Mapletree Marty’s Picks – January 09, 2010

Dobber Sports





I checked my email this morning to find out I was getting tossed into the fire again, which sounds kind of nice since its mius-36 here this morning…Last week looked like a crap shoot as the afternoon games saw me go 0-4, but a strong evening session 7-1 saw $3 turn into $130 thanks in part the Isles and Thrashers going to a shootout, Colorado winning in Columbus, the Flames scoring an empty netter against the Leafs, and Marleau outscoring Dustin Penner.  Luckily, there's only one afternoon game this time around.  After last week, Notch still leads the way at .629 winning % and I'm barely ahead of my own mutt of a dog at .516, Thunder brings up the rear at .513.  At least we're not a bunch of losers!  Notch will be making his picks next week and the week after, as I will be in Jamaica. Enjoy the games everyone:


NY Rangers @ Boston Bruins


After getting bombed by Philly 6-0 at the end of 2009 the Rangers have managed to pick up pts. in their last 5 games including 3 wins.  Lundqvist has given up 2 or fewer goals in 13 of his last 16 games.  The kind of consistency us poolies expect out of him over an 82 game span.  He's stopped 55 of 57 shots against the B's this season in two victories and has a lifetime 1.38 GAA.  With Savard and Bergeron out of the lineup does Sobotka get off the 4th line finally and see more than 10 mins a game??


Pick: V

Thunder's Pick: H


Florida Panthers @ Ottawa Senators


One of these teams is going to snap a 2 game losing streak.  Vokoun got shelled in his last game versus the Sens and is only 2-7 in his career with a 3.54 GAA.  The Sens haven't been playing well lately but at least still give the home crowd something to cheer about.  The Panthers have been struggling to put the puck in the net lately tallying more than 2 goals only twice in their last 6 outings.  Ottawa's offensive situation isn't better as Mike Fisher leads the team in scoring, I don't think anyone would have expected that halfway through the season.  Should be a tight game between a couple of struggling offenses.


Pick: T (OTT in a shootout)

Thunder's Pick: V


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