Three games start off the schedule at 7PM. The Panthers, fresh off a 5-3 win over the Islanders and minus one GM Michael Yormark in the front office, face off in Boston against the Bruins. The Bruins are poised for a deep playoff run, while Florida should probably make a splash before the trade deadline much like what is expected of the Flames. The Detroit Red Wings will visit the New Jersey Devils, and the Dallas Stars face off in Columbus against the Blue Jackets. At 8PM, four more games hit the ice. The Colorado Avalanche look to continue closing on the Division leading Black Hawks in Chicago. Both are almost already locks for the postseason, and look to be buyers headed for the deadline. Also on tap are the St. Louis Blues hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Nashvile Predators hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the New York Islanders visiting the Winnipeg Jets. At 9PM, the Vancouver Canucks head south to try and stay in the playoff race. They've only won once in their last 10 games, and the Phoenix Coyotes are only one point behind. The Ottawa Senators travel to Edmonton to take on the "not nearly as good as Calgary" Oilers at 9:30, and the Sharks close out the schedule by hosting the Carolina Hurricanes at 10:30 PM. Of course, the big news figures to be whatever happens on the wire. You can trust Matchsticks and Gasoline to keep our ear to the rail on any and all news.
Flames Off-Day: Eyes On The Transaction Lines
10 games fill the slate tonight, but most everybody will be watching for Calgary to make a few big moves. Hello draft picks and prospects, goodbye Mike Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak and maybe a few others.