Here are my picks and rationale for today!
TB @ CAR
I still think Tampa has a team that can be a playoff contender. They have 4 big time forwards, and a solid defensive core, with a goalie that proved last year he can play. Hopefully he plays well enough for them to win tonight!
My Pick: TB
My Pick: OVER
DAL @ EDM
Edmonton is a team that will put a lot of pressure on the defence. That is Pat Quinn's style, especially against a team with inexperienced d-men. I expect a lot of turnovers from dallas tonight and a solid game from the Bulin Wall.
My Pick: EDM
Yesterday went 0 for 2, darn! Shoulda played NYR ATS, oh well, here are today's picks and rationale!
PHI @ NJ
Philly's D and Emery looked solid last night. "Always play a hot goalie" is the phrase, but its only been 1 game and they are playing a team that promises to be defensively sound. NJ have a new coach and will probably be pretty boring to watch this year, but with a defensive minded coach and Martin Brodeur between the pipes little will be getting through.
My Pick: Under 5.5
TB @ ATL
Tampa Bay look a lot better this year. Stamkos presumably will be better than last year. He finished last year hot and looks good this year. TB have improved their blueline and goaltending from last year. ATL has the same ol' team, never a contender, now their starting goaltender is out and have to rely on Hedberg or Pavelec. I'll take the dog in this one.
My Pick: TB
My Pick: Over
Went 2-1 Yesterday, missed my combo thanks to the Sharks. Wow they looked bad! hah
PHI @ CAR
This pick comes down to scoring and goaltending. Philly has the edge in scoring prowess, however Ward has the edge over Emery in my opinion. However, Ward, in October, has a GAA of 3.61 in the last 2 years.
My Pick: Over 6.0
NYR @ PIT
My Pick: NYR
Now let me explain. I am betting on the over-emphasized "hangover" people say Pittsburgh will go through. I don't think it will be that bad, however, what I am betting on mostly is second line and third line scoring. Pittsburgh lost two huge shutdown defenders this year in Hal Gill, and Rob Scuderi and NYR have a lot of depth. They may just wear down the Pittsburgh D.
Welcome Back all. Here's my picks and rationale for Thursday's Games!
SJ vs. COL
Colorado drastically improved their goaltending by picking up Craig Anderson. Anderson was one of the best statistical goalies last year, unfortunately the Defence (both the players and system) in front of him is not as good as florida was last year. Their offence is just as good as any team trying to make the playoffs, but new coaching may effect development. Sharks are still good. I expect Heatley, Thornton and Gooch to dominate.
My Pick: Sharks
WSH vs. BOS
This one is the game of the night. Both teams are coming off disappointing seasons as good they were. Both teams were contenders for the cup, but neither made the final. OV feels he has more to prove and when the Goal scoring champ has something to prove, watch out. I don't think Boston's situation is as dire. They'll play systematic, but with much less heart.
My Pick: WSH +1.5
TOR vs. MTL
The leafs are my team so I suggest you stay away from my advice for this one :) I do believe the Leafs will be a tough team to play but that may not result in Dubyas. Toskala needs to play well in order for the leafs to do well and I was less than impressed in the exhibition games. I expect a lot of close games by the leafs simply because teams will be happy with a goal or two lead and avoid getting banged up in the corners. The leafs will be a comeback team but who knows how many they will actually come back ahead in. It kills me to say it but Montreal's new top line will be something to fear as they are starting to Mesh well.
My Pick: MTL
If you want my opinion on the Van-CGY game let me know, I'll debate.
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After a Busy life the past month of so, I am back to make some predictions with rationale. Let me know what you think!
CAR-NYI - Carolina
gets a lot of shots on goal against bad teams, however Joey Macdonald has
played well his last two starts and is expected to get the start tonight. The isles are 7-2 on 0 days rest this year
and the ‘Canes are 13-19 on 1 days rest.
A lot of the stats point to Isles taking this one, but with all the
injuries play will be sloppy with pucks bouncing everywhere.
MY PICK: Isles +1.5: Over
NJ-TB – Looks like Ramo will get another start. How this guy
is still in the pro’s amazes me. Expect
a butt-kicking from New Jersey
who got shut out last game and will not be holding back tonight.
My Pick: NJ -1.5; Over
ATL-PHX – Atlanta
is scoring goals, a lot of them. No
Coyotes defenseman can handle the Atlanta
offence, namely Kovalchuk. Tellqvist (PHX)
is apparently getting the start tonight which says to me that they are going to
take this loss on the chin. Expect the
thrashers to dominate in the offensive zone (they also score on 10% of their
My Pick: ATL; Over