Game Predictions – 12/8/2005

Eight more inter-conference games on the schedule tonight, but unlike some people who have complained about there not being enough inter-conference games, I have a hard time getting too excited about most of tonights games. Is Anaheim at Buffalo really that interesting? What about St. Louis at Tampa or Florida at San Jose? Edmonton at Philly is somewhat interesting and the Rangers at Nashville has some intrigue because they are both playing fairly well but I can’t say there are any ‘must see’ games on the schedule tonight. Why? Mostly because none of the games mean much in the standings. There are no battles for playoff positions or division titles. If there is one thing the NHL needs to do next season is to not play all these inter-conference games at once. Wouldn’t a Toronto-Ottawa or Edmonton-Calgary game really stand out on a night like tonight?

Now on to the predictions. In the pick-em game I’ll take Minnesota over Pittsburgh.

Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence
Buffalo Anaheim Buffalo Good
Philadelphia Edmonton Philadelphia Some
Columbus NY Islanders NY Islanders Good
Pittsburgh Minnesota Pick N/A
Tampa Bay St. Louis Tampa Bay Strong
Nashville NY Rangers Nashville Good
Los Angeles Carolina Los Angeles Some
San Jose Florida San Jose Good