Filling in for Dale this week, I’ve enlisted the help of a four legged friend. This is Thunder, a 5 year old Shepherd-Collie cross that will finally help us answer the question: Are four legs better than two?? When it comes to making hockey picks anyways…. We have a busy schedule for Hockey Day in Canada, so let’s get started.
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers
Pens new bench boss Dan Bylsma implemented a new run and gun style of play during Wednesday’s practice which has paid off immediate dividends, as long as you don’t own Marc Andre Fleury. After Thursday’s game versus Montreal this is only the second time since Dec. 18th that the Pens have scored 5 or more goals in a game. This season Pittsburgh is 3-1-0 vs. the Flyers, a nice turnaround from last season’s 3-5-0 record. Philly is rolling right now having won 5 of their last 6 games. Martin Biron didn’t fair well against the Pens when they played their tight defensive game, so the outcome of this game will depend on how many Fuhr-esque saves he can make to keep Philly in the game.
Thunder’s Pick: H
Chicago Blackhawks @ Dallas Stars
Chicago is 3-0 this season versus Dallas winning each game by a 3 goal margin. 2 of those 3 victories however were versus Stephan and Krahn in goal for Dallas, and Turco’s defeat in mid November had him still searching for his game. Too many injuries for the Stars will once again help the Blackhawks prevail, however Turco’s stellar play as of late will help keep this much closer than previous affairs.
Thunder’s Pick: V
Ottawa Senators @ Montreal Canadiens
The first game of CBC’s hockey day in Canada tripleheader showcases the Habs limping back to the Bell Centre with their pathetic 2-7-1 February record (3-11-1 in the past Calendar month). The Sens on the other hand are a team on the rise recently, however have been unable to beat the Canadiens in 3 tries this year. Luckily the Sens have won 5 of their last 6 meetings versus the Habs on a Saturday and 13 of the last 20.
Thunder’s Pick: H