Wawa, ON was quite rough on me and my selections a couple of weeks ago. Lesson learned, just like with a woman, alcohol hinders judgement when it comes to hockey. I am now back in the Bay, and Thunder's been getting antsy without making any picks for almost a month. I wish I could say that I've won $1300, but I guess I just don't have the balls to send out anything more than a $5 ticket. 14 games on tap for the weekend, let's see if we can get back to our winning ways.
Vancouver Canucks @ Carolina Hurricanes
The Canes have still won five games all year, and the Leafs with their 8th victory just the other night are slowly pulling away. The only good news I have for Carolina is that all of their wins have come at home. The bad news is the Canucks have won six of their last eight games, and have also held their opponents to 2 goals or less in 6 of 8. That's music to the ears of Canucks fans. Burrows seems to be back on track with 8 pts. in his last 8, and Henrik leads the team with 14 goals, only 8 away from last years career high.
Thunder's Pick: V
Edmonton Oilers @ Dallas Stars
Everyone has been hoping that Patrick O'Sullivan would step up his game in Edmonton and perhaps Thursday night was his first step in the right direction. The Oilers have struggled on the road this year, winning only 4 of 14 games while Dallas is 6-3-4 at home. The Stars have had some struggles defensively. Omitting their shutout over the Canes, they haven't surrendered fewer than 3 goals since a Nov. 18th game versus Detroit. Dallas' PP at home is over 23% while the Oilers have had a 26% success rate on the road. The Stars have won 2 straight on Saturday's and going for a 3rd while the Oilers are 1-5 this year.
Thunder's Pick: T
St. Louis Blues @ Los Angeles Kings
Backes, Kariya and Oshie seem to be getting it going again for the Blues offensively. 4 in 5, 3 in 3, and 5 in 4 respectively for the trio as of late, but the results in the standings have been disappointing thus far. As the struggling Blues offense seems to be slowly coming together it's the Kings that appear to be headed in the other direction. If teams knew that Ryan Smyth was the key to keep Kopitar in check (3 pts. in his last 9 games), perhaps some goon, named Alex Ovechkin, would have taken a run at him soo