My 3 stars of the night: 1. Carey Price, MTL (31 Saves, Shutout)… The Price was right for Montreal last night as Carey backstopped the Habs to a 2-0 win over Vancouver. 2. Jason Spezza, OTT (2 Goals, 1 Assist) 3. Eric Staal, CAR (4 Assists) Close but no cigar: S. Stamkos and D. Ellis, TB; J. Corvo and J. Skinner, CAR; J. Hiller, ANA; M. Hendricks, WSH; D. Moss, CGY ---
Tonight’s Slate: Sabres @ Devils, 7:00 ET Bruins @ Penguins, 7:00 Blues @ Blue Jackets, 7:00 Maple Leafs @ Panthers, 7:30 Coyotes @ Blackhawks, 8:30 Islanders @ Ducks, 10:00
Games of the Night: St. Louis Blues @ Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 ET… TV: Local Networks
Records: Overall: Blues (9-1-2) … Blue Jackets (8-5-0) Last Ten: Blues (7-1-2) … Blue Jackets (7-3-0) Away/Home: Blues (3-1-2) … Blue Jackets (4-4-0) Season Series (09/10): Tied 3-3
Players to watch: STL- Alex Steen Steen has played well in the last couple weeks with six points in five games. CBJ- Derick Brassard Brassard is on a hot streak with at least a point in the last seven games.
Projected Goaltenders: STL- Jaroslav Halak (2010/11 stats: 8-1-1, 1.46 GAA) CBJ- Steve Mason (2010/11 stats: 4-4-0, 3.30 GAA)
Injury Report: STL- David Perron (dizziness, out), Barret Jackman (knee, out), Carlo Colaiacovo (concussion, out), Roman Polak (arm, out), Brad Winchester (leg, doubtful) CBJ- Kristian Huselius (ankle, out), Mike Commodore (thumb, questionable), Andrew Murray (knee, questionable), Ethan Moreau (hand, out) Game Thoughts: The surprising Blue Jackets will be put to the test in the next stretch or so as they make their first road trip out west and start to play against division opponents. Tonight they welcome the scorching St. Louis Blues to town, winners of seven in a row. Davis Payne’s gang may be hit hard by injuries, but they are in such a groove right now. Plus, Mason has struggled against the Blues in his young career. Blues make it eight straight… Prediction: Blues 3, Blue Jackets 1 --- Wednesday Game of the Week: Boston Bruins (7-3-1) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (7-7-1) 7:00 ET… TV: NHL Net. (US), Local Networks 2009/10 Season Series: 3-1 Penguins
Prediction: Penguins 3, Bruins 2 (OT) More to come from this game… ---
The rest of tonight’s predictions: Devils over Sabres Panthers over Maple Leafs Blackhawks over Coyotes Islanders over Ducks --- Sausage Morning Links: - Sporting News… Craig Custance on the potential changes to the All-Star Game. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review… Sidney Crosby and Dan Bylsma disagree on the Pens’ goaltending situation. - On the Forecheck… Dirk ponders who to sit once Ryan Suter and Martin Erat return for Nashville. --- Video of the Day:
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