Your morning shot of hockey to go with your coffee
Didn’t write a post on Friday, but I went 1-2 from Thursday’s picks. I’m now 55-48 on the year. It was a busy weekend for hockey, the Flyers went 1-0-1 with a shootout loss on Thursday down in Nashville but then rebounded by winning a wild game at home against the Islanders on Saturday night. Elsewhere on Saturday, the Sharks/Lightning game featured four goals from Martin St. Louis, but a hat trick from Joe Pavelski led the Sharks to the 5-4 win. Iceman already covered the crazy brawl in Vancouver, but there is a bigger story that unfortunately is not getting the proper coverage. With 26.1 left in the third period during the Kings/Red Wings game, Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall took a shot that was deflected out of play off the protective netting. The puck came back into play and hit off of Jonathan Quick’s back, into the net:
The goal stood because the refs didn’t see the puck bounce off of the net, therefore making it un-reviewable. Horrible. The upsetting thing is that Detroit went on to win the game in a shootout. The Kronwall goal was literally the difference maker. Thankfully for LA, they still got one point from losing in the shootout. That extra point could come back to haunt them at the end of the season, however.
The Flyers and Islanders wrap up their home-and-home today with a MLK Day matinee. This will be the final game between these division opponents, the Flyers have won all three of the previous match-ups. The last time the Flyers played up in Long Island was back in October, a game the Flyers won 5-2 thanks to Vinny Lecavalier’s hat-trick. Ray Emery will be in net for the Flyers and you can catch this game at 1pm on Comcast SportsNet.
Six other games around the league on this Martin Luther King day. Three games to keep an eye out for are: Kings @ Bruins at 3, Blues @ Red Wings at 7:30, and Maple Leafs @ Coyotes at 8. Kings over Bruins: LA is going to fueled after their controversial loss on Saturday. While Boston has the best defense in the Eastern Conference, there is one better team in the league with a better defense: the Los Angeles Kings. Blues over Red Wings: St. Louis is very familiar with Joe Louis Arena, an arena the Red Wings are not nearly as dominate as they were when they played in the Central Division. Coyotes over Maple Leafs: Very even matchup in this one, both teams have the same number points and very similar goal differentials. Both teams are also great at home but awful on the road and this game is being played in Phoenix.
LET’S GO FLYERS!!!