NHL Picks – Saturday, Februay 23, 2008

Steve Johnson




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




NY Islanders at New Jersey   1:00 PM EST

Winners of their last 7 games, the Islanders have beaten the Devils all 5 times this year.  This will be Long Islands 3rd game in 4 nights.  In games that do not start in the 19th hour, the Islanders are a dismal 3-8 while the Devils are 7-4.  Both teams are one game over .500 on Saturdays.  New Jersey is making a charge up the Eastern Conference standings going 7-1-2 in their last 10.  Parise and the Boys are well rested for this game after playing their last game on Wednesday.

New Jersey – H


Ottawa at Pittsburgh   3:00 PM EST

Martin Gerber will start in goal.  These two offensive powerhouses have split the season series 1-1 with the visiting team winning both times.  In the last 5 weeks of the season, the Senators have only one win against a current playoff team.  Ottawa has also scored 3 goals or less in 13 of their last 18 games.  Malkin has 49 of his 82 points at home this year, but struggles against Ottawa.  This game is for 1st place in the Eastern Conference. 

Ottawa – V+


Chicago at Los Angeles   4:00 PM EST

Chicago has in been in LA for 2 days waiting for this game and soaking up the sun.  The season series is split at one game apiece.  This will be only the 3rd afternoon game for the Blackhawks all year.  They have played well in the first two early games losing to the Sharks in a shootout, before beating the Avalanche.  The Kings are 4-2 in their 6 midday affairs.  In February, the Kings have scored 33 goals in 10 games, but only have a record of 5-5.  Los Angeles has 5 days off after this game.

Los Angeles – H


Washington at Carolina   5:00 PM EST

Washington is losing the season series 2 games to 3.  In the five games they have played, the home team has won 4 of them.  Only Carolina has won on the road.  The first three games were one-sided affairs, but the last 2 have been decided by only one goal.  Washington needs to win this one to pull within 2 points of the Southeast leading Hurricanes.  Kolzig has a career record of 26-13-8 versus Carolina; meanwhile Ward has a 9-3 overall record over the Caps.

Washington – V