NHL Picks For March 18th, 2010

Shane House@sghcantcopyAnalyst IMarch 18, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 28:  Johan Hedberg #1 of the Atlanta Thrashers in action against  The Philadelphia Flyers during their game on January 28, 2010 at The Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Last Night's Record: 2-1
Record for Week: 5-3

Here are my picks for tonight's games.

St. Louis Blues at New York Rangers

Both teams in this matchup lost their last game and both teams are fighting for a playoff spot. The sad thing is if St. Louis were in the Eastern Conference, they would be a point away from the playoffs instead of being seven points behind in the Western Conference. New York on the other hand, is in ninth place and is only three points back of a playoff spot. Both are in a similar situation but the one thing that separates these two is their home/way records. New York is 15-16-6 at the Garden while St. Louis is 20-11-4 on the road. Simple facts here.

Look for St. Louis to take this one and New York's scoring woes continue.

St. Louis over New York

Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes

Alexander Ovechkin will not be playing in tonight's game, serving his suspension for a hit on Chicago's Brian Campbell. But the kicker here is that the Capitals actually don't really miss their captain when he is out of the lineup, going 7-2 in his absence. But don't count Carolina out of this one. Justin Peters is starting tonight and is 4-2 with a .923 save percentage. He has the ability to steal a game and has done so for the Hurricanes before. I think this one will be closer than what people think.

Look for Washington to win. Possibly in OT.

Washington over Carolina

Buffalo Sabres at Tampa Bay Lightning

The Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning have been very similar teams as of late. Both are losing. Ryan Miller has been terrible on the road as of late, posting a 1-4-3 record with a 3.37 GAA. Not very Milleresque. Tampa Bay has been having some issues as of late too, going 2-7-1 in there last 10, while also losing their last two. The one stat that sticks out here is Ryan Miller's record against Tampa Bay all time, winning 15 of his 18 meetings.

Look for Buffalo to win this one.

Buffalo over Tampa Bay

Phoenix Coyotes at Florida Panthers

What a turnaround from the Phoenix Coyotes. They have won six in a row and have all but clinched a spot in the playoffs. The best part is, they are actually starting to get fans in the seats, with attendance slowly rising this season. On the other side, Florida is once again having a losing season. Although they are technically still in the playoff race,  it's hard to believe that they will catch up eight points in their final 12 games. Oh yeah the game; Phoenix has been hot of late, Florida has been cold, common sense here.

Look for Phoenix to win and clinch their seventh in a row.

Phoenix over Florida

Upset of the Night!

Ottawa Senators at Atlanta Thrashers

Once again this is a game of two slumping teams. Ottawa has been abysmal since their return from the Olympics, going 1-5-1 since the break. Atlanta on the other hand, went on a losing steak before driving Ryan Miller out of the net and winning that game 4-3. Ottawa currently holds the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference with five points separating them from eighth place Boston. But after losing to the last place Maple Leafs on Tuesday, there is reason to be worried.

Look for Atlanta to build off the momentum of winning against Buffalo and win this one.

Atlanta over Ottawa.

Now that I look, my only home pick was the Thrashers. Maybe this is the night that the road warriors come out to play. Guess we have to wait to find out.

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