Thursday, October 20, 2016

Puck Em - Day 6 - 10/20/16 & What We're Watching Tonight

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Last night was an off night with only two games, but Jon took home ice for the first team this season with a 5-1 performance on Tuesday night (Adam went 4-2). Patrice Bergeron returns for the Bruins tonight, and there's a Stanley Cup rematch in Pittsburgh with 9 other games on the slate. Jon deferred the first pick to go second and third. Here are tonight's picks

ADAM (13-7): Tampa Bay (1st), Dallas (4th), Calgary (6th), Washington (8th), Pittsburgh (9th)

-Goal Scorer Pick - Corey Perry

JON (13-7): Montreal (2nd), Minnesota (3rd), Boston (5th), St. Louis (7th), Philadelphia (10th)

-Goal Scorer Pick - Zach Parise

*Buffalo-Vancouver went unpicked

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Adam - San Jose @ Pittsburgh - 7PM Eastern - It's a Stanley Cup Final rematch at the PPG Paints Arena tonight as the Sharks (3-1-0) play their fourth straight game in the Eastern time zone. Stanley Cup Final rematches the following season aren't always what they're cracked up to be, but because it's early in the season it should have some juice. The Penguins (2-1-1) have lost two in a row (OT to Colorado, shutout in Montreal) and are looking to get back on track. 

Jon - Washington @ Florida - 7:30PM Eastern  - It's a clash of former Southeast Division rivals for me as the Capitals head south to take on the Panthers. Florida gets another test against a tough opponent who is also off to a good start this season (both teams are 2-0-1). Braden Holtby vs Bobby Lu should control this game and keep it low scoring. The Capitals are coming off a 3-0 shutout over the Avalanche. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

What We're Watching Tonight

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Adam - It's the first NHL meeting between Auston Matthews & Patrik Laine. I'm not going to call this a "rivalry", because besides being the top two picks in the 2016 draft, they won't have any real ties to one another except meeting twice a season. All of that aside, it should be fun to watch these teenagers skate against one another. Both the Leafs and the Jets are looking for their second win this season
Toronto @ Winnpeg - 8PM

Jon - I'm a sucker for the Original Six matchups, even early on in the season. It should be a good atmosphere in Madison Square Garden. The big question is whether Detroit can stop the surging Chris Kreider, who has registered a goal and an asssit in each of the Blueshirts three games this season. Thomas Vanek is also off to a good start with  his new team, scoring two goals and three asists for the Wings so far. 

Detroit @ NY Rangers - 8PM

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Puck Em - Day 5 - 10/18/16

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Adam went 1-1 and Jon went 0-2 on a light Monday night. A big night of action is ahead with 12 games on the docket, highighted by the Panthers @ Tampa Bay, Dallas @ Nashville, and Montreal @ Pittsburgh. Tomorrow there are only two games, so we won't be picking again until Thursday. While Adam retained home ice, he declined first pick to be able to go second and third. Here are tonight's selections

ADAM (9-5): St. Louis (2nd), Edmonton (3rd), Calgary (5th), Chicago (7th), NY Islanders (9th), New Jersey (12th)

*Goal Scorer Pick - Evgeny Kuznetsov

JON (8-6): Washington (1st), Tampa Bay (4th), Ottawa (6th), Nashville (8th), Minnesota (10th), Montreal (11th)

*Goal Scorer Pick - Filip Forsberg
**Jon is taking San Jose as an upset pick as well


Adam - It's the first installment of the Battle of Florida for me. Like we talked about in yesterday's PTR, both teams are good at the same time (for the first time in both franchises' history), and these two teams should be competing for the Atlantic Division lead all season long. Both the Panthers and Lightning are 2-0, so someone is getting their first loss of the season. - Florida @ Tampa Bay - 7:30PM

Jon - It's the Penguins traveling north of the border to play the Canadiens for me. Pittsburgh is coming off a home loss last night (to Colorado), and is looking to bounce back facing Al Montoya instead of Carey Price. Mike Condon should be getting the start for the Penguins in his return to Montreal since they're on a back-to-back and Marc-Andre Fleury played last night. - Pittsburgh @ Montreal - 7:30PM