Saturday’s Picks – with Notch

Dobber Sports


John Tavares


I am coming off a huge week last column which saw me win close to $1300.00.  I  am pretty sure I was 9-2 on the week and hit a big parlay.  I feel very confident in these weeks' selections and even have a guaranteed pick.  Not sure what I will do if I lose, but I won't so I don't even need to think about it.


NY Islanders at New Jersey 1:00 PM EST

Both teams played last night and will have a very short sleep before playing again this afternoon.  The Isles have picked up points in 8 of their last 11 games and are coming off a big win over the Stanley Cup Champs.  The Devils have points in 8 of their last 10.  These teams have already faced each other in November and that game was held in the Swamp as well with the Devils winning 2-1.  New Jersey has been lights-out at home lately after struggling earlier in the year.  Beware an Islanders let-down after coming up big last night.

New Jersey – Home Win – H (ProLine)


Ottawa at Boston 7:00 PM EST

The Sens have lost 5 straight games in Boston and 10 of 12 head-to-head.  Ottawa has some key injuries to role players.  Erik Karlsson has been called up and will play meaning that his ELC starts this year.  The Sens have not been affected by all their injuries and continue to play some great hockey winning 5 of their last 6 games.  Last time against Boston, Ottawa let a 3-1 lead slip away in the final 90 seconds and eventually fell in a shootout.  Extra time is not unfamiliar to Boston as 5 of their last 6 games have gone past 60 minutes.  This game is for 1st in the Northeast Division.

Ottawa in a shootout – Tie – T (ProLine)


Carolina at Buffalo 7:00 PM EST

I will be floored in Carolina can win this game.  What a brutal loss to the Thrashers last night.  Both teams are playing below average hockey right now with Carolina gaining 8 points in their last 10 games, Buffalo 9 in their last 10.  The Sabres are 51-26-8 all-time at home versus the Carolina/Hartford franchise; 7-3-0 in the last 10.  This is the second game of Buffalo's sixth back-to-back set of the season. The Sabres will play 17 sets of back-to-back games throughout the season. In the five to date, the Sabres are 3-1-1 in the first game and 1-4-0 in the second contest.

Buffalo by 2 or more  – Home plus win – H+ (ProLine)


Washington at Montreal 7:00 PM EST

Washington closes out a stretch of five straight (1-1-2) games against Northeast Division opponents with a Saturday night visit to Montreal to meet the Canadiens. This is the second game in a stretch of four out of five Saturdays that will feature the Ca