Picking the winners of Saturday's NHL contests.
And the run continues. 89% is not sustainable, however, who is complaining? The board tonight is quite tough to be honest and this weekend will be very difficult to call. Here we go.
Record: 16 – 2
Was there ever any real doubt that Carey Price is the best goalie on the planet? Not for me. It is safe to say that the king is back and nothing going forward will dethrone him barring another injury. When I bet on the Canadiens it is completely contingent on Price starting. Without him I would never sprinkle on the Habs. Why? For one Price is unbeatable on most nights but more importantly the Habs play with swagger when Carey is in the crease. The Canadiens currently sit atop of the league with 25 points and Carey has yet to lose this season. I really don’t think the Red Wings will be the first to give Carey his first lose. This could come down to a goaltending battle as Jimmy Howard has slowly inched his way back into the picture in Detroit with his recent stellar play. Although a win in Montreal would do wonders for Howard and his case at reclaiming his #1 gig, Price is just too good. Give me the Habs.
Key Stat: Red Wings are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal.
Pick: Montreal – Home Team Win – H
The Pens continue to look like the defending Stanley Cup champions as they are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. At home the Pens have been rather solid with a 6-1-1 record although they are coming off their first regulation home loss. Sidney Crosby continues to score at a ridiculous rate with nine goals in eight games. Life is good for the Pens. On the other end the Leafs are right where most of us expected them and that is just outside the wild card spot. The rookies have been standout for the Leafs and the goaltending was starting to heat up until Frederik Andersen fell off again allowing seven goals in his last two games. It is interesting to note however that Auston Matthews has only scored two goals in his last 12 games since his four-goal eruption to start the season. The Pens should get a routine win here and rebound from their recent 4-3 loss to the Wild two nights ago.
Key Stat: Maple Leafs are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings.
Pick: Pittsburgh – Home Team Win – H
The Flyers come into this matchup having dropped a 6-3 loss last night against the Leafs. The main issue for the Flyers this season seems to be goaltending as both Steve Mason and Michael Neuvirth have been horrendous. Luckily for me I own Mason and he has single handily destroyed my goalie category. To make matters worse the Flyers are on the tail end of a back-to-back against a surging Wild squad. But for some reason I like the Flyers here. With Neuvirth set to start I think the Wild will get the W. Possibly a high scoring game with Philly getting the last laugh.
Key Stat: Wild are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
Pick: Philadelphia – Home Team Win – H
Boy oh boy are the Blue Jackets playing some great hockey. The scoring has been rather balanced and the PP has been bonkers running at 32.4%. To top it all off the goaltending has been superb as Sergei Bobrovsky owns a .935 SV% and 2.16 GAA on the season. The Blues head into Columbus having scored 33 goals on the year which is good for 24th in the league. Colorado is the only team that they have managed to score more than two goals against in their last 10 games. So why am I taking the Blues? For one, Bobrovsky was pulled in his last game allowing four goals on nine shots against the Bruins. Second, the Blues are a much better team on paper. Third, these are the games that the Blues need and will continue to win until their offense finds its groove. Take the Blues in a tight contest.
Key Stat: Blues are 14-6 in the last 20 meetings.
Pick: St. Louis – Visitor Team Win – V
I should write refer to Carey Price here because Tuukka Rask has been equally valuable to the Bruins this season. How does a .938 SV% and 1.76 GAA sound? Superb. The Bruins continue to try and find some consistency to their game as they battle for a wild card spot. One of the main issues for the Bees this season has been the lack thereof a power play that currently runs at 14%. That number will go up as the season progresses and as it does so will the wins column for the Bruins. There is not much to say about the Yotes as they currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference. Boston seems to play Arizona really well and the Bruins should get the W on the road tonight.
Key Stat: Bruins are 8-0 in the last 8 meetings.
Pick: Boston – Visitor Team Win – V
What a disaster in Calgary. Obviously, I own both Dougie Hamilton and Mark Giordano who have been abysmal to start the season. I am confident that Giordano will bust out of this slump but the same cannot be said about Dougie. A combined minus-9 and two PPP on the season between the two… yucky! The Flames PP has been really bad connecting at an 8% clip. Sean Monahan has started off the season on the wrong foot with only six points and a minua-10. Will things turn around in Calgary? At least not tonight. The Rangers are no joke this season as they have only lost twice in their last 10 games. The scoring has come from all over and the Rangers will be a tough task for the Flames tonight. Give me the Rangers who will manage to keep Johnny quiet.
Key Stat: Rangers are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Pick: New York – Visitor Team Win – V
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