Hockey Night – 10/9

Every Saturday I will be having a prediction post of every game. So, let’s get right down to business.

There are 24 teams playing today.

Coyotes at Bruins – 12PM – Prague, CZ

I like the Bruins in this game, both teams had good playoff runs last year. The Bruins are looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss in the post-season. Don’t count the Coyotes out though, they have a solid core of young players that can put the puck in the net.

Injuries:

Phx – Ray Whitney (D), and Derek Morris (D) are both expected to play.

Bos – Marc Savard (F) is out indefinitely with post-concussion syndrome.

Blue Jackets at Sharks – 3PM – Stockholm, SE

I’m going with the Blue Jackets this game, Sharks netminder, Antti Niemi has not looked good so far.

Injuries:

Cbj – Jared Boll (F) – Questionable; left yesterday’s game with an undisclosed injury.

Sjs – Jamie Mcginn (F) – Probable; ran into the boards hard yesterday.

Rangers at Sabres – 7PM

Rangers have the advantage in this one, Buffalo is coming back after a solid win in Ottawa yesterday, but I expect the Rangers to have too much energy for the Sabres to handle.

Injuries:

Nyr – Chris Drury (D) – Broken finger, placed on IR. Vinny Prospal (F) – Knee, IR also. Marc Staal (D) – Probable; groin issues. Michael Rozsival (D) – Questionable; groin issues.

Buf – N/A

Senators at Maple Leafs – 7PM

Maple Leafs; Why? Jason Spezza is expected to miss this game, he is battling a groin injury. I have the Leafs making the playoffs this year, don’t be surprised for a big season.

Injuries:

Ott – Jason Spezza (F) – Doubtful; groin. Filip Kuba (D) – Out for another 3 week with a broken leg.

Tor – Brett Lebda (D) – Shoulder. Jeff Finger (D) – Undisclosed.

Stars at Islanders – 7PM

I’ll take the Stars in this game, I don’t think the Islanders will make the playoffs or come close. They are also faced with the injury plague, yes, already.

Injuries:

Dal – N/A

Nyi – Mark Streit (D) – IR. Kyle Okopso (F) – IR. Rob Schremp (F) – Back surgery; 3-4 weeks.

Canadiens at Penguins – 7PM

The home opener for the Pens didn’t turn out so well, but I think they will get back on the winning track tonight.

Injuries:

Mtl – Roman Hamrlik (D) – Knee. Anrej Markov (D) – ACL tear.

Pit – Jordan Staal (F) – Foot surgery/infection.

Devils at Capitals – 7PM

Kovalchuck or Ovie? I’m going with the Caps on this one. Brodeur’s not getting any younger…

Injuries:

Njd – Bryce Salvador (D) – Concussion. Anssi Salmela (D) – Knee.

Wsh – Seymon Varlamov (G) – Undisclosed.

Thrashers at Lightning – 7PM

Ahem… Let the Yzerman era begin.

Injuries:

Atl – Patrick Cormier (F) – Foot. Andrew Kozek (F) – Sports hernia. Jim Slater (F) – Wrist.

Tbl – Mitch Fadden (F) – Shoulder.

Flyers at Blues – 8PM

Flyers should spoil another home opener.

Injuries:

Phi – Michael Leighton (G) – Back surgery, 2 months. Chris Pronger (D) – Questionable; right knee. Claude Giroux (F) – Probable; sore ankle.

Stl – Andy Mcdonald (F) – Questionable; hip-flexor. Carlo Colaiacovo (D) – Questionable; hip-flexor.

Ducks at Predators – 8PM

I’ll take the Predators, the Ducks looked awful last night.

Injuries:

Ana – Andy Sutton (D) – Questionable; left after altercation yesterday.

Nsh – Jamie Lundmark (F) – Club needed to go under 23-man roster limit.

Red Wings at Blackhawks – 8:30PM

Blackhawks lost too many key role players to repeat, Wings take this one.

Injuries:

Det – Kris Draper (F) – Doubtful; torn groin. Justin Abdelkader (F) – Doubtful; shoulder. Jonathan Ericsson (D) – Doubtful; back spasms.

Chi – Brian Campbell (D) – IR 1-month; knee.

Kings at Canucks – 10PM

I’m not buying into the Canucks yet, Kings.

Injuries:

La – Andy Greene (D) – Shoulder. Scott Parse (F) – Doubtful; groin.

Van – Alex Burrows (F) – Torn labrum, 1 1/2 months. Rick Rypien (F) – Questionable; ribs.

 

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