It's Christmas day and I am working 24 hours. I am fresh off a 10 day cruise that saw my buddy get married for the 2nd time. I got hypnotized on the boat and made a complete fool of myself. What an amazing trip! I have been on fire with my bookie recently and have won roughly $2900.00 in the last 5 days of NHL action. I made a posting in our forum before Wednesday's games previewing my picks. I went 10 for 11 and was two Florida goals away from a perfect night. If that had happened, I would have won $1600, but instead I only won $600. Either way, I am on fire and I hope it continues for you all on Boxing Day, here are my thoughts and picks:
Quick stat: Since 2005 (post lockout) the home teams are 28-14 on Boxing Day games and have outscored the away teams by 31 goals. I have no reason for this, but found it interesting when I was doing my research.
Ottawa at Buffalo 7:00 PM
Ottawa owns Buffalo and have for quite a long time. Now take out Spezza and more importantly Alfie, add in Ryan Miller having a Hart trophy year so far in 2009 and what you get is a Buffalo win. It is as simple as that for this game.
Buffalo – Home Win – H (Proline)
Montreal at Toronto 7:00 PM
I have been riding Halak ever since his trade request has come public and I have been winning lots of money. I can thank the return of Markov at the same time as well. I wish I knew who was starting between the pipes for Montreal, but I can't see Halak leaving the net right now as the Habs ride a 3 game win streak into Toronto. The Leafs have cooled after playing above their heads for a couple games in early December. The season series so far this year is 2-1 for Montreal.
Montreal – Visitor Win – V (Proline)
Islanders at Rangers 7:00 PM
This will be the 4th meeting of the season for these two State rivals. Strangely enough, it will be the 3rd meeting in 11 days as well. The Isles have the edge right now – up 2-1. Since the lockout these teams have faced each other 33 times with the Rangers having the sight 17-16 edge. In the last four years, if the Isles have a losing record in a homestand of 4 games or more, the first game out on the road is usually a good one as they have a record of 3-1-1 and have beaten some good teams in the process. The Rangers meanwhile are riding a 4 game win s