How the Stars will beat the Coyotes 

March, 1, 2011

It's always tough to make picks on the day after the trade deadline. You never know how certain teams will respond to all of the moves. Still, I'll give it whirl. Here are the Hradek selections for another Tuesday night on ice.

Buffalo Sabres at New York Rangers

Under new owner Terry Pegula, the Sabres are 2-0-1. Those games were played on home ice. Tonight, they go into MSG to face their in-state rivals. The Rangers have won the previous two meetings, both in Buffalo. I like the Sabres to win tonight.

Florida Panthers at Carolina Hurricanes

Eric Staal is scheduled to return to action tonight. That's good news. This is a must-win for the Canes against a Panthers team that raised the white flag on the season with several moves over the past few days. Carolina wins.

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.