Saturday’s Picks – February 4th

Dobber Sports

2011-02-05

Duchene

 

Looks like CBC is trying to make up for the less than intense ASG from last Saturday with a triple header today, not to mention five Canadian teams in action that can all be seen on the Canadian network. This is a terrific prelude to Hockey Day in Canada coming up next Saturday.  We're trying to incorporate a slightly different format for the picks this Saturday, focusing on six matchups from the days' action. I'm going to roll with the Hot Mutt, still up from the minors, as Caribou picked six winners last time out, beating yours truly by one. Plenty of hockey all day long so let's get to it:

 

San Jose @ Boston

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

Both teams have identical home and away record.  San Jose is 7-2-1 in their last 10 road games, and they're 6-0-1 in their last seven overall. The Bruins are no slouches themselves sporting a 9-3 record in their last 12 games. The combination of Bergeron and Marchand has been on fire lately, eight points in five games for Bergeron, and nine points in seven games for Marchand. This should be a close one, Bruins are 2-7 after 60 minutess, while the Sharks are 5-6.

 

Pick: Tie (Sharks in Shootout)

Caribou's Pick: H


Anaheim @ Colorado

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

This is a matchup of two goaltenders heading in opposite direction this season. All-star Hiller is playing out of this world, while Anderson's play has everyone in Colorado thinking he's hiding an injury. Ducks have won the last four at the Pepsi Center outscoring COL 20-9 in the process.  Budaj will get the nod in net (8-2-2 @ home this season). David Jones is back in the lineup and Foppa had a much better practice on Friday with one of the Swedish reporters, Gunnar Nordstrom, believing he will comeback. Perhaps this is enough to lift the spirits of this young Avs team and push them into the postseason.

 

Pick: H – Colorado win

Caribou's Pick: H


Ottawa @ NY Islanders

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

Spezza is back! Thank God, the Sens were 1-10-4 in his absence, which is atrocious. DiPietro is out with facial fractures (kind of hard not to laugh) after getting one-punched by Brent Jo