There are 12 games on the schedule for Saturday, and not to make any excuses but I've been hampered by a stomach virus the last 10 days, so here's to keeping it short and sweet. With only eight wins collectively last week, here's hoping Thunder and I break .500… if not, my column will still become more useful as you'll just have to bet on the team's that I don't pick…
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St. Louis @ Boston
The top 2 defensive teams in the league square off, with the Blues undefeated at home and the B's having not dropped a decision on the road. The road team has won the last 4 matchups in this H2H dating back to October of 2006. Halak sports a 1.99 GAA versus the Bruins in his career winning 5 of 8 starts. Both teams are rolling, but it's time for Timmy Thomas to blemish that perfect record.
Thunder's Pick: H
Chicago @ Atlanta
The Thrashers have given up 97 shots on goal in their last 2 games. The Hawks, on the other hand, have dropped 3 of their last 4 and will be without the services of Hossa and Bolland. They also are averaging 3.2 G/game on the road while the Thrashers are 0.5 G/game below their overall season average when playing at home.
Thunder's Pick: H
Buffalo @ Toronto
A matchup of two struggling teams should get one of them pointed in the right direction with a W on Saturday night. I wouldn't expect the Leafs to continue to come back late in games. However, the Sabres defence is one that even the offensively challenged Maple Leafs should be able to exploit. Buffalo loves to play the Leafs having won 9 of their last 10 matchups (lost last April), outscoring the Buds 3.6 to 1.7, while going 33% on the PP and killing over 94% of their penalties in that time span. The Leafs surrender the third fewest PP chances per game, so this one should be a close one.
Thunder's Pick: T (Buffalo)
Minnesota @ Columbus
Minnesota has not allowed a PP goal to the Blue Jackets in their last 10 outings. However, giving up the most PP's per game may come back to haunt them. The BJ's must have the quietest 8-4 start this season, especially with Garon playing lights out right now forcing Arniel to sit Mason who's managed to be even worse statistically than last season. The Jackets have won 4 of their last 5 and that top line of Brassard, Voracek, and Nash seems to be clicking well the past couple of games. Nash's ice t