III Hundred and 60 Minutes: 4 January 2014
Today is one of the great days — a day in which its possible, what with the Game Center Live or the Center Ice or streaming radio or sketchy dot-two-letter-country-code not-technically allowed by Homeland Security online feeds, to spend all day watching Conference III hockey.
Are you up to the challenge? Can you go noon to 9:30 and catch all or part of all six games?
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Jets at Bruins
Records: Jets (19-19-5, 43 points, 6th in Conference III); Bruins (27-12-2, 56 points, 1st in Flortheast)
Last Time They Met: The Jets won 3-1 on March 19.
Last 10: Winnipeg 5-5-0; Boston 6-4-0
Something’s got to be the first game and it might as well be this one. Enjoy brunch and your day-booze of choice as the Jets play the middle game of a three-game roadie in Boston. The Bruins got the extra point off Nashville from a Brad Marchand OT winner Thursday and look for another win against Conference III this afternoon.
2 PM (1 Mountain)
Sharks at Avalanche
Records: Sharks (26-9-6, 58 points, 2nd in Pacific); Avalanche (25-11-4, 54 points, 3rd in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: It took a shootout Dec. 23, but the Sharks won it 5-4 in San Jose.
Last 10: San Jose 7-3-0; Colorado 4-2-4
A compelling mid-afternoon match-up here, well worth switching over from the Winnipeg game early for. Sip some cold ones and see if the Avs can slow the offensive juggernaut that is Bracken Kearns.
Predators at Panthers
Records: Predators (18-18-5, 41 points, 7th in Conference III); Panthers (15-20-6, 36 points, 7th in Flortheast)
Last Time They Met: Nashville took a 4-3 home win Oct. 15.
Last 10: Nashville 4-4-2; Florida 6-3-1
Enjoy an aperitif of apple pie moonshine, ginger ale and a few nails as the Preds square off against an old friend for the first time. Watch long enough to see if Pete Weber and Terry Crisp interview Coach Horachek.
Blue Jackets at Blues
Records: Blue Jackets (18-19-4, 40 points, 7th in SUDM); Blues (28-7-5, 61 points, 2nd in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: David Backes scored in OT to give St. Louis a 4-3 win over the Jackets, who are not in Conference III.
Last 10: Columbus 5-4-1; St. Louis 7-1-2
The Blues are 13-0-1 against their Conference III brethren and would be the only holder of the belt, if — as some have suggested —it could not be lost in a shootout. Nathan Horton is back for the Jackets. I hope he was able to go to the zoo while he was injured.
Red Wings at Stars
Records: Red Wings (18-14-10, 46 points, 5th in Flortheast); Stars (20-13-7, 47 points, 4th in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: Rich Peverley got the OT winner in a 4-3 Stars victory Nov. 7 in the Motor City.
Last 10: Detroit 3-5-2; Dallas 6-2-2
Losing to Detroit is the worst and that’s why only one Conference III team has done it. This may be the most compelling of the 7 PM starts, which is kind of a crappy slate to be honest.
Capitals at Wild
Records: Capitals (20-15-6, 46 points, 2nd in SUDM); Wild (21-17-5, 47 points, 5th in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: Nicklas Backstrom got the shootout winner past Josh Harding and that was no way confusing in a 3-2 Caps win.
Last 10: Washington 3-3-4; Minnesota 3-7-0
The Wild probably saved Mike Yeo’s job in beating Buffalo and now they come in facing another team desperate for a win. Could be ugly.