Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Sunday Sked

Three games on tap for Sunday, including the last team yet to begin its season.

Boston (0-1-0) vs. Phoenix, 10 a.m. EDT, NHL Network

Good lord, seriously, a 10 a.m. east coast start time? Yowzer. Anyway, the Coyotes' offense put four goals behind the best statistical goalie of last season, Tuukka Rask. Nathan Horton, after a quiet start, showed he's capable of igniting Boston's woeful offense by scoring twice. Might Claude Julien make a goaltender switch to forgotten-man Tim Thomas? Also, Ilya Bryzgalov is still good.

Los Angeles (1-0-0) at Calgary (0-1-0), 8 p.m.

The Flames are smarting after getting embarrassed by the Oilers, 4-0. Nothing worked for Calgary, so there's nowhere to go but up, right? Jarome Iginla is still good, isn't he, or is the stink of Olli Jokinen bringing Iginla's game down? For the Kings, hot-shot goalie Jonathan Bernier could make his season debut. The highly touted youngster is being talked about like he could push starter Jonathan Quick to the side. LA is coming off an impressive 2-1 shootout win, needing a goal late to force overtime, at Vancouver.

Florida at Edmonton (1-0-0), 8 p.m.

The Oilers are ecstatic after embarrassing the Flames, 4-0. Jordan Eberle is showing signs he's legit and perhaps Nikolai Khabibulin has his problems behind him. The Panthers are playing their season opener, the last team to do so, and many question marks abound. How much will Tomas Vokoun play in goal? Trade rumors have swirled around him for a while now. What will the offense be like without the aforementioned Horton? Can Stephen Weiss and David Booth carry the load? And can Booth stay healthy after suffering two concussions last season?

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