Your morning shot of hockey to go with your coffee.
LAST NIGHT’S PICKS:
Quick Hits again. Here are my picks in case you missed them. Asterisk indicates who I picked
Bruins blank Flames 2-0. – Captain Zdeno snipes two, both assisted by Jerome Iginla, deadly combination.
Sabres down Jets 4-2. – Despite blowing a two-goal lead by letting up four unanswered, the Jets’ Scheifele scored two goals in 32 seconds. That type of explosiveness must be a good sign.
Panthers defeat Maple Leafs 3-1. – The ESPN.com headline for this game is “Panthers Surprise Maple Leafs.” I don’t know which team should be more embarrassed. I almost made a poll for you all to tell me. It was an off night for Toronto Goalie James Reimer, possibly because he’s been platooned with Jonathan Bernier more than expected this season.
Lightning come back to edge Isles 3-2 (SO). – The shootout winner by Nikita Kucherov was pretty fantastic. Sportscenter had to higher on the Top 10 than my choice for Highlight of the Night, but as you know, I don’t like shootouts. Nonetheless, Tampa Bay didn’t just “come back,” they scored both goals in the last three minutes of regulation. Talk about rallying.
Canadiens* beat Coyotes 3-1. – Max Pacioretty scored twice and assisted one in this game. All three of Montreal’s goals came in the third, better late than never.
Ducks blow out Red Wings 5-2. – Joe Louis Arena, not the home ice it once was. I say that a lot, but when you let up four first period goals AND only take 18 shots for the entire game, home ice advantage is non-existent.
Sharks down Blues* 4-2. – Well I was wrong. San Jose had been awful as of late on the road, you couldn’t blame me. But the Sharks out powered the Blues. Pushing the defenders away from the net and finishing all of the BIG rebounds let up by Jaroslav Halak.
Blackhawks beat Preds 3-1. – Go watch the Highlight of the Night below. THAT is why the Blackhawks are one of the best teams in the league.
Wild* snap Canucks’ streak 3-2 (SO). – Well it took a shootout, but DOWN GOES TORTS (finally!!!). Zach Parise scored his 15th of the season on the Power Play.
Stars edge Avs 3-2. – The Stars scored very late in this game to win this game and sweep the home-and-home. Colorado and the aforementioned St. Louis Blues have been slipping lately and guess what’s happened? Chicago has taken advantage extending their division lead.
Kings blank Oilers 3-0. – MARTIN JONES, WHERE DID YOU COME FROM!? (ESPN.com Player Card) Oh, Northern Vancouver? Alright that makes sense, Canada. Look at the numbers through his first six games in his young career: 6-0-0, 0.82 GAA, .972 Save % (177 Saves), 3 Shotouts! Zero support for Bryz (37 Saves) in the other net, ah Bryz.
Flyers avenge Sunday Night, down Caps 5-2. – YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! Ovi even scored first but Jake Voracek said NO! He scored 58 seconds later. The second goal was just horrible positioning by Steve Mason but the offense! Matt Read took care of business. But then a scary hit by Tom Wilson sending Brayden Schenn into the boards head-first. No word on the official injury yet (probably a concussion), but the Flyers announced last night that Schenn wouldn’t return to the game with an upper body injury. Well the Flyers avenged Schenn as Wilson drew a five-minute major and the Flyers scored twice on that five minute power play. First Marc Streit SNIPED from the point, again the Flyers got in front of the net and screen Braden Holtby. Then Jake Voracek did it again, this time with finesse. Holtby played very well for the Caps, stoning a great steal-to-breakaway by Scott Hartnell. Wayne Simmonds finally got through in third after a bunch of chances throughout the contest. The Flyers buckled down in this one, showing that they can bounce back from another embarrassing loss. OVI WATCH: He’s played 32 games this season and now has 28 goals. The Caps have played 34 games. He needs a few multi-goal games to get closer the legendary 50 in 50 pace.
2-1 last night. 28-24 on the season now. Allllllllright
Highlight of the Night:
Patrick Kane: American Hero.
^Projected Headline after Sochi
Just two games tonight: Senators @ Devils and Penguins @ Rangers. Devils over Senators: Ottawa is slumping big time and New Jersey isn’t playing much better, but they’re at home and have Marty in net. Penguins over Rangers: Almost picked the “upset” but the Pens are too hot right now.