Hot Kings meet hobbled Wings, who wins? 

October, 15, 2009
After much thought, I felt it was best to offer my surefire NHL predictions just once a week. So, I'm going to do that each Thursday. Really, if I were to give them every day, you'd start to realize that I've already seen the script for the season ... oh, I don't think I was supposed to say that. Forget that. I never said it. Just kidding, right? There's no script to the NHL season. Of course, there isn't. (Wait until you see what happens next month!)

Anyway, with no further ado, here are my selections for Thursday's NHL games.

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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.