Tuesday, Jan. 22
Bruins at Canadiens: For some reason Les Habs have the B’s number this season going a perfect 5-0 and outscoring them 23-11 in the process. CANADIENS.
Blue Jackets at Stars: Ribiero (49 points) and the Stars are 2-0 against the road-challenged Blue Jax (6-12-2) winning 3-2 and 2-1 in Columbus. Dallas also holds it own at the American Airlines Center. STARS.
Blackhawks at Sharks: Chicago has been cold (2-6-2 L10), while Nabokov (2.06 GAA) and his teammates are among the league’s elite (25-13-7). SHARKS.
Red Wings at Kings: Detroit has always skated well against the Kings and on paper this is the best team in the NHL versus the worst. The Wings are 2-0 vs. LA, outscoring them 10-3 so far. RED WINGS.
Wednesday, Jan. 23
Capitals at Maple Leafs: Skating in syrup these days, the Maple Leafs lost 7-1 to the Caps in Toronto in their only meeting. First of a home-and-home, back-to-backer. CAPITALS.
Blues at Canucks: Legace-Luongo (2.06-2.04 GAA) is a wash in net so give the edge to the homeboy Canucks up in The Great White North where they have been exceptional on home ice (13-7-2). CANUCKS.
Thursday, Jan. 24
Canadiens at Devils: Brodeur blanked the Canadiens, 4-0 on Nov. 30 so expect a tight-checking game with road-tested Montreal (15-7-3) in Newark. UNDER.
Sabres at Stars: Buffalo has slumped big-time lately (0-5-5 L10). Turco (2.44 GAA) and "The Team That Used To Play In Minnesota" needs wins against average nonconference teams. STARS.
Predators at Coyotes: Certainly not Road Warriors (9-12-2), the Predators face an energized Coyotes squad (7-3 L10) that under coach Wayne Gretzky is making hockey very popular with all Phoenicians in the Valley of the Sun. COYOTES.
Sunday, Jan. 27
(All-Star Game, Atlanta)
West at East: (NBC television) The West has the better goalies while the East has a plethora of offensive talent in Crosby, Ovechkin, Alfredsson, Lecavalier, St. Louis, Spezza and the hometown favorite in this game, Ilya Kovalchuk, who is tied for the scoring lead (63 points) and should be good for at least one goal in this perennially fun matchup.
After a two-year All-Star game hiatus, the West pasted the East, 12-9 in last year’s scorefest in Big D — the third highest scoring game in A-S history. Despite the big names in the nets (Note the Canucks’ Luongo has opted not to play) fresh for each of the periods they will play, expect the offenses to dominate as the firepower on both sides is just too much. I think the West will be up for the challenge and provide decent value as a small underdog. WEST, (9-7).