Tuesday, February 6, 2007

The NHL wakes up from its Superbowl hangover

The Superbowl put the NHL in a sleeper hold this past weekend as we had only 3 games in the last two days.

Speaking of hangovers, Jaromir Jagr is officially asleep at the wheel with only 4 points in his last 6 games. Sit him for the flavour of the week until he wakes up.

Chris Mason of the Nashville Predators will start in goal tonight against Pittsburgh leaving Thomas Vokoun on the bench.

Expect an old fashioned shootout tonight when Buffalo travels to Atlanta to meet the Thrashers.

Super pest Sean Avery has been traded from L.A. to the Broadstreet Bullies, somewhat appropriate don't you think? Hopefully the added grit will help wake up Jagr and Shanahan.

In case you missed it Los Angeles recalled Mathieu Garon on Friday but started Sean Burke Saturday night against the Panthers. Unfortunately for Garon, Burke recorded his 38th career shutout in a 7-0 pasting of Florida. The real question here is... does it matter? The shutout gave the Kings only their 2nd win in 10 tries. Garon may actually regain his starters job at some point but it is unlikely that you can't find a better option in goal somewhere else.

For those of you who jumped on the Kevin Bieksa bandwagon a few weeks ago don't worry too much about his current three game pointless streak. He has had a habit all season long of disappearing for several games at a stretch but he has usually come back with a multi-game point streak after the quiet stretches.

Andrew Raycroft was one of the NHL's three stars last week. Make sure you have him in your lineup tonight against the Blues unless you have a better choice. Toronto has an annoying habit of getting squashed by the teams that they are supposed to beat. If you have better options in goal you may want to sit him out for this game just in case.

The last game of the night is Anaheim at San Jose, this should be an entertaining game but I wouldn't expect a lot of scoring. If you got em, start em. Since I am predicting a low scoring affair it will probably be a shootout.

Remember the cardinal rule, if I make a prediction, bet on the exact opposite actually occurring. Oh yeah... and "In Crosby We Trust" of course.

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