Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Scoreboard Watching

As the inches of snow pile up hockey fans can turn to the Great Canadian Tradition of watching the out of town scoreboard. The sens have a light schedule over the next week, a three game homestand against Florida, Atlanta, and Edmonton, which will give Emery some extra time to heal his left wrist (or too much free time to re-injure it) while he serves his league mandated suspension.

Meanwhile, the good guys have a busy week with home dates against the Islanders tonight and the Oilers on Saturday sandwiched around a visit to the Wachovia Center on Thursday. The Leafs are 1-0 against their Eastern Conference opponents and will be facing the Oilers in their only matchup of this and next season (Go Bettman!). With the Islanders just one point back of the Leafs it will be important to ensure that no teams get between them and the last playoff spot. That means the Leafs need to avoid the Isles' propensity for OT/SO losses and wrap it up in regulation (NYI 5-1-4 L10). The Leafs will also want to deliver a win to celebrate The Captain's 36th birthday. Let's all move past the gigantic misunderstanding that was Mask-Gate and revel in the greatness of a future Hall of Famer.

Leafs 5
Islanders 2

Winners in other games:
Edmonton over Boston
LA over Carolina
Florida over Montreal
Phoenix over Tampa Bay
San Jose over St. Louis
Anaheim over Colorado
Calgary over Atlanta

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