Saturday’s Game Picks: Goals in the Battle of Alberta

Flip Livingstone

2022-01-22

We are back, people! Apologies for the lengthy hiatus on the picks front, but we have returned with an all-new format for the degenerate gambling faithful to sink your teeth into every single Saturday.

Today, we are introducing Vlad Zorila to Saturday's Game Picks. Vlad will be making picks alongside Flip, our incumbent game picker. Going forward, we will be tracking Vlad's picks as well as Flip's. If you don't agree with one opinion, then you can lean on the other. Yet as you'll find out, both games pickers agree on what will happen in at least one of these games.

Since we last met, a lot has unfolded in the NHL which has resulted in some bizarre yet intriguing results in terms of the standings and playoff positioning. Whether it be the upstart Anaheim Ducks currently sitting only three points adrift from first place in the Pacific, the red-hot Colorado Avalanche or the absolutely ice-cold Edmonton Oilers, there really is no shortage of storylines to follow entering Saturday's board. With eight games just last night, be sure you're up early and checking in on starting netminders and lineups. You know the drill: do your research and let's get this paper. Loaded board featuring 11 games awaits, so good luck and enjoy the action.

VLAD’S PICKS

Gold Pick

Detroit Red Wings @ Nashville Predators – Pick: Predators

Let's take a look at Detroit's last five wins: 1/17 at Buffalo, 1/15 against Buffalo at home, 1/4 against San Jose at home, 12/18 against New Jersey at home and 12/14 against the Islanders at home. As of yesterday, the combined record of these four teams was 60-70-20. Notice also how four of those were played in Detroit. The Red Wings have in fact only won five games out of 19 on the road this season. Their rate of success in foreign lands is comparable to Napoleon's in Russia.

If all that wasn't enough, this will be the second game in as many days played by the Red Wings. With Thomas Greiss under the Covid protocol, either Alex Nedeljkovic will have to suit up for a second night in a row or we'll see either Calvin Pickard get called up from the taxi squad. Either way, that's not a winning scenario for Detroit. If that wasn't enough, yesterday they lost to Dallas at home and today they're flying to Nashville. That's as rough a situation as a team can be in.

Meanwhile, Nashville has lived the month of January to its fullest. They started hot with five wins in a row which were then followed by four consecutive losses, to then get a convincing win against Winnipeg on Thursday. They've been streakier than a drunk Packers fan when losing to the Lions, and I think they'll keep rolling like this until the end of the month. With Dante Fabbro being the only injury on the starting lineup, they should have a full arsenal to tear through Detroit's oddly assembled defense. Five of Nashville's players currently have above 30 points, and six of them have scored at least ten goals this season