Last week was a bit of an up-and-down ride. I looked like I knew what I was talking about for a minute when I said the scoreboard would be getting a workout in the latest installment of the reinvigorated Battle of Alberta. But the Maple Leafs only won by a single goal against Ottawa and the Blues laid a complete egg getting slapped around by the Jets – so there is obvious room for improvement.
An overall .500 week isn’t too bad, but we’re here to pick winners and bank a bit of loot. So let’s get back at it for another week of Saturday picks with a 12-game schedule full of some juicy matchups to wager on. From a classic Original Six matchup in Montreal featuring the Buds and Habs to another all-Canadian showdown in Vancouver between the Canucks and Flames, Hockey Day in Canada is sure to please.
Enjoy the games and good luck.
Side bets: 19-15
Overall total record: 34-32-1
New York Islanders @ Tampa Bay Lightning – Pick: Lightning -1.5
After three straight weeks of wins for my Gold Pick, it’s been a rough ride with three straight weeks of tough losses. So I really can’t deny that I’m a bit rattled when it comes to putting a bigger bet down (which I actually do with these) with this play. Anyway, with that said, the first game that jumped off the board for me today was this one.
Tampa Bay is finally starting to look like the team we all expected to be sitting atop the Atlantic Division at season’s end – the team is loaded with offense talent up-and-down their balanced lineup. And with wins in six of their last seven (including five in row), the time is now to ride this train.
There is no denying the Islanders are a well-coached team that is tough to play against. But with the Lightning’s current streak and recent success against New York (Isles have only two wins in their last seven games in Tampa and only four in their last 15 meetings overall), I have to stick to my approach and take the Bolts. You won’t see much value in betting on T-Bay straight up, so make sure you hammer them on the puck-line to up your payout.
The Lightning continue their rapid ascent up the Eastern Conference stan