NHL Picks – Saturday, December 15, 2007

Steve Johnson




Notch is back again with his winners and he provides his reasoning. Maybe his tips will help you with some tough decisions on your Saturday ticket…



Phoenix at New Jersey
After a small three game road trip ended the Devils 9 game winning streak, they will look to continue their strong play at home.  Phoenix has a history of giving Brodeur and the Devils fits in New Jersey.  The Devils are starting a homestand and Phoenix is in the middle of a road trip.  This is a 1:00pm start EST.  The Devils are 7-1 when playing on Saturday afternoons in the last 10 years.
New Jersey – H

Dallas at San Jose
Both teams have small 2 game win streaks going.  Dallas will want to come out flying to start their road trip.  San Jose is a .500 club at home this year.  Both teams are rested.  This is a 4:00pm start EST.
Dallas in a shootout – T

Columbus at Boston
4th game is 6 nights for Boston, whereas Columbus is well-rested and starting a road trip.  Boston is good at home; Columbus is poor on the road.  I see a flat effort from Beantown tonight.
Columbus – V

Chicago at Buffalo
This is the 3rd of 4 East vs. West matchups this Saturday.  The Sabres are a streaky team and will look to have their 3rd winning streak of 3 or more games this year.  Buffalo is a good team at home; Chicago is decent on the road.
Buffalo – H

Toronto at Montreal
A rare back-to-back game for Toronto will show when Montreal looks to build upon a huge win against the Flyers.  Will this one go to overtime like so many have done before between these 2 storied rivals?  Not this time.
Montreal – H

Atlanta at Ottawa
Ottawa is on a roll, like the one that had them bust out of the gates at the start of the season.  The Mighty Sens have out scored Carolina and Pittsburgh 10-1 in their last 2 games.  That is a bad thing for Atlanta who are playing their 3rd game in 4 nights, plus the Thrashers had to travel last night.  This is a laugher, even though Atlanta usually plays Ottawa tough.  Pizza time for those in attendance at ScotiaBank Place.
Ottawa – H+

Pittsburgh at NY Islanders
Pittsburgh is in a funk, and coming to Nassau Coliseum is usually not a good thing for the Pens.  Pittsburgh has lost their last 4 games on the Isles.  The Islanders can’t score though, and after splitting the first 2 games this year, both by scores of 3-2, I think the Pens will do just enough to take the early rubber match and finally get a win in New York.
Pittsburgh – V

Carolina at Philadelphia
Carolina also plays their 3rd in 4 with B-2-B games and travel to deal with.  Philly has one all 3 games this year against the Hurricanes and will look to make it 4 straight.  Penalty trouble for Philly keeps this game close.
Philly – H

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