Monkey’s Weekly NHL Picks – January 17, 2009

Dale McCarthy

2009-01-16

Digital Monkey's

 

It’s time to get on a roll and shake this deep freeze.  I don’t know about you but I’ve had just about enough talk about wind chill factors and exposure warnings and temperatures falling below Rod Brind-Amour’s +/- rating.   Get some money down on a few games this week and spend your winnings on a car starter.  That’s my plan!

 

 

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Los Angeles Kings @ Dallas Stars
Dallas has been playing better as of late, although it would be almost impossible for them to be playing worse than they were earlier in the season.  They are scratching and clawing their way back into playoff contention despite less than stellar goaltending from Marty Turco.  This is an afternoon game in Dallas so the Kings may not be awake until the second period.  The home team is 7-3 in the last 10 Dallas/LA matchups.

-Bet-
1 banana on DAL to win
1 banana on the UNDER (5.5)
Proline: H

Carolina Hurricanes @ Buffalo Sabres
This is one of those games that could go one of two ways.  I think Carolina has to keep it a low-scoring game if they want to win.  The Sabres have too many guns for Carolina to get into a “old-fashioned” shootout.  Both these teams are unpredictable at best.  Buffalo played a stinker against Chicago and looked to be on their way to another one against Dallas until they rallied and battled back to win in a shootout.  Carolina decided to give the Leafs a 4-0 lead before battling back to a tie and then let it get away with an untimely penalty.  I’m banking on Carolina learning from their slow start against the Leafs.  

-Bet-
1 banana on CAR to win
1 bananas on the UNDER (5.5)
Proline: V

Montreal Canadiens @ Ottawa Senators
Montreal is only 8-20-1 in Ottawa in the last 29 games but many of those games were against a much better Senators team.  The Senators have lost a few key players over the last few years and it all seems to be catching up with them.  Ottawa has played better over the last few games and have actually won 2 in a row which is almost parade-worthy given how this team has looked at times this season.  The Habs still have a few key injuries but it doesn’t seem to have slowed them down much.  Montreal’s transition game and speed through the middle will be the key to this game.  Ottawa has shown that they just don’t slow teams down in the neutral zone as well as they have in the past and it is one of the main reasons for their downfall.  I think the Habs speed and depth will be too much for the Sens.

-Bet-
1 banana on MON
2 bananas on the UNDER (5.5)
Proline: V

New Jersey Devils @ New York Islanders
The Devils will most likely have a familiar face back in the lineup.  Brendan Shanahan, who just recently signed with the team that drafted him 2nd overall, (QUICK TRIVIA – Who was drafted ahead of Shanahan with the first overall pick?) will make his season debut against the Islanders.  The Islanders are pr