Red Wings still don't look right 

October, 8, 2009

Well, Vancouver's weeklong local nightmare is over (whew!). The city's beloved Canucks finally won a game, hammering the visiting Canadiens 7-1 on Wednesday night. Star stopper Roberto Luongo quieted the growing number of local critics with a firm 27-save performance. At the other end of the rink, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin had their groove on, combining for two goals and five assists en route to the easy win. To be fair, the Habs might have been a little of an easy mark for the Canucks. After all, Montreal blew into town late after a hard-fought 4-3 loss in Calgary on Tuesday night. Nonetheless, the Canucks took full advantage of the situation. That's what good teams do.

On Thursday, we have a slate of 12 games. And, there are a lot of good ones. Here are the matchups with a quick question and a pick. For the record, I was six-for-seven on Tuesday. I guess I'm tempting fate by taking another shot at it.

To read E.J. Hradek's picks on the first meeting of the year between the Blackhawks and Red Wings, as well as the Penguins and Flyers, you must be an Insider. Insider

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.