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Olympic hockey sure was fun to watch, but I am craving some competition. If I can pick NHL winners correct about 70% of the time, how hard is it to pick Canada to beat Germany or Norway? I will be picking my winners for Saturday's games until the season is over now, as my partner in crime Marty Kwiaton is touring the world looking for the next Alexander Daigle.
These picks are sure to win you money. If you want to be positive you collect cash, just pick the teams I have winning and take out the extra goal in some of my plus picks this week. My winners are solid, but sometimes I gamble on the extra goal to increase my odds at bigger paydays.
Dallas at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM EST
Kari Lehtonen is getting his first start for Dallas after coming on in relief for Turco on Thursday. Lehtonen, the once highly touted prospect who has seen injuries derail his career, has some very surprisingly solid numbers against the Penguins. He is 6-2-2 with a .922 SV%. For the Stars to win, he will have to be on the top of his game. Dallas has allowed 11 goals since returning from the Olympic break with a combination of porous defensive play and sieve-like goaltending being at the root of Dallas' struggles. The Stars cannot afford any more poor outings as they are in the middle of a dogfight for the final playoff spot in the West with 6 other teams. The Stars own the 10th worst road record in the league. Pittsburgh is coming off a big win over the Rangers where Malkin and company peppered King Henrik with rubber and eventually won in OT. The Penguins have the 10th best home record in the NHL. As good as Lehtonen has been against the Penguins, MA Fleury has been better against Dallas in his career. He is 3-0, with 1.62 GAA and a .937 SV%. Dallas is 2-1-1 in afternoon games, Pittsburgh is only 2-4-2, but that is not enough for me to pick the Stars. The Pens take this one in a cakewalk.
Pittsburgh by 2 or more – Home plus win – H+ (ProLine)
Boston at NY Islanders 2:00 PM EST
Boston is hitting the road for seven games in a row. That is a good thing considering Thursday's win at home versus the lowly Leafs was their first home win since the Winter Classic on January 1st. This game will close out the season series with Boston sporting a 1-1-1 record, losing one in regulation and