Predictions – 1/21/2006
It’s another very busy day on the hockey schedule with 13 games being played. And now that we are back to mostly within conference games they are more interesting and important games to watch as well. Here are a few of those.
Detroit/Colorado – Some of the players have changed but the rivalry is still there and both teams have some quality talent on them. Detroit is fighting for first in the conference and Colorado is still trying to secure a playoff spot but the differences between these two teams are not that great. The differences can pretty much be attributed to goaltending. Detroit has generally had good goaltending and Colorado’s has been woefully inconsistent. The game is a pick-em game but I’ll predict a 5-4 Colorado win.
San Jose/Los Angeles – Another division rivalry and although the Kings currently hold 12 point lead over the Sharks that is somewhat misleading as the Kings have also played 5 games more than the Sharks. Come March/April I think these two teams might be battling each other and several other teams for the final few playoff spots so this game could be an important indication as to how the rest of the season will be played out in the Pacific division.
Toronto/Ottawa – This installment of the battle of Ontario take place at a time when neither team is playing up to par. Toronto is seeing their injuries catch up to them as they have lost their last 4 games with Tucker, McCabe and Lindros all out of the lineup. Ottawa has finally gotten most of their injured bodies back in the lineup but it didn’t seem to help them much against Anaheim the other night when they were clearly outplayed and out worked. It’s amazing what rivalries can do to wake up a team so expect both teams to play better tonight but the injury riddled team will still be in tough against the Senators.
Atlanta/Tampa – The playoff race in the eastern conference is extremely tight at the moment with the 5 teams ranked 6 thru 10 all having between 48 and 53 points. Atlanta and Tampa are two of those teams and are just 1 point apart. This is an extremely important game for both teams and the fact that it is a pick-em games indicates that could be a very close game too. I think Atlanta will win by a score of 5 to 3.
There are two other pick-em games on the night. In those two games I’ll pick the Rangers over Boston and Edmonton over Phoenix.
|Home Team||Road Team||Predicted Winner||Confidence|
|New Jersey||NY Islanders||New Jersey||Some|
|Los Angeles||San Jose||Los Angeles||Good|