Game Predictions 11/16/2005

Here are tonights NHL game predicitons. The game of the night has to be Detroit at Calgary. Although Detroit is the predicted winner, don’t count out Calgary who is on a 7 game winning streak. But Detroit has won 3 in a row as well so it could go either way. I am also interested in seeing how entertaining this game will be. One might expect it will be but my Entertainment Index doesn’t rank Calgary or Detroit very highly. Calgary is ranked 13th in the NHL while Detroit is sitting in 25th position. TSN has this game as its national broadcast game and I’ll be interested to see if it will be entertaining and contradict my Entertainment Index or whether my Entertainment Index actually works. For anyone who watches the game feel free to post your comments here after the game and whether you thought the game was entertaining or not.

Another interesting game to watch might be Pittsburgh at Philadelphia. Not only is this a Pennsylvania state rivalry but both teams rank fairly highly on the Entertainment Index. I’ll watch bits of this game too. There are three games that are too close to call tonight according to the mathematical formula used so as I often do I’ll make some picks of my own. I’ll take the Atlanta Thrashers at home over the NY Islanders because I think the Thrashers are really starting to get it going and are a team to watch. The Phoenix-Colorado game is a tough call because both teams have looked good at times this year and both teams have looked bad at times. Both are suffering consistency issues so when I can’t decide I always take the home team. In this case, that’s Phoenix. The final game of the night is Vancouver at San Jose. With Todd Bertuzzi scoring a hat trick in his last game he might finally be breaking out of his slump. If he is that is good news for the Canucks and should be enough to give them the win in San Jose tonight.

Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence
Philadelphia Pittsburgh Philadelphia Strong
Atlanta NY Islanders Pick N/A
Columbus St. Louis Columbus Good
Calgary Detroit Detroit Some
Phoenix Colorado Pick N/A
Anaheim Dallas Dallas Good
San Jose Vancouver Pick N/A