Hockey Today - Dec.21

Hockey Today - Dec.21

Hockey Today - Dec. 21
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Friday, Dec. 21

Philadelphia at Buffalo (7:30 p.m. EST).

Daniel Briere returns to Buffalo for the first time since signing an eight-year, $52 million contract with the Flyers last summer.

STARS

Thursday

-Marian Gaborik, Wild, scored five goals and added an assist to lead Minnesota to a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers.

-Guilliaume Latendresse, Canadiens, scored two goals to give Montreal a 5-2 win at Washington.

-Evgeni Malkin, Penguins, scored two goals in Pittsburgh's 5-4 shootout victory over Boston.

-Daniel Sedin, Canucks, scored twice in the third period, leading Vancouver to a 3-2 win over Dallas.

WILD MAN

Marian Gaborik scored five goals, the most in the NHL since Sergei Federov scored five for Detroit on December 26, 1996, to lead Minnesota to a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night. No Wild player had scored more than three goals in a game in team history, and Gaborik's six points tied his career high set previously on October 26, 2002, at Phoenix.

SID THE KID


Sidney Crosby scored a goal, assisted on two by Evgeni Malkin, and dropped the gloves for the first time in the NHL to spur the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

The 20-year-old Penguins captain helped set up Malkin's first of the game 55 seconds in, scored his 16th of the season at 8:26, and then assisted on Malkin's 13th as Pittsburgh jumped to a 3-0 lead. Crosby fought Andrew Ference in the second period.

CLIPPED

St. Louis snapped its four-game slide and ended Detroit's 12-game point streak by beating the Red Wings 3-2. Detroit lost in regulation for the first time in 13 contests. The Red Wings had picked up at least a point in 12 straight games (10-0-2) since dropping a 3-2 decision at Nashville Nov. 22.

REDEMPTION

Guilliaume Latendresse scored two goals in his return from a benching, and Montreal beat Washington 5-2 Thursday night. Latendresse, scratched by coach Guy Carbonneau for the Canadiens' 3-2 loss to Florida on Tuesday, notched the fourth two-goal game of his NHL career - the second this month.

SNAPPED


The Atlanta Thrashers ended the Ottawa Senators' winning streak at six, with a 3-2 victory Thursday night. ... Phoenix snapped an eight-game losing streak to the San Jose Sharks with a 3-2 victory.

SPEAKING

''One time I got five goals when I was playing back home for a pro club back there, but this is just totally different. You score five goals in the NHL it's just a totally different experience. To reach it here with these guys in front of our fans is just unbelievable.'' - Marian Gaborik after the Wild's 6-3 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night. Gaborik became the first player since Sergei Federov to score five goals in a game.

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Friday's NHL matchup notes
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Los Angeles at Columbus


Columbus has already exploited Los Angeles' poor defensive play once this season, winning 4-1 at Staples Center on Oct. 31. The Blue Jackets have also dominated the series on home ice, winning seven of the last eight meetings.

Philadelphia at Buffalo

Philadelphia is 1-8-0 with one tie in its last 10 games at Buffalo. These teams meet again in Philadelphia on Saturday night.

N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh
The Penguins have won two of three against the Islanders this season, with all three games ending 3-2.

N.Y. Rangers at Colorado

The Avs have played the Rangers (17-14-3) just once since 2003, winning 2-1 at Madison Square Garden in December 2005. Colorado has won six straight against New York since January 2002.

New Jersey at Edmonton

This will be New Jersey's first game at Edmonton since a 2-1 victory on Dec. 30, 2001. They are 4-0-0 with one tie in their last five visits, last losing there on Oct. 31, 1995.

Dallas at Calgary

Dallas, which is concluding a four-game road trip, has dropped three straight in Calgary.

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Sabres C Roy is day-to-day with shoulder injury
December 20, 2007

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Sabres center Derek Roy missed practice on Thursday and is day-to-day with a shoulder injury.

Coach Lindy Ruff said Roy's injury is "somewhere between a bad bruise and a sprain."

Roy, Buffalo's leading scorer with 29 points in 32 games, was hurt in the first period of Wednesday's win over the New York Islanders. Ruff believes Roy was hurt when he fell after colliding with New York forward Trent Hunter in the corner.

Roy had treatment on the shoulder Thursday, but his status for Friday's game against Philadelphia is unclear.

Center Tim Connolly also missed Thursday's practice because of an illness that forced him to sit out the third period against the Islanders. Ruff said he'll know more Friday if Connolly is well enough to play against the Flyers.

"He may be able to play in a limited role if he's feeling better," Ruff said.

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Los Angeles Kings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

The Los Angeles Kings and the Columbus Blue Jackets will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Nationwide Arena.

The Kings were trounced 6-2 by the Red Wings last time out, as +250 underdogs. The eight goals sailed OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Dustin Brown and Patrick O'Sullivan scored for the Kings. Anze Kopitar assisted on both goals in the loss.

The Blue Jackets were stymied by red-hot Miikka Kiprusoff and the Flames 3-1 last time out, as -120 favorites. The four goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5).

Curtis Glencross scored the lone Blue Jackets goal, and Pascal Leclaire made 20 saves in the loss.

Current streak:
Los Angeles has lost 5 straight games.
Columbus has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Los Angeles: 12-21-2
Columbus: 14-13-6

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Dallas are 3-7
After playing Detroit are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Columbus most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Nashville are 2-8
After playing Calgary are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 6 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Los Angeles's last 9 games on the road
Los Angeles is 6-11-1 SU in its last 18 games when playing Columbus
Los Angeles is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Columbus is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Columbus's last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Columbus's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Los Angeles at Nashville, Saturday, December 22
Columbus home to Nashville, Sunday, December 23

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres

The Philadelphia Flyers and the Buffalo Sabres will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at HSBC Arena.

