Game Predictions – 3/27/2006
Just 5 NHL games on the schedule tonight and the only game with real significant playoff implications is the Los Angeles-Vancouver game. Currently Vancouver sits tied for 8th spot with San Jose (though San Jose holds 2 games in hand) and Los Angeles trails them by just 1 point (with a game in hand over Vancouver). I like Vancouver to win this game. The other western conference game is a dud with the best team in the west (Detroit) playing the worst (St. Louis). In the east Florida tries to keep its very slim playoff hopes alive against the all but mathematically eliminated Boston Bruins. I’ll disagree with the algorithm prediction and say Florida wins this game. Carolina plays Tampa in a somewhat unimportant game though Carolina still has an opportunity to overtake Ottawa for top seed in the east and Tampa’s playoff spot is still not secure. In the only other game we see the NY Rangers and Buffalo meet up in an important playoff position game. The Rangers are in a tough battle with Philaldelphia for the division title and 3rd playoff seed while the loser of that battle will compete with Buffalo for the 4th seed and home ice advantage when they meet in the playoffs. So although the game means little in who makes the playoffs it is significant in playoff standings. Buffalo is struggling big time the past week so I once again will go agains the algorithms prediction and take the Rangers to win.