Week 3 saw a nice recovery from the disastrous second week. I'm changing the format a little this week. Due to the NHL's laughable injury disclosure policy, identifying who will be out due to an injury has become a crapshoot. Therefore, I won't be including the "Key Injuries" subheading that I had in previous weeks. You guys hang out at Dobberhockey.com so you know all the key injuries anyway. Good luck to us this week.
Week 1: +13 bananas
Week 2: -2 bananas
Week 3: +8 bananas
Total: +19 bananas
Don't forget to get your bets in early…there are afternoon games.
Saturday, November 29th, 2008
Edmonton Oilers @ St. Louis Blues
St. Louis has won three of their last four games and that is quite impressive when you consider the injuries they have. McDonald, Kariya, Johnson, Berglund and Oshie are key players yet the Blues are hovering at the .500 mark. The Blues have the second best powerplay in the league while the Oilers have the league's second worst penalty killing. The Oilers will need to stay out of the box if they want to win this one. The Oilers only have one win in their last five games and I don't think they'll improve that record tonight. I predict a Steen PP winner (Don't bet on that one though).
1 banana on STL to win
1 banana on the OVER (5.5)
Chicago Blackhawks @ Los Angeles Kings
The Blackhawks are quickly becoming one of the upper echelon teams in the league. They are the second highest scoring team and have won three of their last four games. Khabibulin is day to day with a ….wait for it…. lower body injury, so Huet will get an opportunity to steal the #1 job back. The Hawks have a goal differential of +0.70 goals while Los Angeles' goal differential is -0.19. I think Toews may have found his range in the last couple of games and I think he'll pop one in to help the Hawks win.
2 bananas on CHI to win
1 banana on the OVER (5.5)
Detroit Red Wings @ Boston Bruins
This is a battle of two of the NHL's current titans. Detroit is 7-1 in their last eight games against the Northeast. They are also 23-8 in their last 31 Saturday games. Tim Thomas has a .940 save percentage and has been absolutely brilliant. He has stolen games for the Bruins and will probably have to steal another one if Boston hopes to win. The Wings hope to have Daniel Cleary back in the lineup and he will probably return to a powerplay that has been deadly. I expect acrobatics from Tim Thomas and a Detroit win.
1 banana on DET to win
1 banana on the UNDER (5.5)
Philadelphia Flyers @ Toronto Maple Leafs
It's Brian Burke night! The Leafs will "officially" introduce Brian Burke as their saviour and then Burkie and Ron Wilson will have a fifteen minute debate on which one of them is the bigger genius. Leafs fans should hope Burke is a goalie because Cujo and Toskala have been dreadful. Toskala has a save percentage of .883 and Cujo's is even