What a week of hockey it's been! Here's hoping you had some Penguins and Capitals on your fantasy squad, and made up some ground if you're still in the hunt. Picks wise, I had another lackluster week going 7-5, but two of those losses were on underdogs that I liked the action on. That leaves my current season record at 83-51 (62%). In today's picks I decided to go for a few close calls as opposed to loading up on heavy favourites (eg. Montreal, San Jose).
Record: 13 – 5 (72%)
St. Louis @ Winnipeg (3pm ET)
What is going on with the netminders in St. Louis? Jake Allen is "resting", and Carter Hutton was pretty horrid in his last relief. Combine that with a bit up a morale boost in Patrick Laine practicing on Friday, and I'm seeing a Winnipeg victory. That said, I mulled over this for quite some time. Vladimir Tarasenko is bound to wake up at some point, and could singlehandedly win the game. However, I still think the Jets pull through on home ice and will be looking at Dustin Byfuglien and Bryan Little to help in the W.
Pick: Winnipeg – Home Team Victory – H
Confidence Level: 3/5
Carolina @ Columbus (5pm ET)
After getting hammered 7-1 by the Penguins on Friday, lacing up in Columbus is going to be a tall order for the Hurricanes. Columbus controlled the entire game the last time these teams met and I think it will be more of the same. After getting shutout by Ottawa on Thursday, I'd be looking for the Blue Jackets to make a statement on home ice come Saturday.
Pick: Columbus – Home Team Victory – H
Confidence Level: 4/5
Ottawa @ Toronto (7pm ET)
Never could I have imagined recommending Toronto 3 weeks in a row, but here we go. Ottawa may have had a great game on Thursday against Columbus (even with the flu), but again I look at Mike Condon. I just don't buy it, and facing a Babcock coached team with Auston Matthews on home ice is something I can't see turning out favourably for him. I'll be puling for Jake Gardiner to step up in Morgan Rielly's absence.
Pick: Toronto – Home Team Victory – H