Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday's preview

Philadelphia (16-7-4) at Islanders (5-14-5), 1 p.m. ET

This should come as no surprise but it bears mentioning: No member of the Islanders who has appeared in at least 10 games has a positive plus/minus rating. On the other side, the only Flyer who has appeared in even one game who has a negative rating is Daniel Carcillo, and he hasn't played since Nov. 15.

The lesson? Don't bet on the Islanders.

Philadelphia 5, New York 1

Ottawa (11-14-2) at Rangers (16-11-1), 5 p.m.

In Ottawa's last 10 games (2-7-1 record), it has scored a total of 13 goals. Brian Elliott has two shutouts in that time, but only one came in a victory. Henrik Lundqvist is stopping most things he's seeing these days. Could be more misery for the Senators.

New York 3, Ottawa 1

Calgary (11-13-2) at Chicago (14-12-2), 7 p.m., NHL Network

If the Flames lose, I believe they will technically hold the 15th spot (note: That's last) in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks continue to play way more games than their division opponents: Four more than Detroit and three more than Nashville, St. Louis and Columbus. Yet the Blackhawks trail first-place Detroit by seven points and are ahead of last-place St. Louis by only two.

Chicago 4, Calgary 2

Phoenix (12-7-6) at Anaheim (13-12-3), 8 p.m.

These teams played each other but a week ago and Bobby Ryan's hat trick fueled a 6-4 Ducks victory. That loss was one of three in the last four games for Phoenix. Anaheim had a three-game winning streak snapped by the Red Wings. Both teams are trying to find some consistency.

Anaheim 4, Phoenix 2

St. Louis (12-9-4) at Vancouver (14-7-3), 9 p.m.

The Blues have lost five straight games for the second time in a month. They've lost 10 of their last 13 games. Only two of those losses went beyond regulation, so St. Louis isn't even getting loser points. Little wonder then that the Blues have fallen to 11th in the West. They better get things turned around quick.

As for the Canucks, here are some numbers for you: Vancouver is fourth in goals per game, sixth in goals against, first in power play percentage and third in penalty killing. That'll get things done. The Canucks have won four straight.

Vancouver 3, St. Louis 2


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