Game Predictions – 12/5/2006

There are 8 games on the schedule and a few of them I think are worthy of keeping a close eye on. I think the Ottawa-New York Islanders game is an interesting one as I think it might tell a lot about how both teams will do the rest of the season. Ottawa has been winning a lot of games lately and are 5-1 in their last 6 but those win have mostly come against teams playing poorly (Philadelphia, Florida twice, Tampa) but the Islanders are a hot team having beaten a top team from the western conference (Dallas) and the best team in the NHL (Buffalo) in their last 2 games. Good teams figure out how to beat the hot teams. The New York Islanders are just looking to continue to establish some credibility and show that their record and success isn’t a fluke and beating a top Canadian team will do wonders for that. Should be a good game. The other game I think is worth takeing a look at is Carolina-Calgary because I think it is a match up of two quality teams still looking to find their way. Both teams have struggled with inconsistency but for different reasons. Carolina has struggled to get quality goaltending and Calgary has struggled to get consistent goal scoring. I wonder who is going to show up tonight.

Home Team Fair
Road Team Fair
Predicted Winner Confidence
Toronto -109 Atlanta 108 Atlanta Some
NY Islanders -121 Ottawa 117 NY Islanders Some
Pittsburgh -138 Florida 128 Pittsburgh Some
Tampa Bay 112 Buffalo -114 Buffalo Good
St. Louis 154 Detroit -217 Detroit Strong
Minnesota -148 Chicago 132 Minnesota Good
Colorado -196 Columbus 149 Colorado Good
Calgary 105 Carolina -105 Carolina Some