Saturday’s Game Picks: Leafs Should Score Lots

Flip Livingstone

2022-04-02

I hope you've been following along closely, hockey fans, because your picks prognosticators here at Dobber Hockey are starting to heat up a little bit, which hopefully translates into more cash in your pockets.

We mentioned last week that we should be in for an exciting stretch of the NHL schedule as the postseason draws increasingly near, and the past seven days' worth of action has been nothing short of sensational. Four more Saturday's left before things get real serious, so let's get this paper.

Can both Flip and Vlad stay hot? Read on and find out. Nine games on today's board with plenty of good spots to make some loot. Good luck today with all your bets and enjoy the action.


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Flip’s Picks

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

Gold: 9-5
Silver: 5-9
Bronze: 9-5

Side bets: 21-19

Total Saturday Record: 44-38-0

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Gold Pick
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Philadelphia Flyers – Pick: Maple Leafs (PL -1.5) -110

Can you really ever mention the Philadelphia Flyers without mentioning how bad their goaltending is year in and year out? It's like mentioning the Maple Leafs potential for a Cup run without discussing their need to win a first-round playoff series first. Both are depressing conversations, to be sure. However, things are much more positive in Leaf Land these days with Toronto reeling off impressive wins in three-straight games sitting firmly in a postseason spot.

On the other hand, you have the Flyers moving in the complete opposite direction, a squad that is allowing way too many goals-against once again to leave Philly sitting only six points up on the lowly Seattle Kraken and rebuilding Montreal Canadiens for dead last in the league. This is a really tough spot for a Flyers team that owns a 3-6-1 over its last 10 going up against a Maple Leafs group playing some of its best hockey of the season.

Regardless of what goalie is holding down the blue paint tonight for Philly, it's sure to be a long evening going up against a Maple Leafs forward group which has registered 18 goals over the past three games. Martin Jones' last two starts for Philly = nine goals against, two losses. Carter Hart's last two starts = 10 goals against, two losses. I think you can pick up what I am putting down here.

Any way you slice it, if you're the Toronto Maple Leafs right now, your best and only option for playoff success is to keep winning. Simple, right? The opportunities for two points with the season winding down will not come much better than this for Sheldon Keefe's crew. Expect another solid performance from a Leafs group that should be fired up with the return of number one netminder Jack Campbell, who will get the start tonight in his return from a rib injury.

Maple Leafs continue to roll with another big win. Leafs on the puckline for my Gold Pick of the day.

Silver Pick
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