The Daily Goon: Daily PIM Predictions
New for this year - I decided to try my hat at predicting fights.
For every day of NHL games, I'll predict three fights.
Saturday, January 19th (Opening Night):
1. Shawn Thornton (BOS) vs. Stu Bickel (NYR)
Nothing says Boston like starting the NHL season with some banging. The atmosphere will be electric. Boston also has Greg Campbell who could drop 'em. The Rangers have both Mike Rupp (6'-5") and Micheal Haley, though I'm not sure Haley will be in the line-up.
2. Matt Martin (NYI) vs. Krys Barch (NJ)
Barch was in Dallas to start last year and dropped the gloves often in his first few games with Florida. If he's in the line-up, I expect him to goon it up. The Isles have both Matt Martin & Matt Carkner that can drop 'em. My bet is on Martin.
3. Zenon Konopka (MIN) vs. Cody McLeod (COL)
Opening night for the Minnesota Wild. Place will be crazy. Everybody thinks the Wild's biggest new additions were Parise & Suter... well how about Zenon Konopka. The NHL two-time PIM leader narrowly lost last year to Derek Dorsett. He won't fall behind this year.