Morning Skate (12/31)

Ryan is at the Winter Classic but here we will stick with the hockey at hand including some great WJC games today and tonight.  Now here is the Morning Skate and a Happy New Year to Ryan and everyone at the Red Light District.

Am Skate

The Morning After:

Yesterday’s scores:

Blue Jackets 3, Maple Leafs 2

Thrashers 3, Bruins 2 (SO)

Lightning 4, Canadiens 1

Sharks 5, Blackhawks 3

Avalanche 4, Oilers 3 (SO)

Flyers 7, Kings 4

Predictions record: 5-1

My 3 stars of the night:

1. Steven Stamkos, TB (2 Goals, 2 Assists)… Stamkos was in on all four Tampa Bay goals as they cruised past sputtering Montreal.

2. Mike Richards, PHI (2 Goals, 2 Assists)

3. Kristian Huselius, CBJ (2 Goals)


Tonight’s Slate:

Thrashers @ Devils, 5:00 ET

Canadiens @ Panthers, 5:00

Predators @ Wild, 6:00

Islanders @ Red Wings, 7:00

Senators @ Blue Jackets, 7:00

Flyers @ Ducks, 8:00

Canucks @ Stars, 8:00

Coyotes @ Blues, 8:30

Avalanche @ Flames, 9:00


Games of the Night:

Vancouver Canucks @ Dallas Stars

8:00 ET… TV: Local Networks



Overall: Canucks (22-8-5) … Stars (22-12-4)

Last Ten: Canucks (8-0-2) … Stars (5-3-2)

Away/Home: Canucks (9-5-3) … Stars (12-5-3)

Season Series (09/10): 3-1 Canucks


Players to watch:

VAN- Ryan Kesler

Kesler has been clutch for the Canucks with 19 points in December.

DAL- Brad Richards

There’s been no stopping Richards, who has been solid vs. Vancouver in his career.


Projected Goaltenders:

VAN- Cory Schneider (2010/11 stats: 5-0-2, 2.56 GAA)

DAL- Kari Lehtonen (2010/11 stats: 4-5-1, 3.17 GAA)


Injury Report:

VAN- Mason Raymond (thumb, out), Sami Salo (Achilles, out), Guillaume Desbiens (hand, out)

DAL- None


Game Thoughts:

A pair of division leaders faceoff tonight in Dallas. The Stars dropped a 7-3 decision to Detroit on Wednesday, so they’ll be looking to rebound. Vancouver drilled Philadelphia, 6-2, in their last game. Marc Crawford’s club is in the midst of a big litmus test week, while the Canucks will begin a six-game-in-nine-nights stretch. Go with the Stars here…

Prediction: Stars 3, Canucks 2

The rest of tonight’s predictions:

Thrashers over Devils

Canadiens over Panthers

Predators over Wild

Red Wings over Islanders

Senators over Blue Jackets

Ducks over Flyers

Blues over Coyotes

Avalanche over Flames

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!