Game Predictions – 1/18/2006
It’s a quiet night on the NHL schedule with just 3 games being played but they are all probably worth keeping an eye on.
Columbus/Detroit – You might think this is an easy Detroit win, and you are probably correct, but Columbus is playing much better hockey in recent weeks and have won 4 of their last 5 games. Nash and Federov have finally figured each others tendancies out and have played great playing together during this 5 game streak with Nash getting 4 goals and 9 points and Federov getting 2 goals and 9 points in those 5 games. and Vyborny has also scored 5 goals in 5 games. Detroit is still obviosuly the better team but Columbus might not be the pushover that they were for most of the season.
Minnesota/Toronto – Toronto is struggling with all their injuries, most importantly the groun injury to Bryan McCabe. The Leafs have lost 4 of their last 5 games. Minnesota has also lost 4 of 5 and is coming off a game against Ottawa in which they didn’t look to interested in working very hard, made several mistakes, and got soundly defeated 6-1. Both teams should be hungry for a win tonight. I think Toronto will be a bit more hungry and will come away with the win.
Dallas/Atlanta – This game will be a battle of Atlanta’s offense vs Dallas’s defense and goaltending. Dallas is listed as a Strong pick to win but I think it will be much closer than that. Atlanta has won 6 of 7 in January while Dallas had won 6 in a row before losing to Montreal on Monday. This will probably be a higher scoring but close game. Dallas will win 4-3.
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