NHL Predictions 10/21

Season Record (Winning Teams): 34-23

Season Record (Full Predictions) : 2-55

Tonight is the night of identity crisis for most of the clubs doing battle. The schedule has a fine set up for this evening with a lot of teams searching for answers. Let's get to the games:

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Nashville at Boston 7PM

Two teams that are searching for identities do battle tonight in bean town. With the loss of Milan Lucic, and most recently, Marc Savard, the entire top line for the Boston Bruins no longer exists (at the moment). For Nashville, the Arnott injury is huge, as they lack offense as it is and now with Arnott out, will continue to struggle. Tonight, is going to be a funny contest from both teams.

Final - Bruins 3 Predators 1

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Carolina at New York Islanders 7PM

Struggles is a word to describe both clubs facing off out on Long Island this evening. Although they do not have a victory at this early point of the season, the Islanders have been able to gain points by pushing teams into overtime or a shootout. The Hurricanes, currently on a three game losing streak, hope to come onto the Island tonight and stop that streak. Roloson against Ward could be a highlight, or low light on the evening. This one, in my opinion, is up for grabs. Will the Isles finally get their first victory of the season on home ice?

Final - Isles 4 Canes 2

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Buffalo at Florida 7:30PM

Florida has a goaltending controversy brewing, and tonight could add a new chapter to it. Scott Clemmensen will get his second start of the season tonight, after a fine performance against the Flyers last week. Depending on his performance tonight, and a hopeful Panthers club that will find an offensive spark, the Sabres could be in a bit of trouble on the road. The good news for the Sabres is that Vanek is not injured as bad as originally figured. Can Buffalo's top line perform better then Florida's, or will Clemmensen shut the door to victory?

Final - Sabres 3 Panthers 2 F/SO

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Colorado at Minnesota 8PM

New Captain, same result? The Avalanche, one of the NHL's hottest teams currently, travel to Minnesota to play an injury plagued and identity-less Wild club. Can the Avs continue the hot start to the season? It will be up to Mikko Koivu, newly acquired winger Chuck Kobasew and goaltender Nicklas Backstrom to help the Wild out in obtaining their second win of the season. Anderson, Wolski, Stasny, Duchene and company have other plans in mind. Tonight, the Avs stay HOT!

Final - Avs 5 Wild 2

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Vancouver at Chicago 8:30 PM

The injury bug has really hurt the Canucks so far in this early season. Demitra, Salo, D. Sedin are three key figures to the 'Nucks line up that have them questioning what it is going to take to get victories. The Blackhawks, well, outside of a goalie controversy, have pretty much everything moving along on the right track. The goalie controversy is the main situation that is bringing attention right now. Tonight, in the lovely windy city, the Hawks will look to stay atop the Central Division with a glorious victory.

Final - Hawks 4 Canucks 2

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Dallas at Anaheim 10PM

The Ducks are having somewhat of an identity crisis as well. With a lack of secondary scoring, and, at best, average performances from both goaltenders (Giggy is injured, Pogge re-called btw) it seems as if tonight is a very big test for the Ducks as they play host to the Dallas Stars. I just think the Stars stink (sorry Dallas fans).

Final - Duck 4 Stars 3 F/OT

enjoy the night!