The Pittsburgh Penguins will be aiming for their 11th consecutive win on Friday night when they visit the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Penguins will be looking to extend the one-point lead they hold over the Montreal Canadiens for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Here are the projected lineups for the Penguins and Islanders on Friday:
NHL 13 Prediction: Red Wings vs. Ducks, March 22, 10 ET on NHL Network
East meets West as the Detroit Red Wings travel to Anaheim to start off a four game road trip and face off against the streaking Ducks. The Ducks are 7-0-3 in their last ten games, and have won an impressive 13 straight games on home ice. Anaheim will be reeling after a big win against the powerhouse Blackhawks, and can move into a tie for the league lead with a win tonight.
Ducks’ Keys to the Game
• Get it to Getzlaf – Ryan Getzlaf is playing superbly at home, with seven goals and fifteen assists in his last 12 home games.
• Set the Tone – Anaheim will host Detroit again on Sunday, so they should use this game to set a physical and offensive tone for both games.
Red Wings’ Keys to the Game
• Bounce Back – The Red Wings need to shake off a 4-2 loss to Minnesota the other night, and after allowing 2 PP goals on just 3 chances, the PK needs to be a lot better.
• Solve the Netminder – With both Viktor Fasth and Jonas Hiller playing well, it will be crucial for Detroit to get to the dirty areas, create screens and traffic, and ultimately put pucks in the net.
At 4:55 of the second period in the Senators/Bruins game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Ottawa forward Kaspars Daugavins' shot was not touched by any Senators player and went into the net in a legal fashion. Good goal Ottawa
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Last Thursday the Coyotes departed Phoenix after a win against the Los Angeles Kings sitting in a playoff spot and scoring goals with regularity.
A week later, they return from a road trip where they went 0-3-1, were shut out three times and scored a total of two goals -- both by Shane Doan in a 3-2 loss at Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Now outside of the top eight and struggling, the Coyotes hope a little home cooking will help as they face the banged-up Vancouver Canucks on Thursday at Jobing.com Arena.
The Coyotes went more than 245 minutes without a goal -- the longest drought in franchise history, and pushing Columbus to a shootout Saturday provided them with their only point on the trip. Even Doan's incredible effort against the Kings -- two goals and an NHL single-game high 13 hits -- could keep Los Angeles from sweeping back-to-back games and keeping the Coyotes desperate for a win.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – With a dominant home stand and a three-game winning streak, Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter would seem to have little reason to change his lineup.
Signs at the morning skate Thursday pointed to a minor tweak though as it appears that rookie Tyler Toffoli will be scratched in favor of Jordan Nolan. The Kings did not do line rushes but Nolan came off the ice with the regulars and Toffoli stayed out with the extras.
Sutter recently had a pointed critique of Nolan, while the puck has found Toffoli often in his first three National Hockey League games. But Sutter could want Nolan's size as the Kings try to avenge their last home loss, to the Dallas Stars on March 7.
Sutter typically guards his lineup information as if it's a national security threat. He's liked the recent play of Dustin Penner and could move Penner back up in Toffoli's spot on the second line, although Sutter was begrudging when asked about Penner's compete level.
"I think it depends on who we're playing and who we play guys against," Sutter said. "That's the advantage of playing at home. You can try and match guys up, and if they're prepared for that challenge, then we like it."
There are nine games on the NHL schedule Thursday night and Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek on Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have them all covered. We'll give you a live look at warm-ups via our Cisco NHL Arena Cam in our Ice Pass. Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo will also join the program to talk about his team's rise to the top of the Northwest Division.
New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur returns when the Devils visit Carolina on the NHL Network Thursday night (7 p.m. ET) and we'll get a live update from Hurricanes radio voice Chuck Kaiton. NHL Network insider and Toronto Maple Leafs reporter Chris Johnston will also join the show from the Cisco NHL Arena Cam in Buffalo.
Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all nine games being played on Thursday.
That's today's game. That's one of the things you have to deal with when you're a championship team. Guys are going to earn more money based on their performance and what they've achieved, [and] deservedly so. [Saad] falls into that category.
— Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on Brandon Saad, who was traded by Chicago to the Columbus Blue Jackets this offseason