I had a pretty good night on the predictions last night going 6 for 8 and only getting Columbus’s win over Phoenix and Nashville’s overtime win over Vancouver wrong. I’ll accept that. We have 5 games on the schedule tonight and while none are head to head battles for the playoffs a couple feature teams with playoff hopes. The most interesting game has to be Ottawa at Atlanta. Ottawa is the predicted winner according to my prediction algorithm but if i had to bet I would probably go with Atlanta in this game. Atlanta has won 4 of 5 since the Olympis and six of their last 7. They have also beaten Ottawa twice already this year, an 8-3 thrashing of the Sens in January and a 2-1 win in a tight games in February. Ray Emery was in net for that 8-3 trouncing which he probably had nightmares about for weeks. This could be another tough night for Emery, especially if Ottawa’s defense plays like they did in the Florida game on Wednesday. Atlanta is just 3 points out of a playoff spot so has everything to play for and will have a good chance to win this game.
The other game with potential playoff race impact is the Toronto-NY Islanders game. Despite Toronto’s recent woes Toronto clearly has to be the favourite to win this game as the Islanders just had their firesale getting rid of Parrish, Kvasha, Sopel and Lukowich. If Toronto can’t win this game they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. If they win, their hopes remain alive for another day.
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