Now that Valentine's Day, the one day of the year where I feel even lonelier than I usually do, is behind us, there's nothing but excitement left. This excitement grows bigger and bigger as we approach what should be known as the true day of love, the trade deadline. This year's swap season should garner effervescence around the whole league mixed with some sweet overvaluation of players.
As the elite club ranks steady atop the board, I'm most excited to see how the teams in that second tier, let's name it the rugged rivals tier (just because it sounds cool), plan on ruining their future like a teenager choosing to pursue sociology. I'm just kidding, take it from a Habs fan, anything can happen in the playoffs, so who knows? Maybe acquiring Ben Chiarot for Vitali Kravtsov, Nils Lundkvist, Kaapo Kakko, Alexis Lafreniere, Filip Chytil, the Empire State Building and five first-rounders may in fact get the Rangers to the promised land.
That being said, the moves that are about to take place within the next few weeks will certainly make my Saturday picks all the more interesting to make. Calgary already started strong by acquiring the marvelous Tyler Toffoli (whom I will dearly miss), so let's not waste any more time and…
Seattle Kraken @ Calgary Flames (Over/under 6) – Pick: Over
Of the seven games the Flames have played in February, none has concluded with less than six tallies. Calgary themselves have scored at least four times in all these contests. Considering they've all gone in their favor, I was tempted to predict a Flames win here, but I went with the over/under, because these days it seems like pretty much any of their forwards can have a big night on any given night. From the usual suspects like Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan or Matthew Tkachuk to the depth revelations like Dillon Dube, Andrew Mangiapane or Adam Ruzicka, make your pick. Chances are many of these guys are going to find the back of the net on many occasions.
Unlike last year, it looks like Calgary can finally count on some blue-line support, which is definitely surprising considering Mark Giordano's departure over the summer (he makes his return to Calgary tonight). With Noah Hanifin's resurgence as well as breakout years for Rasmus Andersson and Oliver Kylington, they are on pace to have