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Game Predictions 4/1/2008

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

New Jersey vs. NY Islanders – ISLANDERS

Carolina vs. Washington – Should Washington win in regulation, they will tie Carolina for first in the Southeast division.  In that case, the teams would have the same number of games played and would evenly split the series 4-4-, so it would come down to goals scored.  Bottom line – Carolina and Washington both face a must-win situation tonight.  Based on the steady hand of veteran leadership – HURRICANES

Florida vs. Atlanta – PANTHERS

Buffalo vs. Toronto – SABRES

Montreal vs. Ottawa – I’ve said it before – the Ottawa Senators are in serious danger of falling out of playoff contention.  The Canadiens may have clinched a playoff berth, but first place in the conference is on the line tonight.  A Montreal win ties them with Pittsburgh in points.  – CANADIENS

Nashville vs. St. Louis – If Nashville wins and the Canucks lose, Nashville will overtake Vancouver for the eighth spot in the West.  The Preds have taken it to the Blues in their last three meetings.  – PREDATORS

Calgary vs. Edmonton – Every meeting in the Battle of Alberta has proven physical and exciting this season.  This episode should be no different with Edmonton only 4 points behind eighth-place Vancouver and Calgary fighting for position in the Northwest division.  I expect to see a clutch performance from Jarome Iginla.  – FLAMES

Colorado vs. Vancouver – I don’t know whether it’s distraction or exhaustion, but the wheels have fallen off Roberto Luongo.  As goes Luongo, so go the Canucks.  Good news for Nashville and Edmonton, but not for the fans in Vancouver.  – AVALANCHE

Los Angeles vs. San Jose – San Jose is perhaps the most frigtening team in the Western Conference right now.  The last few games I’ve watched, the team has looked rather casual as it plays, managing to eke out wins with moments of focus and strong goaltending from Evgeni Nabokov.  If this team can put together extended late season winning streaks with scattered effort, imagine what they’d be like as a motivated force. 

On the other hand, that nonchalant attitude may be an indicator of foibles past.  Many critics of Joe Thornton have suggested as much.  We’ll have proof soon enough, one way or the other.  – SHARKS

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One Comment leave one →
  1. sportsaddictforlife permalink
    Wednesday, April 2, 2008 12:46 am

    You did pretty well with today’s predictions.
    7 out of nine…

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