Saturday’s NHL Picks: Capitals Continue Win Streak

Flip Livingstone

2021-03-20

Let's hope last week's 5-1 showing is a sign of things to come, shall we? A Gold, Silver, Bronze sweep a week ago has my overall tally sitting at an even .500 for the 2021 campaign with still plenty of time left on the schedule to keep pushing that percentage north and hopefully putting some more green in your account.

If you've been following the league closely, you should have already noticed the shortened season and consistent inter-division play is making for frequent one-goal results and games being decided outside of regulation. Two important trends to keep an eye on, especially if you like betting on pucklines.

Today's board features four afternoon matchups and nine evening games to make some money on, so let's stay hot. Good luck and enjoy.

2021 record:

Gold: 3-3
Silver: 4-2
Bronze: 4-2

Side bets: 7-11

Overall: 18-18

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Gold Pick
New York Rangers @ Washington Capitals – Pick: Capitals

The Washington Capitals have once again very quietly worked their way into the top spot in the NHL heading into Saturday's slate with wins in seven consecutive games. A red-hot Alex Ovechkin, solid goaltending, and strong special teams play has the Caps absolutely rolling through the entire East Division right now. With Ovi's seven goals in seven games as the catalyst, Washington has once again established itself as a legitimate threat to make some noise down the stretch and turn some heads as the playoffs approach.

Two main factors play into me loving this spot for Washington to push its win streak to eight. One, as much as I know Keith Kinkaid has been decent in a few starts this year for New York, he does not have what it takes to get the job done at the NHL level, and frankly, I'm unsure how he still has one. The second one is the Rangers are bad on the road and have played poorly over recent matchups in Washington, posting a 1-7 record over their last eight meetings against the Capitals at Capital One Arena.

Ovi and the Caps are hitting their stride at the perfect moment in the season, a mark of any true contender in this league. I have to ride the hot hand and take Washington for my Gold Pick of the week.

Silver Pick
Calgary Flames @ Toronto Maple Leafs – Pick: Maple Leafs

Don't look now, Toronto, but the formerly unbeatable-looking Leafs are sliding fast. Their once solid lead has quickly evaporated (six losses in seven games will do that) with the Oilers, Jets, Canadiens, and even Flames all within striking distance. There really is no other way to break it down than by saying: Toronto has been bad. Nagging injuries to key players, poor starts, inconsistent play at both ends of the rink – take your pick of reasons, the Leafs need to be a lot better.

I truly believe that begins tonight with a much-needed start from one of the most underrated backups in the league in Jack Campbell. Not only h