Stars seek revenge over Devils

December 19, 2000 6:19 AM
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Tuesday, Dec. 19:

Calgary vs. Colorado: This is the Flames fourth game on the road in seven days. The Avalanche have already beaten Calgary twice this season. Predicted score: Colorado 4-1

Atlanta vs. Los Angeles: The Thrashers remain on or near the top of Southeast Division while sporting a losing record. The Kings are tough at home and continue to score goals with regularity. Predicted score: Los Angeles 5-2

Wednesday, Dec. 20:

San Jose vs. Detroit: The Sharks are playing in their third road game in five days, going coast-to-coast and back to Detroit. Red Wings to prevail over tired Sharks. Predicted score: Detroit 4-2

Dallas vs. New Jersey: This is the re-match of last year’s Stanley Cup Finals and the first meeting of the two teams this season. Look for the Stars to exact their revenge over the Devil’s on their home ice. Predicted score: Dallas 3-2

Vancouver vs. Ed-monton: Plenty of goals should be expected between these two divisional rivals. Understandably, the play is on the "over". Prediction: Canucks 5-4

Calgary vs. Phoenix: The Flames are finishing a 5-game road trip and scoring should be hard to come by. The play is on the "under". Prediction: Coyotes 3-1

Thursday, Dec. 21:

Toronto vs. Boston: The Maple Leafs continue to score goals at will, while the Bruins continue to give them up even more willingly. Predicted score: Toronto 5-2

Los Angeles vs. Colorado: The Avalanche lost to the Kings last month at the Staples Center in a high-scoring affair. Look for the AVS to reverse that game here at home. Predicted score: Colorado 6-4

Friday, Dec. 22:

New Jersey vs. Florida: Everyone seems to beat the Panthers, and the Devils are no exception. The Devils may be smarting a bit after the Dallas game, and may take it out on Florida. Prediction: New Jersey 5-1

Saturday, Dec. 23:

Carolina vs. Philadelphia: Both teams are allowing more goals against than they can put between the pipes themselves. The play is on the "under". Predicted score: Philadelphia 3-1

Chicago vs. Ottawa: Both teams will be looking ahead for the Holiday in this early afternoon contest. The play is on the "under". Predicted score: Ottawa 2-1

San Jose vs. Buffalo: The Sharks are on a real road test while playing fifth game in eight days. Hasek and the Sabres dominate this one over tired Sharks. Predicted score: Buffalo 3-1.

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