NHL: Lightning won’t strike

Dec 18, 2007 4:07 AM

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Lightning at Thrashers: After a slow start, Atlanta is starting to pick it up and should be able to outscore Tampa Bay, which is an abysmal 3-11-1-0 on the road. THRASHERS.

Flames at Blue Jackets: The last 10 meetings between these two have seen 40 goals (4.0 GPG). Leclaire is third in the league with a 2.02 GAA and an NHL-high six shutouts. Kiprusoff (2.78 GAA) is the hottest goalie in the league right now. Expect a low-scoring affair. UNDER.

Coyotes at Flyers: Phoenix has improved a bit for The Great One but will have its hands full against a Philly team that’s tough at home (7-4-2-1) and put up eight goals against the Pens a week ago. FLYERS.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Kings at Red Wings: Detroit always skates well against LA. The Wings have a 7-game win streak and the NHL’s best record (23-6-0-3). Whether it’s Osgood (1.75 GAA) or Hasek (2.49 GAA) in net, the Wings will dethrone the Kings in Hockeytown. RED WINGS.

Avalanche at Mighty Ducks: Colorado has been bad on the road (4-10-1-0). The Stanley Cup champs are 9-6-1-2 on home ice. DUCKS.

Thursday, Dec. 20

Red Wings at Blues: The hottest team in the league won’t want to lose to their Central Division rival, which is vastly improved behind Legace (2.22 GAA). Expect a close game. RED WINGS.

Friday, Dec. 21

Flyers at Sabres: The Sabres’ last five tilts had an average of 7.0 GPG and netminder Miller hasn’t been as strong as last season. Philly exploded for eight goals against the Pens and are clicking on offense. OVER.

Islanders at Penguins: Crosby & Co. have been getting it done lately, while the Islanders are just 2-3-0-1 over their last six games. PENGUINS.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Red Wings at Wild: Minnesota is tough at home but Detroit has more goals than any team and is red-hot. The Wild’s offense is minimal so the Wings should be able to outscore them. RED WINGS.

Kings at Predators: You can’t call LA Road Warriors (4-8-0-1) and Nashville is solid at home (8-4-1-0). Ellis (2.23 GAA) has been solid between the pipes for the Preds. PREDATORS.

Sunday, Dec. 23

Oilers at Hawks: Edmonton’s Roloson has been pathetic on the road of late (1-7-1, 3.91 GAA). Chicago is much improved this season and always tough at the United Center on Sunday nights. BLACKHAWKS.

Canadiens at Stars: Dallas comes in with a three-game win streak. Goalie Turco (2.54 GAA) should be able to get a win in Big. D. STARS.