The night after a trade deadline always feels a little strange; it’s not that different from cleaning up after a raucous party. You have to wonder if the players and coaches are affected by the early afternoon insanity. Not only do you have to deal with scratches but you also must share some awkward goodbyes (or, sometimes worse, realize that you’re stuck with these freaks for the rest of the season).
Still, we’re gamers at PHT so we soldier on. Let’s preview tonight’s six games.
Washington Capitals (41-13-8, 90 pts) at Buffalo Sabres (33-19-9, 75 pts) – 7:00 PM ET
Will Ovechkin go into Zeus mode after a disappointing Olympics? Buffalo’s not exactly getting a chance to find their legs after the Olympics with back-to-back games against Pittsburgh and Washington.
Vancouver Canucks (38-22-2, 78 pts) at Detroit Red Wings ( 29-21-12, 70 pts) – 7:30 PM ET
Rest of the games after the jump
Philadelphia Flyers (33-25-3, 69 pts) at Florida Panthers (24-28-10, 58 pts) – 7:30 PM ET
Edmonton Oilers (19-37-6, 44 pts) at Chicago Blackhawks (41-16-5, 87 pts) – 8:30 PM ET
Minnesota Wild (30-27-4, 64 pts) at Calgary Flames (30-23-9, 69 pts) – 10:00 PM ET
Calgary is one point behind Detroit for the last playoff spot; Minnesota is actually in better position than it might seem because they’ve only played 61 games. The lesson? Just about every team in the West has a chance to make the playoffs aside from Edmonton. (Sorry again
Colorado Avalanche (35-21-6, 76 pts) at Anaheim Ducks (30-25-7, 67 pts) – 10:00 PM ET