morning shot of hockey to go with your coffee.
LAST NIGHT’S SCORES:
Quick Hits Today. Here are my picks in case you missed them. Asterisk indicates who I picked:
Bruins edge Preds 3-2 (OT) – Big props to Niklas Svedberg, the Bruins goaltender, on making 33 saves last night. The Preds outshot the Bruins 35-25 but when you have great goaltending and an even better defense, you don’t need to win the shots battle.
Islanders drop Blackhawks 3-2 (OT) – This game had a surprisingly low number of hits, 13-3 in favor of New York. The other strange statistic is that there were a total of 20 giveaways, 11/9 – NYI/CHI. While Corey Crawford had 31 saves, Evgeni Nabokov stopped 37 shots from the Blackhawks’ explosive offense.
Canes top Caps 4-3 (OT) – Well Ovi finally broke out of his goal drought, but the real story here is Jeff Skinner. Skinner scored the first goal of the game, the goal that tied up at 3, and the OT goal; simply put, clutch. This featured another goalie with a big win. This time, Anton Khodobin stopped 38 of 41 Washington shots, including NINE from Alex Ovechkin.
Senators* edge Jets 4-3 – While the Sens lost the giveaway battle 11-7, they dominated the takeaway battle 14-4. Combined with winning the faceoff battle, Ottawa’s great possession of the puck is why they won this game.
Blues* blank Kings 5-0 – Remember what I said yesterday about how not much has changed in St. Louis for the Blues? Still hasn’t changed. Brian Elliot stopped 30 out of 30 shots well the St. Louis offense capitalized on the seven giveaways by LA.
Wild blast Sabres 4-1 – The Wild had been in a slump coming into this game. If you need to break out of a slump, call the Buffalo Sabres.
Canadiens* down Stars in wild game 6-4 – Woah. Was not expecting ten goals out of this game. Nor was I expecting to see both teams combine for 38 penalty minutes. Both teams only were able to convert one power play, now that sounds about right. Both P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty had four-point-games last night.
Blue Jackets blank Coyotes 2-0 – Welcome back Nathan Horton! Horton made his Columbus Blue Jackets’ debut by scoring on the power play. The bigger story for the Blue Jackets is Curtis McElhinney. He made 34 saves last night and has stepped up big-time since Sergei Bobrovski got hurt. Columbus is only two points out of fourth place in the Metropolitan and McElhinney will need to continue to play well.
Sharks dominate Oilers in San Jose 5-1 – San Jose chomps up most opponents that come into the Shark Tank (15-1-3) and the Oilers are awful on the road (7-14-3), this one was easy to see coming. The Sharks rocked the Oilers on the hits battle 24-10 and stole the puck away from Edmonton 12 times. Chomped.
3-0 last night! 39-33 on the season now.
The Flyers continued their road trip last night in Colorado by falling to the Avalanche 2-1. The Flyers really just couldn’t capitalize. The Avs gave the puck away eight times and the Flyers couldn’t score on that nor on the usually great road power play (0 for 3). Wayne Simmonds scored again last night for his 13th goal of the season.
Highlight of the Night:
I said before and I’ll say it again, CLUTCH.
GAMES THIS WEEKEND:
Tomorrow night, the Flyers travel to Phoenix for their final game in the West on this road trip. The Flyers and Coyotes played way back at the start of the season in Philadelphia in which the Coyotes won 2-1. A lot has changed since this game, the Flyers have been playing extremely well since the month of October and Phoenix has really cooled off since going back and forth with the Sharks for first place in the Pacific Division. Phoenix now has 49 points and is 3-3-4 in their last 10 games. If the Flyers can play the complete game they had been playing before last night, this is a very winnable game for Philadelphia.
Three games to watch out for this weekend are: Rangers @ Penguins tonight at 7, Canucks @ Kings tomorrow at 10, and Sharks @ Blackhawks on Sunday at 8. Penguins over Rangers: if this game was in New York, this game would be more of a toss-up. But it’s in Pittsburgh, and the Pens are 17-3 at home this year. Kings over Canucks: LA’s in a slump right now. However, the last four losses were on the road. A return home should do trick to break them out of this lull. Blackhawks over Sharks: The Blackhawks are at home and St. Louis is gaining on them. Regardless of that, the Chicago offense is highly explosive and the San Jose defense will have a tough time stopping them in Chicago.
LET’S GO FLYERS!!!!!