Monday, November 1, 2010
Burnside: This week's games to watch
By Scott Burnside
The hits just keep on coming for the woeful Devils, who lost top player (not necessarily top paid but most important player) Zach Parise to injury in a loss to Los Angeles on Saturday night. Now, they must finish out a grueling road trip against well-rested Vancouver and then travel to Chicago, meaning there is every chance the Devils will come home with 10 losses in their first 14 games of the season.
Prediction: Vancouver makes life more miserable for New Jersey.
Although the Habs stumbled Saturday in a loss at home to Florida, they are off to a great start (7-3-1) and have top defenseman Andrei Markov back. Meanwhile, Columbus has run hot and cold and was definitely cold in a 5-1 loss to Colorado on Saturday.
Prediction: The Blue Jackets get back in form on home ice.
It looks like Jimmy Howard, who missed a couple of games with a sore back, will be ready to go for this one. This is good timing given that backup Chris Osgood left practice with a groin problem Monday. The Flames, meanwhile, need to get back to winning ways to quiet the talk of dissension in the room, especially between captain Jarome Iginla and head coach Brent Sutter, after two straight losses in which the Flames gave up 13 goals.
Prediction: The Red Wings continue to put the heat on the Flames with a road win.
The Blues are off to a red-hot start at home (5-0-0) while the Sharks appear to be settling on Antero Niittymaki as their go-to guy in net. Should be a dandy between two top Western Conference teams.
Prediction: The Sharks come up with a big win on the road.
The Bruins stunned the Caps with two wins in one week earlier this season, so Washington will be looking for a little payback against Tim Thomas, who has been otherworldly for the Bruins with a .984 save percentage, 0.50 GAA and three shutouts.
Prediction: The Capitals get some measure of revenge.
Last week's predictions: 3-2