Saturday’s Picks – January 14th

Anthony Lancione

2012-01-13

 

Lecavalier

 

Happy Belated New Year's Poolies!


It's been quite a week in the NHL, with an even further intensified playoff race in both conferences coming to the forefront of late with Gary Bettman's High Parity NHL. Should be another amazing winter of exciting meaningful hockey (for most teams) down the stretch!

 

After a solid 1 month run of going at over an 80% clip, I split my picks in half last column. This week I'm banking on yet another above .500 card. So without further ado….

 

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  • Stats as of Friday morning
  • Winning % on the season= 59%
  • Previous Week Record= 3-3
  • For ProLine Purposes= 3-3

Colorado @ Dallas (3:00pm ET)

By the Numbers – Frozen Pools

 

The Avs ride up into the Mile High City dragging in with them a three game losing streak and counting. There is no coincidence that this coincides with franchise player, Matt Duchene jumping onto the long term injury shelf.  But Colorado's status of out of the playoff picture is not for a lack of trying as they sit in 7th spot in the league for shots on goal. However, the Stars have taken three of four, and have generally seen their play pick up as of late. This has been undoubtedly aided by the return from injury of PP quarterback Alex Goligoski. After seeing a bit of a slow start after his IR stint, he has now potted markers in back to back games, and registered five points over his past six from the blue line. Beyond that, the October NHL line of the month of Louie Eriksson, Jamie Benn & champion Michael Ryder have recently got hot again, sparking this recent surge.

 

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Tie – T(ProLine) (Dallas in SO)

 

San Jose @ Columbus (7:00pm ET)

By the Numbers – Frozen Pools

 

The San Jose Sharks have arguably taken title of NHL's hottest from the Boston Bruins! "Say whaaat" you ask?  How about these nuggets: They've only lost one regulation game since December 10th of last year! Over the past 5 weeks they've won four of five, seven of eleven, have recorded points in seven straight and 13 of 14!! Moreover, only twice since December 3rd have they allowed more than two goals in a game ending in regulation. With this hot streak, San Jose has reclaimed their annual spot atop the Pacific. Unfortunately, not much to say about the jackets, who coming off of the firing of head coach, Scott Arniel, have been sent packing out of town by 5-2 and 7-4 scores visiting Chicago and Anaheim respectively. Along with Jeff Carter's shoulder troubles and Steve Mason appearing to be a shadow of his former self, things continue to look bleak for hockey in Ohio!

 

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