All I’ve heard about this afternoon is various cars in ditches and snow. If that’s the kind of thing that keeps you inside on a Friday night, there’s plenty of hockey to watch. The Sabres may not play until tomorrow night, but there’s plenty of action in the Eastern Conference that’s worth watching. If you don’t have Center Ice, you know where to go to watch these.
The Devils are hot, going 8-2 in their last ten and currently sit in 2nd in the conference. Last night they left Tim Thomas looking like this:
The Penguins continue to struggle to make the postseason, but picked up a big win against the Rangers back on Wednesday. It’s an important game for both teams, and it will be interesting to see if the short rest affects the Devils.
Philadelphia sits just four points ahead of Buffalo in sixth place, so root for the Bolts tonight. The pressure is on Tampa goaltender Mike Smith, as he will carry the load for Tampa down the stretch now that Kolzig is out. Tampa doesn’t have much to play for at this point, but they’ve been better as of late. Philly has points in seven of their last ten, and the Sabres need to see a few teams slip to make up some ground.
We’re going to have posts more like this as the season moves forward. Watching the playoff race through other teams is a good way to get a feel for the playoff picture, and when the postseason comes these teams won’t feel like strangers. Hopefully Buffalo will be a part of the picture by then, but we’ll have plenty to root for and against until then.