Monday, November 8, 2010
Burnside: This week's games to watch
By Scott Burnside
The Ducks are a dreadful 2-6 on the road this season but have won three straight after a last-second win against Nashville on Sunday. The Sharks will be without captain Joe Thornton, who serves the second of his two-game suspension for a controversial hit to the head of St. Louis forward David Perron.
Prediction: The Sharks end the Ducks' run.
Few would have predicted that these two teams would have a combined 8-19-3 record approaching the middle of November, but so it is. Enormous pressure on both coaches to get their squads turned around. The Devils hope Martin Brodeur's sore elbow has healed enough to play. He did not skate Sunday or Monday.
Prediction: It won't be pretty, but the Devils get their first home win of the season.
The Stars' offense continues to impress, as does Kari Lehtonen in goal. But the Kings will provide a formidable test as they boast one of the stingiest defenses and top-ranked penalty killing units in the NHL. This is a good barometer of how far the Stars have come.
Prediction: It may take overtime, even a shootout, but we like the Stars in the upset.
Two of the most potent offenses in the league square off. The Caps began the week on a four-game winning streak and were 7-1 at home, while the Lightning were trying to shake off a less than stellar western trip.
Prediction: Should be a dandy. Will go with another upset and take the Bolts.
The Blue Jackets began the week having won seven of 10, yet are just 4-4 at home. The Avs have the league's most prolific offense but are defensively porous. They began the week 4-2-1 on the road.
Prediction: The Avs' offense carries the day.
Last Week: 4-1