Hockey Today - Jan. 7

Hockey Today - Jan. 7

Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars

- The Minnesota Wild and the Dallas Stars will both be trying to pick up a win on Monday when they battle at American Airlines Center.

The Wild were out done in a 4-1 loss to the Predators last time out, at -110 odds. The five goals were a PUSH against the posted over/under (5).

Mark Parrish had the lone goal for the Wild, and Josh Harding made 26 saves in the loss.

Mike Smith made 20 saves for the Stars in their 3-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

The Wings won as -127 road favorites as the teams played under the 5-goal total set by oddsmakers.

Current streak:
Dallas has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
Minnesota: 23-16-2
Dallas: 23-16-4

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Monday are 5-4-1
Before playing Florida are 2-2-2
After playing Nashville are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 8 games when playing Dallas
Minnesota is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing Dallas
Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Dallas
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Dallas is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas's last 8 games when playing Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota at Detroit, Thursday, January 10
Dallas at Chicago, Wednesday, January 9

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New York Islanders vs. Edmonton Oilers

- The New York Islanders and the Edmonton Oilers will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at Rexall Place.

The Islanders were defeated 2-1 by the Avalanche last time out, as +135 roqd underdogs. The three goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Tim Jackman scored for the Islanders, while Rick DiPietro made 37 saves in a losing effort.

Sam Gagner scored the winner in a shootout Saturday, as the Oilers got past the Rangers 3-2. The Oilers won the game as +125 underdogs, and the five goals were a PUSH against the posted over/under (5)

.Jarret Stoll and Shawn Horcoff scored the Oilers goals in regulation, and Mathieu Garon stopped 29 shots in the win.

Current streak:
New York has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
New York: 20-16-4
Edmonton: 18-21-4

New York most recently:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing New Jersey are 6-4
After playing Colorado are 1-1-3
After a loss are 4-6

Edmonton most recently:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing Detroit are 8-2
After playing NY Rangers are 2-2-2
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
NY Islanders are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Edmonton
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the NY Islanders last 9 games when playing Edmonton
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the NY Islanders last 6 games
NY Islanders are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Edmonton's last 9 games when playing NY Islanders
Edmonton is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
Edmonton is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
NY Islanders at Vancouver, Tuesday, January 8
Edmonton home to Phoenix, Thursday, January 10

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Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks

- The Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at Honda Center.

The Predators won their third straight with a 4-1 win over the Wild on Saturday, at -110 odds. The five goals were a PUSH against the posted over/under (5).

J.P. Dumont had a pair for the Predators, while Martin Gelinas and Martin Erat added singles. Dan Ellis stopped 29 shots for the win.

The Ducks lost 3-2 to the Coyotes last time out, as +110 underdogs. The five goals were a PUSH against the posted over/under (5).

Ryan Getzlaf and Doug Weight scored for the Ducks.

Current streak:
Nashville has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Nashville: 20-18-2
Anaheim: 21-17-6

Nashville most recently:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Minnesota are 7-3
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

Anaheim most recently:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Toronto are 6-6-1
After playing Phoenix are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
Nashville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville's last 5 games when playing on the road against Anaheim
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nashville's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville's last 6 games when playing Anaheim
Anaheim is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Nashville
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Anaheim's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Anaheim's last 5 games when playing at home against Nashville
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Anaheim's last 10 games

Next up:
Nashville at Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 8
Anaheim home to Toronto, Wednesday, January 9

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Lupul out indefinitely with bruised spinal cord

TORONTO - Flyers forward Joffrey Lupul is out indefinitely with a bruised spinal cord and a concussion after a violent collision with teammate Derian Hatcher during the 3-2 win over Toronto on Saturday.

Hatcher's open-ice hit on the Maple Leafs' Alex Steen was so hard, the defenseman's momentum caught Lupul, knocking him backward. The back of Lupul's head struck the ice. This was Lupul's fourth concussion and third as an NHL player.

The 24-year-old Lupul spent Saturday night at Pennsylvania Hospital for observation and was released yesterday.

"Lupul has been diagnosed with a mild concussion," general manager Paul Holmgren said from New York after he returned from the Czech Republic yesterday. "However, the more concerning injury is that he sustained a spinal-cord contusion at the level of his fifth and sixth cervical vertebrae, which are located in the neck area.

"It's creating some tingling sensations in his hands. The X-rays are negative on any real damage. But right now, we have to give Joffrey some complete time off. He's going to take a couple weeks off from doing pretty much everything, and then we'll evaluate him at that point two weeks from now," Holmgren said.

Though the Flyers are deep, they continue to lose core forwards. Lupul joined the sidelined Simon Gagne (concussion) and Scottie Upshall (right ankle sprain).

Gagne and Upshall are questionable for tomorrow's game in Atlanta. Gagne has missed 25 games and Upshall has missed the last three.

