Saturday’s Picks – November 5th

Dobber Sports

2011-11-04

 

Heatley

 

I could have had a better October starting off 4-8 for pro-line purposes (6-6 picking straight up winners), while Thunder was a steady 6-6.  Like Luongo, I'm a slow starter out of the gate, but November is a new month and a clean slate.  This is the month where we find out which teams are the contenders, and which are the pretenders.  I also think this new baby/lack of regular sleep thing is really affecting my thinking and coming to a correct winning decision.  There are some great match-ups this Saturday with 11 games on the schedule; I stayed away from the red-hot Leafs as I know it's simply just too good to be true.

 

Ducks @ Red Wings

By The Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

After Thursday night's loss the Red Wings find themselves winless in six after opening the season 5-0. Scoring has been an issue for the Wings this season, and I can't remember the last time they had more goals against than goals for on the season. Zetterberg and Datsyuk are a combined 12 points in 22 GP with a -11 rating, which is very uncharacteristic, and coach Babcock has talked about splitting up the pair again. The good news is both Datsyuk and Zetterberg have 33 points in their career against the Ducks in 33 and 28 GP respectively. On the other side of the ice Hiller's career 3.22 GAA against the Wings may be just what the doctor ordered to snap this team out of their offensive woes.

 

Pick: H (Red Wings)

Thunder's Pick: V (Ducks)

 

Blue Jackets @ Flyers

By The Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

Hmmm, the Jackets are 2-10-1 on the season and haven't won a game on the road yet this season. This seems like easy pickings and the main storyline of Jeff Carter returning to Philadelphia to play his former team is dead since he's out with a hairline fracture still.  All of us poolies hope he's back next week. The lone bright spot for the Jackets has been the play of Ryan Johansen, since moving to the wing he's put up five points in six games and is second on the team this season with a +2 rating, and he saw almost 17 minutes against the Leafs.  The Flyers on the other hand are still struggling with consistent goaltending, however Hartnell has fit very nicely alongside Giroux and Jagr on the top line. The Flyers are averaging 3.62 goals for per game (2nd in the NHL), while the Blue Jackets are surrendering 3.22 goals per game (2nd worst in the NHL). Columbus is winless in Philadelphia.

 

Pick: H+ (Flyers by 2 or more)

Thunder's Pick: V (Blue Jackets)

 

Sabres @ Senators

By The Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

The Sabres have defeated the Senators in their last four meetings, and six of their last seven.  Buffalo is fou