NHL Picks for Saturday, April 11, 2009

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Whoa – based on last week’s performance I certainly shouldn’t quit the day job. Thunder continued her winning ways going 6-5 and now has amassed a 42-35 record on the year; eat your heart out Maggie the Monkey. We don’t need to get into specifics about how my week went, let’s just say that the highlight was choosing the NYI as winners… pathetic!! 


Anyway, barring a miracle this week Thunder pretty much has this wrapped up. Look at her stoic face just beaming with hockey wisdom, maybe someday it could be me haha. Anyways, it’s a busy final Saturday with 13 games on the schedule, with lots of matinee games and a handful of meaningless tilts as teams look to start booking their tee times.  Perhaps teams should hire professional golf cart drivers this summer to avoid players blowing out their knees while trying to apply that pesky parking brake…


Carolina Hurricanes @ New Jersey Devils
The Devils have won 3 of their last 4 games since their recent slide.  With nothing left to play for, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few vets taking some time off to rest up for the first round of the playoffs.  Carolina is currently in a 3-way tie for fourth and would love to have home ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs.  They have won the last 4 H2H matchups (all started by C.Ward), and their recent 9 game win streak was snapped by the Sabres.

Prediction: V
Thunder’s Pick: H

Philadelphia Flyers @ New York Islanders
The Flyers are another of those teams tied for fourth in the east with 97 points and would love an easy two points against the worst team in the league.  The Flyers have won 9 straight H2H matchups including 12 of the last 13 versus the Isles.  7 of those 12 wins have been by 2 goals or more.  The Flyers have a prolific offense in afternoon games averaging 3.5 GF/game.  

Prediction: V+
Thunder’s Pick: V

Vancouver Canucks @ Colorado Avalanche
The last time these two teams met, TJ Galiardi scored a pair of goals to lead his Avalanche to victory.  Wait a second, that doesn’t sound right.  The Avs, with their plethora of injuries have placed Galiardi on the top line and he’s responded thus far.  The Canucks will be in tough as they battle for the Northwest Division C\crown and home ice advantage in