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Game Predictions 3/24/2008

Monday, March 24, 2008

Pittsburgh vs. NY Islanders – Sometimes teams outside the playoff race give young players an opportunity to prove themselves NHL-worthy.  With the plethora of injuries and limited playoff hopes in the tight Atlantic, the Islanders have adopted this strategy.  It can work down the stretch; last year’s Flyers saw a boost, despite injuries, because of the energy of Scottie Upshall and the postive change in net with Marty Biron.  I didn’t see that same bounce in the Islanders’ step last night against the Flyers.  If they can’t muster it against a bubble team, I doubt they’ll pull it together against the powerhouse Penguins.  – PENGUINS

Ottawa vs. Montreal – The Senators have dominated the series.  The end of the season is looming.  Carey Price has looked excellent in goal since Huet was traded.  Normally these factors would lead me to choose the Canadiens.  But I think the Senators – one point ahead of the Rangers, 3 ahead of the Flyers – have more to lose and thus will be desperate to win tonight.  – SENATORS

Calgary vs. Colorado – The Peter Forsberg drama continues.  I am incredibly happy he didn’t come to Philly.  – FLAMES

Minnesota vs. Edmonton – Minnesota thrives on controlled defensive play, pouncing on any mistake made by the opponent.  They’ve been wonderfully effective in their last 8 games.  Edmonton would love to sneak into the playoff mix, but their inexperience is going to show versus the Minnesota machine.  Maybe next year for MacTavish and the kids.  – WILD

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