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Game Predictions 3/28/2008

Friday, March 28, 2008

Philadelphia vs. New Jersey – Dare I say it . . . – FLYERS

Atlanta vs. Carolina – HURRICANES

Nashville vs. Columbus – Just two points back from Vancouver, Nashville requires a win tonight to remain in contention.  It should be easy since they’re facing Columbus, a team the Preds typically dominate.  But going back to Ken Hitchcock’s comparison of Big Brother Nashville beating up on Little Brother Columbus, sometimes little brothers manage to spoil the party by tagging along.  It’s Nashville’s desperation vs. Columbus’ pride/revenge.  – PREDATORS

Montreal vs. Buffalo – To regain #1 overall in the East, Montreal must win tonight.  On the basis of total wins, Pittsburgh would succeed in the tie-breaker.  The Sabres did exact reveng in last night’s shootout, but I don’t think it gave them enough momentum to shut down Montreal.  – CANADIENS

St. Louis vs. Detroit – RED WINGS

Vancouver vs. Minnesota – The battle of defense.  – WILD

Edmonton vs. Colorado – Surprisingly – Edmonton is still in this playoff race.  With the interdivisional schedule, they’ve had the advantage on Nashville and Chicago since the Oilers play the bottom 3 teams multiple times.  The danger with Colorado is their catalyst – Peter Forsberg.  But there is an opening for the Oilers.  Forsberg has been excellent in the games he’s played this year, true.  However, he hasn’t shown any hint of the extra gear, those moments where he simply takes over a game and wills his team to a win.  Can this young team overcome the Forsberg factor?  – OILERS

San Jose vs. Anaheim – The Sharks may have won last night, but it wasn’t because they played a good game.  Their puck control and decision-making was as sloppy as it was against Phoenix earlier in the week.  Only Nabokov’s brilliance in net kept them close to the Stars. 

That and Marty Turco making a selfish decision in overtime, allowing his stick to strike Pavelski in the face – drawing blood and a 4 minute penalty with 4 minutes remaining in overtime.  I know Turco likes to defend his crease, but you can’t make those errors with points on the line and the rest of the pack closing in behind your team.  – DUCKS

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