Saturday’s NHL Picks – with Marty and Thunder

Dobber Sports

2009-12-19

Miikka Kiprusoff

 

It's that wonderful time of the year, where we are all supposed to be in the spirit of giving.  As much as I'd love to give you all guaranteed winners so you have some extra spending money on Boxing Day, I'm quite busy rushing around trying to find adequate Christmas gifts, as I have left my shopping till the last week… again. Enough of this fluff talk, let's get right to it. If you want to win money I'd bet on my dog before putting money on me… Happy Holidays!!!

 

NY Rangers @ Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia heads into this matinee with only two wins in their last 11 games.  The 2nd most penalized team in the league has had some success in afternoon games, scoring 4.0 GF/game, however Lundqvist and the Rangers have been stingy allowing a single goal in two matinees this season.  The Rangers picked up their 2nd win of December Thursday in Long Island.  Marian Gaborik is rolling along with 45 pts this year, and has 20 in 15 road games.  Lundy's 11-5-1 record vs. Philly is reassuring but be wary, as they tend to be high scoring affairs with his GAA being over 3.00 against the Flyers.

 

Pick: T (PHI in the SO)

Thunder's Pick: V

 

Detroit Red Wings @ Dallas Stars

A great Western Conference rivalry in the lone star state sees the Wings coming in winners of four straight (first time they've managed this feat all year) and seven of their last 10.  The Stars, winless in 3, haven't gone winless in 4 all year.  They boast the 4th best home defence in the league.  Jimmy Howard will be in tough, despite only allowing two goals or less in his last five starts, as the Stars fire the 5th most SOG in the league.

 

Pick: H

Thunder's Pick: V

 

Nashville Predators @ Calgary Flames

The first of a triple header on CBC has the Flames coming in after snapping a three-game winless streak versus LA on Thursday night.  The last time they were winless in three they rolled off three wins in a row.  Nashville has been on a tear in December going 6-1-2, and finding themselves tied with Chicago (three games in hand) for the Division lead.  That success hasn't come with the extra man as they're 4th worst in the league.  After winning all their Saturday games in November the Preds search for their first Saturday victory in December. Kipper shutout the Preds in Nashville 5-0