NHL Review & Preview

Well we had an eventful night in the NHL last night! And not all of it was good. Of course I am talking about the Scheifele hit. After taking it in I still don’t consider it “dirty” but definitely unnecessary and likely a lot out of frustration. It’s going to be debatable but I think it’s 2 games. Another happening was the NHL draft lotto and I just saw where the picks went. In case you missed it BUF gets the #1 pick again! I’m not sure who that will be. The Kraken come in at 2 which is nice for them. Then we have Ducks, Devils, Jackets, and my Wings. I was gonna go top 5 but my Wings came in at 6th haha Finally we had the COL/VGK game. I think that was a pretty damn good game, unfortunately I had to go to sleep after the 3rd. VGK almost had it but COL ended up taking it in OT with what might be a chincy penalty call. Either way we have a couple teams down 2-0 and I wouldn’t like that spot. So let’s move along to tonight!

BOS/NYI
Well the Isles are back home and that’s a scary thing! Varlamov had a hell of a game 2 and the Isles came out victorious. I think after game 5 or so last series I’ve played some version of Beauvillier, Bailey, Pulock, and Nelson because they have been outstanding. They’ve been quite a bargain too. As for the Bruins side it’s kind of been what we expect from them. What I’m looking for here is L2 to pickup the slack. I think today is a Krejci/Hall game. As difficult as it is to pick against the Isles at home, I have it BOS 3-2.

CAR/TB
This is the game I’m looking forward to. So I’ll start with Petr Mrazek is starting tonight to give the Canes a change of pace and to provide a spark. I sure hope he can get it done today. I think there are question marks regarding Trocheck but it’s looking like he won’t play. Aho & Hamilton are going to have to step up and take over. I have Hamilton having a good game tonight. I do badly want Vas to have a bad game so I can chirp him a little. I will not back down on thinking he’s overrated but that’s another debate for a different day. It’s weird because it seems like Killorn, Palat, and the “others” are the ones scoring here. This one is going to come down to special teams (like so many games this playoffs). With that being said gimme CAR 5-3 tonight.

Final Thoughts
1a. Can COL be stopped?
1b. Do I bet COL now before odds start getting closer to even?
2. How have we enjoyed the US crowds? I sure have! And as much as I hate the Belle Centre that place would be rockin if people were there. I suppose the whiteout would have been cool too.
3. Do the Sabres have a chance of bringing up the rear and competing next year? If not when?
4. Expansion Draft keeps getting closer!!!

Anyways good luck tonight!

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