Monkey’s Saturday NHL PIcks – Dec. 20, 2008

Dale McCarthy


 red wings


+15 bananas last week!  What a great night…hopefully some of you made some money.  Let’s see if we can get on a little roll as we head into a new year.


Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Carolina Hurricanes @ Boston Bruins
Boston continues to play well.  Their defensive play and goaltending has let up a bit but they have made up for that by scoring in bunches.  The Bruins are 12-1-1-0 at home so the Hurricanes have their work cut out for them.  Cam Ward has looked good since returning from his injury.  Boston should prove a little too much for Carolina.

1 banana on BOS to win
2 bananas on the UNDER (5.5)
Pro-Line: H

Washington Capitals @ Philadelphia Flyers
The Capitals are hurting again with Green and Semin out again.  Washington is almost unbeatable at home but unfortunately for them they are under .500 on the road.  The Flyers seem to lack consistency from game to game but they have the guns to match up offensively against any team in the league.  Stopping Ovechkin is always the key and it becomes a little easier with other offensive weapons out of the lineup.

1 banana on PHI to win
2 bananas on the OVER (5.5)
Pro-Line: H

Buffalo Sabres @ Montreal Canadiens
Mike Komisarek has returned to the lineup but the Habs are still hurting.  Chris Higgins is out for a month and a half and both Carey Price and Saku Koivu aren’t expected back until after the Christmas break.  Although the Sabres lack consistency, this may be a spot where they will be worth a gamble.

1 bananas on BUF to win
1 banana on the UNDER (5.5)
Pro-Line: V

Dallas Stars @ Ottawa Senators
Here’s a battle of underachievers.  Both these teams were expected to be among the leagues best but both can currently be found near the bottom of the standings.  I give Ottawa the slight advantage due to home-ice advantage.

1 banana on OTT to win
2 bananas on the UNDER (5.5)
Pro-Line: T

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Pittsburgh Penguins

This is a matchup of two teams who seem to like to fall behind early and then battle back.  Pittsburgh’s big guns like Crosby and Malkin should feast on the Leafs.