Hockey Today - Jan. 9

Hockey Today - Jan. 9

Colorado Avalanche vs. Washington Capitals

- The Colorado Avalanche and the Washington Capitals will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Verizon Center.

The Avalanche were shut out 1-0 by the Red Wings last time out, as +210 road underdogs. The teams played well UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Jose Theodore stopped 24-of-25 shots in the loss.

Mike Green potted the overtime winner on Saturday afternoon as the Capitals knocked off the Montreal Canadiens by a final score of 5-4.

The Caps had been pegged as +145 road underdogs in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the day's posted total (5.5).

Team records:
Colorado: 22-17-3
Washington: 17-20-5

Colorado most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Buffalo are 8-8-1
After playing Detroit are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

Washington most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Calgary are 5-5
After playing Montreal are 2-8
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Colorado's last 10 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Colorado's last 13 games
Colorado is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games at home
Washington is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 10 games when playing Colorado

Next up:
Colorado at Carolina, Saturday, January 12
Washington home to Philadelphia, Sunday, January 13

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Dallas Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks

- The Dallas Stars and the Chicago Blackhawks will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at United Center.

The Stars fired 30 shots at Niklas Backstrom and came away with a 3-1 win over the Wild last time out, as -140 favorites. The four goals were UNDER the posted over/under (5).

Antti Miettinen scored twice to lead the Stars, and Matt Niskanen added the other marker in the win.

The Blackahawks lost 4-3 to the Canadiens in OT on Tuesday, as +160 road underdogs. The seven goals made it OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Jack Skille, Robert Lang and Kris Versteeg had the Hawks markers. Patrick Lalime made 34 saves in a losing effort.

Current streak:
Chicago has lost 6 straight games.

Team records:
Dallas: 24-16-4
Chicago: 19-19-4

Dallas most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Los Angeles are 6-4
After playing Minnesota are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Edmonton are 6-4
After playing Montreal are 8-8-1
After a loss are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas's last 8 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Dallas is 14-4-1 SU in its last 19 games when playing Chicago
Dallas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
Dallas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 8 games when playing at home against Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games at home
Chicago is 6-12-5 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Dallas

Next up:
Dallas at St. Louis, Thursday, January 10
Chicago home to Minnesota, Friday, January 11

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Anaheim Ducks

- The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Anaheim Ducks will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Honda Center.

The Maple Leafs tied the game, but allowed a late power play marker in a 3-2 loss to the Flyers last time out. The Maple Leafs have been favored at -125 in the contest, while the five goals fell UNDER the posted over/under (6).

Mats Sundin had both goals for the Maple Leafs, and Andrew Raycroft made 29 saves in the loss.

The Ducks scored four goals in the second period Monday night, as they slipped past the Predators 5-2. The Ducks won the game as -180 favorites, and the seven goals made it OVER the posted over/under (5).

Travis Moen,Chris Kunitz, Chris Pronger, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf netted goals.

Current streak:
Toronto has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Toronto: 16-18-8
Anaheim: 22-17-6

Toronto most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing San Jose are 3-3-2
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Anaheim most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing San Jose are 5-5
After playing Nashville are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Anaheim
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games
Toronto is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Anaheim's last 5 games at home
Anaheim is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Anaheim is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Anaheim is 2-7-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Toronto

Next up:
Toronto at Los Angeles, Thursday, January 10
Anaheim home to San Jose, Sunday, January 13

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AVERY MAY BE ‘DONE’

January 9, 2008 -- For the third time this season, Sean Avery is on Injured Reserve, this time with a broken bone in his right hand after previous stays on IR necessitated by a shoulder separation and a broken bone in his left hand. And though the Rangers are doing their best to downplay the severity of the situation, the winger's first words to The Post yesterday morning were, “I'm done," before amending his comments after a chat with a club official.

“I mean I'm done for the next couple of weeks," Avery, who missed his 22nd game of the Rangers' 43 in last night's 5-3 Garden loss to the Lightning, said a few minutes later. “I'm hoping it will heal on its own by resting it, but if not, I don't know, I guess then I'd have to consider surgery.

“It's the same bone that was broken in the left hand."

When Avery underwent surgery on his left hand on Nov. 29, he did not return until Dec. 23. But that operation also included a second procedure to correct damage in his left wrist. During that convalescence, Avery said he had no idea whether the second procedure had any effect at all on his recovery period.

Avery earlier in the season missed four weeks and 10 games with the left shoulder separation he sustained in Ottawa on Oct. 6. He has registered 12 points (2-10) in 21 games in the final year of his contract leading into free agency eligibility.

“It's at a point now where it needs rest; it needs to settle down," said Tom Renney, who allowed that surgery might be a possibility, though the coach said that, “it's a possibility he more than we are contemplating."

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Fedor Tyutin lost several teeth when he took a Craig MacDonald high stick in the mouth at 3:39 of the third. He did not return to the game.

