Tuesday, Dec. 26:
Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo: This is the third meeting between these two clubs as each team has a victory under their belts. The Sabres are extremely tough at home and with Hasek in the NET, they will be hard to beat. Buffalo 4-2.
Columbus vs. St. Louis: This game is no contest. The Blues have the best home record in the NHL while the Blue Jackets have one of the worst road records. Take St. Louis, then get in line to collect. St. Louis 6-2.
San Jose vs. Los Angeles: The Sharks have one of the best road records in the league behind the superb goal tending of Evgeni Nabokov. This Divisional match-up should provide plenty of action in a hard-hitting affair. San Jose 4-3.
Wednesday, Dec. 27:
Columbus vs. New Jersey: The Devils are the defending Stanley Cup Champions and they are on top of the Atlantic Division while the expansion Blue Jackets are the door mat of the Central Division and they are playing their second consecutive road game in two nights. New Jersey 5-1.
Toronto vs. Pittsburgh: All eyes will be watching Super Marios return to the ice. However, the Maple Leafs will spoil his return. Toronto 5-3.
Minnesota vs. Detroit: The Red Wings are playing about .500 at home, but the Wild is about .250 on the road. Detroit will double anything the Wild can produce. Detroit 6-3
Anaheim vs. Dallas: The Ducks will be without their leading scorer, Paul Kariya, for this Divisional match-up, due to a cracked metatarsal in his right foot. The Stars are chasing San Jose for the top spot in the Pacific Division. Dallas 4-1.
Montreal vs. Vancouver: The Canadians are the worst team in the league while the Canucks are playing solid hockey. Vancouver 6-2.
Friday, Dec. 29:
Washington vs. New Jersey: Both these teams lead their division in the Eastern Conference and this is a heated rivalry. Expect a lot of heavy hitting in a low-scoring affair. New Jersey squeaks it out 2-1.
Nashville vs. Colorado: The Avalanche sport one of the best home records in the NHL while the Predators are playing below .500 on the road. Take the AVS with Roy in the net by 4-1.