3-4 at home this year. Hopefully Steve Mason gets the start, he was outstanding in Detroit.

Three games to watch this weekend are the Ducks in Chicago tonight at 8, Pittsburgh in Boston tomorrow at 7, and San Jose in Minnesota Sunday at 6. Plenty of other great games this weekend, tomorrow in particular, but I wanted to give a game of the day. Chicago is certainly going to avenge their blown lead last night and Anaheim isn’t very strong on the road so I’m picking the Hawks here. You gotta love seeing a playoffs rematch during next season. The Bruins are very strong at home and very defensively minded, fewest goals against in the league by 4. Pittsburgh is on a hotstreak but I’m going with the Bruins. The Sharks and the Wild will be an extremely entertaining game to watch. The Sharks’ winning streak was derailed in Pittsburgh last night but I see them getting back on track. Sharks in OT.

Have a great weekend everyone. The Roundup will be back on Monday morning!

LET’S GO FLYERS!

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