Saturday’s NHL Game Picks – December 2

Adam Mark

2017-12-02

Finally… my first perfect Saturday of the season. I’m not going to lie, it felt pretty good checking the scores throughout the day. It was a great end to the week where I was able to get Nick Leddy in two of my keeper leagues, for next to nothing. I was giddy when the deals went through as I didn’t have to give up anything worthwhile. One deal essentially equated to Brendan Gallagher and a 2nd for Leddy and an 8th, the other was Evgenii Dadonov and a 3rd for Leddy and a 5th. It’s not often steals like this arise, let alone two in one week. All praise the hockey gods =)

 

This week however, has been a completely different story. Thus far I’ve gone 4-7, and any chance that the wound the Vancouver Canucks left me with years ago, would heal, is dwindling. I am pulling for Saturday to turn my week around.

 

A few thoughts:

·         What is going on in St. Louis? 2 losses and a total of 3 goals? I can’t see this lasting for long, however I don’t think one day is enough to turn it around against Minnesota at home.

·         Again, Carey Price at Home on Hockey Night in Canada. Ship it.

·         I can’t be the only one happy to see Sidney Crosby finally starting to find some consistency in his game. His 5 points this week should be enough to seal the win in my H2H match.

·         Unrelated to today’s games, but man oh man, what a tough loss for the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night against the Leafs. As much as I may rag on my friends who bleed blue and orange, I am secretly rooting for them to do well.

On to today’s games:

 

Personal Record: 56-54 (51%)

Dobber Record: 27-21 (56%)

 

St. Louis @ Minnesota (6:00 PM EST)

Pick: Minnesota– Home Team Victory – H

Confidence Level: 4/5

 

Detroit @ Montreal (7:00 PM EST)

Pick: Montreal – Home Team Victory – H

Confidence Level: 5/5

 

San Jose @ Tampa Bay (7:00 PM EST)

Pick: Tampa Bay – Home Team Victory – V

Confidence Level: 3.5/5

 

Buffalo @ Pittsburgh (7:00 PM EST)

Pick: Pittsburgh – Home Team Victory – H

Confidence Level: 5/5

 

Toronto @ Vancouver (7:00 PM EST)

Pick: Toronto – Visitor Team Victory – V

Confidence Level: 4/5

 

New Jersey @ Arizona (8:00 PM EST)

Pick: New Jersey – Visitor Team Victory – V

Confidence Level: 4/5

UPCOMING GAMES

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HOT PLAYERS

  Players Team GP G A P
EVGENI MALKIN PIT 5 4 7 11
ADAM FOX NYR 4 1 6 7
JAKUB VORACEK PHI 6 0 10 10
NATHAN MACKINNON COL 5 2 6 8
MIKA ZIBANEJAD NYR 29 25 19 44
NIKITA KUCHEROV T.B 24 16 20 36
KEVIN FIALA MIN 11 9 7 16
EVANDER KANE S.J 7 5 5 10
KYLE CONNOR WPG 7 8 2 10
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS EDM 17 8 16 24

LINE COMBOS

  Frequency T.B Players
25.6% NIKITA KUCHEROV ONDREJ PALAT BRAYDEN POINT
24.4% ANTHONY CIRELLI TYLER JOHNSON ALEX KILLORN
19.2% PAT MAROON CEDRIC PAQUETTE MITCHELL STEPHENS

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