Saturday’s NHL Picks: April 6, 2019

Flip Livingstone


After a few very hot weeks, last Saturday was a bit of a bust when it came to my picks, with my record going a measly 2-4. However, I am still pretty happy with my overall record on the year, all things considered.

We head into the last Saturday of the 2018-19 season with both the Eastern and Western Conference playoff scenarios all already locked in. The Columbus Blue Jackets secured the eighth and final wild-card spot Friday night with a shootout victory over the New York Rangers.

With that said, this could be a bit of a tough day to predict, betting-wise, so go easy with the wagers and save the serious cash for the playoffs.

However, there is still a stacked schedule on tap for today, and no team wants to back into the postseason. So as always, do you research and stick the following picks. Thanks for riding with me this season. Hope to do it again next year.

Good luck!

2018-19 Record

Gold: 12-5     
Silver: 12-5
Bronze: 7-10
Side bets: 26-25

Overall combined: 57-45 (55%)


New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins – Pick: Penguins

A pillar of playoff consistency over the last decade, the Pens find themselves once again in the mix for Lord Stanley. Pittsburgh has the luxury of getting healthy at the best time of the year, as superstar forward Evgeni Malkin returned from injury on Thursday in a tidy 4-1 win over the Red Wings.

As for New York, the Rangers played just last night and lost a heartbreaker in the shootout to the Blue Jackets with emerging goaltender Alexandar Georgiev between the pipes. Meaning, fading veteran Henrik Lundqvist will man the blue paint tonight for the Blueshirts, which is good news for Pittsburgh. King Hank hasn’t registered a win since March 9 and will fail to register 20 wins in a season for the first time in his career.

Pittsburgh steamrolls in this one on the way into the playoffs. Hammer the Pens for my final Gold pick of the year.


New York Islanders @ Washington Capitals – Pick: Under 5.5

The New York Islanders went from being a complete joke to being one of the toughest teams in the league to play against in only one year.

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The Islanders allowed a league-low 191 goals-against this season on the back of stellar play from No. 1 goalie Robin Lehner and an underrated blue-line, but