Notch’s Saturday Picks

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You may wanna get on board with Notch this week – he’s been on fire all season long. Here’s his take on Saturday’s games…



Chicago at Philadelphia 1:00 PM EST

As good as Chicago has been on the road, Philly has a similar record at home.  The Blackhawks play well (10-4-1) versus Eastern Conference teams this season; the Flyers are weak against the West (5-7-1) in 2009-10.  Chicago is hot coming into this game winning 7 of their last 9, but that is no surprise for one of the best teams in the league.  I wonder if Toews, Kane and the boys will save something this Saturday afternoon for their big Sunday matinee matchup against the league leading Capitals back in Chicago?  For Philly, their goaltending is once again in question with Emery done for the season and Leighton sporting a 3.41 goals-against average in his last five games, getting chased from the net twice.  The last time these 2 teams faced each other was in December of 2008 in Chicago with the Blackhawks routing the Flyers 5-1. This is a tough game to call as I can see it going both ways for a variety of reasons.  I can't bet against Chicago, they never seem to stop with the offensive pressure and that will be too much for Philly to handle.

Chicago – Visitor Win – V (ProLine)


Florida at San Jose 4:00 PM EST

The Panthers haven't played the Sharks since a 4-3 road win on Oct. 24, 2008, snapping their six-game losing streak in the series. The Sharks, hosting the Panthers for the first time since a 6-2 victory Dec. 8, 2005, have outscored Florida 18-3 in winning the last four games in San Jose.  Florida is having problems away from home this season and more recently going 3-9-1 on the road since Dec. 23.  San Jose is the 2nd best team in the league at home. Although the Panthers haven’t had much success lately against the Sharks, Vokoun is 8-0-1 with a 2.18 goals-against average and one shutout in his last nine starts against them. Most of that success came when Vokoun played for Nashville, but he was in net for Florida in its last game versus the Sharks, stopping 47 of 50 shots.  After this contest, the Sharks play 10 of their next 13 on the road.  On Thursday night, the Sharks needed a franchise record 6 third period goals to come back and beat the Predators.  They were thoroughly outplayed for the first 2 periods, but put it all together in the third.  I suspect a full 60 minute effort in this game and that will be enough to beat the Panthers.  Versus the West, Florida is 6-7-2 this season. The Sharks are 12-4-1 against the East.

San Jose by 2 or