Saturday’s Picks

Anthony Lancione





After a decent start to an already riveting 2011-2012 campaign, taking two thirds of my choices, I'm looking to maintain or dare say increase that pace! Last Saturday's trip into Boston made for quite the visit. I witnessed the defending champs in all their glory, taking the Leafs to school with TD BankNorth Arena chanting in unison "Thank You Kessel!!" with feverish aplomb. (Insert "Aren't you a Leafs homer?" comment here..shhhh.)


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  • Stats as of Friday morning
  • Winning % this Season= 67%
  • Previous Week Record= 4-2
  • For ProLine Purposes= 3-3
  • (* -1 for ProLine where I had the Caps to win by more than 1 goal; but they took it by exactly 1).

Anyhow, in moving on, although there aren't as many juicy storylines as last edition's preview of Mike Richard's return to the Dry Island, or Winnipeg(old) vs. Winnipeg(new), there are still a slew of interesting contests, from which I present to you this week's 6-Pack. Let's hit the ice running….errr skating!


Florida @ Buffalo (7:00pm ET)

By the Numbers – Frozen Pools


It's been a week dominated by backups here with Markstrom and Enroth putting on very admirable performances.

However, it's back to business with Miller Time in Buffalo this week. The PVB line remains red hot out of the gates, showing great chemistry & consistency in the early goings, the latter long being the downfall of Vanek specifically. Despite his 1st poor outing last time out against Tampa Bay, Ryan Miller takes his sparkling 2.01 GAA and .933 SV% into this one with plenty to be confident about as Buffalo remains one point out of 1st in the NorthEast. Florida has been surprisingly decent to start the season having won two of three in knocking out the NHL -leading Penguins and residing in 6th spot in the conference. However, despite an impressive showing from their random assortment of UFA signings and trade acquisitions, Buffalo should put them in their place.



Buffalo – Home Win – H(ProLine)



Ottawa @ New York Rangers (7:00pm ET)

By the Numbers – Frozen Pools



I can't imagine too many hockey pundits agreeing pre-season that the New York Rangers would be beneath the mighty Sens in the standings a month in, but that remains fact. Despite surprising many, the key contributors to this early season surge have been the core of the old guard, with Spezza leading the way at 3rd in league scoring with 13 points. Moreover, Milan Michalek sits tied in 8th, while Gonchar and sophomore Erik Karlsson are both amongst the top five in defensemen scoring. That being said, goaltending has been abysmal as Craig Anderson sits 4th last in the NHL in GAA. Meanwhile, the Rangers have not being able to mu