Saturday’s NHL Picks – October 22

Dobber Sports

2011-10-21

 

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Short intro this week, as time has become quite valuable these days.  Last week started out 2-4, while Thunder cracked .500 at 3-3.  I was a few minutes away from getting the Washington-Carolina tie.  Damn those PP's in overtime really hurt!  Anyways, it's another week, we are a few games into the season and hopefully we can start finding some successful trends to run with towards some money.  Hope everyone enjoys another night of 28 teams in business.  So grab a cold one and let's get on with it.

 

Wild @ Canucks

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

 

The Canucks went 4-2 against the Wild last season with all the games being decided by at least two goals.  Since the lockout every game of the opening season series has been decided by the home team.  With the Canucks coming off a solid performance against Pekka Rinne and the Preds look for them to continue to roll at home in this afternoon affair. Two of Minnesota's three wins on the year have come against the Oilers.

 

My Pick: H+ (Canucks win by 2 or more)

Thunder's Pick: H


Red Wings @ Capitals

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

At the time of writing the Wings and Capitals remain as the final two undefeated teams in the NHL sporting a combined 10-0-0 record with 18 more goals for than goals against.  Since being sat for the Caps season opener, and battling through a tough first start, Thomas Vokoun has been as good as advertised for the Caps surrendering five goals in his last four games. Since the lockout the Wings have won four out of the six matchups, with all but one of the games being within a goal.  Looks like Backstrom has gotten back on track after last season, and after his two goal game on Thursday looks like the great eight could be waking from him slumber as well.

 

My Pick: H (Capitals win)

Thunder's Pick: V

 

Blues @ Flyers

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

After suffering their first regulation loss of the year, in which rookie Brayden Schenn put up a dismal -3 in his first game with the big club, the Flyers look to get back in the win column against a struggling Blues team.  Halak is sporting a 3.47 GAA with a .840 save percentage in five starts on the year, OUCH. Dating back to November 27th of last season, the Blues are only 3-10-2 in Saturday matchups. With a 3.98 home GAA for Bryzgalov this season, I would be happy to take the Blues in this one, however Jaroslav Halak need to string together some strong performances before that's going to happen. Three of their 5 games since the lockout have gone onto extra time.

 

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