My 3 stars of the night: 1. Tomas Vokoun, FLA (36 Saves, Shutout)… Vokoun came up large for the Panthers as they shut-down Washington for their third straight win. 2. Danny Briere, PHI (2 Goals, 1 Assist) 3. Andrew Brunette, MIN (2 Goals)
Game of the Night: Montreal Canadiens @ Detroit Red Wings
7:00 ET… TV: CBC, NHL Net. (US), Local Networks Records: Overall: Canadiens (18-8-2) … Red Wings (17-6-3) Last Ten: Canadiens (6-3-1) … Red Wings (5-3-2) Away/Home: Canadiens (7-4-0) … Red Wings (10-3-2) Season Series (09/10): 1-0 Red Wings
Players to watch: MTL- Tomas Plekanec
‘Pleks’ has been up and down in the last month or so, but needs to have a good game tonight. DET- Johan Franzen
‘The Mule’ has been scoring consistently in recent weeks.
Projected Goaltenders: MTL- Carey Price (2010/11 stats: 17-7-2, 1.92 GAA) DET- Jimmy Howard (2010/11 stats: 15-4-2, 2.54 GAA)
Injury Report: MTL- Scott Gomez (lower body, questionable), Andrei Markov (knee, out) DET- Mike Modano (wrist, out)
The Canadiens are getting Detroit either at the right time or the wrong time – I’d opt for the latter. Mike Babcock and company have lost three in a row (twice at home), and will be looking to turn things around tonight. Their Original Six foe is solid on the road and has won three straight, so this won’t be a gimme for the Wings. Nevertheless, I like Detroit to get the ‘W’ in this one. Prediction: Red Wings 4, Canadiens 2
The rest of tonight’s predictions:
Devils over Senators
Avalanche over Thrashers
Stars over Hurricanes
Oilers over Lightning
Ducks over Flames
--- Morning Links: - Yahoo… Nicholas Cotsonika on why Sidney Crosby is the best in the league. - Sporting News… Craig Custance with another great story; this one on the Thrashers and the city of Atlanta. - CBC… Elliotte Friedman with a theory on why P.K. Subban is being scratched. - The Hockey News… A nice story on Preds prospect Austin Watson.
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