Game Predictions – 1/13/2006

It’s Friday the 13 so I guess I will everyone good luck on this lucky, or not so lucky, day. We have 6 more iner-conference games today with the premier matchup probably being Nashville at Carolina. Both teams are ranked near the top of their respective conferences so this should be a good battle. I expect a fairly tight, and relatively low scoring game which could go either way but I’ll predict a Carolina 3-2 win.

One upset I could envision is Columbus beating Tampa. Carolina is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games and have been playing much better recently while Tampa has lost 2 in a row and struggled all season to find consistancy. A Columbus upset would not surprise me in this game.

In the battle of underperforming and mis-guided teams we see Pittsburgh in Chicago to play the Blackhawks. Let’s call this the battle of ineptitude. Chicago is the favourite to win this game and I have to agree with it.

In the pick-em game we see Vancouver playing New Jersey. Neither of these teams have been a beacon of consistancy this year but New Jersey has looked much better recently winning 4 games in a row including wins against Buffalo and Philadelphia. Vancouver has won 3 in a row as well so maybe both teams are getting back on track. I’ll take New Jersey to win this game on a good Brodeur performance.

Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence
Carolina Nashville Carolina Good
Atlanta St. Louis Atlanta Good
New Jersey Vancouver Pick N/A
Tampa Bay Columbus Tampa Bay Good
Chicago Pittsburgh Chicago Good
Anaheim Washington Anaheim Good