The Flyers were upset 3-2 by the Coyotes last time out, as -160 favorites. The combined five goals fell UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Scott Hartnell and Mike Richards answered in the loss.

Ryan Miller stopped 42 shots and Maxim Afinogenov's goal at 17:43 of the third period stood up as the winner, lifting the Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Islanders last time out. The Sabres won the game as -140 road favorites, but the three goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5.5)

Derek Roy had the other marker for Buffalo, who won their fourth straight.

Current streak:
Philadelphia has lost 4 straight games.
Buffalo has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
Philadelphia: 16-13-3
Buffalo: 17-14-1

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing Phoenix are 4-4-2
After a loss are 6-4

Buffalo most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Colorado are 6-4
After playing NY Islanders are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 9 games on the road
Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
Buffalo is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Buffalo is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
Buffalo is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Buffalo at Philadelphia, Saturday, December 22

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New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

The New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Mellon Arena.

The Islanders were edged 2-1 by the Sabres last time out, as +120 home underdogs. The three goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5.5)

Brendan Witt scored the lone goal for the Islanders, who have lost three of their last four games.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists along with his first career fight Thursday, as the Penguins defeated the Bruins 5-4 in a shootout. The Penguins won the game as +110 underdogs, and the combined score made it OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Evgeni Malkin had a pair for the Penguins, and Erik Christenson had the other goal. Colby Armstrong pocketed three assists, and Ty Conklin made 37 saves for the win.

Current streak:
New York has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
New York: 15-15-2
Pittsburgh: 17-15-2

New York most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing New Jersey are 6-4
After playing Buffalo are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Ottawa are 4-6
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the NY Islanders last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the NY Islanders last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the NY Islanders last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 16 of the NY Islanders last 24 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against NY Islanders
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing NY Islanders
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games

Next up:
NY Islanders home to Washington, Saturday, December 22
Pittsburgh home to Boston, Sunday, December 23

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New Jersey Devils vs. Edmonton Oilers

The fans at Rexall Place will be treated to a game between the New Jersey Devils and the Edmonton Oilers when they take their seats on Friday.

The Devils were shutout 5-0 by the Canucks last time out, as +105 underdogs. The five goals were a PUSH against the posted over/under (5).

Martin Brodeur allowed five goals off just 24 shots in the loss.

The Oilers lost 2-1 to the Stars in a shootout on Tuesday, as +105 underdogs. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under (5).

Dustin Penner answered for the Oilers, and Dwayne Roloson was solid in making 35 saves in a losing effort.

Team records:
New Jersey: 18-13-3
Edmonton: 16-16-3

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-5-1
Before playing Buffalo are 9-1
After playing Vancouver are 5-5-2
After a loss are 6-4

Edmonton most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 8-2
After playing Dallas are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
New Jersey is 4-0-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of New Jersey's last 12 games on the road
New Jersey is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
New Jersey is 4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Edmonton
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Edmonton's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton's last 6 games when playing at home against New Jersey
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Edmonton's last 6 games when playing New Jersey
Edmonton is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing New Jersey

Next up:
New Jersey at Calgary, Sunday, December 23
Edmonton at Chicago, Sunday, December 23

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New York Rangers vs. Colorado Avalanche

The New York Rangers and the Colorado Avalanche will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Pepsi Center.

The Rangers were doubled 6-3 by the Wild last time out, as +115 underdogs. The nine goals sailed OVER the posted over/under (5).

Michal Rozsival, Martin Straka and Nigel Dawes scored for the Rangers.

The Avalanche fell 2-1 in overtime to the Ducks last time out, as +115 underdogs. The three goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Cody McCormick scored the lone goal for the Avs, and Peter Budaj made 36 saves in a losing effort.

Team records:
New York: 17-14-3
Colorado: 19-13-2

New York most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Florida are 7-3
After playing Minnesota are 4-4
After a loss are 6-4

Colorado most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Buffalo are 8-8-1
After playing Anaheim are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the NY Rangers last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Rangers last 7 games
NY Rangers are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games
NY Rangers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 5 games
Colorado is 5-0-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Rangers
Colorado is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games at home
Colorado is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against NY Rangers

Next up:
NY Rangers home to Ottawa, Sunday, December 23
Colorado home to Vancouver, Sunday, December 23

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Dallas Stars vs. Calgary Flames

The fans at Pengrowth Saddledome will be treated to a game between the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames when they take their seats on Friday.

The Stars were defeated 3-2 by the Canucks on Thursday, as +120 road underdogs. The five goals were a PUSH against the posted over/under (5).

Jussi Jokinen and Antti Miettinen scored for the Stars, and Marty Turco stopped 27 shots in the loss.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 36 saves to help the Flames defeat the Blue Jackets 3-1 last time out, at EVEN odds. The four goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5).

Adrian Aucoin scored on the power play, while Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla added even strength markers for the Flames.

Current streak:
Calgary has won 6 straight games.

Team records:
Dallas: 19-12-4
Calgary: 17-13-5

Dallas most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-2-1
Before playing Los Angeles are 6-4
After playing Vancouver are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Calgary most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Los Angeles are 3-7
After playing Columbus are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing on the road against Calgary
Dallas is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Calgary
Calgary is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Calgary's last 5 games when playing at home against Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Calgary's last 6 games at home
Calgary is 5-10-3 SU in its last 18 games when playing Dallas

Next up:
Dallas home to Montreal, Sunday, December 23
Calgary home to New Jersey, Sunday, December 23

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