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Game Predictions 3/22/2008

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Chicago vs. Nashville – The Predators have to win tonight if they want to retain any hope of seeing postseason action.  Despite losing their most talented veterans to free agency and the ownership woes early on, Barry Trotz and his ragtag bunch have put together a great season.  It would be terrific for the team and its fans to experience the playoffs for a sixth straight year.  But I just don’t think they can top the Blackhawks.  – BLACKHAWKS

Los Angeles vs. Dallas – STARS

Colorado vs. Edmonton – I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for Edmonton since their cup run in 2006, so I felt for their fans when Ryan Smyth left in tears at last year’s deadline.  The kids this year have rejuvenated the team – Cogliano and Gagner can flat out fly and score amazing goals at clutch times.  Colorado has been good lately, but the constant string of injuries seems to be taking its toll.  They looked tired against Calgary.  – OILERS

Boston vs. Montreal – Mike Komisarek is among my favorite defenseman in hockey right now.  He is a big, tough, hard-hitting player.  In 75 games this season, he leads his team with 266 hits – second only to Dustin Brown (291) in the league.  Sadly for me, he may be sidelined with a lower body injury, ending his 192 playing streak.  But one streak that won’t end tonight – Montreal’s dominance over Boston.  – CANADIENS

Toronto vs. Ottawa – True, the Senators have been much improved since Bryan Murray installed Martin Gerber in net.  True, the Leafs are missing key players.  True, Leafs fans want either the playoffs or first pick in the draft.  I think this team desperately wants to give its fans and its captain playoff games, and I think that motivation coupled with yesterday’s win over Buffalo could trigger a victory tonight.  – MAPLE LEAFS

Tampa Bay vs. Florida – Could Olli Jokinen finally experience playoff action?  – PANTHERS

Detroit vs. Columbus – Commander-in-chief Ken Hitchcock has never missed the playoffs.  General Rick Nash has shown midseason he’s a bonafide all-star two years running and would like to prove it in the postseason.  Lieutenant Nikolai Zherdev is steamrolling through the year.  But the leadership alone can’t take on the juggernaut of Detroit.  This one all rests on the shoulders of the lowly privates in the Columbus army.  – BLUE JACKETS

New Jersey vs. Pittsburgh – DEVILS

Minnesota vs. Calgary – WILD

Anaheim vs. Phoenix – Bryzgalov and his team have dominated the Ducks this year and hopefully tonight will be more of the same.  – COYOTES

A quick note:  The Flyers may be my team, but I am interested in what’s going on throughout the NHL.  I decided to write the predictions as a way of briefly discussing other teams.  My record isn’t outstanding – if I was really serious about being right, I wouldn’t pick the Flyers every time they play.  (Those looking for serious preditors might try www.sportsclubstats.com.) 

But ultimately, I want to write things worth reading.  So feel free to comment on the blog or shoot an e-mail to thefrozenfan@gmail.com and let me know what you’d like to see.  I can continue doing the predictions in this form.  I could do a weekly wrap on major recent events.  Or maybe there’s a better idea floating in the blogosphere.

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