Saturday Picks – October 26, 2013

Anthony Lancione



Find out why Lancione likes the Flyers to win in this edition of Saturday Picks.

Winning % on the season= 67%
Previous Week Record= 4-2


Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen!  After banging out a decent start in my opening week of the year, scooping up four victors, with only two incorrect picks, I want to jump right into it and at least maintain that two-thirds pace.



Edmonton @ Phoenix (3:00pm ET)
By the Numbers – Frozen Pools

The Oilers arrive in the desert having played much more inspired hockey of late. Aside from their two convincing losses to Washington, their past two weeks have seen them either win or lose by a single goal. The return of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has re-ignited the troops, despite Taylor Hall being placed on the shelf. Earlier this week he led Edmonton to back-to-back victories with five points in the two games. Jason Labarbera is being lent the keys today against his former squad for a little payback motivation.


Meanwhile, Phoenix is coming off a seven goal thumping at the hands of the Kings. Mike Smith will look to shake off that rough night immediately. The matinee looks to be a tight affair between two teams who had been playing well until everything fell apart in each of their last outings. Radim Vrbata has been off to a great start in terms of putting the puck in the net, showing signs of replicating his 35 goal output from the last full season (2011-12), with five through 11 games. However his minus-4 rating leaves much to be desired on the other end of the rink.

Edmonton – Visiting Team Win – V(ProLine)


New Jersey @ Boston (7:00pm ET)
By the Numbers – Frozen Pools


Tuukka Rask is the best goalie on the planet. That's all I need to say. In fact, with the struggles of Henrik Lundqvist, the loss of form for Jonathan Quick and the injury concerns derailing Pekka Rinne's career the past year, its time to truly give this man the undisputed title. In eight starts thus far i