Last Nights Record: 2-3
Record for week: 13-9
Last night was officially the first night I did not have a winning record. In all fairness it wasn’t all bad with a 2-3 night, but still, by far my worst night. Tonight should be a lot better because there is more selection and pickings to choose from.
So here are my picks for tonight’s games.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
A week ago, things were looking a little nervous in beantown with Atlanta quickly catching up to them in the standings, even being only one point behind at one point. But after two convincing wins against Atlanta and New York, things are looking promising looking forward towards the post-season. Tampa Bay has not been so hot. They just ended a 5 game losing streak against the Hurricanes and are looking to bounce back. The only issue is their success on the road leaves something to be desired, having a 10-20-6 record on the road.
Look for Boston to take this one, further securing their playoff hopes.
Boston over Tampa Bay
Calgary Flames at New York Islanders
The Flames are in desperation mode right now. They are four points behind the Detroit Red Wings and are need every win they can get. Plus, with the Red Wings already announcing their playoff tickets are on sale, that should be every bit the motivation to beat the Islanders, whose defense is one of the thinnest in the league. Plus on top of that, they are starting Marty Biron tonight, who has not had the best year this season (5-12-4, 3.12 GAA).
Look for Calgary to take this one, keeping the pressure up on the wings.
Calgary over New York Isles
Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes
After another big battle between Washington and Pittsburgh, the Caps are making a trip to Carolina to face the Hurricanes, who are trying to avoid losing three straight. Manny Legace will be getting the start in between the pipes for Carolina who to be honest, isn’t the most reliable of goaltenders. Plus with defenseman Tim Gleason and Alexandre Picard injured, their defense is a little thin.
Look for Washington to take this one easily, possibly by two.
Washington over Carolina
Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues come into this games sadly with their playoff hopes all but finished after they lost against the Detroit Red Wings, putting them 10 points behind with 9 games remaining. The Kings on the other hand, are basically jockeying for position at this point, only being three points behind the 8th place Red Wings. The key stat for this game is that the in the season series, the road team has gotten the win every time, and with St. Louis sporting a 12-18-5 record at home, there is a little pattern to be seen here.
Look for the Kings to win this one.
Los Angeles over St. Louis
Upset of the Night!!!
Toronto Maple Leafs at Atlanta Thrashers
What an important game for the Thrashers, who currently sit three points out of a playoff spot. Having a chance to leap frog Boston into 8th place in the Eastern Conference, they instead lost 4-0, looking lost and detached from the game. Toronto on the other hand, has been great as of late, going 7-3 in their last ten games and winning 6 of 7 before Tuesday night’s loss to the Panthers. The Leafs will be starting Jonas Gustavsson tonight who has looked brilliant in his last couple games, warranting the nickname “Monster “ for the first time all season.
Look for Toronto to win a scrappy, intense game tonight.
Toronto over Atlanta
Alright fans, those are my picks for tonight's games and come back tomorrow for more predictions from the Chicken Man himself.