Game Predictions – Nov. 22, 2005

Tonights games features the first head to head matchup of this years prize rookie crop as Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals visit Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. With 15 goals I think Ovechkin has been the better player so far this year and unlike Crosby he doesn’t have Lemieux, Recchi, Palffy and other talented offensive players to play with. My computer prediction model calls the game a pick-em and for good reason. Both teams have shown flashes of being OK but for the most part both teams have been pretty bad but given the choice I’ll take the Penguins at home over the Caps.

The Chicago Blackhawks are finally showing that all the moves they made in the off season isn’t going to waste as they have won 3 in a row and 5 of six. But Vancouver is better than most of the teams they beat so I think they will be in tough tonight. I’m still choosing Vancouver to win but might be viewed as a statement game for the Blackhawks players and as such will play hard for the win.

The other interesting game is Ottawa at Carolina. I am sure Ottawa will be up for this game as 2 of Ottawa’s 3 losses have come to the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes also have some injuries. Glem Wesley and Vasicek are out for sure as might Rod Brind’amour and Erik Cole. If those two can’t play this will be an easy win for Ottawa.

Finally, Atlanta visits the Montreal Canadiens. I really like Atlanta as a team but due to goaltending injuries they have struggled significantly this season. If they can get any kind of goaltending this evening they will defeat Montreal.

Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence
Buffalo NY Rangers Buffalo Some
Philadelphia Tampa Bay Philadelphia Good
Carolina Ottawa Ottawa Some
Montreal Atlanta Montreal Strong
Pittsburgh Washington Pick N/A
St. Louis Los Angeles Los Angeles Strong
Phoenix Anaheim Phoenix Good
Vancouver Chicago Vancouver Good