Saturday NHL Picks: December 19, 2015

Coretti

2015-12-19

The Flames' winning streak will continue and other winners for Saturday's NHL slate.

It hasn’t been a great couple of weeks for me. Not much to say other than let’s #GETTHATMONEY.

Record: 37 – 23

Calgary @ St. Louis (3pm ET)

Don’t ask me how but the Flames are on fire. Calgary comes into this matchup riding a seven-game win streak and just when you think Coach Bob Hartley is done, the Flames do this. Additionally, the Flames have looked pretty convincing in these wins and Karri Ramo has been solid as of late. I have to side with the Flames here for really two reasons. First, although the Blues have won two straight, I haven’t liked the way they have played as of late. I know the Blues have another gear and over their past 10 games they have dropped four which tells me they aren’t clicking yet. Second and most important, Brian Elliott is getting the start for the Blues. For me Jake Allen is a big reason why the Blues are getting wins nowadays, and this was evident in the last Predators games if you watched. I’m not a big Elliott guy and I think giving him the start here against a highly motivated Flames squad is a bad decision. What is more bewildering is that Allen actually has a solid history versus the Flames with a 1.50 GAA and 940 SV% in two career starts. Give me the Flames for the upset win.

Key Stat: Flames are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 day rest.

Pick: Calgary – Visitor Team Win – V

Los Angeles @ Toronto (7pm ET)

And the nightmare continues for Jonathan Bernier. The Toronto goalie is now 0-11 on the year following the Leafs 5-4 loss to San Jose in OT on Thursday night. Bernier didn’t get the start in the game but came in as rookie Garret Sparks went down with injury. As for Jonathan Quick, well he was very quick in his last outing as he produced his best performance of the season stopping 45 Canadiens’ shots in a 3-0 shutout win. You would have to think Bernier is extremely motivated for this one against his former team but how can you bet on a guy who is winless. I will continue