Game Predictions – 3/1/2006
It is hard to tell how much the olympic break helped or hurt teams based on last nights results. Detroit didn’t have any of they Swedish players in the lineup and it definitely showed as they got trounced 5-1 by the Sharks. Vancouver on the other hand had the Sedin twins in the lineup and defeated the Flames despite not having injured Jovanovski, Ohlund and Salo in the lineup. Meanwhile a rested Florida team easily beat a Tampa team who had several more players playing in the Olympics.
Tonight features some games that are we have to keep an eye on. The Ottawa Senators will be playing without Dominik Hasek and the next week or two (or maybe more)is going to be an important test for Ray Emery. He starts off on an easy note though as they are playing the lowly Penguins. Philadelphia should have Peter Forsberg back in the lineup but how rested will he be and they will likely be without Simon Gange. Beating New Jersey might post a tough challenge for them. Detroit looks to rebound after last nights loss to the Sharks when they face the Ducks with a full roster. But again, how rested will those 5 Swedes be?
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