Notch is back again with his winners. Maybe his tips will help you with some tough decisions on your Saturday ticket.
Washington at Montreal 12:30 PM EST
Montreal is focusing on trying to improve their home record. If they could do that, they would be one of the top teams in the Eastern conference. Washington is coming off a shutout loss at the hands of The Bruins after sweeping a home-and-home series with Ottawa. The last time these two clubs met was in Washington on Dec.20th and the Canadians won 5-2 despite being outshot 37-21.
Montreal in a shootout – T
Detroit at Dallas 2:00 PM EST
This is Game 2 of a home-and home series. Dallas welcomes back their powerplay QB named Sergei Zubov. When Zubov was out they missed him desperately, losing both games by a combined 6 goals. When Detroit was missing key players including Zetterberg and Holmstrom they didn’t seem to miss a beat. Is Detroit actually this good?
Detroit in a shootout – T
Florida at Pittsburgh 3:00 PM EST
Ty Conklin…enough said. Moving on, it took Pittsburgh 2 full periods to get going against Toronto because of skating on snow-covered, poor ice the game before. With their indoor legs finally moving it was men against boys in the 3rd period versus Toronto. Florida is always up for a game and usually keeps games close. 12 of Florida’s last 17 games have been decided by one goal.
Pittsburgh – H
New Jersey at Boston
Boston’s injury troubles are well-documented. The have been struggling of late but the acquisition of Shane Hnidy calmed the waters somehow and Boston played well in a shutout win over the surging Capitals. New Jersey has won both meetings this year. New Jersey is not very good on the road, and Boston is a better team at home. This will be The Devils 3rd game in 4 nights having played Philly last night.
Boston – H
Philadelphia at Toronto
Philadelphia has one 3 in a row (maybe 4 Friday night vs. Devils), after a 6 game losing streak in mid-December. Philly has beaten Toronto in the only game they have played this year, a 4-1 home victory. Toronto has been struggling of late going 4-6-2 in their last 12. The Leafs may be able to take advantage of Philly playing on back-2-back nights.
Philadelphia – V
Tampa Bay at Ottawa
When are changes going to be made in Tampa? The Lightning do own a victory over The Sens this year, a 4-3 SO win in the only meeting between the 2 clubs this season. Tampa has lost 6 in a row, and is only 2-10-1 in their last 13. Defense and goaltending are a major problem and that may not bode well against a fast, skilled Ottawa team. The Sens have had their own struggles from the blueline back, but Volchenkov is back.
Ottawa – H+