Ottawa’s stellar efforts should continue

December 24, 2007 6:17 AM
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Wednesday, Dec. 26

Lightning at Capitals: Washington is 4-3 in its last seven while Tampa is a paltry 3-12-1 on the road. CAPITALS.

Sharks at Kings: San Jose is the best road team in the league (12-3-0-2) and tops in penalty killing (87.7 percent). SHARKS.

Thursday, Dec. 27

Islanders at Senators: Ottawa has three win streaks of at least five to date and the Spezza-Alfredsson-Heatley line has been dynamic. The Sens look to avenge a 3-2 road loss last month. SENATORS.

Blue Jackets at Predators: Nashville, the only team in the Central under .500, is 8-6-1 at home. Columbus has lost 8 of 10 on enemy ice. PREDATORS.

Friday, Dec. 28

Sabres at Devils: Buffalo has been picking it up a bit, but the Devils and Brodeur (2.26 GAA) are tough (9-5) in their new Prudential Center in Newark. DEVILS.

Sharks at Blues: San Jose and Thornton get it done on the road as the swooning Blues have cooled off after a nice start. Low scoring. SHARKS.

Saturday, Dec. 29

Capitals at Senators: Ovechkin & Co. invade Ottawa where the Senators boast the league’s second-best record (22-8-3). Gerber (2.35 GAA) is better between the pipes than Kolzig (2.88). SENATORS.

Red Wings at Coyotes: Phoenix has played well lately, but asking the Coyotes to beat the best team in the NHL is a stretch. RED WINGS.

Blues at Stars: Dallas is tough in the Big D (9-5-1-1) and the Blues have had the blues this month starting 3-5. Expect Modano and the Stars (23.1 percent) on the power play, to get the money in a low-scoring matchup. STARS.

Ducks at Flames: Calgary went 6-0 on its recent road trip, becoming the fourth team in league history to do so. Red-hot Iginla and the Flames lost to Anaheim 4-1 on home ice last month. Expect a better showing on this occasion. Under 5 goals also looks tempting. FLAMES.

Sunday, Dec. 30

Ducks at Canucks: The Stanley Cup champs aren’t the same this campaign, posting a 17-15-5 mark and being outscored by 12 goals in the process. Vancouver is a torrid 8-1-2 in its last 11 at home with Luongo in goal getting four shutouts and averaging just 0.70 GPG in that span. CANUCKS.

Monday, Dec. 31

Thrashers at Bruins: The B’s Thomas is tops in save percentage (.936) while backup Auld has proven to be a nice acquisition. Boston is 8-5-1 at home while Atlanta has given up the second most goals (116) in the NHL. BRUINS.

Sharks at Wild: When it’s Nabokov (2.00 GAA) and Backstrom (2.29) in goal and the game is in Minnesota, there shouldn’t be much scoring. UNDER.

Blues at Red Wings: Detroit shut out St. Louis (3-0) last meeting in the Joe Louis Arena. This game shouldn’t be much different. The Wings are an NHL-best 16-2-1 at home. RED WINGS.