Well, my prediction for the Wild vs. Penguins was not even close. I predicted 3-2; however, the Penguins annihilated the Wild last night by a final score of 5-2 at Consol Energy. The Penguins will take the day off today (i.e. Friday) but will host the “plummeting” Calgary Flames on Saturday afternoon. The Flames (13-16-6) are coming off three heartbreaking losses in a row, two of which happened in OT. Even though the new NHL point system counts overtime losses and shootout losses as ties, they are still losses to me. I mean, the last time I checked, a tie meant the score was even. Oddly enough, most of the Flames losses were by the score of 3-2. Of the Flames’ 16 defeats, 6 have ended in the 3-2 score, and unfortunately, Saturday afternoon will be no different.
The Penguins (26-10-1), head of the newly deemed Metropolitan Division have lost the majority of its games by more than one goal. This is very surprising considering their win streak. Of the 10 total losses, 4 were lost by more than one goal. With Zatkoff, aka Zapkoff” playing much better, this gives the Penguins an advantage to rest Fleury. Since Zatkoff started last night, you will likely see “The Flower” on Saturday night. Don’t let records fool you though, this will not be a “walk in the park” for the Penguins. Expect the Penguins to win a close one, 3-2. Sorry Flames, but 3-2 just hasn’t been your friend this season. Watch Saturday’s match-up at 1:00 PM on ROOT Sports, Channel 659 on DirecTV.