The Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Carolina Hurricanes at 4:00pm This is Pittsburgh's 1st game since Evgeni Malkin's natural hat trick to beat Tampa Bay 6-3 on Sunday. Carolina is coming off a 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals Sunday. Pittsburgh is 16th in standings and Carolina is 25th.
New Jersey Devils play the Winnipeg Jets at 4:00pm.
Philly Flyers take on the Minnesota Wild at 4:00pm.
The Washington Capitals battle the New York Islanders at 4:00pm.
Toronto Maple Leafs take on long time rival the Ottawa Senators at 4:00pm.
The Columbus Blue Jackets play the Edmonton Oliers and "The Kids" today at 4:00pm. Both of these teams are teams growing and will be a force to be reckoned within a few years. Edmonton is 27th in the standings and Columbus dead last at 30th.
The top team in the league, the New York Rangers take on the Nahsville Predators today at 4:30pm. Interesting matchup because the Rangers have 60 points and Nashville 56 but Nashville is on a 5 game winning streak.
The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Boston Bruins at 4:30pm.
The Dallas Stars take on the Detroit Red Wings at 5:30pm. Detroit always plays a great game and is coming on a 5-0 shutout of Buffalo last night.
The Vancouver Canucks take on the Los Angeles Kings. This is the 1st time these 2 teams have met up since a 4-1 loss for Vancouver on New Year's Eve. Los Angeles only has one regulation lose since new head coach Darryl Sutter took over December 22nd. Puck drops at 7:00pm, let's see what happens.
Finally, the San Jose Sharks take on the Calgary Flames tonight at 7:30pm. Both teams are on a one game losing streak. San Jose is 10th in the standings but leading their division, and Calgary sits 22nd in the standings.
Six games where played last night and here are the final results:
Nashville Preds beat the New York Islanders 3-1.
Phoenix Coyotes beat the Colorado Avalanche in a shattering 6-1 final. It was definitely "Miller Time" as the
Detroit Red Wings shut the door on the Buffalo Sabres 5-0. Detroit has won their last 15 games at home! At least the Miller family can cheer about the win either way. Drew Miller got an assist on the 5th Detroit goal, and brother Ryan Miller, the #1 starter for the Sabres, was pulled in the 2nd after letting in 5 goals on 14 shots. Older brother playing younger brother, Love It!
St. Louis Blues shut the door again last night beating the Dallas Stars 1-0. The only goal was scored in the 3rd period by T.J. Oshie.
The Winnipeg Jets got the 3rd shutout the night beating the Ottawa Senators 2-0. They scored early in the 1st with 49 seconds gone on the clock and again in the 2nd. Done and done.
Finally, the Boston Bruins beat the Florida Panthers in a 3-2 shootout victory. It was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, and no scoring in the overtime. Florida has been playing great lately and sit 13th in the league, Boston is 4th.
Ok 2012 All Star Game! Lets break it down real quick. Six players are chosen by the fans with the rest decided by the league. It is designed to help keep it fair so hockey saturated cities like Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver don't get all their players in while cities like Phoenix, Florida, and Carolina, get the shaft because they have a smaller fan base. Every team in the NHL is represented.
The 6 players chosen by the fans are 3 forwards, 2 defense and one goalie. The lucky players this year are :
D. Alfredsson, right wing of the Ottawa Senators
Jason Spezza, center of the Ottawa Senators
Milan Michalek, left wing of the Ottawa Senators
Erik Karlsson, defense of the Ottawa Senators
Dion Phaneuf, defense of the Toronto Maple Leafs
and Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.
As you may have noticed, 4 of the 6 play for Ottawa while the All Stars game is being held in Ottawa this year. Clearly Senator fans are showing support of their team! See how easily fan voting can pick favorites? Check back tomorrow for more info on All Stars!