Saturday’s Picks – March 26, 2011

Anthony Lancione

2011-03-25

Couture

We're in the stretch run now!  Although it may not officially be playoff time just yet, it certainly feels like it with more intense races to get into the dance than we've ever seen before, involving more teams still fighting than accustomed to.

 

Commissioner Bettman wanted parity, and boy did he ever get it. With under three weeks left in the season, by my count, only five teams are legitimately out of the chase. This weekend's matchups provide plenty of meaningful games, with each passing day intensifying the grind that much more. Come the official 1st puck drop of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, almost all of the top 16 will be more than ready, having being forced into playoff atmosphere games for the better part of a month already! Now without further ado, let's get to it.

 

 

Previous Week Record= 3-3

For ProLine Purposes= 2-4

(Chose correct team to win by 2+, but only won by 1…counts as loss on ticket though L)

Winning % since format change (18 games)= 56%

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


(~~ Stats as of Friday morning)

 

Colorado @ Los Angeles (4:00pm ET)

By the Numbers – Frozen Pools

 

The Avs are reeling, having lost eight of their past ten. At this point, the snowmen come take their act to La-La land in full spoiler mode. Despite the Kings sitting in 5th spot in the West, as we approach April, still, no lead is safe unbelievably. The volatility of the Western Conference has been well documented this year. As such, Colorado can yet do plenty of damage to L.A.'s playoff positioning as they cling to a four point lead on 9th place Dallas (who have a game in hand). That being said, L.A. has awaken from their slump collecting a tidy 16 of 22 points in March. Expect them to hold on for their lives in a close one.

 

Pick

Los Angeles – Home Win – H(ProLine)

 

Washington @ Montreal (7:00pm ET)

By the Numb