Last week was a much better week than the opening week, as I was able to pick 7 out of 12 winners, and would have had 8 if I didn't get so greedy with those damned Sabres. Poor Thunder only managed 4 last week, although I'll give her mad props for calling the Sabres over the Leafs and in the shootout! Of course as luck would have it each of my proline tickets had a single game wrong as it doesn't seem to matter which ones you get right, but then you have to get them all on the same ticket! Anyways, only 11 games on the schedule for this Saturday, as the forecast is calling for snow up here in the Great White North. Let's get right to business:
Ottawa @ Boston
The Bruins have lost 3 of their last 4, and the Sens just had their winning streak snapped by the Canucks. P.Leclaire is anything but stellar and with his last performance I don't see him getting another start until next weekend. For the B's, Rask has put up great #'s in his last couple of starts yet Thomas is the only one to pick up the W stopping 42 of 46 shots in Pittsburgh. The Bruins have won 7 of the last 10 including a 4-0 blanking at the end of October. Tim Thomas has been great against the Sens… posting a 1.58 GAA and a .943 SV% while picking wins in 12 of 16 starts.
Thunder's Pick: H
Vancouver @ Toronto
The Leafs have called up Kadri – way to throw him under the bus while the Canucks come into town. The Canucks dominate the Leafs in every statistical category this season except for shots against. The Canucks haven't lost to the Leafs since the lockout (winning 6 straight, 4 by 2 or more), and this doesn't look like a Leaf lineup that's going to change that anytime soon. The Canucks PP is 30% away from home this year, hopefully Ron Wilson can keep all of his truculent goons in check for this one.
Thunder's Pick: H
Florida @ Philadelphia
Giroux leads the Flyers in scoring, averaging a PPG. Richards and Hartnell have 27 and 28 PIMs versus the Panthers in their last 12 GP. Frolik on the other hand has shredded the Flyers for 11 pts. in 8 career games. The Panthers have taken 3 of the last 4 meetings between these two clubs, however it appears as though Philly has finally found themselves a starting goalie in Bobrovsky. The Panthers PP is 26% in their last 10 versus the Flyers, and with Philly giving up a league high 5.1 PP chances per game, I'm sure they'll be able to get on the board in this one.
Thunder's Pick: V
Carolina @ Montreal
If booing your starting goalie in his first preseason game leads him to win 9 of 15 starts while putting up a sub 2.20 GAA and over a .920 SV% than I'll be surprised if more teams don't do it next season. Carey Price has played brilliantly for the Habs, shutting out Luongo and knocking of Rask in his last two outings. The Canes have managed to win 5 of the last 7 meetings head to head. Both teams are fairly evenly matched in this one, however Ward has been getting worked hard this year, but it's tough to turn to Peters in goal with his sparkling 4.34 GAA. The Habs have only gone Over 3 times i