Welcome, once again, to the house of ill repute known by dozens as FHS: Thursday Night Live!. You can check out last week's TNL here.
We have 19 entries in the over/under/pick 'em comp (OUPIC? Um, no.) and I've noticed some interesting trends. Only MasterOfPuppets, Campell and Timbits56 took the over on STL@VAN. MaggietheMonkey, Willis and MasterOfPuppets have the only NYI picks over Philly. But...everyone except me took the over on NYI@PHI. For the GWG in Vancouver, we've got five Sedins and two Kassians, with the Kassian picks coming from MaggietheMonkey and Cam. I'd put $100 on Kassian getting 7 PIM tonight too. EDIT: I wrote that summary before the last few entries trickled in, so some details may now be inaccurate. 22 entries in total now.
There are some really intriguing goalie match-ups on tap tonight: Brodeur vs. Thomas (pending), Backstrom vs. Price, Kiprusoff vs. Smith, Elliott vs. Luongo, and Miller(pending) vs. Niemi to name a few.
I'm headed to the Canucks/Blues game in a bit, but I'll post updates until then and should be able to join in the comments section via the SBNation iPhone app once I get to Rogers Arena. I might post some pics/video of the game to our new Facebook page too.
After the jump, tonight's slate and, of course, the beloved scoreboard.
New Jersey Devils @ Boston Bruins
Minnesota Wild @ Montreal Canadiens
New York Islanders @ Philadelphia Flyers
New York Rangers @ Carolina Hurricanes
Florida Panthers @ Winnipeg Jets
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Colorado Avalanche
Calgary Flames @ Phoenix Coyotes
St. Louis Blues @ Vancouver Canucks
Buffalo Sabres @ San Jose Sharks
We asked you to:
1. Submit your pick for the winning team for each game.
2. Based on an over/under of 5.5 goals, submit your pick for over or under for each game.
3. Submit your pick for the game winning goal scorer in each game. Shootout winners count as a GWG.
For every winning team you pick correctly, you get 1 point. For every over/under you get right, you get 1 point. For every GWG scorer picked correctly, you get 1 point. So a max of three points per game if you hit the rarefied trifecta of winner, over/under and GWG scorer.
The winner(s) will be featured in Monday's Fantasy Stars of the Week post and retain bragging rights for a full seven days.
I won't be able to update the scoreboard until after the Canucks game, or possibly tomorrow, but I will get it done eventually. And now, please give it up for....
From TSN: "Two of the top teams in the Western Conference will get together tonight in Vancouver, as the Canucks host the St. Louis Blues in a showdown for first overall in the NHL. Although they've still only suffered one regulation loss over their last 18 games, the Canucks will try to avoid their first three-game losing streak in over a year. FHS village idiot Jsuites will be in attendance sitting in section 112 row 23."
Ok, so maybe I added that last part. I've ettended only one other game in person this year (NYI@VAN) and the Canucks put on a fine display of keepaway for about 80% of the game. Somehow I think tonight will not be so lopsided. Really looking forward to seeing the Blues in person and, of course, to Zack Kassian's first home game (and fight) as a Canuck. This year Kassian has split time between the AHL (30 GP, 15+11=26, plus-4, 31 PIM) and the Sabres (27 GP, 3+4=7, 20 PIM). In his first game with Vancouver, he bounced between the fourth and second lines with one SOG and two PIM in 12:26 TOI. I drafted Kassian in a keeper league back in 2009, but traded him last year in a "prospects for proven" swap (Kassian, Jaden Schwartz and Mark Visentin for Shane Doan and James Wisniewski). Yeah, maybe I was a little pissed at Canada's WJC collapse against Russia.
Did you know: every time the Leafs lose, Brian Burke's face turns a darker shade of red? It's a scientific fact. AND he gains a new chin every year the Leafs miss the playoffs.
Wondering which players were the hottest in February?
Steven Stamkos 11+11=22
Jason Spezza 8+13=21
Evgeni Malkin 10+10=20
Ilya Kovalchuk 5+14=19
Teddy Purcell 4+15=19
Dustin Byfuglien 4+14=18
Sam Gagner 9+9=18
Erik Karlsson 7+11=18
Joe Thornton 4+14=18
Blake Wheeler 4+14=18
Plus/minus: Eric Staal, and Coyotes Radim Vrbata, Keith Yandle and Ray Whitney at plus-11.
PIM: Derek Dorsett, 61
SOG: Corey Perry, 63
PPP: Logan Couture, 9
Wins: Mike Smith, 11 (and no losses!)
GAA (minimum 8 GP): Henrik Lundqvist 1.29
SV% (minimum 8 GP): Mike Smith .952
I'll be back in about an hour for puck drop in Boston, Montreal, Philly and Carolina. In the meantime, enjoy watching Malkin's "goal of the year" candidate from Feb. 25, as well as this one and this one, submitted by MasterOfPuppets earlier this week.
Okay, we're underway and Josh Bailey has his second goal in two games to put the Isles up 1-0 over Philly.
Grossman and Kubina are just menacing. A combined twelve feet eight inches.
Krejci from Seguin to put the Bs up one zip. Is Julien juggling? Don't usually see those two combining.
Indeed, there is juggling. Tonight's line combos as per Chris Nichols:
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Tyler Seguin/ Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Brian Rolston/ Benoit Pouliot - Chris Kelly - Jordan Caron/ Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton/ Zdeno Chara - Andrew Ference/ Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo/ Greg Zanon - Adam McQuaid
Edanger6 says it best:
A goal on the second shot, Lavi calls TO 4 minutes in.
Matt Read has tied it up with his 17th of the year. Giroux with an assist.
Julien is looking like a genius as now it's Seguin to put the Bruins up by two. Assists to Lucic and Thomas. Love that my keeper league counts goalie assists.
Goals are rolling now...Subban and Eller, MTL up 2-0. One on Backstrom, one on Harding?
RT: @sunhornby Ow. Nicklas Backstrom pulled something in the lower extremeties and had to be helped off. Josh Harding in cold.
Meszaros from Read and Jagr and I still hate spelling Meszaros. Read with a big period, 1+1=2.
Matt Moulson is being interviewed. Lookin like he's playing bass for Grand Funk Railroad.
Streit Nielsen Bailey in. Beautiful goal and Bailey's second of the night on four SOG. Streit with two apples now.
Jeff Skinner has his 17th and he's on a three game point streak with 1+3=4.
JVR = broken foot from blocking a Jurcina shot.
Okay, I'm fixing to leave for Rogers Arena. I'll update the spreadsheet later tonight or tomorrow. The comments continue and see our Facebook page for some updates tonight, maybe.
Well. Good morning. That was a hell of a night. The Canucks game was great! Haven't had lower bowl seats in a while. My wife is a tremendous human being.
Post-game, the mood was joyous in Vancouver's streets. I think maybe I hi-fived a stranger? Had wings at the Lennox? And ended up at a casino? It all sounds plausible, but it seems my hard drive is corrupt, so allow me to de-frag and get back to you.
I have no idea who won the comp, but I'll update the spreadsheet here and there today and announce an official winner.
Thanks again to everyone who tuned in / commented.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the scoreboard has been updated and we have a winner! And this is not just a win, but a convincing trouncing, as Calvin wasn't skunked in a single game. He had not one, but TWO triples - WPG/Over/Kane and CGY/Over/Jokinen - and in every other game he had at least the winner or the O/U correct, if not both. Congratulations Calvin! See you in Monday's Fantasy Stars of the Week post.