Saturday Picks – October 8th

Dobber Sports

2011-10-08

 

Zetterberg

 

Welcome to the 2011-12 NHL season! As a proud first time father I would like to take a minute to share a story. My wife got a message from her childhood best friend whom she hasn’t spoken to in years congratulating us on our new baby. As it turns out he is an avid Dobberite and came across a congratulatory shout out the other day in the ramblings to a Marty Kwiaton. At first he didn’t make the connection that in fact his childhood best friend's husband chips in with a column every other week on a website he has been visiting for who knows how long.

 

Once the connection was made and confirmed using Facebook a congratulations was in order welcoming little Gordon Forrest Kwiaton born October 3rd. He is 2030 draft eligible and just completed his own “Gordie” hat trick with a pee, poop, and puke all in one diaper change.  It is such a small world after all and I would like to thank everyone on Dobberhockey that we are committed to hockey only 99.8% of the time.  Now onto some puck for our first Saturday night of hockey:

 

Hurricanes @ Capitals

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

The Canes and Caps have went past 60 minutes in seven of their last fourteen regular season match ups. Last year, all but one game was decided by a single goal. These two sides play each other closely, however the Canes will have a regular season game under their belts already. Rookies blue liners Faulk and Murphy have the pleasure of going up against Stamkos and Ovechkin to begin their NHL careers.  Ovechkin gets to use his Bauer stick again since his CCM deal has come to an end.

 

Marty’s Pick: Capitals (T – win in SO)

Thunder’s Pick: H

 

Senators @ Maple Leafs

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

If Craig Anderson does for Ottawa what he did for Colorado two years ago the Sens will sneak up on a few teams this year. The Leafs had a sluggish start against the Habs, however Lombardi looked dangerous in his return after a year of due to a concussion. The Leafs have won six of their last nine games at home against the Sens, with the three losses being all one goal decisions. Look for the Sens to catch the Leafs napping as Anderson steals his first game of the year as he is 4-1 at the ACC with a 1.56 GAA.

 

Marty’s Pick: Senators (V)

Thunder’s Pick: H

 

Panthers @ Islanders

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

The Panthers lineup heading into their first game of the season will be going through growing pains as the team looks to find chemistry once the real season has begun. This is the perfect opportunity for a young and improving Isles squad to take advantage of.  With a healthy Mark Streit and a full training camp for guys like Okposo should continue their climb in the Atlantic division.  This will be Tavares’ coming out party this season to the tune of 35-40 goals and 80+ points. The main distraction on Long Island that will keep the Isles from challenging for a playoff spot will be the revolving door between the pipes.

 

Marty’s Pick: Islanders (H)

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Thunder’s Pick: H

 

Coyotes @ Sharks

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

The main question all season long in the desert will be where will the Coyotes be playing at the start of the 2012-13 season. I