Saturday’s Picks – November 27th

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Anze Kopitar


Happy Belated Thanksgiving to our southern neighbours. Two weeks ago, I managed to squeak out 6 of 11 winners including the Nashville-Chicago tie.  Thunder managed 5 of 6, and had the Sabres upset over the Caps, so not a horrible week after all.  Great debut article from Anthony last week, great rationale behind his choices but at a quick glance it may have been a rough night.  I could add something witty here, but I'd rather just stick to hockey!  Let's get started.


Calgary @ Pittsburgh

The Flames battled to pull out two points out of Philadelphia, thanks mainly to the solid play of Kiprusoff.  Kipper hasn't beaten the Pens in his last 3, and while some people started to write off Fleury with his early season struggles he has managed to go 7-0-1, capped with yesterday's 43 save performance against the Sens, just sick.  The Flames are a measly 4-6-2 on the road.  The Pens have won 7 of the last 8 meetings between these two at home.


Pick: H

Thunder's Pick: V


Philadelphia @ New Jersey

The Devils are simply pathetic.  They allowed the Isles to break their 14 game losing streak, they've only won 7 games on the year.  Some quick Kovalchuk stats…1 goal 3 assists in his last 14 games, he's pointless in 4 straight, and he has more PIMs than pts. this year 13 to 10.  Wow… meanwhile the league's highest scoring team was held to under 3 goals for the first time in 5 games against the Flames, and this seems like a perfect situation.  11 of the Devils 16 losses this year have been by 2 or more goals.


Pick: V+

Thunder's Pick: H


Buffalo @ Montreal

The Sabres have been slowly turning their season around, managing to go 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.  The Habs are boasting the 2nd best defence in the league and the 2nd best PK.  That wasn't very apparent in Atlanta last night as Alex Auld faced 47 shots and the team gave up 7 PP chances resulting in a PPG.  Price loves playing the Sabres as his 2.10 GAA and .932 SV% would suggest.


Pick: H

Thunder's Pick: V


Toronto @ Ottawa

Before yesterday the Sens had been outshot by 35 shots in their previous 4 games, a trend that they managed to stop versus the Pens, but ran into a hot Marc Andre Fleury.  The Leafs have won the last 2 games in the nation's capital, and took 4 straight in the season series last year after dropping the first two to the Sens.  Despite their improvements on D, the Leafs are 26th in the league on the road, and have a dreadful PK of 69% away from the ACC.  Ottawa is 0-3 this year at home vs. their division while the Leafs have a matching record on the road vs. the Northeast.


Pick: T (Ottawa in the shootout)

Thunder's Pick: V


Florida @ Tampa Bay

The last time the Bolts lost 6-0 this season they came back to win the next game 5-4.  Their PP ranks first in the league at home with a 30.8% success rate, while averaging 3.7 GF/game.  Ryan Malone leads the Bolts in ppg versus Florida in the last 3 years with 14 pts. in 14 GP.  Martin St. Louis has assisted on Steven Stamkos' last 8 goals.  The Panthers offence is pitiful