Saturday’s Picks – December 11th

Dobber Sports

2010-12-11

Jeff Carter

 

Life has been fairly busy lately, so unfortunately these will have to be quick and dirty, however the last time I went with this format I managed to break .500.  Here's hoping that trend continues as I manage to not overanalyze the hockey matchups. On the other hand, Thunder's analysis depends on the flavour of doggie treat I hold in my hand.  Here's what's going down this Saturday…

 

Philadelphia @ Boston

It's Calder vs. Vezina candidate as Bobrovsky and his 14-4-3 record goes up against Thomas and his 14-2-2 start.  Boston has outscored opponents 21-7 in December.  Lucic is only 2 goals shy of his career high.  As Boston gets healthier and players start hitting their stride (Savard); they're only going to get tougher to beat.

 

Pick: H

Thunder's Pick: H

 

Colorado @ Washington

The Caps are winless in 4, but will face a dismal Avs defence that allows 3.14 GA per game.  However, snipers Ovechkin and Semin have combined for 3 pts. in 4 appearances versus the Avs.  This game also marks Fleischmann's return versus his former team in D.C.  The Avs have lost 2 of 5 games on the tail end of B2B scenarios.  The Caps have managed 7 goals in 2 games after being shutout in the game before.

 

Pick: H

Thunder's Pick: H

 

Montreal @ Toronto

The Habs roll into Toronto to face a Leafs team that has given up 3 goal leads in their last 3 games.  Fortunately for the Leafs they've managed to pull out victories in their last 2 home meetings against the Habs.  The Leafs are over .500 (7-6-3) at home.

 

Pick: H

Thunder's Pick: V

 

NY Rangers @ Columbus

Since their 14-6 start the Jackets have gone 1-5-1 in their last 7 and have demoted Filatov to the minors.  Filatov aside, it's difficult to win games when your team has only scored 12 goals in that span.  The Rangers are 5-1 on the road in their last 6 and Gabby loves playing the Jackets with 22 pts. in 23 career games.  Mason gave up 4 GA in 26 mins in his only starts against the Rangers in his career.

 

Pick: V

Thunder's Pick: H

 

Atlanta @ NY Islanders

At least Kyle Okposo is skating in full gear now – about the only thing Isles fans have to look forward to.  Despite dropping a decision to the Avs the Thrashers have won 8 of their last 10 games.  Look for Big Buff and company to get back on track against the lowly Isles.  At least DiPietro is 6-3-2 in his career against Atlanta. Roloson on the other hand hasn't lost to the Thrashers in regulation in his career (7-0-1).  It'll give Isles fans something to clutch onto through the first 20 mins.

 

Pick: V

Thunder's Pick: H

 

Detroit @ New Jersey

Friday's 2 assist effort marks Kovalchuk's first multi point game in FIVE weeks.  For $100 million, that's pathetic!!!  The Wings continue to look like the class of the West, but have dropped their last 2 tail end back to back games.  Brodeur has a 2.11 GAA against the Wings but has only managed 8 wins in 16 starts.  Going to go with the upset and the Devils first win in