Saturday’s NHL Picks – St. Patrick’s Day

Anthony Lancione

2012-03-16

 

ND Irish

 

Good afternoon poolies! As divisional and conference races only begin to increasingly intensify in the coming days and weeks, we can be sure for yet another fun filled slate this Saturday evening. There are several close-to-call matchups, but I'll do my best to guide you through them. The last few weeks I've been splitting my picks. So-so I suppose, but if my 'slump' is running off at a .500 clip, then I suppose it's not the worst vibe to be on for a turnaround week, where I aim to hit at a high percentage once more.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, let's get to the six pack.

 

Stats as of Friday morning
Winning % on the season= 54%
Previous Week Record= 3-3


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Colorado @ NY Rangers (7:00pm ET)
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The Rangers wobble back onto home ice after coming out on the rough end of a 5-2 beating at the hands of the surging Pittsburgh Penguins, their 10th victory in a row. However, expect them to bounce back with a fury, as the last time New York allowed as many as 5 goals in a single outing was way back on October 29th vs Ottawa, the 3rd week of the season! Even that required an extra frame. Plus of course, King Henrik had the night off, so surely he'll restore the order and confidence of the backline heading into this one. They'll be especially motivated to shove that tough divisional loss as far back into the rear view mirror as possible. The Avs on the other hand, have been on quite a roll themselves ever since acquiring Steve Downie from the Bolts, outscoring their opponents 22 to 14 over their past seven contests, going 5-2 in that span.

Pick
New York – Home Win Plus – H+(ProLine)

St. Louis @ Tampa Bay (7:00pm ET)
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You've got to imagine that St.Louis will end up being the most unlikely President's Trophy winners in the award's history (barring a semi Maple Leaf-like landslide). The Blues have been on an unbelievable 39-11-8 run on Hitch's watch! Jack Adam's award has to be a runaway determination for Ken. That being said, despite the league best goaltending tandem, character leaders who have been there and done it all in the Arnotts & Langenbrunners of the world, a first round upset feels more and more like a real possibility to me. Tampa Bay's got to be feeling pretty good about themselves after giving the defending champs their worst beating of the season in a 6-1 walloping a few days back. I like Stamkos' chase for 60 to cause the Blues some serious trouble and I'm going with upset for the hosts.

Pick

Tampa Bay – Home Win– H(ProLine)


Toronto @ Ottawa (7:00pm ET)
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