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Monday, December 27, 2010
Burnside: This week's games to watch

By Scott Burnside

Monday: Detroit Red Wings at Colorado Avalanche (9 p.m. ET)

The Wings play their second road game in two nights after defeating Minnesota on Sunday. They will be without Daniel Cleary (broken ankle) as Chris Osgood tries once again to get his 400th win. Meanwhile, the Avs hope to have Milan Hejduk and Cody McLeod back in the lineup.
Prediction: Osgood gets his milestone win.

Tuesday: Philadelphia Flyers at Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET)

It's not too big of a stretch to imagine these two teams meeting next May with the Stanley Cup on the line. The Flyers are dominant on the road (10-2-3), while the Canucks are strong at home (12-3-2). This should be a good one.
Prediction: The Canucks hold serve at home.

Wednesday: New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m. ET)

It's like watching a train wreck that never ends now with the Devils. New/old head coach Jacques Lemaire was putting his charges through their paces Monday after they were beaten 4-1 by woeful Toronto on Sunday. Poor Lemaire would need a month of Mondays to get this team right.
Prediction: The Rangers in a walk.

Thursday: Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m. ET)

The Lightning are playing much better defensively, Dan Ellis has shored up the goaltending and Steven Stamkos is back scoring goals. Not a good sign for a Montreal team that is showing signs of taking on water in spite of its place atop the Northeast Division.
Prediction: The Lightning continue their winning ways.

Friday: Phoenix Coyotes at St. Louis Blues (8:30 p.m. ET)

Happy New Year's Eve. The Coyotes hope to ring in the new year with Ilya Bryzgalov back between the pipes while the Blues hope they can continue to build on their strong play of late, especially at home where they are 12-4-2.
Prediction: The Coyotes continue to keep pace in the packed Pacific Division with a road win.