Saturday’s NHL Picks — February 11

Dobber Sports

2012-02-10

 

 

Happy Hockey Day in Canada, everyone! What a great way to celebrate with a tripleheader on CBC for those of us north of the border and too cheap to afford NHL Centre Ice :)

 

 

For non-proline purposes my last week of picks before the all-star game netted a 5-1 result (only 3-3 for proline purposes), including a successful prediction of the Avs sweeping their season series with the Kings in LA. That's 14 – 4 over the last 3 weeks of picks. Forget proline, send me to Vegas baby!!! Haha, yeah right, anyways… Thunder managed her respectable showing coming in .500 as has happened 5 out of the last 6 weeks. At least she's a model of consistency. We've got some great picks for you this week, including another risky pick for the last game. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

Oilers @ Senators

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

With 14 points in four February games, Sam Gagner has vaulted himself into a 3rd place tie in Oilers scoring with Ryan Smyth. Seems like a great time for the Oilers to get a maximum return for Gagner before the trade deadline. Too bad Hemsky couldn't have gone on a similar run to increase his value. Apparently all the Sens needed to snap their losing skid and to realize that they're still in playoff contention is a visit from Carrie Underwood. The Oilers still have only six wins on the road this year.

 

My Pick: H (Sens win)

Thunder's Pick: V (Oilers win)


Jets @ Penguins

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

The Jets seem to be peaking at the right time with wins in four of their last six games, knocking off opponents such as the Flyers, Lightning, Leafs, and Capitals. The Pens have lost their last two, but have had some time off since Tuesday's loss to the Habs.  Last week the team played in two back-to-back sets, pulling off a victory in each of the first games. Now they're set for another back-to-back this weekend. With three days off, they'll be hungry to erase a road trip where the team only managed 3 out of a possible 8 points.

 

My Pick: H (Pens win)

Thunder's Pick: V (Jets win)


Canadiens @ Maple Leafs

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

Toronto’s New Year resolution for 2012 is still holding strong, as the team's penalty kill has gone from zero to hero.  The team has killed off 28 straight man advantage opportunities in 17 games in 2012.  Not only has the PK been terrific but the team as a whole has been taking fewer penalties. This good fortune finds the team only 1 pt. behind 2nd-place Otttawa in the Northeast Division, with 2 games in hand, and trail first place Boston by only 6 points (the B's have 3 games in hand).  Never thought I'd be writing that this late into the season. The buds could use a playoff berth this season to calm the fan b