|Saturday's NHL Picks - March 3rd||Tweet|
|Written by Anthony Lancione|
|Friday, 02 March 2012 20:09|
It’s the first weekend of March. Do you feel it?! The last full month of the regular season is now underway. Divisional and conference races are tightening. The playoff picture is slowly, yet increasingly become clearer. Some franchises are surging, some collapsing. Scoring races are beginning to crystallize as the 3 headed monster of Malkin, Stamkos & Giroux have set themselves apart from the crop. The triumph in cementing a spot in the top 16, the disappointment Leaf Nation of missing the playoffs each and every single post lockout season. I can hardly wait to see how these last six weeks unfold.
Without further ado, this weekend’s Six-Pack!
Stats as of Friday morning
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NY Islanders @ Boston (1:00pm ET)
However luckily for them and their dramatic OT victory this week, they face off against an Islanders squad who have silently slipped back below the mediocrity line losing five of six. Should be a walk in the park for the defending champs.
Tampa Bay @ Carolina (7:00pm ET)
However, luckily for Coach Boucher, Stamkos has not had the 1nd half drought that plagued him last season where he scored 40 goals by January and only tallied seven more the rest of the way. This season he shatters his personal record of 51, without a doubt. However, this divisional matchup usually ends up being either the Marty St.Louis or Eric Staal show, with both players recording 39 points in 30 games against each other. (Bet on the over if you want another free biscuit here)
Tampa Bay - Home Win– H(ProLine)
Toronto @ Montreal (7:00pm ET)
Despite being higher in the standings than Montreal, the Leafs have been arguably more horrid of late, only a point out of fifth, just three weeks ago, now sitting in 11th and within a five point reach of joining the Habs in dead last. Toronto has lost six consecutive outing and a disgusting 10 of 11. They’re dreams and for a long time deemed reality of ending their six year missed playoff streak is slipping right through their fingers. Although a win against their archrivals could spark Toronto to a nice little boost going forward.
Pittsburgh @ Colorado (9:00pm ET)
The Pens have been killing it lately, riding a four game winning streak and have been averaging a ton of offense at a rate of 4.33 goals per game over their past 9. Despite Sid the Kid continuing his seemingly eternity in purgatory and with Letang knocked out of the lineup once more, Malkin has once again been playing out of his mind, terrorizing defense tandems all over the lead, with James Neal riding shotgun. (Chaa Chiiing! for fantasy owners) Meanwhile,
Kudos to the Avs, who have really played themselves back into the thick of the Western Conference playoff race-- despite being written off by critics & pundits(including yours truly) for many for months now.
Buffalo @ Vancouver (10:00pm ET)
|Last Updated on Friday, 02 March 2012 21:50|