Game Predictions – 12/7/2006

There are several intriguing games on the schedule tonight. We start off with the ‘not another game’ game as Toronto takes on Boston for the 5th time since November 9th (and the NHL wonders why people get tired of seeing the same teams over and over again). Next up is the up and down Rangers taking on the struggling (one win in 7 games) Penguins as the Rangers look to get back up into a playoff spot (they currently sit in 9th). I have a hard time getting excited about the Islanders facing Canadiens but both teams seem to be playing above what one might have expected prior to the season so maybe there is a story line there. Tampa takes on Atlanta in a southeast division matchup. I like Atlanta in this game because they are just a much better team in all aspects of the game but if Tampa plays well they could make an interesting game of it. Buffalo should easily hand Florida another loss just as Detroit should easily defeat St. Louis. Calgary-Minnesota should be a good divisional game in the tightest division in the NHL and a Calgary win will put them in a tie with the second place Wild. In the battle of bad teams we have Chicago taking on Phoenix. Phoenix is actually playing better lately having won 4 of 6 and Chicago is 3-0-1 in their last 4 so it probably won’t be as bad of a game as their records might indicate. The not very good but rested Kings are probably in a pretty good position to hand the struggling Nashville another loss after the Predators were shutout against the Ducks last night. And in the final game of the night I expect San Jose should have a relatively easy time against the mediocre Avalanche.

Home Team Fair
Road Team Fair
Predicted Winner Confidence
Boston -124 Toronto 119 Boston Some
NY Rangers -135 Pittsburgh 126 NY Rangers Some
NY Islanders -159 Montreal 137 NY Islanders Good
Tampa Bay -102 Atlanta 102 Atlanta Some
Florida 125 Buffalo -135 Buffalo Good
Detroit -315 St. Louis 168 Detroit Strong
Minnesota -102 Calgary 102 Calgary Some
Chicago -171 Phoenix 141 Chicago Strong
Los Angeles -140 Nashville 128 Los Angeles Good
San Jose -192 Colorado 148 San Jose Strong

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