NHL Notes and Picks for Oct. 12
New York Ranger Ales Kotalik was the hero yesterday around the NHL, his third period power play goal was the one that found the net and snapped a late tie against Anaheim. It should be mentioned that New York is 4-0 now excluding one loss in the season opener against Pittsburgh.
In Vancouver, a shootout was needed to finish the game in absence of Daniel Sedin. The Canucks were still able to score three regulation goals to keep their offensive attack up to standards. Ribeiro, Richards and Benn scored for the Stars while Kesler, Burrows and Mitchell scored for Vancouver.
Both my picks took the game last night, increasing my total to 12-5.
Colorado (2-1-1) v Boston (2-2-0)
The Bruins managed to squeak a win against the Islanders on Saturday, but they needed overtime to do it. That has me concerned, especially when playing a very streaky Avalanche bunch.
The smart money points to Boston being a favorite by far, but I’m reluctant to jump to that conclusion. After considering, I have to go with the Bruins, but I’m not comfortable about it.
Los Angeles (3-1-0) v New York Islanders (0-0-3)
The Islanders are still looking for their first regulation win and this is my underdog pick of the night. Tavares and company will find a way to steal one eventually and I think that they will do it tonight. Look out, because I think the Kings are going to pepper the Islanders with shots 2:1.
Toronto (0-3-1) v New York Rangers (4-1-0)
The Rangers are just a team that looks unstoppable right now. It’s hard to go against them, but this is another game that I feel the underdog has the advantage. The Rangers played an overtime and shootout last night against the Anaheim Ducks, a very physical team.
Now they walk into Francis Beauchemin, Mike Komisarek, Garnet Exelby, Tomas Kaberle, