Saturday’s Picks – November 26th

Anthony Lancione

2011-11-26

 

Malkin

 

Phew! The law of averages saw this coming since last spring…but last time out my column resulted in my 1st sub .500 card since April 8th of last season. Time to bury last week's rare outlier with another dependable lineup, so without beating around the bush, let's cut right to the chase this week.

 

  • Stats as of Friday morning
  • Previous Week Record= 1-5
  • For ProLine Purposes= 1-5

 

NY Islanders @ New Jersey (1:00pm ET)

By the Numbers – Frozen Pools

 

I'm going against the grain a little bit here with this one, but I believe this battle of cross border rivals, hosted by the Garden State Devils, will be a close affair. Yes, the Islanders are reeling. Yes, the Islanders have been a ridiculous carousel in net with 4 separate keepers lacing them up between the pipes this month. However Johnny T is ready for a breakout game. Based on today's early game, 1-0 shutout loss in the opener of the home and home series, the Isles showed their first 60 minute collection of solid defensive hockey in nearly a month. It does start from the back end.

 

Pick

Tie –  T(ProLine) (Islanders in shootout)

 

Florida @ Tampa Bay (7:00pm ET)

By the Numbers – Frozen Pools

 

The Panthers have really been the most surprising team through the 1st two months of the regular season. Meanwhile the Lightning, who have been far less impressive (despite a far more experienced and talented core) have been the tale of the tape thus far in the Sunshine State, due to all of the 1-3-1 controversy mostly. That being said, despite the Panthers being right in the thick of things in the East and the Bolts sitting in the outside of a top 8 spot, one would think

 

that at some point the 2 Florida teams will intercept and flop spots in the standings. The time is now for the Panthers to have the air popped out of their tires, and the Lightning to proving their worth. A successful stint for Mathieu Garon tak