Columbus played prototypical Blue Jackets hockey in a 4-0 whooping of the Minnesota Wild Friday night.
There was a winter weather warning for southwestern Ohio, so only 11,319 were in attendance, but the Jackets put on a perfect performance for fans with a second straight shutout. Columbus won 1-0 Tuesday over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Just two nights into our new quick-hit previews and and three or four of THN’s expert game-pickers have suffered a loss. Yes, the NHL is an unpredictable landscape.
Can Ken Campbell remain undefeated? Check out his pick as well as tonight’s starting goalies and where to watch the action.
Minnesota @ Ottawa, 7:30 PM ET
TV: RDS, TSN, FS-WI, FS-N+
Projected Starting Goalies: Darcy Kuemper vs. Craig Anderson
Pittsburgh @ Washington, 8:00 PM ET
TV: TSN2, NBCSN
Projected Starting Goalies: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Braden Holtby
Columbus @ Calgary, 10:00 PM ET
TV: FS-O, SNET-W
Projected Starting Goalies: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Reto Berra
New Jersey @ Anaheim, 10:00 PM ET
TV: MSG PLUS, FS-W
Projected Starting Goalies: Martin Brodeur vs. Jonas Hiller Read more
With 10 games on tonight’s slate, including a late-night (at least if you’re in the east) battle of big Bens, it’s a busy one across the NHL.
Here the rundown of games and night No. 2 of THN’s “best bet” picks, with all four of our experts looking to remain undefeated. Read more
Players running into goalies is an age-old problem in hockey and there is no clear, definable solution to quell contact in one of the busiest areas of the ice. But what Toronto’s Nazem Kadri did by running into Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom, without being pushed by a Wild defender, is a blatant infraction. And the fact Kadri caught Backstrom in the head, an increasing area of concern for NHL officials, was enough to get the league involved. Read more
Nazem Kadri started Wednesday’s tilt between the Leafs and Wild with a bang, and an inappropriate one at that. It’s hard to fathom a crisper, more obviously dirty example of goalie interference in recent memory.
Sportsnet’s Roger Millions recently reported Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster admitted he’d had discussions with other clubs regarding possible moves. Millions believes some teams covet those Flames veterans with “workable deals”. Read more
There have been some exemplary performances by rookies early on in the 2013-14 campaign, from San Jose sniper Tomas Hertl (currently third in NHL scoring) to bluebloods Nathan MacKinnon of Colorado and Seth Jones of Nashville. Sean Monahan has been a revelation in Calgary. Those four are playing the whole season in the pros, of that there is little doubt. But there are other teens in the NHL right now who may get sent back down to major junior before or at the nine-game mark of their season. Read more
Beads of sweat are running down Matt Dumba’s nose and swan-diving to the floor. The 19-year-old is the last player off the ice for the Minnesota Wild and he’s not even playing tonight. Most of the team didn’t even come to the rink for this morning optional, as the Wild had won the night before in Buffalo. But he’s happy.