I really can't be bothered with writing about hockey right now. I have so much more important stuff to get psyched up for. I'm covering a high school volleyball playoff match tonight. Yeah, I know you're jealous. Hey, you can't all have my exciting life.
Rangers (6-4-1) at Philadelphia (7-4-1), 7 p.m. EDT
New York's Henrik Lundqvist is good again over his last two starts so it's about time for him to start sucking again. The Flyers show little signs of slowing down.
Philadelphia 5, New York 2
Columbus (7-4-0) at Atlanta (6-4-2), 7 p.m.
Two words: Chris. Clark.
(By the way, defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has twice as many points as Clark.)
Atlanta 4, Columbus 2
Islanders (4-6-2) at Ottawa (5-6-1), 7 p.m., TSN
Two teams heading in opposite directions. New York has lost five straight (four by at least two goals) and Ottawa won a game.
Ottawa 3, New York 1
San Jose (5-4-1) at St. Louis (6-1-2), 8 p.m.
The Blues have seriously lost only one game in regulation so far? Geez. And San Jose's last two losses were by shutouts, and now they're playing Jaroslav Halak? Child, please.
St. Louis 3, San Jose 0
Vancouver (6-3-2) at Colorado (6-4-1), 9 p.m.
Still not convinced the Canucks are good on the road. How weird are the Avalanche? First in goals per game, 29th in goals against, ninth best power play, 28th in penalty killing. And Peter Budaj in the net. The lesson: I think we'll see some goals tonight. (Actually it'll probably end up being 1-0.)
Colorado 5, Vancouver 4
Tampa Bay (7-2-2) at Los Angeles (8-3-0), 10:30 p.m.
Steven Stamkos vs. Jonathan Quick (or maybe Jonathan Bernier.) Advantage: Entertainment.
Los Angeles 4, Tampa Bay 2
By the way, I may start calling the Rangers "New York" and the Islanders "Long Island."