Saturday’s NHL Picks – with Notch

Dobber Sports

2009-10-17

John Tavares

My debut picks for the 2009/10 season went better than expected.  It is always tough to gauge a team by their preseason results (see Vancouver).  For my first week selections, I went with coaching matchups with a lot of my picks as well as goalies that seemed to be in midseason form (see Miller).  My record for the first week was 7-4.  Within those seven wins, I got two plus (+) predictions correct to hopefully increase your payouts if you wagered some of your hard earned cash.

 

Now two full weeks into the season, I can now base my predicted outcomes on a lot more than the first week. There are no afternoon games this Saturday for some reason.

 

Atlanta at Buffalo 7:00 PM EDT

Both teams picked up wins less than 24 hours ago.  Atlanta was in New Jersey and handled the dreadful Devils easily with their newfound team speed.  Buffalo was at home and took care of the Islanders.  The Thrashers won all four games last season against the Sabres by a total of four goals.  The goaltending matchup looks to be Hedberg versus Miller.  Buffalo will try to remain the only team not to lose in regulation this season, and at the same time look to finish perfect on their mini three game homestand.  The key to this game may be the shots on goal.  Buffalo fires 37.4 shots per game at the opposition which is the most in the league.  Atlanta gives up the 4th most shots on goal per game.  Can Hedberg handle 40+ shots in his first game action this season?

 

Buffalo – Home Win – H (ProLine)

 

New York Rangers at Toronto 7:00 PM EDT

If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.  Maybe Toronto goalies should have been trying to get in the way of flying objects instead of dodging them.

 

Rangers by 2 or more – Visitor plus Win – V+ (ProLine)

 

Ottawa at Montreal 7:00 PM EDT

Kovalev returns to Montreal.  Ottawa is coming off their most dominant performance of the season – a 7-1 victory over the slightly-improved Lightning.  The Sens are finally getting used to not being a one-line team any more.  Alfie leads the team in points with seven in six games.  Can anyone guess who is 2nd on the team?  Jarkko Ruutu.  He has five points in six games.  The Sens have 16 players with two or more points; that is good for 3rd in the league.  Edmonton has the most players (19) with two or more points, followed by Calgary (18) and then the Sens.  Montreal has lost four in a row.  When did Markov get hurt again?  When these teams face each other, things are usually high scoring.  40 goals were scored in their 6 meetings last year.  Both teams are much differ