Game Predictions – 3/8/2006
There were a lot of close and hard fought games last night. Of the 11 games, 6 went to overtime and 4 of those went to the shootout. The other 5 games featured 2 1-goal games, 2 2-goal games and a 3 goal game. What a night for hockey. It wasn’t a good night for my picks though as I got just 5 of the 11 correct.
|Home Team||Road Team||Predicted Winner||Confidence|
|Atlanta||NY Rangers||NY Rangers||Some|
Tonight won’t have quite the same impact on the playoff race as last night as only Atlanta is legitimately still in a battle for a playoff spot. The rest are either out of the playoffs or have a playoff spot almost locked up. Of tonights games I am most interested in the Atlanta-NY Rangers game because I really want to see what Atlanta has in it. They are finally a healthy team and if they were to grab the final playoff spot I think they could put a scare in some of the top teams in the east. If I am Ottawa or Carolina I’d definitely want to face a Montreal or a Tampa over Atlanta. They have a fairly tough schedule the rest of the year starting with their next six games when they the Rangers, Ottawa, the Rangers, Islanders, Philadelphia and Buffalo. After that things get a bit easier including 2 games against each of Boston, Washington, and Florida and a huge 3 games against Tampa who they can still easily take a playoff spot from. I like Atlanta as a team and if I were Carolina or Ottawa I’d be a bit nervous of meeting them in the first round.