Saturday, November 6, 2010

More Jeopardy on the preview menu

St. Louis (7-1-2) at Boston (7-3-0), 7 p.m. EDT

Is there any stopping Jaroslav Halak and the Blues? Did Tim Thomas' snub as the NHL's First Star of October wreck his season?

Florida (5-6-0) at Carolina (6-7-0), 7 p.m.

Did you know the Hurricanes went 0-7 on the power play twice in the last four games? Did you also know that's still better than Pittsburgh's? Did you know Florida has the league's third best penalty killing? (Bonus question: Did you know southern Florida has a hockey team?)

Ottawa (6-6-1) at Montreal (8-4-1), 7 p.m., RDS

Are the Senators good again or have they won four of their last five because they've played Phoenix, Florida, Toronto and the massively slumping Islanders? Is the Montreal captaincy too much for Brian Gionta, who still has just one goal this season?

Philadelphia (8-4-1) at Long Island (4-7-2), 7 p.m.

Remember how your mom taught you if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all?

Buffalo (3-9-2) at Toronto (5-5-2), 7 p.m., NHL Network

Chicago (7-7-1) at Atlanta (6-5-2), 7 p.m.

Wouldn't it be funny if Dustin Byfuglien plays forward and makes life a living hell for Marty Turco? How did the Blackhawks lose to the Rangers and Devils in consecutive games?

Minnesota (6-4-2) at Columbus (8-4-0), 7 p.m.

How good was the Wild PP early on? They've gone 2-28 the last six games and are still ranked third overall. Is Matt Cullen still playing? Who starts for the Blue Jackets, the red-hot Mathieu Garon (two straight shutouts) or the enigmatic Steve Mason?

Dallas (8-4-0) at Colorado (6-5-1), 9 p.m.

How hot is Loui Eriksson right now? Try four goals and seven points the last two games. (But two goals and one assist came against Pittsburgh, which should count for only like a third, because they're only like a third of a hockey team.) Did you know defense is optional for the Avalanche? (29th in goals against and penalty killing.)

Pittsburgh (6-7-1) at Phoenix (4-5-3), 9 p.m.

At what point does Ray Shero try and fill his team with guys who can like, score? Year 5, Year 6, Year 15? Do the Coyotes win by four or five?

Nashville (5-3-3) at Los Angeles (9-3-0), 10 p.m.

Is the Predators' lack of good offensive players finally starting to burn them? Will Jonathan Bernier approach the talent level he's reported to possess?

Detroit (8-2-1) at Vancouver (7-3-2), 10 p.m., CBC

When does Ken Holland find some new flaw in the CBA and sign Jimmy Howard for 15 years at a cap hit of like a half million? Is it scary the Canucks are good despite getting no production from several key guys, or are we just content to wait for their annual postseason collapse?

Tampa Bay (7-3-2) at San Jose (5-5-1), 10:30 p.m.

Is Vincent Lecavalier officially overrated now or do we need yet another 20-25 goal, 60-65 point season before we declare anything? Or did we and I just missed it? How hot and cold are the Sharks? Last four wins: 20 goals. Last three losses: 0 goals.

St. Louis 3, Boston 1
Carolina 4, Florida 2
Montreal 3, Ottawa 1
Philadelphia 5, Islanders 1
Toronto 2, Buffalo 1
Chicago 5, Atlanta 3
Minnesota 3, Columbus 2
Dallas 5, Colorado 3
Phoenix 4, Pittsburgh 1
Nashville 3, Los Angeles 1
Detroit 4, Vancouver 2
Tampa Bay 4, San Jose 1

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