Sort of, not really but the first “week” of the NHL has been wrapped up and some exciting things have happened around the league, more importantly, the NHL is back and there will be a game on every day for the next three months until the All-Star break. Each day, here at Live In The Stands we will be giving you our favorite picks of the day.
Colorado Avalanche @ Boston Bruins: 1:00 P.M.
Colorado has seen some signs of life from the Duchenne-Yakupov-Kerfoot line has been the only upside to Colorado right now. The Bruins had two of their rookies score on the opening night and having three days rest should give this team the advantage here, as Colorado dropped 4-1 to the Devils Saturday afternoon. Bruins David Krejci will play a pivotal role all year centering Jake Debrusk and Andres Bjork. Bruins have the advantage all across the board, at home too, Bruins 4-2.
St. Louis Blues @ New York Islanders: 1:00 P.M.
A 1 o’clock game on a Monday in Brooklyn, that’s a first. The Islanders welcome 2-0 St. Louis to the Barclays Center in what will be a game that may not be viewed by many. Battling some injuries the Blues key players have come to play. Jake Allen will look to slow the Islanders, as New York buried six on Buffalo Saturday night. Not much of a home game advantage here as the timing of this game is not too favorable, do not expect too many in attendance in Brooklyn here. Blues, 3-2.
New Jersey Devils @ Buffalo Sabres: 3:00 P.M.
Not sure what the purpose of scheduling a 3 o’clock game is but Buffalo will welcome New Jersey for the two’s first meeting of the year. New Jersey is expected to have Drew Stafford and Kyle Palmieri back in the lineup but if not this team will be grasping for answers up front. Both as of right now are listed as game-time decisions. Buffalo’s offense will not be an issue but Robin Lehner will again be put to the test tonight. Buffalo needs to collect their first win of the season, they can’t let another one slip through their fingers. Buffalo, 3-1.
Chicago Blackhawks @ Toronto Maple Leafs: 7:00 P.M. (LIVE IN THE STANDS, GAME OF THE NIGHT)
Probably game of the night as two of the hottest teams in the NHL right now battle off. This will have a playoff-type atmosphere, it can either be an extremely high scoring game or come down to the wire. Blackhawks offense has combined for 15 goals in two games and Toronto has combined for 15 goals in two games. The 2012 Blackhawks look to resurge as they take on the face of the NHL in Toronto. Blackhawks defense still scares me a bit and with Toronto’s weapons on the front end and their explosiveness throughout the lineup, it will be hard to slow these guys down. Toronto, 5-4.
Washington Capitals @ Tampa Bay Lightning: 7:30 P.M.
Alex Ovechkin has broken loose, could it be possibly playing Jakub Vrana and Evgeny Kuznetsov as to why Ovi has seven goals in two games? Either way this line looks to be unstoppable and Tampa Bay defense will have their hands full tonight. Mikhail Sergachev and Victor Hedman will be put to test tonight and Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov will be asked to match the Capitals top line. It will come down to the two in between the pipes, Braden Holtby and Andrei Vasilevsky. Washington, 3-2.
Winnipeg Jets @ Edmonton Oilers: 9:00 P.M.
The Jets defense has looked lost, between being out of position, turnovers and just not doing their job they have made very difficult on Steve Mason and the Jets offense to get anything going. Against the Oilers offense, it will not be an easier match up either. The Oilers dropped the ball against Vancouver Saturday night, but both teams have lost games they possibly should have won. Connor McDavid will be on display tonight as the Jets defense will again not get a night off. In what the Jets need a confidence-boosting game, this will not be it. Oilers, 4-3.
Calgary Flames @ Anaheim Ducks: 10:00 P.M.
A rematch of the first round of the playoff tonight as Calgary begins their West Coast trip tonight. Most teams have their fair share of success in the first game of the West Coast travel. And the Flames are looking for some revenge after getting embarrassed 4-0 in the playoffs last year. With a resurged defense and starting goalie and the Ducks long list of injuries, tonight is the perfect chance for the Flames to get revenge and get this West Coast trip started on the right foot. Flames, 3-1.