Hockey Roundup: January 13th, 2014

Your morning shot of hockey to go with your coffee.

FRIDAY’S PICKS:

So I messed up on Friday and didn’t make picks for Saturday nor did I preview the two Flyers games. Whoops. S here are the Quick Hits on Friday’s picks. Here they are in case you missed them. Asterisk indicates who I picked:

Caps* edge Maple Leafs 3-2 OVI SCORED!!! He finally did it! Nonetheless, the Leafs gave away the puck too many times, that’s why they lost this game. The Caps will need to fix the 0 for 4 on the power play though.

Oilers rally to down Penguins* 4-3 in OT  Well like I said on Friday, Sidney Crosby did give the young guys props. Taylor Hall scored and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice (including the game winner) and got an assist. Oh, the irony!

Canucks drop Blues* 2-1 Gotta give Vancouver credit. Backup Goalie Eddie Lack stopped 30 of 31 St. Louis shots and the team blocked 17 shots. That’s playing the Tortorella system down to a T. Well, not entirely down to a T, the Canucks did give the puck away a bunch of times.

1-2 on Friday. 48-42 on the season now.

Highlight of the Weekend:

Save of the Year? USA!

BLUNDER of the Weekend:

USA? USA!

GAMES  TONIGHT:

Four games around the league tonight: Flames @ Hurricanes at 7, Lightning @ Blue Jackets at 7, Coyotes @ Jets at 8, and Canucks @ Kings at 10:30. Hurricanes over Flames: Both of these teams have had a rough season so the difference maker? The Canes are playing better hockey as of right now. Lighting over Blue Jackets: Both of these teams are playing very well right now. Tampa Bay’s defense is a the difference here. Their offense has still been great since they all the injuries, but the defense has really stepped up. Columbus still has a negative goal differential, even with Bob returning. Coyotes over Jets: Phoenix has been slumping but Winnipeg has been worse. Much worse. They are good at home and the Coyotes aren’t very good on the road, but I’m going to let the trends speak for themselves. Kings over Canucks: Easily the best game of the night. Both teams really need a win right now to stay in the Pacific Division race. LA is great at home and Jonathan Quick is back, that’s good enough for me.

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