NHL Picks for March 28, 2009

Dobber Sports

2009-03-28

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Last week saw another small victory for the good guy, picking 4 out of 8 winners, including the Atlanta/Tampa Bay tie.  Thunder had an off week picking only 2 winners, however it has been suggested that she overlooked her hockey picks and devoted too much of her focus to going ice fishing on Saturday.  She still won over the home crowd with her winning Leafs pick over Montreal at the Bell Centre.  With only 4 different selections out of the 11 games this Saturday night this has the potential to make one of us look really smart or really stupid… Plenty of good matchups so let’s get it going:

 

NY Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins
The Rangers lead the season series 3-2, however the Pens have gained momentum winning the last 2 contests.  The Pens offense has slowed a little scoring only 3 goals in their last 2 games, something that perhaps I wouldn’t be mentioning if Matt Cooke could score on an empty net :) The Rangers are 1-8-1 in their last 10 road games on Saturday’s, with 5 of those 8 losses being by 2 or more goals.  Combine all that with their poor afternoon performances this year (being outscored 25-13 in 8 outings this year) and it is difficult to go against the home team.

Prediction: H+
Thunder’s Pick: H

Los Angeles Kings @ Nashville Predators
The Predators look to sweep the season series on Saturday and have won 10 of the last 14 head to head matchups.  The Kings offense is sputtering again, scoring only twice in their last 4 games.  LA’s offense on the road is ranked tied for 28th in the league with only 81 GF this season.  Rinne snapped a 3 game OTL streak by beating the Sharks on Thursday night.  At home this year he boasts a 16-5-2 record with a 1.90 GAA and a .935 SV%.  Nashville’s last 5 games have been one goal decisions, don’t expect much to change as they continue to battle for their playoff lives.

Prediction: H
Thunder’s Pick: H

Boston Bruins @ Toronto Maple Leafs
The Bruins have won 4 straight H2H matchups and 5 of the last 7 headed into this one.  The Leafs are 12-4-2 in their last 18 games on Saturday night, hmmm maybe if the league decides to shorten the schedule they will only play on Saturdays :)  In back-to-back situations on the back end the Leafs have won their last 3 (all against teams named New York), they are 1-5 otherwise on the year.  Boston is in a front end situation where they have won 10 of 14 on the year.  The B’s also have the top defense on the road