Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday's action

I was going to do the whole "rank the games" thing for the preview, right? Then I looked at the schedule of games and decided that wouldn't be a good idea. When you see the listing of games, I think you'll understand why.

Islanders (5-15-5) at Boston (15-8-3), 7 p.m. ET

New York has failed to score on its last 38 power play opportunities. In a related story, the Islanders don't get many goals.

Boston doesn't give up many goals.

By the way, I'm starting to think there's little reason to keep Tuukka Rask in a non-keeper fantasy league, barring a Tim Thomas injury.

Boston 3, New York 1

San Jose (14-9-4) at Buffalo (11-13-4), 7 p.m.

This smells like a letdown game for the Sharks. Big comeback the night before and the Sabres really need to get their game in gear soon.

Buffalo 3, San Jose 2

Philadelphia (17-7-5) at Toronto (10-13-4), 7 p.m., TSN

Here's a fun stat: Every Flyer regular (defined as having appeared in more than three games) except for Sean O'Donnell has scored a goal. The Leafs? Well, they can't say the same thing. Toronto's a feisty team though. This could be an explosive game. And I don't mean in the goals department.

Philadelphia 4, Toronto 2

Florida (12-14-0) at Washington (18-8-3), 7 p.m.

See what I mean about tonight's schedule?

Washington 5, Florida 2

Rangers (16-12-1) at Ottawa (12-15-2), 7:30 p.m.

Getting even better. Only the Islanders and Devils have a worse offense than the Senators. Then again, Ottawa just beat New York a few days ago.

New York 3, Ottawa 1

Columbus (15-10-1) at St. Louis (13-9-4), 8 p.m.

Woo, battle of the bottom two teams in the Central! A pity for the Blues that their offensive players keep going down. First it was David Perron, then T.J. Oshie, now Andy McDonald might have a concussion.

Rick Nash's nice little scoring splurge disappeared coincidentally during the Blue Jackets' five-game losing streak but he did have two points in his last game. The question for Columbus is, who's the goalie? Mathieu Garon is still playing better than Steve Mason.

St. Louis 2, Columbus 1

Minnesota (11-11-4) at Phoenix (13-7-6), 9 p.m.

Has Niklas Backstrom figured things out yet? He better have, since the Wild have lost seven of their (its?) last eight games. Phoenix can move into a tie for first in the Pacific with a win.

Phoenix 3, Minnesota 1

Calgary (12-14-2) at Los Angeles (15-10-0), 10:30 p.m.

Two fun stats where the Kings are concerned. 1) After starting 12-3, LA is 3-7. 2) The Kings have yet to allow a power play goal on home ice. Maybe LA, with two straight wins, is getting back on track.

Jarome Iginla's resurrection from the dead might be complete. Calgary's captain has 10 goals and 16 points since Nov. 13, a string of 13 games. He has points in five straight.

Los Angeles 3, Calgary 1

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