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Game Predictions 4/4/2008

Friday, April 4, 2008

NY Islanders vs. NY Rangers – RANGERS

New Jersey vs. Philadelphia – Mike Knuble called out the fans for tonight.  Mike Richards has optimism that the Flyers will do well with the playoffs hanging in the balance.  Me?  I just have hope.  Best of luck, boys.  – FLYERS

Florida vs. Carolina – HURRICANES

Boston vs. Ottawa – The loss of Alfredsson and Fisher can affect the Senators in two ways: Either the Senators pour on the effort to compensate for the two forwards OR they tank miserably.  I think they’ll tank.  This team has been horrible during Alfredsson’s injuries this season.  The Senators may only have one scoring line, but Fisher brings a key element to their center position: grit.   I don’t see much future for them without both players.  – BRUINS

Nashville vs. Chicago – BLACKHAWKS

Phoenix vs. Dallas – STARS

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. sportsaddictforlife permalink
    Friday, April 4, 2008 6:46 pm

    I was just wondering what the logic behind the Predators/Blackhawks game was:

    Do you think Nashville is going to arrive at the rink without the proper focus after securing a playoff spot last night?

    Do you believe that Chicago will play a good game tonight because they no longer have any pressure to try and make the playoffs? (Although they did play well against Detroit the other night while still having a shot at postseason play)
    Perhaps an attempt to end on a winning streak and then eagerly look forward to next year…

    Was it a combination of these things or something else?

  2. The Frozen Fan permalink
    Friday, April 4, 2008 7:47 pm

    I think Chicago is a better team than people give them credit for. Had Toews stayed healthy, I honestly believe we’d be talking about the Blackhawks vying for the playoffs rather than (or possibly in addition to) Nashville. Don’t forget that Chicago dominated the Red Wings during the first half of the season.

    For me, I think either team has the potential to win. Their records are practically the same: Nashville at 41-31-9 and Chicago at 39-33-8. Nashville will play with an edge tonight because of the playoffs.

    I gave Chicago the edge because they, more than any other NHL team, want to satisfy their fans. They gather at center ice following each home game to tap their sticks for the fans in attendance. I think they want to have fun and to show their city what to expect next year. They want to win.

  3. sportsaddictforlife permalink
    Friday, April 4, 2008 9:12 pm

    Technically they were still in contention as recently as last night until the Preds won.
    But the other teams in the Central Division definitely better watch out for the Hawks next year.
    And I would agree they are underrated… Plus they have a pretty young group of players to work with.
    Anyway, Chicago is making your pick look smart at the moment. It’s 3-1 after two.

    And the Flyers came through for you. They’ve now got a playoff berth locked up.
    What a turnaround from last season! The entire organization deserves major credit for that.

  4. The Frozen Fan permalink
    Friday, April 4, 2008 9:47 pm

    OHHHH BABY!!! Flyers shutout the Devils, Martin Brodeur pulled, and a playoff spot clinched. It doesn’t get much better than that.

    It’s been a good night for the underdog all around the NHL, apparently.

    And as for the Flyers organization, they’re amazing. Mr. Snider is quite possibly the best owner in hockey. And when Buffalo fired its scouting staff last year, the Flyers snapped up Don Luce, their former top scout. So the future looks bright in Philly.

  5. sportsaddictforlife permalink
    Friday, April 4, 2008 10:13 pm

    Speaking of Buffalo, The Sabres basically did the opposite of Philly.
    They went from Presidents’ Trophy winner to out of the playoffs in only one year. I guess that’s what they get for saying good-bye to both of their co-captains in one offseason.

  6. The Frozen Fan permalink
    Saturday, April 5, 2008 2:23 pm

    Talk about poor management – their issues go the whole way back to Jay McKee. I’m not sure I’d want to sign there if I was a free agent.

  7. sportsaddictforlife permalink
    Sunday, April 6, 2008 10:35 am

    And unlike the Oilers last year, the Sabres don’t have the advantage of trying to market the idea of rebuilding a dynasty. They also lack big-name hometown guys they can bring in.
    Really the only thing they’re gaining a reputation for is players having their necks cut by skate blades in Buffalo.

    And I don’t see how Buffalo is going to rebound anytime soon. The Sabres have seemed to have a great minors system in recent years. You know, guys can step in and help out after getting called up (A lot like what Philly has had).
    But those players were never really asked to lead the team. There was Drury and Briere on offense and Brian Campbell on defense. Plus Ryan Miller in net. The new guys just had to avoid being a liability, as opposed to having to actually carry the team forward. And now the first three guys are gone.
    Max Afinogenov and Miller is really all they’ve got to prevent them from being total laughingstocks. I’d say Vanek is an asset, but with the amount they had to pay him to keep him away from Edmonton, it’s very questionable based on his accomplishments.

  8. The Frozen Fan permalink
    Sunday, April 6, 2008 5:32 pm

    The problem with Buffalo is they can’t seem to pick one message. They didn’t sign McKee or Grier back after the 2006 playoffs because of money. Huge loss because McKee was the character, go-to guy in that locker room.

    They attempted to play Drury off Briere to get a hometown discount from one of them; it backfired, and they lost both. Again, losing leadership.

    Then, the Kevin Lowe factor forces Darcy Regier’s hand on Vanek. But if it’s a really money issue, why keep youth and not leadership? Both are equally valuable. They had youth other Vanek; they didn’t have much leadership to spare.

    Brian Campbell was the defenseman who made the run-and-gun style possible in Buffalo. On a really young blue line decimated by injuries, he was the leader. And why only offer him 3 years when you know no player at 27 would sign anything less than 5?

    Top all this off with the treatment of Teppo Numminen. I get that money’s tight, and Buffalo’s watching every penny. But to nickel and dime an injured player? Even Pittsburgh in the throws of its debts didn’t pull that on Lemieux.

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