Your morning shot of hockey to go with your coffee.
LAST NIGHT’S SCORES:
Here were my picks yesterday in case you missed them. Asterisk indicates who I picked
Kings* down Maple Leafs 3-1. W: Martin Jones (38 Saves); L: Jonathan Bernier (20 Saves); LA Goals: Carter (8), Clifford (3), Doughty (6); TOR Goal: Franson (1) – Martin Jones continues to be the answer for LA. Cody Franson’s goal on him ended ~177 minutes without Jones allowing a goal. Wishing a speedy recovery to LA Forward Colin Fraser who got hit into the boards by Frazer McLaren on a tough no call.
Ducks* hold off Wild 2-1. W: Jonas Hiller (23 Saves); L: Josh Harding (29 Saves); ANA Goals: Grant (2), Perry (21); MIN Goal: Pominville (15) – Good for Corey Perry. He collided with his own teammate and seemed to be shaken up and then goes right back out on the next shift and scores. Gotta love it.
Blackhawks blow out Flyers 7-2. W: Antti Rannta (28 Saves); L: Ray Emery (12 Saves); CHI Goals: Handzus (3), Keith (2), Seabrook (3), Sharp (15), Shaw (10), Toews (15), Versteeg (5); PHI Goals: Downie (3), Voracek (5) – The Flyers played a phenomenal first period, and that’s about it. The Blackhawks didn’t have a good first and then remembered that they are the 2013-14 Chicago Blackhawks and scored 5 goals in the second period. The Flyers really got sloppy once the win got out of reach. Taking bad penalties left and right, poor passing, the whole nine yards. Flyers Forward Brayden Schenn may be receiving a call from Toronto because of his uncalled cross-check to Kris Versteeg’s head last night, luckily Versteeg is alright. Hopefully the Flyers bounce back quick, because they have a game tonight.
2-0 last night! 20-19 on the season now. I’m still playing some serious jump rope with the .500 line.
Highlight of the Night:
I did say Raanta’s back-to-back breakaway saves against the Flyers were nominees, but this stop takes the cake. Good job Hiller.
Eleven games tonight. The Flyers finally return home after six away games to face the Montreal Canadiens. These two teams have met once already, but that was way back at the beginning of the season. This will be Danny Briere’s return to Philadelphia since the Flyers bought out his contract during the offseason, he should get great response for all he did in Philly. The Habs suffered a home shutout at the hands of the Kings the other night and the Flyers were bounced out of Chicago last night, both teams are pissed. The Flyers just need to keep the composure. I’m sure Craig Berube is hammering that home but this should help as well:
Thank you Frank the Tank. Myself and the Iceman will be there tonight to provide some on the ice insight for you so check out the Twitter around 7.
LET’S GO FLYERS!!!
Three games to keep an eye on tonight are the Red Wings visiting the Lightning, Toronto traveling to St. Louis, and the Wild continuing their road trip to take on the Sharks. Tampa Bay has been staggering off since injuries started to plague this team and Detroit is been very good on the road this year, I’m taking the Red Wings. The Leafs have not playing as well as they’d want to be now, 3-5-2 in their last ten and quickly falling out of the playoff picture in the East. At this point, St. Louis just wants to keep 2nd place because it’s tough to make up 8 points unless you’re playing and winning against that first place team. This is the most intriguing East/West matchup, but I gotta go with the trend: St. Louis. Minnesota is definitely upset about the loss in Anaheim last night. But Jonas Hiller stood on his head, can’t be mad there. San Jose is riding a four game skid and has fallen into third with that combined with LA’s five game streak. The Sharks are very good at home while the Wild are not so good on the road. I like my chances pick the San Jose Sharks.