Every Saturday, we deliver the goods for the night's action. This week Anthony Lancione brings you his picks for the games on January 22nd.
New Jersey @ Philadelphia (1:00pm ET)
The Eastern Conference leading Flyers host a team on the rise from the gutter, as the Martin Brodeur and co. have finally begun to show some life as of late. The Flyers' big man, captain Chris Pronger, has ended in injury stint and will further solidify an already confident group. Philly has only lost once all January in a 7-5 slugfest defeat in Boston, and put their month long home winning streak on the line as well. Danny Briere was rightfully selected as an All-Star. No doubt a little self-esteem boost for the $8+Million/year man who is having an impressive campaign.
New Jersey has been attempting to pull themselves out of the gutter the past week and a half, having won three of four and recording points in each of them. They remain far down in the NHL basement, but perhaps a much less miserable second half of the season may be in the cards
Philadelphia – Home Win – H(ProLine)
Chicago @ Detroit (2:00pm ET)
The 2009 Winter Classic opponents meet in Mo-Town Saturday in an always entertaining divisional affair.
So far the two teams have split the season series, one a piece. Detroit remains a President's trophy threat with the edge in the Central Division lead, despite a significantly depleted roster for the second straight season. Babcock's boys just flat know how to win and overcome adversity, with a mix mash of line-ups tinkering commonplace as of late.
However, this time around Marian Hossa is healthy and certainly due for a breakout game. He is not usually one who struggles under pressure, in fact he thrives on it. He's likely to step to the plate, hit one outta the park so to speak and have a monster game vs his former club.
Unfortunately for the Winged Wheels, This division is going to get just a tad tighter with the Hawks taking two points here as you'd also have to imagine the Hawk's top stars have a little more to give this season after a slow start by all the big guns not named Patrick Sharp.
Chicago – Visitor Win – V