NHL Picks – Saturday, March 14, 2009

Dobber Sports

2009-03-13

Thunder

 

Last week got off to an atrocious start as I found myself 0-3 heading into the evening action while my 4 legged counterpart was 3-0. A strong showing in the later games allowed me to escape at 5-5 (14-20 on the year), still not enough to catch Thunder who went 6-4 and is 18-16 on the year. Since I lost last week, my wife, of course taking the dog’s side, wanted me to share this endearing photo with you all of the “best” team in the league. 13 big ones on the schedule so let’s get things rolling:
 

NY Islanders @ Boston Bruins
Three times I’ve gone against the Islanders, to lose all three times. Well, this week things are looking different as the Isles find themselves on the road finally for a Saturday game where they hold the worst road record in the league with only 7 wins. The NYI are the 2nd worst faceoff team in the league at 45.8%, which would make it kind of hard to win games when you start the play without the puck. The B’s have taken the last 4 H2H matchups by a score of 16 – 5. Let’s face it, betting on the Islanders would be like betting on Dobber to find the cure for cancer J

Prediction: H+
Thunder’s Pick: H

NY Rangers @ Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia leads the league in GF to GA margin at +15 in afternoon games, while the Rangers are worst in the league at -13. New York has only scored 7 goals in 6 matinees. Combine that with a 30% PP (Phi) going up against a lowly 5.3% PP (NYR). Valiquette has started both of the games so far this year, and let’s hope he’s not between the pipes on Saturday based on his 3.41 GAA on the road.

Prediction: H
Thunder’s Pick: H

Detroit Red Wings @ St. Louis Blues
Chris Mason has turned his season around in a big way, posting a 9-3-1 record in his last 13 starts with his GAA hovering just over 2.00 and a 0.922 SV%. The Wings have been blown out the last couple of Saturdays, but Detroit has won all 4 games this year H2H. The Wings have the 2nd worst PK in the league since the all-star break at 71.6% and worst overall on the road (75.2%). Luckily their top road PP (28.9%) should keep them in this one long enough to pull it out.

Prediction: V
Thunder’s Pick: H

Ottawa Senators @ Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pens timing couldn’t be any better. The hottest team in the league (9-1-1 in last 11) is set to open up an 8 game home stand. Ottawa is not Fleury’s favourite team based on his 3-5 record with a 4.45 G