Game Predictions – 3/2/2006
We have a busy day on the schedule tonight with 10 games being played several being playoff important games. Boston/Atlanta is a big game as both teams try to make a push for the final playoff spot in the east. If Kari Lehtonen plays again tonight I like the Thrashers in this game. Witht he 2 week break Lehtonen had more time to fully heal his groin injury and he looked great last night stopping 34 of 36 shots. Florida and Montreal play under similar circumstances. Montreal currently holds the 8th and final playoff spot while Florida is 8 points back and wondering if they can find a way to get back in the playoff race.
Philadelphia and the NY Rangers also battle it out for top spot in the Atlantic division. I’ll have to give the more rested Rangers a slight advantage and we might even see a gold medal game goalie rematch between Niittymaki and Lundqvist.
Out west we have Nashville and Vancouver fighting for playoff position and this could be a first round playoff preview. If the season ended today these two teams would be facing each other. The Minnesota/Los Angeles game is also a big game as Minnesota tries to get back in the playoff race and the struggling Kings are one of the teams they have a chance to catch. The 11th place Wild trail the 7th place Kings by just 6 points.
|Home Team||Road Team||Predicted Winner||Confidence|
|NY Islanders||New Jersey||NY Islanders||Some|
|Philadelphia||NY Rangers||NY Rangers||Some|
|Los Angeles||Minnesota||Los Angeles||Some|