Saturday’s NHL Picks – February 11, 2017

by Adam Mark on February 11, 2017

Picking the winners of Saturday’s NHL action.

 

After another subpar 3-3 Saturday, my Dobber percentage is now right where I am on the season 110-66 (63%). This week, I've gone 6-2 (75%) and am basically taking all Home teams (damn you Arizona). With playoffs looming, and games getting more intense, I'm paying more respect to home crowd energy than I normally would. 

 

Record: 19 – 11 (63%)

 

Vancouver @ Boston (1pm ET)

 

As a Vancouverite, there's nothing more I'd like than to call the Canucks over the Bruins, but I'd be setting myself up for the same disappointment I had in 2011. Given Vancouver's shutout performance, one might be tempted to lean that way but look no further than Boston's top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Backes who have put up 22 points over the last 3 games. Even if he may not have much fantasy relevance, Zdeno Chara should be making his return. 

 

Pick: Boston – Home Team Victory – H

Confidence Level: 4/5

 

Florida @ Nashville (2pm ET)

 

With both teams trying to secure a playoff spot, this game could very well be decided in OT or via a SO. Nashville had some bad puck luck in it's last game in New York. If they can bring the same effort they had on the road to home ice, I'm liking them for the victory. P.K. Subban and Roman Josi will be leaned upon to stack up against Florida's smorgasbord of forwards. Even with taking Nashville, I'll be hoping Jonathan Hubderdeau gets on the board for my fantasy squad.

 

Pick: Nashville – Home Team Victory – H

Confidence Level: 3.5/5

 

Buffalo @ Toronto (7pm ET)

 

I must admit I was quite surprised with the upset victory that Buffalo pulled over San Jose earlier this week, but it was back to normal when they lost 5-2 to Anaheim. To add, Buffalo has not beaten Toronto this season going 0-2. I'm sticking with the stats here and calling Toronto for the W. I'm liking Nazem Kadri and Morgan Rielly for the Leafs and Kyle Okposo and Sam Reinhart for the Sabres.

 

Pick: Toronto – Home Team Victory – H

Confidence Level: 4/5

 

Colorado @ New York (7pm ET)

 

The Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist have been at peak performance lately. Winning four straight, and coming off a comeback victory over Nashville, New York should come out on top Saturday. Gabriel Landeskog has been waking up, but with the depth the Rangers have, I don't see it being enough. While I expect J.T. Miller and Michael Grabner to contribute, I'll be looking at Chris Kreider to step up. Word to the wise, while New York should have this in the bag, the -265 moneyline I'm seeing it a bit much for my blood.

 

Pick: New York – Home Team Victory – H

Confidence Level: 4.5/5

 

Anaheim @ Washington (7:30pm ET)

 

It sure doesn't seem like any of the Trump shenanigans going on are having any effect on the Capitals. They've won 11 straight at home and have frankly been looking like the team to beat in the East. The loss of Andre Burakovsky is definitely a downer as he was putting on his own show, but the rest of the Washington lineup should be more than capable of handling the load. I'm taking the Caps and the over in this one.

 

Pick: Washington – Home Team Victory – H

Confidence Level: 5/5

 

Pittsburgh @ Arizona (8pm ET)

 

They say the third time's the charm right? After losing two straight Saturday's to Arizona, you might think I'd lay off them… but here I am doubling down yet again. I'd be betting most teams against the Coyotes, let alone the Penguins. Pittsburgh has been getting depth scoring as of late and with a very likely Evgeni Malkin appearance, the ice may look quite titled come Saturday night. 

 

Pick: Pittsburgh – Visitor Team Victory – V

Confidence Level: 5/5