1. Stars at Devils 7pm (FS Southwest and MSG +)
Thoughts- The Stars have been a surprise so far, the new players have clicked well and they have been winning games, this is a tough road test at a good Devils team. Yes, I said the Devils are good, I think they are better than what they have shown, they have the experience to be a tough team.
What happens- The Devils will control the pace like they did for 2 periods against the Rangers, but, Dallas is on a roll and I just do not see the Devils being able to stop the hot Stars.
Prediction- Stars 3-1 Devils
2.Lightning at Jets 8pm (Sunsports and TSN Jets)
Thoughts- Tampa lost on Monday to the Oilers and have had a few days off, while the Jets had their 1st win on Monday as well.
What happens- On paper this is a Lightning win, but, the Jets are a different team most times at home, they will play more aggresive than they do on the road, this will be a physical close game, but, Tampa gets back on track
Prediction- Bolts 3-1 Jets
3. Canucks at Avalanche 9pm ( Sportsnet 1 and Altitude)
Thoughts-Canucks bounced back with a good performance over the Blues in St. Louis, can they make it 2 in a row against a good skating Avs team?
What happens- This will be an offensive minded game, both teams skate well, in the end Colorado will use their speed and tire out the Canucks who are on a back to back.
Prediction- Canucks 2-4 Avs
4.Hurricanes at Oilers 930pm (FS Carolina and Sportsnet Oilers)
Thoughts- The Hurricanes and Oilers are both in the same boat, both are struggling right now and both need wins.
What happens- The Hurricanes will like to put the game into defense mode, keep players back and force the Oilers to slow down and not play their skating up tempo style, their defense will give the Oilers fits, but, they do not have the scoring talent the Oilers do, it will not be pretty.
Prediction- Canes 1-2 Oilers
5.Blue Jackets at Ducks 10pm ( FS Ohio and FS Prime)
Thoughts- This is the 2nd game of a back to back for the Jackets, they play hard but will they have enough for the best team in the NHL as of now?
What happens- Just like the Sabres did to the Ducks, the Jackets will hang for 2 periods, but, in the 3rd they Ducks will take over with their speed.
Prediction- Jackets 2-4 Ducks