Game Predictions – 1/24/2006

We have another 9 games on the schedule tonight with a few more good ones to watch. Gotta love these conference and divisional battles.

Buffalo/Rangers – Two surprisingly good teams face each other in what quite possibly could be a preview of a first round matchup. If that is the case then this is a battle for home ice advantage. These are two fairly evenly matched teams and it should be a pretty close game as indicated by it being a pick-em game. I’ll give the Rangers a slight edge since they are the home team and will predict a 3-2 Rangers win.

Columbus/Vancouver – Who’d have thought that a Vancouver/Columbus game would be too close to call by my prediction algorithm. But then, who’d have thought that Vancouver would be shut out by the lowly St. Louis Blues. Despite playing on back to back nights on the road I am going to predict a 5-2 Vancouver win.

Detroit/Nashville – The Wings and Predators play their second game in a row on back to back nights. Last nights game was a 2-2 tie with the Predators getting the win because they started the game with a 1-0 lead. Tonight they won’t have that lead so I’m predicting a Detroit win in another very close game.

Colorado/Calgary – This games features Colorado’s good offense against Calgary’s good defense. Calgary is the better overall team but having played last night they are at a bit of a disadvantage which gives Colorado a bit of an edge. I’ll predict a Colorado 4-2 win.

San Jose/Los Angeles – Another big divisional game for the Sharks. If the Sharks are to get back in the playoff race they have to win games against teams like the L.A. Kings. And tonight I think they will do just that. Sharks 5, Kings 2.

Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence
NY Islanders New Jersey NY Islanders Some
NY Rangers Buffalo Pick N/A
Atlanta Boston Atlanta Some
Columbus Vancouver Pick N/A
Tampa Bay Florida Tampa Bay Good
Detroit Nashville Detroit Some
Minnesota Phoenix Minnesota Some
Colorado Calgary Pick N/A
San Jose Los Angeles Pick N/A

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  1. “When in doubt, pick the home team” is a philosophy I have gone by this year. Of the 9 games tonight, I picked 6 of them with “some” predictions, with 3 of them being the home team. We have 6 games between division rivals, so we have a slew of interesting bone-crunching, glass-ramming, fists-flying hockey tonight.

    Los Angeles/San Jose- Los Angeles has gone 2-0-1 in their last 3 games after going 1-4-0. But the last 6 goals they have allowed, they have had one less skater on the ice than their opponent. (4 GA vs. San Jose, 3PPG, 1ENG, 2 GA vs Anaheim, 2PPG, 2 SO goals). One player who is coming on strong for the injury-depleted Kings is Luc Robitaille. Luc has 6 goals in the past 9 games and 4 goals/1 assist in the last 3 games. I think he finally realizes that, if this IS his last season before retiring, he should finish strong and push for the playoffs. Meanwhile, San Jose started the season not looking like the team that played to the ’03-’04 Western Conference finals last year. Unfortunately, they needed a blockbuster trade to get back to that form, but they might get the 7th or 8th seed this year. As for this match-up, I think San Jose is the favorite here, being the home team, but since I am a Los Angeles native, I have to go with my home town team just because I couldn’t live with myself if I picked SJ and LA wins. I could live with picking LA and SJ winning.

    Strong: NONE WHATSOEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Good: NJ, VAN, TB
    Some: NYR, ATL, NSH, MIN, CGY, LA

    Running Record:
    Strong: 42-8-5, 80.9%
    Good: 65-39-12, 61.2%
    Some: 44-43-10, 50.5%

    Home: 86-40-15, 66.3%
    Road: 65-50-12, 55.9%

    Overall: 151-90-27, 61.4%

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