Hockey Today - Feb 6

Hockey Today - Feb 6

New Jersey Devils vs. Buffalo Sabres

- The New Jersey Devils and the Buffalo Sabres will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at HSBC Arena.

Zach Parise scored the game-winner in overtime and added two assists to help the Devils complete a 4-3 comeback over the Penguins as a -185 favorite last time out. The combined score made it OVER the posted over/under (5).

Patrick Elias had a goal and two assists, while Jamie Langenbrunner and David Clarkson also scored for the Devils.

The Sabres scored twice in the third period to double the Bruins 4-2 last time out, at EVEN odds. The combined six goals made it OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Daniel Paille scored two goals, while singles came from Thomas Vanek and Toni Lydman in the win.

Current streak:
New Jersey has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
New Jersey: 30-20-3
Buffalo: 24-21-7

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Buffalo are 9-1
After playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Buffalo most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Colorado are 6-4
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
New Jersey is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Jersey's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of New Jersey's last 11 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New Jersey's last 11 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Buffalo's last 11 games when playing New Jersey
Buffalo is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Buffalo's last 11 games when playing at home against New Jersey
Buffalo is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games

Next up:
New Jersey home to Anaheim, Friday, February 8
Buffalo home to Boston, Friday, February 8

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Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers

- The Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Wachovia Center.

Alexander Ovechkin scored twice including the game-winning goal, as the Capitals defeated the Blue Jackets 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday. The Capitals won the game as +110 underdogs, while the combined score made it OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Alexander Semin and Tom Poti also scored for the Capitals. Brent Johnson made 28 saves in the win.

Steve Downie scored the game-winning goal to lift the Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Thrashers last time out, as -140 favorites. The five goals were UNDER the posted over/under (6).

Mike Knuble and Mike Richards scored power play markers for the Flyers, and Antero Niittymaki made 23 saves in the win.

Current streak:
Philadelphia has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Washington: 25-24-5
Philadelphia: 30-17-5

Washington most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Calgary are 5-5
After playing Columbus are 2-2-3
After a win are 5-5

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-4-1
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing Atlanta are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Washington is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Philadelphia
Washington is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Philadelphia is 15-3-1 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against Washington

Next up:
Washington home to Carolina, Friday, February 8
Philadelphia home to NY Rangers, Saturday, February 9

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers

- The Chicago Blackhawks and the Edmonton Oilers will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Rexall Place.

Chicago were outshot 40-21 in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss at San Jose, falling as 205 road underdogs. The five goals scored were a PUSH with the posted total of 5.

Duncan Keith tied the game in the third period for Chicago, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 38 saves in a losing effort.

Mathieu Garon stopped all 24 shots in leading the Oilers to a 5-0 win over the Flames last time out, as +115 underdogs. The five goals were a PUSH against the posted over/under (5).

Ales Hemsky, Steve Staois and Sam Gagner scored on the power play, while Fernando Pisani and Dustin Penner tallied at even strength in the win.

Current streak:
Chicago has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
Chicago: 23-24-5
Edmonton: 24-26-5

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-3-1
Before playing Edmonton are 6-4
After playing San Jose are 5-5
After a loss are 1-9

Edmonton most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-3-2
Before playing Detroit are 8-2
After playing Calgary are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Edmonton
Chicago is 8-15-2 SU in its last 25 games when playing Edmonton
Chicago is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Edmonton is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton's last 5 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Edmonton's last 12 games at home
Edmonton is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Chicago at Calgary, Thursday, February 7
Edmonton at Calgary, Saturday, February 9

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Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks

- The Colorado Avalanche and the San Jose Sharks will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at HP Pavilion.

The Avalanche fell 4-3 to the Coyotes last time out, as -150 favorites at home. The combined score made it OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

T.J. Hensick scored twice for the Avalanche, and Ian Laperriere had the goals for the Avs.

San Jose's Jeremy Roenick scored the shootout winner in Saturday's 3-2 win over Chicago, coming in as -235 home favorites. The five goals scored were a PUSH with the posted total of 5.

