NHL Game Predictions – 10/28/2006

In my opinion the biggest game of the night is Atlanta at Buffalo. In my mind these have been the two best teams in the east so far this year as Buffalo is 10-0-0 (3 shootout wins) and Atlanta is 7-1-3 (2 shootout losses, 1 win). Both teams feature top tier young NHL goalies and underrated somewhat nameless (unknown) defenses. Both teams can score goals too with Atlanta having more top end talent with Kovalchuk and Hossa and Buffalo having more depth. Should be a fun game to watch and a good test game for both teams, particularly Atlanta who still needs to prove themselves, the battle of Pennsylvania this time where Pittsburgh is probably the better team over Philadelphia, .

In other interesting games are have a Toronto-Montreal rivalry game, Zdeno Chara facing his old Ottawa team for the first time, and the battle of Pennsylvania with Pittshburgh the better team than Philadelphia for probably the first time in a long long time (maybe a decade). The only real interesting western conference matchup is Nashville at Calgary. Both these cup contenders got off to slow starts to the season and both are just start and while Nashville has broken their early season slump Calgary is still looking to break out and put a few wins together. A big win over Nashville could go a long way to making that happen.

Home Team Fair
Road Team Fair
Predicted Winner Confidence
Boston 142 Ottawa -172 Ottawa Good
Buffalo -148 Atlanta 132 Buffalo Good
Montreal -138 Toronto 127 Montreal Some
NY Islanders -120 Florida 116 NY Islanders Some
Philadelphia 149 Pittsburgh -196 Pittsburgh Good
Carolina -131 Tampa Bay 123 Carolina Some
New Jersey -175 Columbus 143 New Jersey Strong
St. Louis 131 Detroit -145 Detroit Good
Edmonton -198 Washington 149 Edmonton Strong
Dallas -201 Los Angeles 150 Dallas Strong
Chicago 128 Anaheim -140 Anaheim Strong
Calgary -103 Nashville 102 Nashville Some
Phoenix -126 NY Rangers 121 Phoenix Some