NHL Picks for Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dobber Sports




So much for making up ground last week!  Despite my best efforts, and a few games not ending soon enough and one game in particular ending a couple minutes early, I find myself licking my paws going 6-7 last week, while Thunder victorious again picked eight winners, including her first tie of the year between the Caps and Canes.  Seriously, Maggie the monkey, you’d better watchout. Thunder’s .553 winning percentage would have her ranked seventh place in the Western Conference right now ahead of the Edmonton Oilers, and just behind Columbus.  My winning percentage, well, let’s not go there right now… light schedule for a Saturday night with only eight matchups so let’s get to it:


Dallas Stars @ San Jose Sharks
In Dallas’ busiest month of the season, with 16 games, the Stars are so far 4-5-1 and barely hanging onto playoff contention.  The Stars haven’t beaten Nabokov since the playoffs last year, losing 4 times this year, their only victory coming against Boucher.  The Sharks have won 7 of 11 front end games in head to head situations and Nabokov is 25-2-2 at home this year.  Gotta love that winning percentage.

Prediction: H
Thunder’s Pick: H

Washington Capitals @ Carolina Hurricanes
The Caps have won 5 of the last 7 head to head matchups between these two teams, including last Saturday’s 5-4 OT win at home.  The Caps have won 5 of their last 6, with 4 of those wins coming on the road.  However, the Canes will come out strong as they have won 9 of 12 games on the back end of back to back situations outscoring opponents 42-28.  Ward has lost 4 of his last 5 versus the Caps allowing 17 GA.  Look for the Caps to squeak this one out yet again.

Prediction: V
Thunder’s Pick: H

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Montreal Canadiens
Winless in their last 4 and only 2-4-2 in March the Habs are reeling despite their coaching change earlier in the month.  The Leafs have won 6 of the last 9 H2H matchups on Saturday night.  The Leafs have lost 3 of the last 4 matchups in the month of March, perhaps indicative of the Habs gearing up for a playoff run while the Leafs are preoccupied getting their golf clubs out of the basement.  Another year, and not much has changed again.

Prediction: H+
Thunder’s Pick: H
Buffalo Sabres @ NY Rangers
The Sabres are hitting a bump in the road at 1-3-1 in their last 5 games being outscored 20-13 in that span.  The Sabres will try to sweep the season series at MSG this Saturday night, but they will encounter a team that’s headed in the other di