Jonathan Cheechoo netted his 11th goal of the season, while Evgeni Nabokov stopped 19 shots for the Sharks.

Team records:
Colorado: 28-21-5
San Jose: 29-16-7

Colorado most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 9-1
Before playing Buffalo are 8-8-1
After playing Phoenix are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

San Jose most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-2-2
Before playing Toronto are 3-3-2
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Colorado's last 12 games on the road
Colorado is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Colorado is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing San Jose
San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Colorado
San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
San Jose is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
San Jose is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Colorado

Next up:
Colorado at Vancouver, Saturday, February 9
San Jose home to Columbus, Friday, February 8

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Dvorak, Stumpel will miss 4-6 weeks

One day after announcing forward Radek Dvorak would be out four to six weeks because of two broken fingers, Panthers coach Jacques Martin said forward Jozef Stumpel would miss the same span of time because of a separated shoulder.

That news came Tuesday morning, along with the Panthers' recall of Anthony Stewart from Rochester of the American Hockey League for the eighth time this season.

Stewart, a Toronto native, was one of four forwards in the lineup Tuesday against the Maple Leafs who started the season in the AHL.

Rostislav Olesz (hand) missed his eighth straight game and will be out at least another week.

Martin said he hopes left wing Ville Peltonen (foot) will return this weekend.

Junior star Shawn Matthias remains an option to be brought up again if two forwards remain on injured reserve, but that's not probable.

"Obviously after four games you could see he's probably not ready for this level now," Martin said, "and that's why we returned him."

Montador moves up
Tuesday, Martin moved defenseman Steve Montador up front against the Maple Leafs — he'll likely stay at forward with seven other healthy defensemen — to help compensate for the absence of Dvorak and Stumpel.

"We'll miss those guys big time," center Stephen Weiss said, "but we can still do the job."

With 27 games left and the Feb. 26 trade deadline looming, no immediate help seems available — even if the Panthers, who started Tuesday's game three points out of first in the Southeast Division, choose to be buyers and not sellers like last season.

"Right now, the problem is there are not many sellers," Martin said, citing the narrow gap in the standings.

The Panthers don't have much to give teams in return, either, because of injuries.

Asked if he'd like to see the Panthers acquire a forward or two before the deadline, captain Olli Jokinen, who remains the hot subject of trade rumors, said that's not his decision.

He added he wouldn't be comfortable approaching Martin about such matters, noting, "It'd be crossing the line a little bit if you go tell the GM, 'I want this guy.'"

Jokinen said former GM Mike Keenan asked for his thoughts on a few free agents during the offseason, and so has Martin. That's been the extent of his input, he said. With veterans such as Dvorak and Stumpel out, the Panthers must make their playoff push for now with several young forwards.

"It's a challenge every day," Jokinen said. "Management has to decide what it wants to do. It's not our job to figure it out. Some of these young guys have been doing a good job. It's just a matter of doing it every night."

Like Jokinen, Weiss wouldn't say if he felt acquisitions were needed.

"I just want to win," Weiss said. "If that means we've got to pick some guys up to give us a boost, I'm all for it.

"If that means sticking with the group we have in here, I'm all for that, too."

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Blue Jackets call up goalie Mason
February 6, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -The Columbus Blue Jackets recalled goaltender Steve Mason from the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers and left wing Joakim Lindstrom from Syracuse of the AHL on Wednesday.

The club also reassigned defenseman Duvie Westcott to Syracuse.

Mason will back up Fredrik Norrena in the absence of goaltender Pascal Leclaire, who is expected to miss at least two games with a bruised neck suffered during Tuesday night's 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals.

Mason, 19, has a record of 22-6-3 with a 2.79 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and three shutouts in 31 OHL games. In January, he was named the MVP at the 2008 World Junior Championships after leading Canada to its fourth straight gold medal. Mason was Columbus' second pick, and 69th overall, in the 2006 draft.

Lindstrom, 24, has appeared in 11 games with the Blue Jackets this season, scoring two goals with four assists. A second-round pick in 2002, he has three goals and four assists in 23 career NHL games.

Westcott has experienced headaches throughout the season as a result of a concussion suffered early in the year.

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