The season is back, and with it are the weekly picks. Marty “Mapletree” Kwiaton and Steve “Notch” Johnson have returned and will alternate weeks for their game picks. Notch will kick things off for Saturday, October 3, 2009.
Vancouver at Colorado 3:00 PM EDT
Vancouver's undefeated preseason met up with the regular season and they quickly lost their first game. Luongo is known as a slow starter and that motto if you will held true in the Canucks first game against a quick striking Flames team. I look for Luongo to bounce back against a Colorado team that shocked the Western Conference favorite San Jose Sharks in Game number one. Craig Anderson stole the show in that game, but not only do I think Luongo will out duel Anderson, I see a let down from the Avalanche. It is not every night that the Avs will be able to harness the energy for Joe Sakic retirement night like they did against the Sharks on opening night.
Vancouver – Visitor Win – V (ProLine)
Detroit at St. Louis in Stockholm Sweden 3:00 PM EDT
Game #2 will see Detroit try to even the early season series at one game apiece. It is the beginning of the season obviously, but Detroit does not want to see the Blues ahead of them by 4 points this quickly. The Wings 8 Swedish players will try to give the fans something to cheer for. The problem is the Blues are going to surprise a lot of people this year. Kariya is back and healthy for now and the juggernaut offense of the Blues will catch the Wings off guard again.
St. Louis – Home Win – H (ProLine)
Carolina at Boston 7:00 PM EDT
One of these teams will get their first win after each team lost their opener. Carolina was physically beaten up by Philly in their first game and while Boston was run over on the scoreboard by Ovechkin and the Caps. Call this game a playoff rivalry of sorts as this was one of the more thrilling series' of last years playoffs. Boston will try to get a tiny bit of revenge for that heart-breaking Game 7 loss.
Boston – Home Win – H (ProLine)
Montreal at Buffalo 7:00 PM EDT
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