For the first time in, well, maybe ever, the Ottawa Senators aren’t a favourite to win their game as the Ottawa-Calgary game is classified as a pick-em by my forumula. This is going to be another very tough game for Ottawa as they are playing back to back nights on the road which is never easy, plus with overtime and the shootout the game went later than usual. Zdeno Chara played almost 33 minutes last night and one wonders how he is going to feel tonight, especially later in the game. Most importantly though is will the Ottawa Senators view the Canucks game as a wakeup call and play with more intensity and more disciplined and can Spezza and Heatley get back on track. I’ll take Calgary in another low scoring game.
I can’t say there is going to be a lot of other exciting games out there. Toronto-Dallas should be interesting as they are both pretty good teams but I really can’t get up for Los Angeles-Florida or Philadelphia-Minnesota. With Philadelphia missing Forsberg, Gagne, Primeau, Desjardins, and Pitkanen there isn’t going to be much offense in this game. We might have another 0-0 shootout tiebreaker on our hands. With Philadelphia’s injuries, a Minnesota upset is definitely a possible outcome.
In the two other pick-em games I’ll take Tampa to win on home ice and Edmonton to defeat the Islanders in New York.
|Home Team||Road Team||Predicted Winner||Confidence|
|Los Angeles||Florida||Los Angeles||Strong|
|St. Louis||NY Rangers||NY Rangers||Good|