|NHL Picks - Saturday, Februay 09, 2008||Tweet|
|Written by Steve Johnson|
|Friday, 08 February 2008 11:28|
Notch is back again with his winners. Maybe his tips will help you with some tough decisions on your Saturday ticket.
NY Rangers at Philadelphia 1:00 PM EST
NY Rangers in a shootout – T
Pittsburgh – H+
It’s CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada, and this one will showcase the best team in the league versus the wors…..!!! Detroit is coming off a demoralizing loss to LA. Detroit is a funny team when they lose. Out of Detroit’s 15 losses, only 7 were single gamers’. The other 8 were stretched out into 3, 2 and 3 game losing streaks. OK, I am digging here with that stat, but it’s true.
Detroit – V+
Minnesota – H
Edmonton at Calgary
The Oilers lead this series 3-2 after taking the last 2 games. Edmonton has a new owner and played to impress their new boss against Chicago. Will they continue to show Daryl Katz what 200 million dollars gets you and beat their Provincial rival? The Flames are not playing well going .500 in their last 12 games. Iginla is back with Conroy - as the lines are picked from a hat for this game.
Edmonton in a shootout - T
Glen Murray will return to the lineup for Boston. The Bruins already beat the Panthers once this year in Florida where the Panthers play tough. Now the Bruins get to play to their strength, and match Chara against any line they want. Florida has a tough time with the Northeast Division going 5-8-1 this year. Both these teams keep games close with a combined 56 of 109 games being decided by only one goal. In another combined 15 games - an empty-netter was scored.
Boston - V
Ottawa - H
Carolina at New Jersey
New Jersey - H
Tampa Bay at Atlanta
Tampa Bay – V
St. Louis at Dallas
Season series is 1-1, with each team winning in front of their fans. For two teams that play so defensively, the scores were shockingly high (Dallas 5-4 SO and St. Louis 4-2). This game though, has these two teams facing each other when they are going in separate directions. Dallas is the hottest team in the league over the last 10 games, and St. Louis is tied with the Islanders for worst record over that same period.
Dallas – H
Colorado at Vancouver
This is a big divisional game and both teams will put up their stellar divisional records. Colorado does struggle on the road though with a record of 11-13-3. That is bad for a team that has an overall record of 29-21-5. The Canucks have struggled of late because of there depleted defense. Luongo is trying his best to keep his team in the playoff race but has only 2 wins in their last 10 games to show for it. The season series in 2-1 for Vancouver. Both of the Canucks wins have come by one goal, Colorados’ was by 2.
Vancouver - H
Nashville at San Jose
San Jose has had an easy time with Nashville this year winning both games so far by a combined score of 8-2. This will however be the 3rd game in 4 nights for San Jose.
I loved watching this playoff series last year, and will be watching this game for that same intensity.
Nashville - V
My Proline Ticket
Minnesota – H
Dallas - H