Morning Skate (3/13)

BallHype: hype it up!

Its too windy and rainy to get consistent power and internet but Ryan bailed us out….

The Morning After:
Yesterday’s scores:

Devils 3, Penguins 1
Lightning 3, Capitals 2
Wild 3, Sabres 2
Rangers 5, Thrashers 2
Kings 2, Stars 1 (SO)
Predators 1, Ducks 0
Predictions record: 4-2

My 3 stars from last night:
1. Pekka Rinne, NSH
(31 Saves, Shutout)
‘Peks’ delivered a big shutout for the Preds a night after their 3rd period collapse.
2. Jonathan Bernier, LA (29 Saves, 1 GA)
Bernier’s first start of the season was a good one, lifting the Kings to victory in Quick’s absence.
3. Vaclav Prospal, NYR (2 Goals, 1 Assist)
Prospal’s 3 points helped the Rangers run away from Atlanta.

Today’s Slate:
Blackhawks @ Flyers, 1:00 ET
Panthers @ Sharks, 4:00
Oilers @ Maple Leafs, 7:00
Bruins @ Canadiens, 7:00
Devils @ Islanders, 7:00
Coyotes @ Hurricanes, 7:00
Sabres @ Red Wings, 7:00
Blues @ Blue Jackets, 7:00
Senators @ Canucks, 10:00

Games of the Day:
Chicago Blackhawks @ Philadelphia Flyers

1:00 ET… TV: Local Networks

Blackhawks (44-17-5) … Flyers (35-27-4)
Last Ten: Blackhawks (7-2-1) … Flyers (7-2-1)
Away/Home: Blackhawks (18-10-3) … Flyers (20-12-2)
Season Series: First meeting

Players to watch:
CHI- Patrick Kane
He’s on a 9-game point streak, and had 2 assists vs. Philly last year.
PHI- Jeff Carter
Carter has scored on a goal in 9 of the last 10 games.

Projected Goaltenders:
CHI- Cristobal Huet
(09/10 stats: 26-12-4, 2.38 GAA)
PHI- Michael Leighton (09/10 stats: 16-8-2, 2.80 GAA)

Injury Report:
PHI- Ray Emery (hip, out)

Game Thoughts:
Chicago and Philly square off for a matinee dandy featuring two of the league’s best offensive teams. The Flyers have been hit and miss since the break, while the ‘Hawks are coming off a big overtime win over L.A. If Niemi gets the start, it could pay dividends since he’s been so good on the road. But I think I like Philly here… the game means more to them.
Prediction: Flyers 4, Blackhawks 2

Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens
7:00 ET… TV: CBC, NHL Net. (US), Local Networks

Bruins (30-24-12) … Canadiens (34-29-6)
Last Ten: Bruins (7-2-1) … Canadiens (6-4-0)
Away/Home: Bruins (16-11-6) … Canadiens (17-13-4)
Season Series: 4-1 Canadiens

Players to watch:
BOS- Patrice Bergeron

With Savard out, Bergeron has stepped up with 5 points in 2 games.
MTL- Scott Gomez
Gomez is starting to play better, and recently had a 4-game point streak.

Projected Goaltenders:
BOS- Tuukka Rask
(09/10 stats: 15-8-4, 2.11 GAA)
MTL- Jaroslav Halak (09/10 stats: 21-10-2, 2.54 GAA)

Injury Report:
Marc Savard (concussion, out), Miroslav Satan and Andrew Ference (groin, questionable)
MTL- Mike Cammalleri and Marc-Andre Bergeron (knee, out)

Game Thoughts:
The best rivalry in the league renews tonight in Montreal! The Habs have been terrific since the break, flying out to a 5-1 record. Boston has been inconsistent recently, and has dropped 4 of 5 meetings to Montreal this year. Can Jacques Martin’s gang keep up their recent success? I think they will, but Boston will make it very interesting…
Prediction: Canadiens 3, Bruins 2

Ottawa Senators @ Vancouver Canucks
10:00 ET… TV: CBC

Senators (37-26-5) … Canucks (41-23-3)
Last Ten: Senators (4-5-1) … Canucks (6-3-1)
Away/Home: Senators (14-17-1) … Canucks (23-7-1)
Season Series: 1-0 Senators

Players to watch:
OTT- Jason Spezza
Spezza has gone 5 games without a goal… he’s due!
VAN- Mikael Samuelsson
He’s on a big 5-game point streak, but hasn’t fared well vs. Ottawa in his career.

Projected Goaltenders:
OTT- Pascal Leclaire
(09/10 stats: 11-11-2, 3.00 GAA)
VAN- Roberto Luongo (09/10 stats: 34-18-2, 2.46 GAA)

Injury Report:
Filip Kuba and Chris Kelly (lower body, questionable), Nick Foligno (leg, out), Chris Campoli (knee, out)
VAN- Willie Mitchell (concussion, out), Kevin Bieksa (ankle, out), Steve Bernia (hernia, out)

Game Thoughts:
After going 8-5-1 on the league-record road trip, the Canucks return home to take on country counterpart Ottawa. Cory Clouston’s Sens will finish their west coast swing tonight. After such a long trip, the Canucks could have a letdown at home. With that being said, I think they’ll pick up the win and extend their division lead.
Prediction: Canucks 3, Senators 2 (SO)

The rest of tonight’s predictions:
Sharks over Panthers
Maple Leafs over Oilers
Devils over Islanders
Hurricanes over Coyotes
Red Wings over Sabres
Blues over Blue Jackets

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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!