Saturday Picks – October 15th

Anthony Lancione

2011-10-14

Ovechkin

 

 

After such a forgettable summer across professional hockey circles around the globe off the ice, it brings me much pleasure to get back to on-ice action. Last year, I finished with a year-ending winning percentage of 63%, finishing particularly strong , going 17-7 over my final 3 entries of the 2010-11 season. Here's to picking up where I left off!

 

Chin-chin! (That's actually the sound of Zdeno smashing down Coke bottles on the bench since we're abiding by the Dry Island challenge)

 

Let's get right into the thick of it with this Saturday's action—and there are plenty of juicy matchups for us to chew on!

(~~ Stats as of Friday morning)

 

Ottawa @ Washington (7:00pm ET)

By the Numbers – Frozen Pools

 

Frozen Tools


The Battle of the Nation Capitals is probably not a matchup the third period specialist- Ottawa Senators are exactly jumping for joy about.  The Sens, having nearly overcome colossal 3rd period deficits of 5-0(to DET), 4-0 & 5-1 (to TOR) & 3-1 (to MIN), have shown a penchant in the early goings to sleepwalk through the first 40 minutes and come out gangbusters in the final frame. Should they continue this trend, they may be rudely awakened by the sleeping giant Ovechkin-led Caps. Alexander the Great has yet to hit his stride, albeit just a couple games into the season. Though despite premature talks that he has already peaked at the ripe old age of 26, let's be honest, there's a reason why Ovy continues to go #1 in the vast majority of pool everywhere of all varieties. Unfortunately for Ottawa they will be the first guinea pigs Alexander the Great and co. truly feast on this season.

 

Pick

Washington – Home Win Plus – H+(ProLine)

 

Winnipeg @ Phoenix (7:00pm ET)

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This is awkward isn't it? Winnipeg Jets 1.0 vs. Winnipeg Jets 2.0 may very well form the basis of a history meets the present rivalry, over bragging rights for which franchise is held most endearing by Manitobans & Jets fans alike. The bigger question might just be, "Is this the final home opener in Glendale?" Heading into this one, after Winnipeg has gotten their two game honeymoon on home ice over with, they can now wipe away those season opening jitters in front of an electric crowd in the desert and get back to business. Don't expect it to be of the low-scoring variety. So make sure to take a close look at the over-under on this one, as goaltending and defense in both markets are not particularly strong points.

 

Pick

Phoenix – Home Win – H(ProLine)


Los Angeles @ Philadelphia (7:00pm ET)

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