Games of the Night: Montreal Canadiens (41-28-10) @ New York Rangers (40-30-9) 7:00 ET… TV: Local Networks
Players to watch: MTL- Roman Hamrlik NYR- Sean Avery
Projected Goaltenders: MTL- Jaroslav Halak (Last night vs. OTT: 20 Saves, 3 GA) NYR- Henrik Lundqvist (08-09 stats: 35-25-7, 2.46 GAA)
Season Series: 2-1 Canadiens
Game Thoughts: A win tonight will clinch a playoff berth for the Habs. But do you actually think they’ll make it that easy on themselves in this year of turmoil?? Rangers in a tight one.
Prediction: Rangers 3, Canadiens 2 (SO) -- Florida Panthers (39-29-11) @ Philadelphia Flyers (42-25-11) 7:00 ET… TV: Local Networks
Players to watch: FLA- Cory Stillman PHI- Scott Hartnell
Projected Goaltenders: FLA- Tomas Vokoun (08-09 stats: 24-22-6, 2.48 GAA) PHI- Martin Biron (08-09 stats: 27-17-5, 2.80 GAA)
Season Series: 2-1 Panthers
Game Thoughts: A couple weeks ago, the Panthers won at Philly to give a boost to their playoff hopes. They’ll try to do the same tonight, but I don’t see it happening. The Flyers will respond from their SO loss to the Sens on Saturday.
Prediction: Flyers 4, Panthers 2 -- Washington Capitals (48-23-8) @ Atlanta Thrashers (34-39-6) 7:00 ET… TV: Local Networks
Players to watch: WSH- Mike Green ATL- Rich Peverley
Projected Goaltenders: WSH- Jose Theodore (08-09 stats: 31-16-5, 2.82 GAA) ATL- Ondrej Pavelec (08-09 stats: 3-6-0, 3.55 GAA)
Season Series: 3-2 Capitals
Game Thoughts: I would pick Atlanta… but knowing that Pavelec will likely get the start, I like Washington’s chances to win this one.
Prediction: Capitals 5, Thrashers 3 -- Boston Bruins (51-17-10) @ Ottawa Senators (35-34-10) 7:30 ET… TV: Local Networks
Players to watch: BOS- Blake Wheeler OTT- Dany Heatley
Projected Goaltenders: BOS- Tim Thomas (08-09 stats: 34-11-7, 2.07 GAA) OTT- Brian Elliott (08-09 stats: 16-7-3, 2.72 GAA)
Season Series: 5-0 Bruins
Game Thoughts: The Bruins are gonna win this one. Ottawa played spoiler last night in Montreal, but I don’t see it tonight against a hot Boston team.
Prediction: Bruins 2, Senators 1 -- Chicago Blackhawks (43-24-11) @ Nashville Predators (39-32-8) 8:00 ET… TV: Local Networks
Players to watch: CHI- Patrick Kane NSH- Jason Arnott
Projected Goaltenders: CHI- Nikolai Khabibulin (08-09 stats: 23-8-6, 2.39 GAA) NSH- Pekka Rinne (08-09 stats: 28-13-4, 2.28 GAA)
Season Series: 3-2 Predators
Game Thoughts: The Predators absolutely have to win this one, as they’re final 2 will be played on the road. To me, it’s a battle of the top lines – Chicago’s Kane/Toews/Havlat vs. Nashville’s Sullivan/Arnott/Dumont. I think the Preds will take this one…
Game Thoughts: Calgary can basically win the division tonight with a regulation win. The Canucks are playing with heavy hearts and lost to Colorado on home-ice on Sunday; the Flames steadily pounded LA 4-1 last night. But I think Vancouver is gonna be jacked up for this game, and will make it harder on the Flames to win the Northwest.
Prediction: Canucks 4, Flames 2 -- St. Louis Blues (38-31-10) @ Phoenix Coyotes (34-38-7) 10:00 ET… TV: Local Networks
Players to watch: STL- David Backes PHX- Scottie Upshall
Projected Goaltenders: STL- Chris Mason (08-09 stats: 24-21-7, 2.51 GAA) PHX- Al Montoya (08-09 stats: 2-1-0, 2.34 GAA)
Season Series: 3-0 Blues
Game Thoughts: This could be a tricky one for the Blues as they look to avoid a 2nd straight loss on the road to a non-playoff team. I think they’ll win, but Phoenix has the capability to make this one closer than it should be.
Prediction: Blues 3, Coyotes 2 The rest of tonight’s predictions: Devils over Maple Leafs Hurricanes over Islanders Penguins over Lightning Sharks over Avalanche
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