Nov 292005

Seven games on the schedule tonight and many of them should prove interesting. Philadelphia is in New York to play the Islanders after losing to them 4-2 on home ice on Saturday. They played without Peter Forsberg on Saturday and will do so again today as he recovers from a mild groin strain. Because of this the Islanders have to be given a slight advantage in this game.

Atlanta-Carolina are also playing the second game in a home and home series. Atlanta defeated Carolina 5-2 on Sunday and now seek a home ice win. The computer predictor predicts Carolina as a good favourite to win but I kind of like Atlanta in this game. Atlanta is 7-4-2 in November while Carolina is 7-5-0 but with just 1 win in their last 5 games.

Montreal is in Ottawa tonight to attempt to hand Ottawa just its second defeat in November. Normally I would say don’t bet against a team that is 18-3 on the season but Montreal has a quirky streak of their own. Montreal has won their last 6 games they have played on Tuesday’s. In the psat 3 weeks they have just 3 wins, all on Tuesdays. And when you consider that Ottawa’s only November loss came on a Tuesday you think, maybe, just maybe Montreal has a chance tonight. Of course I should mention that Montreal’s only Tuesday loss of the year was a 4-2 defeat by the Ottawa Senators.

Calgary is in Nashville tongiht in what should be a close, low scoring game. Nashville is the slight favourite but Calgary 10-1-1 in November so I do like their chances of pulling out a win.

Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence
NY Islanders Philadelphia Pick N/A
Atlanta Carolina Carolina Good
Ottawa Montreal Ottawa Strong
New Jersey Boston New Jersey Good
Pittsburgh Buffalo Buffalo Good
Nashville Calgary Nashville Some
Edmonton Colorado Edmonton Some

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