Saturday’s Picks – March 12th

Anthony Lancione




Greetings Hockey Fans! After a rough Saturday night two columns ago where my streak of continually improving on my prior week's record ended, I rebounded quite nicely choosing four of six winners two weeks ago. (Although I went five for six (83%), if you count my selection of the Bruins in SO, despite them getting the job done in regulation.) I also wanted to give Marty a standing O for his dead-on call last weekend of the Oilers impending repeat whipping of the Avs. He even nailed the score! Anyhow, here's to a 3rd straight impressive week from the Dobber 6-Pack Saturday night crew!


Previous Week Record= 5-1

For ProLine Purposes= 4-2

(Choosing a winner in Shootouts still counts as a loss if the 'W' is achieved in regulation L)


Winning % since format change (12 games)= 58%

Bold Bonus Points (For successfully choosing game to go to SO's AND picking correct winner)= +1


(~~ Stats as of Friday morning)


Long Island @ New Jersey (7:00pm ET)

By the Numbers – Frozen Pools


The 'Highway Showdown' kicks off between these two, fast-rising basement dwellers in Jersey, with a hot again Marty Brodeur trying to help pull off one of the most remarkable mid-season comebacks in history!  Despite the loss to Ottawa midweek, New Jersey remains on a 20-3-2 tear! I hesitate to think how many teams in NHL history have ever gone on such a run garnering 42 of a possible 48 points (prior to Wednesday) yet still fell short of the post-season? Zero ?? Even though the Devils have spent more than half the season as the NHL's laughing stock at the bottom of the standings, remarkably, they still rank 6th league-wide in goals against! The Islanders play meanwhile can be attributed to the monkey off the back theory, with many young stars contributing over the past few weeks with little pressure on them to succeed at this point. Al Montoya astonishingly still has a GAA under 2.00! However, end of the day, Jersey's superstars have seemingly awaken. Take Jersey to close out a relatively close scoring affair.



New Jersey – Home Win – H(ProLine)



Atlanta @ Philadelphia (7:00pm ET)

By the Numbers –