Saturday’s Picks – November 20th

Anthony Lancione

2010-11-20

Burrows

 

With a rather busy slate of games this fine Saturday evening, there's much to get to. Hope you enjoy my debut column and more importantly hope it proves to be helpful as you prepare for your weekend hockey fix.

 

Los Angeles @ Boston (7:00pm ET)

Doesn't seem to matter who Claude Julien throws between the pipes these days. Timmy Thomas has rediscovered his 2008 Vezina form, leading the league by a country mile in SV % and GAA. Then of course you have last season's #1 Tuuka Rask riding the pine. After summoning him Thursday to give Thomas a well-deserved night off, of course he went out and pitched his own goose egg! Coming into this one, Boston has won three straight. Away from Td Garden, Boston has compiled a 7-1-0 record, while on home ice they're still under .500. So surely, the Beantown faithful will be hoping for a home performance more closely resembling their road dominance in the early goings. Even with the solid win against the visiting Panthers in Rask's spot start, the B's are averaging 1.8 GPG over their past six home contests, while conversely potting 4.5 GPG on the road over that same span.

 

L.A. has come storming out of the gates this season perched in 2nd spot in the West. They've done well in instilling youth throughout the lineup, showing last year's run was no fluke. However, the heat has begun to simmer out in La-La land as the Kings have dropped their past two games, allowing 11 goals in the pair. This is still a team trying to evolve into a legit contender. As such, they will not be immune to struggles along the way, despite inferences of the opposite belief thus far. They will certainly look to tighten up the backend after getting lit up in successive games earlier in the week, so I expect a low scoring affair.

 

The Bruins will look to get on the board early as this has proven to be their recipe for success so far, with a fantastic 8-0 record when leading after 40 minutes. This one goes to Boston as their winning streak reaches four.

 

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Boston Home Win H(ProLine)

 

Philadelphia @ Washington (7:00pm ET)

The top two scoring & overall ranked teams in the Eastern Conference battle it out in what promises to be yet another high octane affair. The Capitals come into this bout winning eight of their last nine, with a nearly unblemished 10-1 home record. They pace the NHL in scoring