Jimmy Howard US PRESSWIRE

 

The final day of the regular season is here. It’s time to start shifting gears and looking towards playoff pools, however I’m certain there’s more than a few leagues out there where it has all come down to this final day. We know all the participants in the post season dance, but now we just have to find out each teams’ partners. It’s been a terrific year looking at these matchups, so let’s get right to the final six games of the regular season:

 

Flyers @ Penguins

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

Frozen Pool

 

Last week, we saw perhaps the game of the year, and now these two are back at it as a warm-up/set the tone game for their upcoming series starting later in the week. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail as it would be a shame for someone to miss this post season series. When the dust settles, one Stanley Cup contender will be going home early.

 

My Pick: H (Pens win)

Thunder’s Pick: H


Lightning @ Jets

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

Stamkos is going for 60, and if he succeeds will be the first player since Ovechkin’s 65-goal season to do so. The Jets have given the home fans something to cheer about by staying in the hunt for most of the season, and putting up points in 27 of 40 home games this year. Coach Noel called his team out after they failed to start on time on Long Island on Thursday night and eventually wound up losing to the Islanders. The Jets will come out strong in this one behind their 15,000 fans, but Stamkos will still hit 60.

 

My Pick: H (Jets win)

Thunder’s Pick: H


Coyotes @ Wild

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

Depending on what happens Friday, if the Coyotes win out they can claim the Pacific Division crown and 3rd seed in the West. The Wild, meanwhile, have played four straight shootout games in a row, and it feels like in the biggest snooze fest between these two trapping teams, we’ll see a fifth straight.

 

My Pick: T (Wild win in the SO)

Thunder’s Pick: H


Capitals @ Rangers

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

Depending on how the Sens and Panthers do in their contests, this could potentially beanother first round matchup in the East. The only thing the Rangers have left to play for is the President’s Trophy. Brooks Laich backed up his guarantee earlier this week scoring the game winning goal and adding an assist in knocking off the Florida Panthers and still giving themselves a chance at winning the Southeast Division. Hopefully Neuvirth’s injury isn’t serious as the team could potentially be forced to roll with Holtby as their starter come Wednesday.

 

My Pick: V (Caps win)

Thunder’s Pick: V


Predators @ Avalanche

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool


The Avalanche seemed to peak a little too early, playing great hockey after picking up Steve Downie and Jamie McGinn, however when they came across must win games, and there were a lot of them, this young inexperienced team just didn’t have enough in the tank. Two home losses to the last place Blue Jackets in the final 38 days of the season are also tough to swallow. Like other teams, the Avs had a bunch of guys playing through injuries such as Duchene, Downie, EJ, and McGinn to name a few and the burden was too heavy for 21 year old Ryan O’Reilly and 19 year old Gabriel Landeskog to carry this underdog into the post season. The Predators can lock up home ice in the first round with a win on the road, and they have Colorado’s number, winning all three games this season.

 

My Pick: V (Preds win)

Thunder’s Pick:H


Kings @ Sharks

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

I really wish hockey players were a little smarter when it comes to repeating past mistakes. Any time a player has given his opposing team bulletin board material it always backfires in their face, and that’s what happened Thursday night at the Staples Center as the Kings blew a two goal lead and have given the Sharks a chance to capture the division on Saturday night.

 

My Pick: H (Sharks win)

Thunder’s Pick: V


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