Saturday’s NHL Picks – February 18

Anthony Lancione





Short schedule from which to select my card this week, but nonetheless there are certainly some beauts that are ripe for the picking! Last week, I presented you my picks just after a brisk skate down the Rideau Canal, during my road trip to Ottawa from Toronto to see the Sens/Leafs contest lopsided pounding. Toronto thoroughly obliterated their provincial rivals in each and every facet of the game except SOG. However on that note, Optimus Reim was so in the zone that even a 49 shot barrage was converted into a goose egg, as the Leafs took it to the very team they are closest to chasing by a 5-0 score.


Anyhow, despite correctly predicting the Leafs road win, I shockingly went with ALL 6 road victories last week for the 1st time in history, 3 of which came through. So all things considering not a bad week at all!


Anyhow, lets dig into this week's slate!….

Stats as of Friday morning
Winning % on the season= 56%
Previous Week Record= 3-3

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Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia (1:00pm ET)

By the Numbers – Frozen Pools

In the past few days both teams leading scorers, Malkin and Giroux(1-2 in the NHL) have 5 point nights to their names. The NHL scoring race is now just 2 points separating the two. After hitting their first real snag of the season, Philly, losers of 6 of their past 8, once again fell down 2-zip at home, early in their Thursday night encounter with Buffalo. However the light switch finally flicked with 7 unanswered goals, led by 5 assists from Giroux. I think it's fair to say they've rid themselves of that slump! The City of Brotherly Love will surely be up for this latest Battle of Pennsylvania, for a Flyers squad faced with the unenviable task of taming the wild raging beast that is Mr. Geno. He, of a league leading 69 points, despite missing several weeks out of the gates was held off the score sheet for the just the 3rd time since January 11th last game. Although, all four times Malkin's been left off the score sheet in 2012, he's responded with at least a goal in his next outing.

Philadelphia – Home Win – H(ProLine)

Chicago @ Columbus (1:00pm ET)
By the Numbers – Frozen Pools

The Blackhawks can now breathe a huge sigh of relief after finally putting an end to their ridiculous 9 game losing streak which saw them fall from the top 3 in the NHL to the 6th spot in the west only a couple points out of a playoff spot. They laid a 1st period 4-0 pasting on the East leading New York rangers, before comfortably locking down the W. Recent history between these two divisional foes has not proved to be very successful for the jackets being outscored 41-21 over their last 10 contest dating back to the beginning of last season and with the Hawks taking all 4 contests thus far this season. Looks like it may be another long night for Columbus.