Monkey’s Weekly NHL Picks – Dec. 27, 2008

Dale McCarthy




That’s back-to-back great Saturdays now.  Let’s keep this rolling into the new year.  I’m not sure we should even be considering wagering this Saturday but for those of you with some mad money left and no desire to hit the malls again, here we go…


Saturday, December 27th, 2008

New York Islanders @ Buffalo Sabres
The Islanders have lost their last 10 games and things are definitely not looking too good as Andy Sutton is out with a broken foot and Doug Weight is nursing a strained groin.  The Sabres appear to be playing better as of late but still lack the consistency required to put them into the playoffs.  I think the Islanders have their eye on John Tavares or Viktor Hedman.

1 banana on BUF to win
1 banana on the OVER (5.5)
Pro-Line: H+

Montreal Canadiens @ Pittsburgh Penguins
This is a battle of two banged-up teams.  The Penguins are expected to welcome back Ryan Whitney but are still without Gonchar, Zigomanis, Gill, Kennedy and now Letang.  The Habs are missing Higgins, Koivu, Dandenault and A. Kostitsyn.  I like the Penguins here as they will have a Friday game to get rid of the holiday legs while the Canadiens should come out flat and full of turkey.

1 banana on PIT to win
1 banana on the UNDER (5.5)
Pro-Line: H

Boston Bruins @ Carolina Hurricanes
The Bruins keep right on rolling but it appears the injury bug may be getting ready to attack.  Sturm is out with a knee injury and may require season-ending surgery and Patrice Bergeron is now out with a concussion that could keep him out for a considerable amount of time, especially considering his past issues.  On the other hand, the hurricanes are healthy with only Wallin out.  Boston has won 6 in a row and 9 of their last 10.  It’s hard to bet against them but this may be a decent spot.  

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

Philadelphia Flyers @ Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets haven’t scored a goal in their last two games and will now be without their rookie sensation Derick Brassard for the rest of the season.  The Flyers recently lost Scotti