Saturday’s NHL Picks – March 10th

Dobber Sports

2012-03-10

 

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Lots of great playoff races in both the Eastern and Western conference this weekend.  The West looks to be the tougher conference as even 11th place Calgary would be tied for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East right now. Plenty of games that playoff ramifications sell let's get right to the action.

 

Oilers @ Avalanche

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

The Avalanche have won six of their last nine games since making the trade for Steve Downie.  Both him, and Jamie McGinn have meshed very well with the Avs, the latter scoring four goals in his last three games. The egg they put up against the Blue Jackets last week at home may stand out to be the point or two this team misses the playoffs by. They have five games remaining against divisional opponents (they only had three wins against the northwest before sweeping the Wild earlier this week) and essentially need to win at least four of them to give themselves a chance as other teams in the hunt have games in hand.

 

My Pick: H (Avs win)

Thunder's Pick: H (Avs win)

 

Sabres @ Senators

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

It doesn't seem to matter who the Senators start in goal as the result has been a pleasant one at a crucial time in the year. With Anderson cutting his hand making a sandwich the Sens have played Robin Lehner, and gave newly acquired Ben Bishop a start against the Rangers on Thursday resulting in a victory. They're 7-3 in their last 10 games, and could really cool off the surging Sabres who have picked up points in eight of their last ten games (7-2-1) and sit two points behind Washington and Winnipeg.

 

My Pick: H (Sens win)

Thunder's Pick: V (Sabres win)

 

Flyers @ Maple Leafs

By the Numbers – Frozen Pool

 

The Leafs have blown opportunities and fallen five points out of the final playoff spot, and surely a loss to the Flyers in regulation would all but seal their fate on another missed post season. The Flyers head into this game as the highest scoring team in the league, and they way the Leafs defense has been turning the puck over and the poor play in their zone should more than account for a couple of Flyers goals on Sa