Holmgren said the club has not decided whether to call up a forward from the Phantoms or continue to rotate players such as Stefan Ruzicka, Denis Tolpeko and Steve Downie.

"It's very disappointing for Joffrey," Holmgren said. "Obviously, he's having a very productive season [16 goals, 19 assists]. He's been a very good player for us. We're more disappointed for Joffrey. As a team, we'll just have to deal with it."

Also questionable for tomorrow's game is winger Sami Kapanen, who required 25 stitches in the mouth after being struck by a puck shot by teammate Mike Richards during the win against the Leafs.

"[Kapanen] had some issues with some of his teeth," Holmgren said. "There were no fractures that were seen on the X-rays. We will see how he is [today]. Knowing Sami, he'll feel pretty good, although he'll probably not look good."

Loose pucks. The NHL reviewed a punch Downie threw in the third period that nailed Jason Blake while Blake was being restrained by an official during a scrum. Downie, who has been suspended once this season, threw the punch across the official's body. Blake never saw it coming and sported a black eye. That Downie received only a double minor for roughing did not please Leafs coach Paul Maurice. "I have a very strong [opinion] that matters not," Maurice said, biting his tongue.

"I didn't [take] a good look at the play myself, but I am going to," Stevens said.

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Injured Leafs D Colaiacovo to miss trip
January 6, 2008

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TORONTO (CP) -- It was an all-too-familiar sight Sunday, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo on crutches and dealing with his latest injury.

"The good news is that it's nothing serious," he told the assembled media while his teammates practiced.

It's a right knee contusion, and Colaiacovo said he'll be out seven to 10 days. It certainly looked worse Saturday night after a knee-on-knee collision with Philadelphia Flyers forward Jim Dowd, especially since it's the same surgically repaired knee that kept Colaiacovo out the first 37 games of the season.

"Considering everything I've been through with the same knee, the trauma effect, I'm just glad it wasn't anything worse," said Colaiacovo. "It's the best-case scenario. ...

"After everything I've been through the last eight months, to get through this seems like nothing."

Colaiacovo stayed behind Sunday as his teammates boarded a plane headed for California. The Leafs play Wednesday at Anaheim, Thursday at Los Angeles and Saturday at San Jose. Colaiacovo joins an injury list that already included star defenseman Bryan McCabe (broken wrist), forward Mark Bell (facial injury) and starting goalie Vesa Toskala (groin).

Toskala, who hasn't played since Dec. 22, appears close to a return. He took in the full 80-minute workout Sunday and there's a chance he'll play during the trip.

"Still going day by day," said Toskala. "I had a pretty good practice today so we'll see ... It feels pretty good."

Head coach Paul Maurice liked what he saw from Toskala on Sunday. And he needs his starter back. The Leafs have gone 1-3-1 since Toskala went down.

"I thought he got across the net really well today. He looked comfortable," said Maurice. "But we're at the point now where we're really leaving it to him to tell us where he's at.

"If he comes back and feels good Tuesday and can go full (practice), then we'll entertain the idea of him playing Wednesday. If he feels he needs more time, then we'll take it day by day unfortunately."

Winger Jason Blake did not practice Sunday, still recovering from an eye injury after taking a cheap-shot punch from Flyers winger Steve Downie during Saturday's 3-2 loss at Air Canada Centre.

"There was nothing broken around the eye, which is a positive," said Maurice. "He couldn't really see out of it today but the good Lord gave him two.

"We figure Wednesday he should be fine."

Maurice, meanwhile, is all to accustomed to filling out his lineup card without Colaiacovo's name on it. The 24-year-old former first-round draft pick has been limited to 78 career NHL games while battling through numerous injuries.

"This guy's had an incredible run of injuries that have to take a certain toll mentally," said Maurice. "At the very least, at some point he's going to have an incredible appreciation for the game of hockey and what it means to play in the National Hockey League."

Colaiacovo is trying to stay positive despite another setback.

"I've always bounced back," he said. "I play hard and I guess sometimes that's what comes from playing hard.

"I'm just accepting that as the fact. I'm not going to look at it any other way. I'm not going to change anything about the way I play or my style of game. I'm going to continue to play hard. The one thing I try to make people understand is that I don't go out there with the intent of getting hurt. I go out there with the intent to play hard and to play hockey.

"I've just been on the other side of bad luck. What can you do? I'm not going to let it keep me down. I'm going to be positive with it and do my best to bounce back quick."

With no McCabe or Colaiacovo, Maurice will lean even harder on defensemen Tomas Kaberle, Pavel Kubina and Hal Gill.

"We'll keep running those top-end guys pretty hard," said the Leafs coach.

Maurice allowed a small smile when asked by a reporter if this was a "big week" for his team. Isn't every week big these days for the Leafs? They begin the week 13th in the jumbled-up Eastern Conference, still only four points from a playoff spot but also only five points from last place.

"This is big a week for us, we need to win games there's no question," said Maurice. "But you've got to keep that hope in your room and that fire, that things will get better."

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