Happy 2010 everyone!!! I'd like to congratulate Steve Johnson for his recent hot streak with picking winners. It is time to start betting some of my hard earned cash on his picks next week -I need some spending money before I go to Jamaica. Last week Thunder and I tied with identical 6-6 records; however she gets the edge for calling that Dallas tie. There is plenty of action this Saturday, and I hope everyone enjoyed that CAN-US New Years Eve clash, and the outdoor game from Fenway yesterday. Here's hoping all those underachieving bums on our fantasy hockey teams start producing. Cheers!
Carolina Hurricanes @ NY Rangers
Coming off a 2-1 loss to the Rangers on New Years Eve the Canes are right back at MSG. With only two wins on the road this year, although one was just recently versus the Capitals, it doesn't seem like Carolina will get another 5 pt night out of Eric Staal to pull this one out. The Rangers look for their 3rd win over Carolina in the last 12 days.
Thunder's Pick: H
Vancouver Canucks @ Dallas Stars
The Stars are riding a three game home winning streak, and the line of Richards, Eriksson and Neal continues to roll. The Canucks look to head home after this ending a short four game road trip, as they're currently 2-0-1, which is great news as they prepare for their 14 game road trip at the end of the month. They've split two games so far this year with each team winning at home, and this game should be another tight one as Luongo is 9-4-2, 2.07 GAA, .935 SV% in his career versus the Stars. He goes up against Turco, who is 18-6-2, 1.91 GAA, .927 SV% versus the Canucks.
Pick: T (DAL in the SO)
Thunder's Pick: V
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Tampa Bay Lightning
The Pens have lost three in a row and four of their last five, which includes two shutouts at the hands of Martin Brodeur. Tampa Bay has managed pts in 14 of 19 games at home this season. Lecavalier seems to be coming around with 16 pts in December and 11 in his last eight, but his and St. Louis' lowly 6.2 shooting percentage isn't going to get the job done against the Pens. Smith is 1-3 versus the Pens in his career, while Niittymaki is 4-6 with a 4.18 GAA… ouch. I want to take the Pens by two or more but they've only won once on the road by two or more since mid