Saturday’s Picks – December 18th

Anthony Lancione

2010-12-18

Santa Hockey

 

Season's Greetings everyone!!

 

Last week was a marginal improvement over my debut, as I managed to split my picks down the middle. This week I'm looking to one-up that & continue my upward trajectory; hopefully surpassing the  50/50 barrier this time around. This will be the last time you hear from me until New Year's Weekend, so here's to wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and an opportunity to spend some time at home with your loved one, hopefully fitting in a little extra hockey while you're at it! Can't go wrong with that!

Now let's get to it…

 

NY Rangers @ Philadelphia (1:00pm ET)

Two winning streaks collide as The Rangers roll into Philly having won their past three, while the Flyers streak has now reached four games. It might now be time to end the Rookie of the year campaign for The Bob as he has begun his descent back to earth and possibly back to 3rs string/AHL duty once Michael Leighton suits it back up for the big club in the coming days. Philadelphia sits as Top Dog in the league at the moment despite Detroit have a few games in hand, but boy have they looked impressive of late. Earlier this week Philly crushed the Pens dominant winning streak and will look to end another streak in this matinee affair.

 

New York began their mini streak with a 7-0 shocker vs. Washington Sunday night behind the world class play of Henrik the King! However, as respectable as they have been of late, at 7-3 over their past 10, the Rangers are still batting .500 on home ice. That being said, the Broadway Blue Shirts surprisingly own the most road wins in the NHL! So this away tilt in Philly should be a walk in the park right?

 

Don't count on it!. The Flyer's winning streak will win the survival of the fittest title here.

 

Pick

Philadelphia – Home Win – H(ProLine)

 

 

Washington @ Boston (7:00pm ET)

This skid can't continue much further now, can it?? Boudreau's job might very well be placed on a slippery slope should a loss to Boston add to the running tally. I think it's safe to say that desperation mode is now settling in, if it hasn't already. Despite the Caps still being tied for 2nd in the East, they are on the verge of an ugly eight game slide. With Semin picking up a minor injury, even if he is deemed in game shape by 7:00pm, the heat is on undoubtedly on the other Alexander, as his personal slump is becoming increasingly problematic for the team (and poolies everywhere of course)!

 

However, with Marc Savard seemingly inching his way back to mid-season form, the Bruins are no slouches either– despite sitting in an unfamiliar 8th spot in the East & having Timmy T's level of play reduced to a mere Excellent down from Utterly Ridiculous..


All things considered, the defending President Trophy owners are surel