Saturday’s Game Picks: Believe in the Leafs

Flip Livingstone

2022-02-26

Don't look now, but the NHL playoffs are only about 60 days away. With that comes the stretch run of the schedule in which teams jockey for postseason positioning and legitimate contenders begin to separate themselves from peripheral pretenders. In more plain terms: buckle up for a two-month ride of what is sure to feature some entertaining, playoff-like hockey on a nightly basis.

A tasty 10-game board awaits our betting delight on our favourite day of the week, which includes three matinee matchups. To note, two of those games drop the puck at 12:30 p.m. EST, so make sure you set your lineups and get your bets in early.

Let's get this paper. Good luck and enjoy the games.

FLIP LIVINGSTONE

2021-22 Saturday Record Breakdown (Complete Record Tracked/Posted @Flips_Picks)

Gold: 6-4
Silver: 2-8
Bronze: 6-4
Side bets: 15-14

Total Saturday Record: 29-30-0

Gold Pick
Elias Lindholm (Anytime assist) +110

If you haven't noticed, the Calgary Flames are very much for real. I've mentioned it in this piece before but since I last posted picks for Dobber Hockey just over two weeks ago, Calgary reeled off an impressive 10-game win streak before getting pumped at the hands of the resurgent Vancouver Canucks to the tune of a 7-1 smack show Thursday night. Streak busted, but Calgary is still a force to be reckoned with.

The Flames return home where they have points in 18 of 22 games this season, which includes a current 10-game home win streak. A big part of the torrent pace that's seen Calgary ascend the Pacific Division standings? The Flames' top-six forward group which is anchored by a beastly top line featuring a revitalized Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, and a red-hot Elias Lindholm.

Aside from the crooked loss to the Canucks in which the 27-year-old Swede was held off the scoresheet, Lindholm has been simply sensational of late, posting nine goals and seven assists for 16 points over his previous 10 games. The addition of Tyler Toffoli from the Montreal Canadiens has already paid off in spades for the Flames, as this balanced offense is really starting to click in a major way with talented options on three forward lines. Following the ugly loss last time out and a return home for a big Saturday matchup against a really good Minnesota club, I expect a big bounce-back game from Calgary's big guns.

You can also expect the Flames to pepper this Wild group with an early offensive barrage, one in which you can count on Lindholm to play a major role in. Elias Lindholm anytime assist, my Gold Pick of the day.

Silver Pick
Boston Bruins @ San Jose Sharks – Pick: Bruins (ML) -175

Here is one of the classic cases where I am hammering a heavy fav