NHL Picks for Saturday March 07

Dobber Sports

2009-03-06

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Last week signified one small step for mankind as Thunder seemed to come back down to earth winning only three of 11 matchups. Yes, I realize that I only picked four correctly, however at this stage in the game I’ll take any small victory I can get to get the ball rolling. Thunder is still ahead with a 12-12 record through two weeks. I have a feeling we’ll be moving our clocks one hour ahead this Saturday night… YES! I’ve already got one right this week. Plenty of games, so here we go:
 

 

Chicago Blackhawks @ Boston Bruins
Despite winning the last four matchups between these two teams the Bruins are 0-2-1 in their last 3 home games and are winless in their last four Saturday contests (12-4-1 prior to this stretch). The Blackhawks are coming out of February with an impressive 6-3 road record, and hold a +15 GF to GA margin on the road this season (ranked second in the NHL behind Boston).

Prediction: V
Thunder’s Pick: H

New Jersey Devils @ NY Islanders

Hmmm I guess I could just copy and paste what I wrote for this matchup two weeks ago when the Isles shutout the Devils 4-0 on Long Island. Since then, the Devils have won 4 straight while the Isles are 2-2-1. Danis has put up Brodeur like numbers at home this season going 6-4-2 with a 1.84 GAA and a .945 SV% and 2 SO. Marty is 41-22-4-2 versus the NYI all time including 10 of his 100 career shutouts. It’s the bloody Islanders, lightning can’t strike twice.

Prediction: V+
Thunder’s Pick: H

Minnesota Wild @ Los Angeles Kings

Both teams snapped five game winless streaks before heading into this matchup. LA has won the last three head to head games with the previous three going to the Wild. The Wild have the worst offense on the road with only 57 GF in 28 games, but sport the second best GA in the league away from home. Combine that with LA’s hit and miss offense that has been held to one goal or less 21 times in 64 games this season and this could be a game headed for a shootout just like their last affair.

Prediction: T
Thunder’s Pick: H

Edmonton Oilers @ Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs have won 5 of their last 6? Including a 2-1 road victory in Washington with a 37 save performance fr