NHL Picks – Saturday, January 12, 2008

Steve Johnson




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




Boston at Philadelphia  1:00 PM EST
Boston is rested and even though they lost to Montreal last game, they have been playing well lately.  Hnidy and the return of Ward have brought some stability back to the Bruins depleted lineup.  This is Bostons only road game sandwiched between 5 and 2 home games respectively.  Philly is also playing well as of late.  They have a 3 game win streak going, and are 6-3-1 in their last 10.  Gagne is back to add some scoring to already deep lineup.  The Flyers may suffer from the “honey do” list.  This is their first game back home after 6 on the road.  They go on the road right after this game again making the list from the wives even more important.  Season series is split 1-1 with the road team winning each game.
Boston – V

Dallas at Los Angeles  4:00 PM EST
This is the 3rd game in 4 nights for Dallas.  These teams have played 5 games against each other this year already.  Dallas is leading 3 games to 2.  All 5 games have been won by the home team.  The Kings are rested and coming off a big win over the Leafs.  
Los Angeles – H

New Jersey at Buffalo
New Jersey is winning because Brodeur is hot going 7-1-0, 2 shutouts and a 1.23 GAA in his last 8.  The Devils have had great success over the Sabres for a long time going 15-4-0 since 2001.  New Jersey has also won both games this year against the Sabres.  For Buffalo, Miller will start after resting against Ottawa.  Everyone knows Buffalo is winless in 8 games.  This is the first game at home for the depleted Sabres in 7 days.  
New Jersey – V

Detroit at Ottawa

I can’t wait for this one, the two best teams on Hockey Night in Canada for once.  This is my Stanley Cup preview and I have wagered a 40-ouncer on this game with a buddy.  Detroit is, well, Detroit.  They are (5-0) against the East this year.  Ottawa is (0-1-1) against the West.  The Sens are quietly battling the flu in the dressing room.  As much as I love the Sens, they are really only 1 game above .500 in their last 25 games going (13-8-4).  Emery will start.
Detroit – V
PS.  I will be losing the bet with my friend because I am a Sens fan and he is a Wings fan.

Montreal at NY Rangers
Montreal has points in 9 of their last 10 games.  Huet is hot as is Kovalev.  Montreal has by far the best record in the league against Atlantic Division teams going 5-1-1 this year.  The Rangers are 4-5-1 against the Northeast Division this season and have won three straight home games against Montreal.  The Rangers are struggling because Lundqvist is.
King Henrik is only 2-5-2 with a 3.81 goals-against average in his last nine games.
NY Rangers in a shootout – T

Colorado at Carolina
The two most injury riddled teams go head to head.  Colorado is 4-1 against the East, but the only