Dec 062005
 

Seven games on the schedule for tonight, all of them inter-conference matchups, one of them with upset potential. The Flyers, according to my number crunching, appear to be the slight favourites against Calgary but this is one I believe has an excellent chance of going Calgary’s way. The big reason for this is Philadelphia’s injuries. Forsberg, maybe the best player in the NHL, will be out, and Pitkanen, probably the Flyers best defenseman, will be out. Although they still have a lot of good players those two are a majr part of the Flyers offense and Calgary is already pretty stingy in giving up goals. I’ll predict Calgary wins this one.

The two pick-em games are pick-em games for a reason. I could see either game going either way. The first game has Los Angeles visiting Toronto. Los Angeles is a good team but are in the midst of a serious slump having lost 4 in a row. After a couple days off I expect them to regroup and come out playing to win. Toronto on the other hand just can’t seem to get it going consistantly. Sometimes they play a great game, sometimes they play a bad game. Sometimes they play a great period (like the first against San Jose Saturady) and sometimes they play a bad period (like the second against San Jose). The question is, which team will show up. I’ll take the home team in this one but honestly, this truely is a pick-em game.

The other pick-em game features Carolina at Anaheim. I would normally predict Carolina but they have struggled recently going 2-6 in their last 8 games. Anaheim on the other hand is starting to show some life after dumping Fedorov and have won 4 games in a row and 5 of 6. Knowing that you might think that picking Anaheim is a no-brainer but I’m going to pick Carolina as they try hard to get back on track on this west coast road trip while complacency sets in for Anaheim.

Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence
Philadelphia Calgary Philadelphia Some
Toronto Los Angeles Pick N/A
Detroit New Jersey Detroit Good
St. Louis NY Islanders NY Islanders Good
Anaheim Carolina Pick N/A
San Jose Atlanta San Jose Good

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