College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
Disclaimer: Yes it’s supposed to be the game of the day, but there are a lot of good ones today.
There are eight games on the ice tonight and each of them involves a team either fighting for their playoff lives or looking to move up. Out of the eight the Atlanta Thrashers have the toughest task. Atlanta is in Washington tonight to take on the East leading Capitals. The Thrashers are on the outside looking in, trailing the Montreal Canadiens by two points for the eighth and final playoff spot. Unfortunately for Atlanta they have arguably the toughest schedule to end the season. Following tonight’s game they play the Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, the Capitals again and then end with another game against the Penguins. Ouch!
The Boston Bruins host the Florida Panthers. Boston is in seventh and is tied with Philadelphia with 82 points.
The Buffalo Sabres make the trip over the Rainbow Bridge and make their way into the ACC to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Buffalo is second in the East and seven points up on the second place team in the Northeast division.
The Ottawa Senators are the team that trail Buffalo by seven and they host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight. The Sens are on another winning streak this season and look to push it to six with a win over the Canes.
Before the Olympics, the Detroit Red Wings were in danger of missing their first postseason since 1980. Over their last ten they’ve won nine and trail the Nashville Predators by a point for fifth place in the West.
The Preds are in action as well. Their opponents – the St Louis Blues.
The last game tonight features the Vancouver Canucks in Hollywood to take on the LA Kings. Vancouver leads the Northwest with 96 points – which also puts them into the three seed in the West (the only team in the top four who hasn’t hit the century mark yet). The Kings are seventh in the West (92 points) and need every point they can get. The eighth place Colorado Avalanche only trail them by three points.