Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday's jam-packed schedule

Hoo boy. Lot of games to preview. We'll make it a short, short version.

Pittsburgh (2-3-0) at Philadelphia (2-1-1), 6 p.m. EDT, NHL Network

Woo! I finally got to write something other than a 1 in Pittsburgh's win column. The Penguins have a goaltending controversy (short-term at least) brewing and their stars still aren't awake. Philadelphia is one of Sidney Crosby's favorite opponents to score against, so maybe he'll snap out of it. Also, I hate the Flyers.

Ottawa (1-2-1) at Montreal (2-1-1), 7 p.m., RDS

The Pascal Leclaire injury watch is officially on. Brian Elliott and Mike Fisher helped the Senators earn their first win after Leclaire went out. The Canadiens have an American as captain. Shouldn't they be docked like 5 points in the standings for that?

Boston (1-1-0) at New Jersey (1-3-1), 7 p.m.

Welcome back, Bruins. You get a team that's really struggling to score. Who would've thought that after blowing their load on Ilya Kovalchuk? More importantly, who starts in goal for Boston, the guy who gave up four or the guy who posted a shutout?

Colorado (3-1-0) at Islanders (1-1-2), 7 p.m.

The Avalanche are proving last year was no fluke. New York is more competitive and might even battle for a playoff spot this year but the Islanders still don't have John Tavares, who remains out with a concussion.

Tampa Bay (3-0-0) at Florida (1-2-0), 7 p.m.

Steven Stamkos is good.

St. Louis (2-1-0) at Dallas (3-0-0), 8 p.m.

So are the Stars apparently. But am I already hearing Brad Richards' trade rumors?

Washington (3-1-0) at Nashville (3-0-0), 8 p.m.

Alex Ovechkin scores a lot of goals.

Columbus (1-2-0) at Minnesota (1-1-1), 8 p.m.

If the Blue Jackets take a lot of penalties, they're screwed.

Buffalo (1-3-1) at Chicago (2-2-1), 8:30 p.m.

You know that commercial with Ryan Miller and Shaq? Miller's going to have to start scoring goals for his team, because no one (other than the great Derek Roy) is doing it. Also, barring a surprise change, Niklas Hjalmarsson returns from his two-game suspension for drilling Sabres forward Jason Pominville from behind.

Detroit (2-1-1) at Phoenix (1-1-0), 9 p.m.

Know how I mentioned the Pascal Leclaire injury watch? The Johan Franzen injury watch has officially begun too. He suffered a concussion last game and might not play Saturday.

Edmonton (2-1-0) at Calgary (1-2-0), 10 p.m., CBC

The Flames have been shut out in two of their three games. One was to the Oilers. Makes you wonder how the hell Calgary beat the Kings.

Atlanta (2-2-0) at San Jose (1-0-1), 10:30 p.m.

Did you know "Thrashers" was the runner-up to Atlanta's original NHL team, which was the Flames? And that a thrasher is a bird? I didn't know either of those. Anyway, Atlanta roared (flew?) back from a 4-2 third-period deficit to beat Anaheim in a shootout on Friday. The Sharks finally get to play again after resting up from their trip to Sweden.

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