Get those NHL-themed voodoo dolls ready for an evening featuring 3 matchups which could impact the Nashville Predators' playoffs hopes. While you're watching, be sure to listen to his great interview with Danny Geoffrion, Blake's proud father, as he talked about Boomer's 1st NHL goal on the Thom Abraham Show this afternoon:
Minnesota Wild at New York Islanders (6:00 p.m. Central)
The Islanders may be down and out in the Eastern Conference (due in part to a league-leading 455 man-games lost due to injury), but they've been reasonably competitive of late. Can they keep Minnesota from leapfrogging Nashville in the standings? The Wild do have a 5-game winning streak against the Islanders currently.
Calgary Flames at Chicago Blackhawks (8:00 p.m. Central)
This is a classic "just finish in regulation" game, as the Flames and Blackhawks are both ahead of the Preds right now. Calgary has won 2 of the 3 meetings between these teams already this season, and are coming off a 6-0 win in St. Louis last night.
Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks (9:00 p.m. Central)
It's well past time to write off the Central Division, so the realistic hope here is for the Ducks to lose in regulation, as they are two points behind the Preds but hold a game in hand. The Red Wings come into this one having won 6 straight on the road.