Saturday’s Picks – April 8th

Anthony Lancione




After successfully picking all six winners in my last column, I'm on quite the roll hitting my picks at nearly a 70% clip over the past two months. Hopefully I can keep it rolling in the last full Saturday Evening slate of games for this 2010/2011 regular season. I hope you've enjoyed this weekly piece (and have been riding my hot streak since the last month). This weekend will surely play a role in helping you determine which players you will be targeting in your playoff drafts early next week.


  • Stats as of Friday morning
  • Winning % in last 24 games = 67%
  • Previous Week Record= Perfect->> 6-0!!!
  • For ProLine Purposes= 5-1
  • (Chose correct team (Det) to beat Leafs in SO, but instead beat them in a close, 1 goal affair + EN)

Washington @ Florida (7:00pm ET)

By the Numbers – Frozen Pools


The Sleeping Giants have awoken. The defending East champ Capitals along with their captain & hero, Alexander the Great, are lighting it up at the perfect time, skipping past the 'on-cruise control' Flyers right back to the top of the East.


Washington has won four in a row and has only lost two games in regulation since February. Add in a single OT Loss and the Caps have mustered an astonishing 33 of a possible 36 points over that span! Ovechkin seems reinvigorated after spending a ten day stretch off the ice in late March, with a three game goal scoring streak intact as well as eight points in four games since his return. A stark contrast would have to be the host Panthers who have been reeling it with the best of them, losing 9 straight. What's worse you ask? The fact that they have failed to score more than twice in any of the last eight! This one is a walk.



Washington – Visitor Win – V(ProLine)


NY Islanders @ Philadelphia (7:00pm ET)

By the Numbers – Frozen Pools


The Flyers stumble into this one having dropped their past four & seven of the past nine contests. Danny Briere will be a game-time decision similar to many superstars league-wide being given precautionary resting measures in this final week. Sergei Bobrovsky has all but been given the official word from peter Laviolette that he will be taking the reigns for the playoffs after a rotation cycle lasting the past couple months. Look for him to finish strong assuring his team that the coach has made the right decision going into Round 1. The Islanders have been playing out the string for a while now. However, if there's one team their goons will want to match themselves up with, it would be against the original bullies of Broad Street. Go pack your bags and expect a rough and tumble matchup.