Three games are up tonight, with the two pillars of the Central Division meeting up for the first of five times, a showdown between American Olympic goalie hopefuls, and Montreal’s first of four games on their Western Conference road trip.
Chicago at St. Louis
Combined, these two teams have taken seven of a possible eight points to start the season and the Blues look to keep a perfect record by winning their first of five matchups against the Blackhawks this season. Jaroslav Halak set the Blues all-time record for shutouts with 17 after an easy outing against the Panthers that ended in a 7-0 rout. In his past six appearances against St. Louis, Corey Crawford is 6-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA.
St. Louis experienced some balanced offensive output against Florida with seven different goal scorers and at least ten players registering a point. (Yahoo Sports)
Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad each have a goal in the first two games of the season. (Chicago Blackhawks)
Player To Watch: Patrick Kane has scored a goal in both of his first tow games, the second time he’s got off to that kind of start in his career. But he Blues defense is, shall we say slightly more suffocating than Washington’s or Tampa Bay’s. Big match between two Central Division behemoths.
Montreal at Calgary
The flood that ravaged the Saddledome in Calgary this past summer must have granted the lowly Flames some luck as they have yet to lose in regulation, registering a point in their first three games. The Canadiens embark on a four-game Western Canadian swing tonight as they strive for two wins in a row. Since February of 2011, Calgary has won three straight against the Habs, but will have difficulty against Montreal’s fiery offence.
Rene Bourque makes his return to Calgary where he played three seasons for the 500th game of his career. (Montreal Canadiens)
Karri Ramo and Joey MacDonald rank 29th in the league as in tandem in goals against.
Player To Watch: Through two games, Lars Eller has been a big scorer for the Habs with five points in two games playing with the two kids, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk. His 17:31 of ice is second among Habs forwards. May be the start of his breakout year.
Ottawa at Los Angeles
Both teams hope to bounce back after weird losses. The Kings looked sharp until Jonathan Quick let in a Vesa Toskala-esque 163-foot goal, which seemed to deflate the team. The Senators looked confident with a 4-2 lead against the Leafs before falling 5-4 in a shootout and shut down by Jonathan Bernier. This is Ottawa’s first game of a four-game road trip.
Surprisingly Kyle Turris leads the Sens early on with one goal and three assists. (Ottawa Senators)
The Kings have dominated the Senators at home with an 11-1-0 record and a tie. (Yahoo Sports)
Player To Watch: Two American goalie hopefuls – frontrunner Jonathan Quick and his No. 2 Craig Anderson – could stare down each other in this one. Anderson is off to the better start, but Quick has his Cup ring and strong playoff track record in his back pocket. This game won’t decide who starts in Sochi, but it’s an intriguing showdown.