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
Boston Atlanta Boston Some
NY Islanders New Jersey NY Islanders Some
Philadelphia NY Rangers NY Rangers Some
Florida Montreal Montreal Some
Ottawa Washington Ottawa Some
Nashville Vancouver Vancouver Some
Colorado Columbus Colorado Strong
Calgary St. Louis Calgary Good
Phoenix Dallas Dallas Some
Los Angeles Minnesota Los Angeles Some

This article has 6 Comments

  1. David, Just wondering why you list the Sens as some confidence I would think this would be a strong one. Any insight on this game? GL

  2. Mostly because they are playing on back to back nights while Washington is rested. That said, i am a but surprised it isn’t listed as a ‘good’ confidence prediction but that is what the algorithm spit out.

  3. listen, devils wont lose this game, they are gonna start and make their run for a better seed, islanders r garbage. also i think montreal is a great pick.


  4. It appears that the players aren’t the only ones who are taking a while to get going after the 2-week hiatus, as I have gone 4 of 13 since, dropping my betting balance to $138.64. With 10 games on the schedule today, I could really improve my balance. Here are the predictions for today’s games:

    Strong: None
    Good: NJ, FLA, OTT, VAN, DAL, COL, CGY, LA
    Some: ATL, NYR

  5. Sorry was busy last night couldnt post my picks in time they are anyways:

    -NY Islanders
    -NY Rangers

    Not bad going 8/10 by nights end

  6. Hey K..looks like the DEVILS did lose. Don’t be so quick to judge the Islanders, they are now 18-8-1 after losing a game….not a bad record for a “garbage” team, don’t you think?

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