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PHT’s top five NHL games for the weekend

Apr 19, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

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Friday (8 p.m. ET) — Dallas at St. Louis

Even after trading away Brenden Morrow, Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy prior to the deadline, the inspiring Stars find themselves in a heated race with the Red Wings and Blue Jackets for the final playoff spot in the West. Dallas beat the Canucks, 5-1, last night at home. The Blues, meanwhile, are winning games — and that’s good — but they sure aren’t scoring many goals.

Saturday (12:30 p.m. ET) — Pittsburgh at Boston

The tentatively scheduled make-up game after today’s postponement. Hopefully, the manhunt is over and Boston sports fans can enjoy a potential preview of the Eastern Conference finals. Coming at this purely from a hockey perspective (which is basically impossible), the Bruins need to get their act together before the playoffs. They haven’t won in their last three, and there was even talk that Milan Lucic could be a healthy scratch against the Pens. Will B’s fans get to see Carl Soderberg for the first time?

Saturday (3 p.m. ET) — NY Islanders at Winnipeg

The Islanders have won seven of their last nine, but it won’t be easy at what should be an insane MTS Centre. Winnipeg is also hot, having won five in a row after a five-game losing skid that most thought had ended the Jets’ playoff hopes. A loss to the Islanders would, well, really hurt the Jets’ playoff hopes.

Saturday (10 p.m. ET) — Detroit at Vancouver

Red Wings fans will be staying up late for this one, as their team desperately needs to make up for Wednesday’s 3-2 loss in Calgary. The Wings have just three wins in their last 10 games, putting their 21-straight-playoffs streak very much in jeopardy. Detroit beat Vancouver handily in each of the teams’ first two meetings. With just one win in their last four, the Canucks are stumbling at the wrong time.

Sunday (3 p.m. ET) — New Jersey at NY Rangers

On NBC! The hard-luck Devils are pretty much done, but perhaps they could take some solace by spoiling the Rangers’ playoff dreams. The two teams play again next Saturday, also at MSG. (And also on NBC!)

  1. bcisleman - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    If the Isles win in regulation, they will be 5 ahead of WIN w/ 3 games left reducing the magic # of points to 1. On the other hand, if WIN gets a loser point, it will have a better chance of knocking off the Rangers. I’m good either way as long as we win.

  2. steelers88 - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Really how can you think about hockey! I don’t really care if the Pens/Bruins game is played at all. I’d rather have the Pens 1 less game this season than endangering 18,000 something fans and the two teams. Human life is WAY more important than a stupid hockey game.

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      Last time I looked they caught the second suspect. We should alter our entire lifestyles because of fear? Feel free to remain in your basement for the duration, the rest of us are getting on with our lives.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        Timestamps are your friend

  3. steelers88 - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I know sports can be a major support for victims in tragedy but if it’s going to endanger lives I say no. I don’t understand how you can play a sporting event with a killer on the loose.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      I hear what you are saying but to say you don’t understand how you can play a sporting event with a killer on the loose. Well there are killers on the loose everyday in every city. This guy is a terrorist and should be hunted down just as they are trying to do.

  4. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Jersey -Rangers is the most interesting !

  5. 8man - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    They got him! The Sox and Bruins made the right call. People in Boston actively participated in the remaining creep’s capture and the authorities have him. Though how they are keeping themselves from beating the remaining life out of him is beyond me.

    Now the Bruins have six games to play in seven days in pursuit of a division title and I am expecting them to step it up and get it done. Hub forever!

    Go Bs! Boston Strong!

  6. ibieiniid - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    the Bruins game tomorrow at 12freaking30, less than 24 hours after their city was relieved of the tremendous weight on their back, is the game to watch of the entire year. sports are a very powerful symbol, and a team playing a game the day after a saga of this magnitude comes to an end in their city is so telling of the Bostonian and American spirit.

    this is a must-watch game.

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