Hockey Roundup: December 20, 2013

Your morning shot of hockey to go with your coffee.


Quick Hits Today. Here are my picks in case you missed them. Asterisk indicates who I picked

Sabres down Bruins 4-2. – More like “Ryan Miller shuts down Bruins.” This guy had 34 saves last night propelling Buffalo to a rare multi-game winning streak.

Maple Leafs edge Coyotes 2-1 (SO). – JVR had the game winner in the shootout which is exciting. Especially since the rest of the game was just an extremely defensive effort by both teams. James Reimer had 34 Saves for Toronto.

Penguins* blast Wild 5-2. – The fact that Sid the Kid had two goals in this one makes the fact that I called it less fun. I guess it’d be worse if I hadn’t picked them. Damn you, Crosby.

Panthers beat Senators 4-2. – You know a slump has gotten bad when you lose to the Florida Panthers at home. You have to give Florida Goalie Scott Clemmensen the credit for this one. The guy made 32 saves against what should a very prolific offense in Ottawa.

Red Wings edge Flames 3-2 (OT). – Daniel Alfredsson hasn’t been exactly who the Wings would’ve hoped when they first acquired him. He scored two last night bringing his total to nine and there’s still a lot of hockey to be played.

Lighting defeat Predators 4-2. – Pretty easy to see this outcome. Especially when Martin St. Louis scores.

Blues* blast Canadiens 5-1. – As was this one. St. Louis manhandled the Habs. Alexander Steen scored twice last night to bring his count to 24. Odds are that he won’t catch Ovi but watch out for him.

Stars down Canucks 4-1. – The Stars may be 17-12-5 but they are much better than their record shows. In reality, the Canucks should have won this game but Dallas is a team that has the potential to play these kinds of games.

Avs beat Oilers 4-2. – Young scoring all around! Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Matt Duchene all scoring in this one. Ultimately, Colorado is a better team than Edmonton and the score shows so.

And now this:

Flyers rally over Blue Jackets 5-4. – YEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! This may have been the greatest hockey game I’ve ever been to. Completely Biased. Especially because the first two periods were awful. The first period was bad on both sides. Poor possessions, poor shots, and a goal from a poor mistake on a poor power play. The Blue Jackets turned it around in the second period to go up 3-0. The Flyers came out and scored quickly, TWICE! 3-2 CBJ. Then the Jackets struck back and that seemed to be the nail in the coffin. I’m talking to this Blue Jackets fan sitting next to me about how the Flyers will come into Saturday with a serious chip on their shoulder and then BOOM! Eric Gustafson scores! Not even a minute later, Michael Raffl takes a shot, it trickles behind Curtis McElhinney. The Flyers had missed so many tricklers like that and Captain Claude was tired of it, he stuffed it in! And then, GOAL OF THE YEAR! YOU’LL SEE IT BELOW, FLYERS WIN! FLYERS WIN! FLYERS WIN!!!!!!!!! Incredible comeback!

2-1  last night. 32-25 on the season now.

Highlight of the Night:

That was Giroux’s 100th NHL Goal. What a way to do it.


The Flyers and Blue Jackets will continue their home-and-home tomorrow in Columbus. The Flyers need to play a complete game here. Especially because the Blue Jackets will have a serious chip on their shoulder.

Three games to keep an eye out for this weekend are: Canucks @ Blackhawks tonight, Avs @ Kings on Saturday afternoon, and Wild @ Rangers on Sunday night. Blackhawks over Canucks: Chicago is too good at home and the Canucks have cooled off. Kings over Avs: LA is also a great home team and are on a hot-streak, I like their chances. Wild over Rangers: Gotta go with the West over East trend.



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