Morning Skate Deluxe, Sunday 3/29

BallHype: hype it up!

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Today’s Slate:
Blues @ Blue Jackets, 5:00 ET
Predators @ Red Wings, 5:00
Senators @ Lightning, 6:00
Canucks @ Blackhawks, 7:00
Bruins @ Flyers, 7:00
Wild @ Oilers, 8:00
Avalanche @ Ducks, 8:00

Games of the Night:
Game #1: Vancouver Canucks @ Chicago Blackhawks

7:00 ET… TV: Local Networks

Records:
Overall:
Canucks (40-25-9) … Blackhawks (40-22-11)
Last Ten: Canucks (6-3-1) … Blackhawks (4-4-2)
Away/Home: Canucks (18-14-5) … Blackhawks (21-8-7)
Season Series: 2-1 Blackhawks

Players to watch:
VAN- Mats Sundin
Sundin lit up the ‘Hawks in their last meeting and has good career numbers against them.
CHI- Dave Bolland
Chicago will need a good all around game from Bolland tonight.

Projected Goaltenders:
VAN- Roberto Luongo
(08-09 stats: 28-11-6, 2.43 GAA)
CHI- Nikolai Khabibulin (08-09 stats: 20-7-6, 2.50 GAA)

Injury Report:
VAN-
Rick Rypien (personal, out)
CHI- Matt Walker (lower body, doubtful), Brent Sopel (elbow, out)

Game Thoughts:
A big, big game in the UC tonight… potential 1st round home-ice on the line. Vancouver smoked Chicago last time out, 7-3 at GM Place. Look for the ‘Hawks to have a bit of payback on their minds. On the Canucks’ side of things, they should be more worried about catching Calgary for the division. Chicago has won 3 in a row and I expect them to win another close one to extend their lead on the Canucks.

Prediction: Blackhawks 4, Canucks 3

Game #2: Boston Bruins @ Philadelphia Flyers
7:00 ET… TV: Local Networks

Records:
Overall:
Bruins (47-17-10) … Flyers (41-23-10)
Last Ten: Bruins (5-4-1) … Flyers (6-4-0)
Away/Home: Bruins (22-11-4) … Flyers (22-11-4)
Season Series: 2-1 Flyers

Players to watch:
BOS- Dennis Wideman

Wideman, who had 3 A yesterday, needs to have similar 2-way performance tonight.
PHI- Joffrey Lupul
Lupul, who had 2 G yesterday, needs to come through in the clutch once again.

Projected Goaltenders:
BOS- Tim Thomas
(08-09 stats: 31-11-7, 2.11 GAA)
PHI- Martin Biron (Last night @ NYI: 30 Saves, 3 GA)

Injury Report:
BOS-
Marco Sturm (knee, out)
PHI- None

Game Thoughts:
Philly has had Boston’s number in Beantown this year, but not at home. The Bruins are coming off a wild 7-5 win in Toronto last night… while Philly needed a shootout to deposit the Isles. In the end, Tim Thomas is fresh so I like the Bruins to pick up the win in this possible 2nd or 3rd round playoff matchup.

Prediction: Bruins 3, Flyers 2
The rest of tonight’s predictions:

Blue Jackets over Blues
Red Wings over Predators
Senators over Lightning
Wild over Oilers
Ducks over Avalanche

About Chris Wassel

Simply I am a hockey writer who is a jack of all trades. Whether it is draft, fantasy, NHL, KHL, AHL, etc...I probably can write about it. The challenge in hockey is to be able to step out of your comfort zone and write like you are still there. Hopefully you enjoy the humor in the writing on the site and tell your friends. Thanks for reading!

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