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Wednesday NHL Gameday

Colorado Avalanche at Washington Capitals, 7:00pm ET


The Avalanche are hanging around the Western Conference playoff picture despite the loss of forwards Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth to long-term injuries. Sakic underwent hernia surgery and could be out for three months or more, while Smyth has a broken ankle and will be out two months. Paul Stastny is leading the Avs offense in their place.

Washington is still deep down the Eastern Conference standings, but they've made a bit of headway with a 5-2-3 record in their past 10 games. The Caps are coming off a 5-4 overtime win over Montreal on Saturday afternoon, with Alexander Ovechkin providing two markers in the contest. Ovechkin has picked up 32 goals in 42 games this season.

Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30pm ET

The Stars busted out of a four-game losing streak by getting past the Wild 3-1 on Monday night. That put Dallas at 24-16-4 on the season, and they're battling with the Sharks and Ducks for top spot in the Pacific Division. Forward Mike Ribeiro signed a big five-year, $25 million deal before the game, and then went out and collected two points.

The Blackhawks haven't had much fun in 2008, with a lengthy injury list helping to put a dent in their win total. Martin Havlat is back in action, but forwards Jonathan Toews (knee), Jason Williams (groin), and Ben Eager (concussion) are all sidelined. Chicago has sunk down to the bottom of the conference and division standings in recent weeks.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Anaheim Ducks, 10:00pm ET

The Maple Leafs started 2008 with a 4-3 win over the Lightning, but since then they've been dropped 6-2 by the Penguins and 3-2 by the Flyers. Starting goaltender Vesa Toskala has been out with a groin injury, but the team hopes that he can return to the lineup at some point this week. Toronto heads to the coast at just 2-6-2 in their past 10.

The Ducks, on the other hand, are 7-2-1 over their past 10 games, and they're 13-6-4 on their own ice. Anaheim has won three of their four games so far in January, most recently getting past the Predators 5-2 on Monday night. Travis Moen, Chris Kunitz, Chris Pronger, Corey Perry, and Ryan Getzlaf all picked up goals against the Predators.

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Wednesday's NHL Card
By Judd Hall 

Today’s NHL card is light with just three games set to take place. Two of them are inter-conference clashes, while the other is a quality Western Conference showdown. Let’s take a look at all three.

Colorado at Washington

The Capitals are entering this match as winners of the three of their past four games on the schedule. That includes an impressive home-and-home sweep of Eastern Conference front-runner, Ottawa, in which they lit the lamp 14 times.

The Avs are coming into this game fresh off of a 1-0 defeat at Detroit last night. Of course, you can expect to get shut out when all you can muster is 19 shots in 60 minutes of play. The loss drops Colorado’s road record to 6-11-3 for the 2007-2008 season.

You’d expect Colorado to be an easy fade here with two road games on back-to-back nights, but that’s not the case. The Avalanche are 3-1 when play games on zero days rest, with all three victories coming after losing the previous night.

Washington, on the other hand, hasn’t played since Jan. 5. The Caps are just 3-4 this year when they have more than three days rest. The ‘over’ is on a 4-1 run in their last five games.

Dallas at Chicago

The Stars are looking to find themselves back on solid ground after snapping a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 home win over Minnesota on Jan. 7. That recent skid featured a pair of bad defeats to the Red Wings that could have helped with a little street cred in the Western Conference.

The Blackhawks are traveling home tonight after coming up short in a 4-3 overtime decision at Montreal after holding a lead late into the second period on Tuesday night. Chicago’s youthful aggression never showed up in the third period or the extra session, firing just six combined shots on goal after having 10 in the first and 12 in the second.

Chicago has owned the Stars in recent memory, going 4-1 in its last five head-to-head meetings, with the ‘under’ posting a 3-1-1 mark. The ‘Hawks are 3-5-1 when playing on back-to-back nights, but are 3-1 when following a loss. The ‘under’ went 6-3 during that time frame.

Dallas’s numbers on two days rest are fantastic, going 8-0 in that situation with the ‘under’ coming in at 4-3-1.

Toronto at Anaheim

The Maple Leafs might not be looking towards playing on the road right now with a 2-4-2 record in their last eight fixtures away from the Air Canada Centre. Toronto has also lost past two games by a 9-4 margin.

The Ducks are playing very well at home of late, winning four straight at the Honda Center with ‘under’ going 3-1 during that stretch. Their most recent win was a 5-2 thumping of the Predators in Orange County on Jan. 7.

Toronto has seen the over do well for itself recently, going 4-2 in its last six games. The Leafs, however, aren’t doing well when they have more than three days off judging by their 1-1-2 record in that situation.

Anaheim is 3-2-2 when it gets two days off with the ‘under’ coming in at 5-2.

It also helps to know that the Maple Leafs have not won a contest in Anaheim since 1998. Granted, this is just their third trip out there in the last 10 years…perhaps that is understandable then.

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