Tuesday, January 18, 2011
What to watch for Tuesday night
Season Series: 1-1
Starting goaltenders: Michal Neuvirth (15-6-4, 2.55 GAA) vs. Sergei Bobrovsky (17-6-3, 2.53 GAA)
Preview: The Eastern Conference-leading Flyers dropped the first meeting of the season with Washington 3-2 in overtime Nov. 7 but won 5-4 in a shootout Nov. 20. Both matchups were at the Verizon Center. Alex Ovechkin has been held without a point in his past three games and has just one goal in his past seven, but the Capitals' captain has recorded seven goals and six assists during a seven-game point streak against the Flyers.
Starting goaltenders: Joey MacDonald (1-1-1, 2.37 GAA) vs. Marc-Andre Fleury (20-11-2, 2.29 GAA)
Preview: In the first meeting of the season between these two teams, the Penguins are worried about the health of Sidney Crosby, who hasn't played since Jan. 5 because of a concussion, but the Red Wings have even more concerns. Injuries to Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Cleary, Mike Modano, Brad Stuart, Chris Osgood, Jimmy Howard and Tomas Holmstrom have left the Red Wings in survival mode heading into the All-Star break. Despite the injuries, it’s always interesting to see the 2008 and 2009 Cup finalists tangle.
Season Series: 1-1
Starting goaltenders: Cam Ward (19-13-5, 2.71 GAA) likely for Carolina. Game-time decision for Boston.
Preview: On Monday night, the Bruins crushed the Hurricanes 7-0 as Zdeno Chara recorded his first career hat trick and Tim Thomas has his seventh shutout of the season. The only good news for the Hurricanes is they didn't have to wait long to try to get revenge with the Bruins in town Tuesday night, but Carolina will need a much better effort if they are going to have any hope of earning a playoff berth.
Season Series: 4-0 Vancouver
Starting goaltenders: Roberto Luongo (21-8-4, 2.33 GAA) vs. Craig Anderson (12-9-3, 2.98 GAA)
Preview: The Western-Conference leading Canucks will try to end their five-game road trip with a win and extend their perfect record against the Avalanche this season. Colorado is clinging to the eighth spot in the West and will need to quiet Henrik and Daniel Sedin if they are going to have a chance to win. The Sedin twins have combined for nine goals and 13 assists in their past nine games against the Avs.