NHL Picks for Saturday, April 04, 2009

Dobber Sports

2009-04-04

Thunder

 

My so-called “dominance” didn’t last for very long. Thunder managed to put me back in my place selecting eight of 11 winners, while a couple of inappropriate “+” picks see me at 5-6 for last week. Thunder is seven games ahead on the year, with an impressive record of 36-30. Wow, that’s a lot of ground to make up with only two weeks to go. I’m not overly concerned and usually favour the role of the underdog. Nonetheless, I have a really good feeling about this week… wait, I’ve tried that before and it hasn’t worked. Let’s try this angle – this week is going to…suck, so let’s get going with 11 games on the schedule…

 


NY Rangers @ Boston Bruins

The Rangers are winless in their last three road games and with last Saturday’s three-goal effort in a losing cause it bumps their GF/game in afternoon matinees to a whopping 1.77. They haven’t won a road game on a Saturday since January 10th in Ottawa. Boston is 6-0-1 in their last seven home games. Also, the Bruins will all be watching the Caps on Friday night, if the Caps lose in regulation the Bruins clinch the Eastern Conference, and based on their celebrating prowess this tilt could be much closer on the ice than on paper.

Prediction: T
Thunder’s Pick: H

New Jersey Devils @ Buffalo Sabres
The wheels appear to be falling off at the wrong time for the Devils. They’re 0-5-1 in their last six road games and their last six overall as well being outscored by a 22-7 margin. The Sabres on the other hand are battling for their playoff lives and have taken three out of the last four versus the Devils. Despite going 3-0-1 in their last four, Thomas Vanek may have given their season away Wednesday night with a horrid turnover to Ilya Kovalchuk that led to the game winner. The Devils have dropped their last four backend B2B games.

Prediction: H
Thunder’s Pick: H

Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs
The Habs are starting to come around with four wins in their last five games, but will face another test on their way to the postseason against the Leafs. The Leafs hold the series edge winning three of five this year, and are 6-1 in the last seven Saturday night affairs played between these two at the ACC. Carey Price is 4-3 in his career with a 3.11 GAA and a .912 SV% versus the Leafs including a couple of rough outings in his only two matchups against Toronto, losing 5-2 and 6-3.

Prediction: H
Thunder’s Pick: V

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Carolina Hurricanes

One point separates these two teams in the conferenc