While things have been less than festive for my picks lately, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone south of the border. I hope everyone has a great holiday season full of health and winning wagers.
As hinted at, last week's 2-4 showing and a recent semi-cold streak have me feeling a bit discouraged on the picks front. But as I say basically every single week, lots of opportunity to turn it around and bang out a couple bucks with so much of the season left to unfold.
With an absolutely packed Black Friday schedule yesterday, Saturday's board looks a little bit leaner than we're used to for our favorite day of the week in the world of professional hockey. However, nine games today should still be more than enough to work with to put together a Gold-Silver-Bronze lineup for you to enjoy.
This is a crucial stretch in the NHL schedule, one in which legitimate Cup contenders start to separate themselves from the rest of the pretending pack. That can sometimes translate into plenty of close one-goal games, so keep that in mind when dealing with puckline bets.
We're due for a big day of winners, let's get to it.
2021-22 Saturday Record Breakdown (Complete Record Tracked/Posted @Flips_Picks)
Side bets: 11-7
Total Saturday Record: 20-16
Buffalo Sabres @ Detroit Red Wings (Over/Under 6) – Pick: Over
It seems like everytime I look at a boxscore for either of these teams, the total score is something crooked. With a closer examination, it makes sense. Google "teams that can't play a lick of defense" and these two squads should blast out of your smart speaker or phone with gusto.
Detroit sits tied for the third-most goals allowed this year with 69 tallies against and Buffalo sits alone in fourth with 67. Of course, both clubs are young and in full-blown rebuilds, but that doesn't change the fact that quality defensive efforts are not something you can expect with either of these up-and-coming-type groups.
The total has gone Over the number in five of Detroit's last seven contests against the Sabres overall, including their most recent matchup, which saw seven regulation goals. I think that trend continues in a very big way tonight in Detroit with the Red Wings poised to put one of t