Tampa Baythe worst!

January 08, 2008 2:31 AM
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LAST WK SEASON PCT
10-2-1 29-8-2 78.3

Tuesday, Jan. 8

Lightning at Rangers: Blooming in the Garden (13-8), the Blue Shirts and Lundqvist should handle the NHL’s worst road team (3-15-1-1), Tampa Bay. RANGERS.

Avalanche at Red Wings: Unbelievable in December, expect the Wings to top Colorado, who they beat 4-2 in Denver last meeting. RED WINGS.

Blue Jackets at Blues: St. Louis shut out the Jackets twice in Columbus (3-0 both times). Netminder supreme Legace and the Blues are an easy pick against a team 6-13 on enemy ice. Low scoring also. BLUES.

Islanders at Canucks: New York has picked it up but trying to beat Luongo at Vancouver (12-6-0-2 at home) has been virtually impossible lately. CANUCKS.

Wednesday, Jan. 9

Avalanche at Caps: Ovechkin & Co. should be a live dog here versus a Colorado team skating back-to-back nights and slumping lately. CAPITALS.

Maple Leafs at Ducks: The Leafs have been getting raked of late while Anaheim and Giguere play out West where the best teams dwell. DUCKS.

Thursday, Jan. 10

Wild at Red Wings: Sounds like an order at a pizza joint. The red-hot Wings boast the league’s best goalie tandem (Osgood, Hasek), the best home and overall record. RED WINGS.

Maple Leafs at Kings: LA may have the league’s worst record, but were 3-1 in the last four to date and catch Toronto on the second night of a back-to-backer in Lalaland. KINGS.

Friday, Jan. 11

Wild at Blackhawks: This a tough game to handicap. It figures to be a defensive struggle with the first meeting having ended 1-0 for Minny. UNDER.

Islanders at Flames: The first meeting of the season. Iginla has been on fire for the Flames. The Islanders are not among the league’s best road teams. FLAMES.

Blues at Blue Jackets: Legace versus Leclaire in goal also screams UNDER with St. Louis winning 3-0 twice so far. Expect a tight-checking affair. UNDER.

Coyotes at Canucks: Phoenix and Bryzgalov have been dynamite on the road but Vancouver is an automatic take North of the Border until further notice. CANUCKS.

Saturday, Jan. 12

Lightning at Panthers: This Battle of the Sunshine State goes to Vokoun as Tampa Bay has won just three of 20 road games to date. PANTHERS.

Leafs at Sharks: Surprisingly poor in San Jose, the Sharks are still the play as Toronto just can’t find its groove. SHARKS.

Sunday, Jan. 13

Coyotes at Wild: This low-scoring matchup leans Minny’s way, having beaten Phoenix all three meetings (3-1, 3-2, 3-2) and stellar at home. WILD.

Canucks at Blues: Another low-scoring showdown with Luongo and Leclaire, two of the NHL’s top goalies in net. UNDER.

Blackhawks at Predators: The three meetings between these teams have seen seven, nine and seven goals (7.67 GPG) meaning the total is the logical approach. OVER.

Monday, Jan. 14

Rangers at Penguins: (On the VS network) Sidney Crosby and his young band of warriors have won five straight and are playing some good hockey. The Rangers have picked it up but don’t have the same momentum now that Pitt has. PENGUINS.