Who Will Pull the Upset? Picks for March 25th, 2010

Shane House@sghcantcopyAnalyst IMarch 25, 2010

OTTAWA, ON - MARCH 06:  Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson #50 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on against the Ottawa Senators in a game at Scotiabank Place on March 6, 2010 in Ottawa, Canada.  (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
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Last Night's 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, going 2-3 wasn’t all that bad, but still, it was by far my worst night. Tonight should be much better because there is more of a selection 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; the Thrashers were only one point behind at one point. But after two convincing wins against Atlanta and New York, things are looking promising as the postseason approaches.

Tampa Bay has not been so hot. They just ended a five-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.

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 need every win they can get. Plus, with the Red Wings already announcing that 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.

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, who quite honestly isn’t the most reliable of goaltenders, will be getting the start in between the pipes for Carolina.  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 game, sadly, with their playoff hopes all but finished after they lost against the Detroit Red Wings, putting them 10 points behind with nine games remaining. The Kings, on the other hand, are basically jockeying for position at this point, only standing three points behind the eighth place Red Wings.

The key stat for this game is that 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 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 eighth 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 six of seven 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

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