NHL Picks for Saturday, March 8, 2008

Steve Johnson




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


Washington at Boston   1:00 PM EST

The last time these two teams faced each other was only five days ago – the score was 10-2 for Washington.  Huet is expected to start and if he does, he is 9-2 against Boston in his career.  The Capitals will be coming off two full days of rest.  Both teams need this game to improve their playoff hopes.  The Bruins who were once looking to get home ice in the first round of the playoffs are now just hoping to make them.  Boston has played a lot of hockey lately and this will be their fifth game in the last eight days.  The season series is split this year, with the home team winning one game apiece.

Washington – V


Dallas at Colorado   3:00 PM EST

This is the first game of a back-to-back, home-and-home series – expect fireworks.  This means special teams will be a big factor in this game.  Dallas has the best penalty killing in the league at 86.9%.  Colorado has the worst powerplay in the league at 13.2%.  The Avalanche does however have the second best home record in the league.  Colorado has only allowed 7 goals in their last 5 games – all against some tough competition.  The season series is split, with the home team winning one game apiece.  Marty Turco is 9-5-3 in his career against the Avs.

Dallas – V


Montreal at Los Angeles   4:00 PM EST

Montreal scores on an unbelievable 25% of their powerplay opportunities.  Los Angeles can take a bit of solace in the fact that they are not shorthanded very often (5th least in the league).  Knowing how dangerous the Canadians are with the man advantage, the Kings will try to keep this game at even strength…where they have a league worst +/-.  Ouch, doesn’t look good.  Montreal has the third best record in 2008 going 18-9-2.  The Habs have also won 8 of their last 11 games against the Kings overall.

Montreal – V+


Ottawa at Phoenix

Ottawa wouldn’t mind leaving their 4-game American West Coast swing with a win.  Since February 9th, the Senators haven't beaten a team unless they were from Pennsylvania and the bad news is they don't play Pittsburgh or Philadelphia any more this season.  I think Phoenix plays the same style of play as Washington, and Ottawa has lost all 4 games to the Capitals this year if you believe in comparisons. 

Phoenix – H