Friday Evening Fantasy NHL Previews
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Blackhawks vs Bruins
The Chicago Blackhawks averted matching their longest losing streak of the season with a stirring comeback last time out against the Boston Bruins. Chicago scored three unanswered goals in the third period Tuesday to rally for a 6-4 victory over league-worst Colorado. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, coming off a three-point game at Detroit, has seven goals and 19 points in 14 games versus Chicago.
Red Wings vs Sabres
The Detroit Red Wings are sitting in seventh place in the Atlantic Division but are well within striking range of second. Detroit erased a pair of three-goal deficits before knocking off Boston in a shootout Wednesday to move within six points of the Bruins with three games in hand. Rookie goalie Jared Coreau was yanked after giving up three goals in under nine minutes at Toronto, but even that had a silver lining for Detroit. Petr Mrazek, winless in his previous six appearances (0-5-1), turned aside 23 of 25 shots in relief. He is slated to start for the Wings in this one.
Penguins vs Hurricanes
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to ride the momentum of their first road victory of the new calendar year into Friday’s tilt with the host Carolina Hurricanes, who have won four in a row at home and boast a 14-1-1 mark in their last 16 games at PNC Arena. Evgeni Malkin failed to record a point in Pittsburgh’s 3-2 win over Carolina on December 28, but extended his point streak to five games (five goals, two assists) with an assist in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over Montreal.
Canadiens vs Devils
Taylor Hall was quick to label the New Jersey Devils’ recent four-game road trip as a “make or break” moment of their season, and he responded by recording a point in each contest. Hall (team-leading 29 points) hopes his productive play continues when New Jersey begins a stretch of 12 of its next 16 games at home. It all starts against the Montreal Canadiens.
Predators vs Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers wrap up a six-game homestand in search of their fifth consecutive victory agaist the Nashville Predators. Edmonton began the string with a loss to San Jose but has reeled off four straight wins since, including Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime triumph over Florida in which captain Connor McDavid capped his three-point performance with a goal at 4:57 of the extra session.
Panthers vs Canucks
Captain Henrik Sedin looks to make franchise history as the Vancouver Canucks attempt to extend their home point streak to eight games. The 36-year-old Swede moved to within one point of becoming the first member of the franchise to reach 1,000 in his career by scoring his 232nd career goal in Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Nashville.