NHL picks for October 11

Steve Johnson




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




Detroit at Ottawa
Last season on January 12th, this game was pegged as the Stanley Cup Finals preview game.  It turned out to be a very good game that Ottawa won 3-2 on the strength of Alfredsson’s two powerplay goals.  After that game, Ottawa fell apart and barely squeaked into the playoffs.  Back to this season, Detroit is coming off an embarrassing home-opening loss to Toronto and will be looking to get back on track.  Ottawa is a solid team this year, but will be without their Captain Alfie and workhorse Mike Fisher for this game.
Detroit – V  

Montreal at Toronto
Never ceases to amaze me, but Toronto will once again face a team that played the night before and also get to play against another #2 goalie in Halak.  Toronto played a solid trap game against Detroit to steal 2 points from the defending Stanley Cup Champions on the North American opening night and will have to do the same to have a chance against the speedy Canadians.
Montreal – V

St. Louis at NY Islanders
This is the Blues first game and the Islanders second as they played last night in the Swamp.  St. Louis does have a dynamic offense that will be fun to watch in a couple years.  They were clicking in preseason and I am going to say the Isles won’t be able to slow it down.  Long Island kept a lot of games close last year and that is what I expect in this one.  West beats the East.
St. Louis – V

NY Rangers at Philadelphia
Lundqvist is looking good – 2 games only 2 goals allowed.  Granted it was against a patchwork Tampa Bay squad in the Czech Republic, but it still impressive.  Philadelphia will be playing in their season opener and their crazy fans will be expecting big things this year.  Count on the Rangers to come out of the gates slow and Philly the opposite.  Don’t underestimate how hard it was for New York to play in Europe to start the season and then play back to back in USA.
Philadelphia – H+

Chicago at Washington
This will be back to back games for both teams.  These teams are exciting to watch and full of energy.  Chicago has playoff aspirations this year and will have to match the intensity that the Capitals bring under Jack Adams winner Bruce Boudreau.  Ovechkin may be slowed in this game due to lingering groin tightness and the 2nd gam