Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday's games

Toronto (10-12-4) at Pittsburgh (19-8-2), 7 p.m. ET, TSN

After the Maple Leafs' win in Washington, it wouldn't shock me in the slightest if they end Pittsburgh's 10-game winning streak. Toronto's already won once in Consol Energy Center this season.

Pittsburgh 3, Toronto 2

San Jose (13-9-4) at Philadelphia (17-7-4), 7 p.m.

The results of San Jose's last eight games, in order: L, W, L, W, L, W, L, W. The Sharks have been one of the more inconsistent teams in the league and that's why they have as many losses as wins. This game is the fourth road game of a five-game trip.

Philadelphia's had a bit of a rough stretch. The Flyers lost three straight games before squeaking by New Jersey and the Islanders. Michael Leighton returns soon but does he get any playing time? Sergei Bobrovsky's been pretty good.

Philadelphia 4, San Jose 2

Nashville (12-8-6) at Detroit (17-5-3), 7:30 p.m.

The Red Wings have yet to lose three straight games overall or two straight games at home. I'm not expecting Nashville to change that, even if the Predators have won three of their last four.

Detroit 5, Nashville 1

Dallas (16-8-2) at Chicago (15-12-2), 8:30 p.m.

Marty Turco won't be in goal to face his former team, which is good news for Chicago and bad news for Dallas. Turco hasn't been very good. The Blackhawks will also be without Patrick Kane, who could miss up to three weeks with a leg injury. Marian Hossa remains out as well.

If the Stars are going to make a statement that they're for real, this would be a good place to start. Dallas does have some key victories this season and beating a shorthanded Chicago team would be another step in the right direction.

Dallas 3, Chicago 2

Anaheim (14-13-3) at Vancouver (14-8-3), 10 p.m.

No Mikael Samuelsson (concussion) for a week at least for the Canucks. After a rough start, Samuelsson was starting to string some points together. He's been a bit of a disappointment after a career-year in 2009-10 with 30 goals and 53 points. Those Sedin guys though are still pretty good.

The Ducks are happy Teemu Selanne is back. Let's see if he stays on the ice this time.

Vancouver 4, Anaheim 3

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