Saturday’s NHL Picks: October 5, 2019

Flip Livingstone


You can feel it in the air when you step out your front door in the morning, you can almost taste it: hockey season is back, baby. And with the first Saturday full of games ready for our betting enjoyment, it’s safe to say I am pretty fired up and ready to get my weekly picks column going again for the 2019-2020 campaign.

Last year was a first for me at Dobber Hockey, and as you can see below, I had a fairly solid season offering you up a Gold, Silver and Bronze pick each Saturday along with a few side bets worth sprinkling a wager on (see complete record below).

Back to today’s slate of games where 13 contests await, but a heads up for all you betting degenerates out there: the start of any season in any major sports league can always be a very tough time to place wagers, especially in the NHL. Teams are still adjusting to new systems, coaches, and players, so predicting how things will play out so early in the season is far from an exact science. With that in mind, tread lightly to kick things off and stick to the following plays.

I will be back each Saturday of the season offering up picks, so keep it locked right here and be sure to follow along on Twitter for more. Thanks a lot, good luck this season, and in the words of the wise Paul Newman, “A dollar won is twice as sweet as a dollar earned.”

Let’s drop the puck on another season of picks.

2018-19 Record

Gold: 12-6    

Silver: 13-5

Bronze: 8-10

Side bets: 28-26

Overall combined: 61-47 (56%)


Tampa Bay Lightning @ Florida Panthers – Pick: Lightning

The battle of Florida renews for its second installment of the young season this evening, with Tampa Bay taking the first contest in convincing 5-2 fashion on Thursday night. Most hockey heads won’t soon forget the Lightning’s dismantling at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of last year’s playoffs, but there is no denying the club’s quality as a true Cup contender with elite talent up and down the lineup.

Tampa showed just two nights ago it’s the far superior team in this matchup, and despite the Panthers being back on home ice for their season opener with a bolstered squad that now boasts an all-world goaltender in Sergei Bobrovsky, I still very much like this spot for a Lightning group that still has a lot to prove after its first-round drubbing. The Bolts are