Calgary (8-10-0) at Detroit (12-3-2), 5 p.m. ET
I feel bad for the Flames. The Red Wings are coming off a rare home loss, albeit in overtime, and the thinking here is they're going to take it out on Calgary. The Flames, by the way, aren't good. Also, 17 different Red Wings have scored a goal this season. That seems like a lot. Only Ruslan Salei, Brian Rafalski, Doug Janik and Jakub Kindl have not. Rafalski was injured and while he hasn't scored he has seven assists in seven games.
Detroit 5, Calgary 2
Islanders (4-12-3) at Atlanta (8-9-3), 5 p.m.
The Thrashers are coming off a very impressive shutout win over Washington. Doesn't that all but guarantee they'll find a way to lose to the Islanders? We've seen stranger things this NHL season. You know, like Atlanta shutting out Washington.
New York 4, Atlanta 2
Edmonton (4-10-4) at Anaheim (10-9-3), 8 p.m.
The Oilers have an overtime and shootout loss in their current six-game slide. The other losses are all by at least four goals. Yikes. The Ducks were red hot for a while, at home, then went on the road and lost three straight. A home setback to Columbus means Anaheim has gone a week without winning a game. For the most part, the offense has been the culprit. There aren't many better solutions for stagnant scorers than playing Edmonton.
Anaheim 5, Edmonton 1
Phoenix (9-5-5) at Vancouver (10-6-3), 9 p.m.
The Canucks had been so good at home. Then the Blackhawks came to town and made the Canucks their bitch, and then some. Vancouver has lost three straight now and I would not want to be the Coyotes, even if they've won five straight. It's likely Vancouver heaps some kind of misery on Phoenix, either on the scoreboard or with, let's just say, some gritty, physical play.
Vancouver 4, Phoenix 2