Saturday’s Picks – February 26

Anthony Lancione

2011-02-26

Stralman

While you're deciding whether to spend your weekend working on a six-pack of Labatt suds or still somehow striving toward your NY's resolution of sculpting a six-pack of abs, here's my NHL Saturday Night Six-Pack Special for you to chew on. With a new precedent set by Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke since I last spoke to you, the glorified madness of Deadline Day has seemingly lost a bit of its lustre. A monkey-see monkey-do reaction by eager GMs league-wide has resulted in an early and frankly unprecedented frenzy in the market in the weeks prior to the traditional deadline caving.  Thus, with tonnes of new faces zipping off to strange settings and meeting new teammates all over the league, new chemistries will be abuzz, making for an interesting weekend for sure.

 

Let's cut to the chase…

 

Colorado @ L.A. (4:00pm ET)

By the Numbers – Frozen Pools

You think Paul Stastny will be affected by his dad's calling out of his boss, amidst rumours out there suggesting he's being shopped?? Either way this will be a statement game for him. So look for him to be Colorado's X-Factor. The Avs are 5th last in the NHL- in terms of both goal differential & goals allowed.  The post-all star game stretch has been absolutely hideous for Colorado, finally winning their first game of the month Tuesday……..Only to be shellacked 5-1 the next game against the NHL's worst, Edmonton Oilers.  L.A. on the other hand, has essentially been the polar opposite!! (Only ONCE losing in regulation over the same span). The Kings are seemingly beginning to put it together and are starting to gain a little momentum.

 

Pick

L.A. – Home Win – H(ProLine)

 

Detroit @ Buffalo (7:00pm ET)

By the Numbers – Frozen Pools

After a phenomenal 5-goal outburst a few weeks back, 'The Mule', Johan Franzen has been almost invisible from the score sheet. This animal is surely due to end this drought soon. The Red Wings meanwhile have dropped consecutive games in regulation for just the 2nd time in 11 weeks! They remain the legitimate Cup Contender that many pundits (including myself) had maintained would be exactly that, pre-season. Buffalo ha