Pick the Panthers over Maple Leafs 

October, 26, 2010

It's just the third Tuesday of the NHL season and I've already slipped below the .500 mark with my weekly prognostications. After splitting two games on Oct. 12, I was a disappointing 1-3 last Tuesday. My Magic 8-Ball seems to be a little fogged up. I nailed the Bruins over the Caps, but failed to identify the Wild over the Canucks or the Flames edging the Predators. Then, in the late game, the Sharks couldn't come through for me against the pesky Hurricanes.

Tonight, I finally get a meatier schedule with six games on the docket. I don't see any of them as stone-cold locks, though. That's life in the NHL these days: The difference between winning and losing is paper-thin. Here are tonight's selections, otherwise known as my best guesses.

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.