Saturday’s NHL Picks – with Notch

Steve Johnson

2010-02-05

Chris Stewart

What a big week we just witnessed in the hockey world.  Washington and Ottawa have twelve and eleven game win streaks respectively.  On Thursday February 11th, the two teams will face off, and the NHL should be scrambling to get the game on Versus in the US, as currently it will only be shown on TSN for Canadian viewers. For the two teams to remain unbeaten until that team, Washington will have to defeat Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Montreal, and Ottawa will have to beat Toronto and Calgary.

 

These two streaks mark only the 2nd time in NHL history that two teams have concurrent winning streaks of more than 10 games. In other hockey news, the Devils trade for the biggest fish in the trade market – Ilya Kovalchuk.  On top of that, Toronto and Calgary completely overhauled their rosters (which could be bad news for Ottawa's winning streak).

 

Vancouver at Boston 1:00 PM EST


Vancouver will play the fourth game of their massive, NHL record, 14 game road trip. They lost their second game in a row following a seven-game winning streak.  Some thought Vancouver would struggle on the road as their friendly home schedule afforded them the line matchups they wanted, and they don't get that luxury on the road.  Henrik Sedin has been held pointless for consecutive games, something that has happened only two other times this season. His incredible consistency has been unmatched by any other player in the league this season. Three of the five games in which Henrik hasn't recorded a point have come on the road. Luongo will definitely be in between the pipes for Vancouver, but he struggles against Boston with a lifetime record of 10-9-3 and a 2.44 GAA.  He does have four shutouts against Boston, so that leads me to believe is either really good or really bad against the Bruins (Luongo's record is also skewed against most Eastern Conference teams because of the poor Panther clubs he was a part of).  Luongo is also only 8-8-1 on the road this year.  The Bruins are in a world of hurt lately losing nine in a row and 12 of their last 13. They have also lost eight straight at home.  This game will be Boston's last of a four game home stand before they head on the road for four.  The Bruins are already 0-2 on the year in the last game of long homestands.  Afternoon records are 1-2 for Vancouver and 2-6 for Boston.

 

Vancouver – Visitor win – V (ProLine)


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