NHL Picks – Saturday, December 8, 2007

Steve Johnson




Each week going forward, Notch gives you his picks (and reasoning) behind Saturday's NHL games, for those Pro-line Sports Select gamblers!







Boston at Toronto
Toronto is playing well and should continue to roll while facing another back-up.  Toronto is well rested as always, and Boston is playing their 3rd game in 4 nights.  Expect at least 7 combined goals.
Toronto wins – H

Carolina at Montreal
Both teams are rested.  Montreal has taken 2 of 3 this year, but all
the games were played when Montreal was rolling. Carolina comes
through this time.
Carolina wins – V

Atlanta at Washington
Both teams are tired.  Atlanta is playing their 3rd in 4 and traveled last
night.  Washington is playing B-2-B games and had to travel through a time zone last night.  
Atlanta wins – V

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Minnesota at Columbus
This if the first meeting between the 2 in Columbus this year.  Although they have split the 2 games they have played in Minny.  Leclaire steals the show.  Take the under here as well, I only see 4 goals being scored.
Columbus wins – H

NY Islanders at Tampa Bay
3 in 4 for the Isles with travel.  DiPietro usually keeps games close,
but Tampa will take this in a wash here, as the Lighting are well rested and have a history of dispatching the Islanders.
Tampa wins big – H+

Anaheim at Nashville

Anaheim won the first game between the two clubs on their home ice.
Nashville still has a bad taste in their mouth from last years playoffs,
and they will beat the tired Ducks.
Nashville wins – H

Pittsburgh at Vancouver
The Canucks rested Luongo for the sole purpose of putting a stop to
Crosby and his Western Canada road trip.  It doesn't hurt that The Penguins road trip was compressed.  Luongo steals the show.
Vancouver wins – H

Phoenix at Los Angeles

Fresh off blasting the Sabres, Los Angeles easily beats Phoenix who
are also playing 3 in 4 with travel.  Teams that play 3 in 4 with travel
between the final 2, B-2-B games are 4-23 this year.
Los Angeles wins big – H+

Buffalo at San Jose
Buffalo is embarrassed from their blow-out loss to The Kings.  San Jose just did the same 3 in 4, B-2-B with travel that Phoenix did, therefore the same reasoning for The Sharks poor showing applies.
Buffalo – V

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