Game Predictions – 1/14/2005
There are 10 games on the schedule tonight, all but one being inter-conference games. Potentially the most interesting game see Peter Forsberg face his old team the Colorado Avalanche. Both teams have pretty good offenses so the potential for a high scoring game is there. Philadelphia has the better defense and goaltending so they should win the game, as predicted.
The Detroit-NY Rangers game should also prove quite interesting. Detroit defeated the Flyers a couple days ago and look to knock off another quality eastern conference team. If I were putting money on this game I would bet on Detroit as well but the Rangers are certainly a good enough team to be give the Red Wings a good challenge.
In the match-up we have all been waiting for we have the Columbus Blue Jackets taking on the Florida Panthers. Ok, maybe we haven’t been waiting for this game but both teams have been playing better recently so it could be a hard fought game, but it likely won’t feature too many goals being scored.
Ottawa takes their game back on the road, this time to western Canada to play the Edmonton Oilers. Ottawa has struggled miserably in the past couple weeks and is just 2-4 in January. This is a pick-em game and I am picking the Oilers to win this one but only if they can get decent goaltending which is as inconsistant as pretty much anything in the NHL.
In the other 2 pick-em games I will take the Islanders over a struggling Vancouver team and Minnesota over a Calgary team which has lost 3 in a row.
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