Saturday’s Picks – March 5th

Dobber Sports

2011-03-04

Oshie

 

I'd like to give props to Anthony for picking four winners last week, including the BUF/DET shootout game.  The week before that I struggled to come away with two victories while my own dog beat me with three winners.  Another strong performance like that and I foresee a visit to the pound in the near future. It's time to bounce back in the face of adversity (have more wobbly pops?), or something like that.  Anyways let's get to the action as we have a real mixed bag, with some great match-ups for teams looking to squeeze into the big dance, and some meaningless bottom dwelling games as well.

St. Louis @ NY Islanders

By the NumbersFrozen Pool

 

The Blues have only one win in their last seven games, meanwhile the Islanders just snapped a four game winless streak with a victory over N.Backstrom and the Wild.  The Islanders have the 2nd worst goals for to goals against ratio 5 on 5 in the NHL at 0.77.  They also hold a league worst .160 winning % when out shooting their opponents.  The Isles lead the league in blocked shots despite allowing over 32 shots on goal per game.  This should be interesting, if the Isles defensive play can help their transition game as they have the 2nd most takeaways in the league while the Blues have the 2nd fewest giveaways.

 

Pick: H – NY Islanders win.

Thunder's Pick: V

 

Pittsburgh @ Boston

By the numbersFrozen Pool

 

The Pens are struggling winning one of their last six games.  Boston meanwhile has had success regardless of who plays net these days.  The Tim Thomas/Tuuka Rask combo is probably tops in the league heading into the playoffs, especially with the playoff experience Rask was able to collect last season.  The B's are the best defensive team this season despite allowing the third most shots against per game.  Deadline acquisitions upfront James Neal and Alex Kovalev have combined for 1 pt. in 4 and 3 games played respectively.

 

Pick: H – Boston win

Thunder's Pick: H

 

Chicago @ Toronto

By the numbersFrozen Pool

 

The Hawks have won six in a row scoring 25 goals in the span.  They are also 9-3-1 in the second game of a back-to-back set. The Leafs me