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Taking the Flyers to win this one seems like a pretty safe bet: Philadelphia has one regulation loss in their last 18 meetings with Carolina. That said, the Hurricanes are coming off a big, 5-3 win over the Penguins on Saturday, and that one regulation win over Philly did happen in Raleigh. Another reason for optimism: Eric Staal finally snapped a 10-game goal drought and probably isn't eager to start another one.
Jhonas Enroth gets the start, what with Ryan Miller's concussion, as the Sabres play their first hockey game since getting picked on by the Bruins. The Canadiens could act as something of a pick-me-up for the suddenly-soft Sabres: not only has Buffalo won three straight and six of the last eight meetings in Montreal, but if there's one thing I know about feeling picked on, it's that it's sometimes cathartic to turn around and pick on someone smaller, and Montreal is a pretty small team.
The Winnipeg Jets haven't carried over a lot of their Atlanta Thrashers history, but one element that continues is their tradition of losing to the Lightning. The franchise hasn't beaten the Bolts since October of 2009. Speaking of losing streaks, the Jets have also lost five straight. So yeah -- take the Lightning.
• Milan Hejduk has been named the third captain of the Colorado Avalanche. Speaking on his leadership personality, Hejduk said, "It's cool." I think he meant level-headed like Joe Sakic, but I'm choosing to read it like he thinks he's really, really hip and with it. [Denver Post]
• Hockey By Design is a new hockey blog run by graphic designer John van der Woude, where he breaks down the look of NHL logos, merchandise and branding. [Hockey by Design]
• A man in Saskatoon collapsed during a game of ice hockey and was saved, thanks to an on-site automated external defibrillator and a licensed practical nurse that happened to be in the building. [The Star Phoenix]
• Ken Campbell believes Mats Sundin has a great shot at the Hockey Hall of Fame, especially because of the Hall's enormous Leafs' bias. [THN]
• Vancouver Canucks' winger Dale Weise recently tweeted that Seabiscuit was the best movie ever. So I made this.
Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: Group effort today, as there appears to be a large contingent of Puck Daddy readers that were definitely not feeling the Arrested Development reference in today's Puck Headlines. They took to down-voting every AD reference that followed in the comments:
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Bold Prediction: The Sabres overcompensate for their recent alleged softness like crazy, mugging every Canadien that so much as shoots the puck at Jhonas Enroth.
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Buffalo Sabres
- Montreal Canadiens
- Winnipeg Jets