Games of the Night: Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Rangers
7:30 ET… TV: VERSUS, Local Networks Records: Overall: Penguins (31-15-4) … Rangers (29-20-3) Last Ten: Penguins (6-3-1) … Rangers (5-5-0) Away/Home: Penguins (14-6-3) … Rangers (12-11-2) Season Series: 2-1 Rangers
Players to watch: PIT- Jordan Staal
Staal has seven points in the last six games. NYR- Ryan Callahan
The two-way forward is set to make his return from a broken hand.
Injury Report: PIT- Sidney Crosby (concussion, out), Evgeni Malkin (knee, out), Mark Letestu (lower body, out), Mike Comrie (hip, out) NYR- Brandon Dubinsky (leg, out), Dan Girardi (ribs, questionable), Alex Frolov and Erik Christensen (knee, out), Ruslan Fedotenko (shoulder, out), Derek Boogaard (concussion, out)
The Pens and Rangers have had some good battles this year, and I wouldn’t expect it to be different tonight. Both teams are on the mend as the Rangers are getting some bodies back; Crosby and Malkin are inching closer for Pittsburgh. New York has taken two of three, but the road team has won every meeting. It’s a big game at MSG, and I like Pittsburgh here… Prediction: Penguins 3, Rangers 2
--- Philadelphia Flyers @ Tampa Bay Lightning
7:30 ET… TV: Local Networks
Injury Report: PHI- James van Riemsdyk (groin, questionable) TB- Ryan Malone (undisclosed, questionable)
The Lightning will continue their epic 12-game home-stand tonight as they welcome in the conference-leading Flyers. It will be a good test for Guy Boucher’s crew, who has already beaten the Flyers twice on the road this year. Look for Philadelphia, one of the league’s best road clubs, to get a little revenge on the Bolts. Should be a good one! Prediction: Flyers 4, Lightning 3
--- Vancouver Canucks @ Dallas Stars
8:30 ET… TV: Local Networks
Injury Report: VAN- Alex Edler (back, out), Andrew Alberts and Alexandre Bolduc (shoulder, out), Sami Salo (Achilles, out), Aaron Rome (knee, out), Guillaume Desbiens (hand, out) DAL- Jamie Benn (undisclosed, doubtful), Tom Wandell and Jeff Woywitka (shoulder, questionable), Toby Petersen (lower body, out)
Just last week, the Canucks thrashed Dallas 7-1 on home-ice; they also won 4-1 in Big D earlier this year. Don’t you think Marc Crawford’s gang will have those losses in the back of their minds? Me too. The Stars will look to get off to a good post-break start after a rocky week prior to the festivities in Raleigh. I expect this to be a close game, with Dallas finally solving Vancouver. Prediction: Stars 3, Canucks 2 (OT)
The rest of tonight’s predictions:
Hurricanes over Bruins
Devils over Senators
Maple Leafs over Panthers
Thrashers over Islanders
Blackhawks over Blue Jackets
Capitals over Canadiens
Predators over Flames
Wild over Kings
Sharks over Coyotes
--- Morning Links: - SI… Michael Farber with a great piece on the amazing All-Star Game response from Raleigh. - Sporting News… Craig Custance also chimes in on the great show that Raleigh put on this weekend. - Pro Hockey Talk… Anze Kopitar’s All-Star experience is profiled. - Nashville City Paper… Cleared to practice, Jordin Tootoo is now setting his sights on getting back in game-shape. - Icethetics… The Lightning have made some bold changes in their uniform scheme for next year. What is wrong with what they have now??
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