Saturday, February 10, 2007
Saturday Night Hockey Preview
Tonight, 5 out of the 6 Canadian teams will play. Her are my predictions for each game.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are flying high winning 5 out of their last 6 games. But they are playing the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team that beat the Leafs 8-2 5 weeks ago. Both teams want this game a lot. The Leafs can take advantage of a Tampa Bay loss yesterday and can tie the Lightning for 8th tonight, and Pittsburgh is in 4th place, but only 5 points away from being 9th!
I think the Leafs are going to come out with some intensity and show that last time they faced the Penguins, the score was a fluke. It should be an exciting game with all of Pittsburgh's young guns playing. So if you are looking for something to watch tonight then I suggest you watch this game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The second game I'm going to preview is the Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens.
Only a few weeks ago, the Habs were flying high and had a healthy cushion in 4th place in the Conference. But now, the Canadiens have lost 4th place and only 4 points out of 9th. The Senators however are the opposite of the Canadiens. After a slow start to the season the Sens have been great, but have always had their troubles with the Habs.
Montreal's big guns have gone dry with the Habs getting to the low point of their season waiving Sergei Samsonov. I still think the Habs have a few games to get rejuvenated, and the Senators have all their big players back, so I'm choosing the Senators to take this one.
The third game I'm going to preview is the Calgary Flames vs Buffalo Sabres
After having a hip injury, Jarome Iginla hasn't missed a beat tallying point after point. But no matter how much how much individual talent a team has, they will always have a tough time with Eastern Conference leading Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo is only 1 point out of 1st place in the league and is facing a tough, gritty team in the Flames. It is tough to tell how this one will turn out because these 2 teams play completely different styles of hockey, but I will pick speedy over gritty in the Buffalo Sabres.
The final game I'm going to preview is the Vancouver Canucks vs Atlanta Thrashers.
The Canucks are trying to take the division lead back from the Flames and will have a tough test in Atlanta. The Thrashers are 3rd in the Eastern Conference and have their division's lead. But they enter this game in a slump.
They've lost 3 out of their last 6 but are coming of a 6-3 win in Colorado. I predict the Thrashers young guns will produce and the Thrashers will win against Vancouver.
Here are the rest of my predictions:
Anaheim vs Dallas: Anaheim
NY Islanders vs Boston: Boston
St.Louis vs Philadelphia: St. Louis
NY Rangers vs Washington: NY Rangers
Phoenix vs Florida: Phoenix
Los Angeles vs Nashville: Nashville
Carolina vs Minnesota: Minnesota