Saturday’s Picks – April 2

Dobber Sports

2011-04-02

Al Montoya

 

Almost a perfect game for Anthony last week!  Unfortunately he was trying to give the Leafs a pity point, by calling the game a tie with the Wings winning the shootout.  Oh well, I've been burned by the pity point before.  That's why this week I'm giving the Leafs two of them, haha.  Last time I only managed two winners, however it was close to being a perfect week.  Just had the wrong team scoring in a shootout/overtime in three of the losses and I was 34 seconds away from the tie I had called in the CLB-MIN game.  Oh well, Thunder managed to capitalize picking four winners and improving her record to 11-13, while mine drops to 9-15.  Time for redemption and a perfect week could pull me to .500 to end the season.  Here goes:

 

Carolina @ NY Islanders

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

Al Montoya leads the Isles, a 30 win club, in wins this season with nine.  Pretty remarkable since his first start didn't occur until mid February.  He's given up more than three goals on only two occasions in 16 starts this season.  He's 7-2-1 at home this year with a 1.77 GAA and a .936 save percentage.  Never thought I'd be writing those kinds of numbers referring to an Isles goalie.  The Hurricanes have won five of their last six in trying to catch up to the final playoff spot in the East.  The Canes have a chance to sweep the season series on Saturday night, but could be overlooking this matchup in preparation for a battle with Buffalo the following day.  The Canes are winless in their last five Saturday matchups, while the Isles have won their last five Saturday games that I've done picks for.  Coincidence? I think not.

 

My Pick: H – NYI

Thunder's Pick: H – NYI

 

Atlanta @ Boston

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

Sure, the Bruins got points in 11 of 15 games in the month of March, but the truth is no matter how you look at it, they lost eight games.  That's unacceptable for a team contending for the Stanley Cup.  The Thrashers meanwhile have managed to flip flop wins and losses since March 9th, which is a positive note since they won only two games in February.  The Thrashers have the 3rd worst defence in the league and hold the lowest winning percentage when leading after the 1st period.

 

My Pick: H – BOS

Thunder's Pick: