*The Wild's busiest days of the week this season are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. They have 14 games on each of those days. The least-busy day of the week is Monday, when they only have 6 games. There are 28 weeks in the regular season. The day-by-day breakdown: Sunday 14 (50%), Monday 6 (21.4%), Tuesday 11 (39.3%), Wednesday 12 (42.8%), Thursday 14 (50%), Friday 11 (39.3%), Saturday 14 (50%).
*The Wild play the Avalanche on four of the next five Sundays.
*Give the Devils their due: they're 6 games into their season-opening 9 game road trip, and they've managed to stay at 0.500 (3-3-0). As the Prudential Center (and a night in their own beds) gets closer and closer, if they can manage to stay within shouting distance of the division leaders (currently Philly, by just two points) they could use the emotional lift of going home and to a new arena that will probably be full for at least a few games - a rare delicacy for the Devils - to amass some momentum heading into the holiday season.
*Don't forget that the Thrashers' 0-6-0 start isn't the whole story. They were swept by the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs last season. I'd say a streak of 0-10-0 for a playoff team was enough to warrant dismissal of the head coach.
*The Sharks, off to a shaky 3-2-1 start, are 3-1-1 on the road. This team is too good not to figure it out at home, and if they can continue putting up points in white jerseys...
*Carey Price is starting tonight for the Habs against the Senators. One of Huet or Halak will be in street clothes. Meanwhile, teams like the Kings continue to toil in goaltending misery.
*Ray Emery is available tonight for Ottawa, but white-hot Martin Gerber will get the nod.
*Milan Hejduk has a sore back. Fredrik Modin, Marty Turco, Marcel Hossa, Rick Nash, Zbynek Michalek, Boyd Devereaux, Kyle Wellwood, Carlo Colaiacovo, Martin Havlat and Todd Bertuzzi all also made the infirmary roster.
*This is awesome.
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Sports Book Pick 10/18/07
Take the Flyers (-120) at home against the Devils tonight, in a battle of Martys.
Season record: 5-6
Season Winning %: .455
Last 10: 4-6