Wild aboutMinnesota

February 05, 2008 12:57 AM
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LAST WK SEASON PCT
6-4-1 64-38-3 62.7

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Sabres at Senators: The best team in the East hosts a Sabres team trying to pick up the pieces after a pre-All-Star swoon. The Sens are 4-1 vs. Buffalo this season and 2-0 against them in Ottawa. SENATORS.

Wild at Oilers: Minnesota has lubed the Oilers this year, going 4-1 and outscoring them 20-13 in the process. Marian Gaborik (53 points) and his Wild have been tough at the Xcel Energy Center (16-8-1) and need to win games like this to stay atop the Northwest. WILD.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Blackhawks at Blue Jackets: Pascal Leclaire leads the NHL in shutouts (8) and was second in save percentage and GAA. Columbus is solid at home (16-7-4) while Chicago, 1-3 vs. the Jax this season, has slumped after a nice start. BLUE JACKETS.

Maple Leafs at Sabres: Toronto is one of the league’s doormats, being outscored by 24 goals so far this campaign, while Buffalo has won three straight after stumbling before the A-S break. SABRES.

Thursday, Feb. 14

Lightning at Flyers: Tampa still has the least (7) road wins while Philly has been hot (8-2-1 L11) and has taken over the lead in the Atlantic and defends its home ice (13-7-5) well. FLYERS

Blackhawks at Predators: Chicago is playing the second night of a back-to-backer while Nashville plays very well in the Sommet Center (16-8-2) and should have the heart to ice the Blackhawks on Valentine’s Day. PREDATORS.

Friday, Feb. 15

Blue Jackets at Red Wings: Columbus is poor on the road (9-15-2) while Detroit boasts the top home (20-4-2) and overall (38-10-4) marks in the league. RED WINGS.

Stars at Ducks: Dallas is a respectable 4-1 against the Stanley Cup champs, outscoring Anaheim, 17-8 in the five meetings. A nice chance to bet on an underdog in what should be a low-scoring game. STARS.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Panthers at Hurricanes: Southeast-leader Carolina is 2-0 against Florida (scores of 4-2, 2-1) and gets the nod in this one at the RBC Center played in Raleigh, HURRICANES.

Kings at Coyotes: Phoenix has been reborn with Bryzgalov in goal and is a perfect 4-0 against the lowly Kings, outscoring them by a whopping 13-4. BEST BET: COYOTES

Sunday, Feb. 17

Flames at Ducks: Anaheim has picked it up as of late and gets it done at the Honda Center (16-7-4) and should benefit from the return of Teemu Selanne. FLAMES.

Predators at Wild: Stellar at home (16-8-1) and tough on the powerplay (19.1%), Minnesota is the call here against a Predators squad it’s 2-1 against so far. WILD.

Monday, Feb. 18

Hurricanes at Devils: Brodeur & Co. are fighting the Penguins and Flyers in the Atlantic and need to hold their own in games like this against lesser opponents on home ice. DEVILS.

Sharks at Islanders: Boasting the best road record (17-5-3) in the NHL, the Sharks and Nabokov (2.18 GAA) have a little more on offense than DiPietro (2.61 GAA) and the Isles. SHARKS.

Red Wings at Avalanche: The Avs fell to Detroit in the last meeting in Denver (4-2) and is 2-0 this season. RED WINGS.

Coyotes at Kings: Check out my Saturday’s writeup. Same logic applies here. COYOTES.