If you've been following along each Saturday here at Dobber Hockey, you would have noticed our combination of Flip and Vlad has been on a pretty solid roll of feeding you winners on the NHL's biggest day of the week. While Vlad had a bit of a rough week last time around, Flip is still red-hot with his selections, going a perfect 11-0 over the past two Saturdays.
Playoff hockey is just around the corner and the anticipation and excitement over some of the potential first-round matchups is real. This is a great time for sports fans and gambling degenerates in general, from The Masters to Opening Weekend in the MLB to tightening races in the NHL, so let's sit back and enjoy the action.
A 12-game board awaits us on the ice today, including two matinee games. Does Flip stay hot with a third perfect Saturday in a row? Will Vlad bounce back? Let's find out!
2021-22 Saturday Record Breakdown (Complete Record Tracked/Posted @Flips_Picks)
Side bets: 23-19
Total Saturday Record: 49-38-0
Elias Lindholm (Anytime Goalscorer) +125
When it comes to writing this article every week, I rarely think to mention a general manager's impact or even fathom to give that person credit, but Calgary GM Brad Treliving deserves some serious credit for putting this Flames roster together. The Flames head into Seattle tonight as the top team in the Pacific Division, six points up on the second-place Edmonton Oilers and poised for a deep Cup run.
Aside from the balanced roster top-to-bottom thanks to Treliving's handiwork, this Flames group has been carried all year long by one of the best lines in the business right now. Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau, and Elias Lindholm deserve some respect this season as all three are setting career highs in points, making this top line one of the deadliest offensive units in the game.
While Gaudreau and Tkachuk get a lot of the main media attention, I want to once again show some love for a guy in Lindholm who doesn't get enough respect considering how good he's been, posting 38 goals and 35 assists this season. This man is closing in on the 40-goal mark, so throw some respect on his name and a bit of cash while you're at it.
Lindholm has been red-hot of late and so has the entire Flames top line, as his six goals and two assists for his last eight games would indicate. Add that into a matchup against the defensively-challenged Seattle Kraken and this is another awesome spot for Lindholm to crack the 40-piece plateau.
Flames keep rolling and so does that deadly top line. Elias Lindholm (Anytime Goalscorer) for my Gold selection of the day.
San Jose Sharks @ Vancouver Canucks – Pick: Canucks (ML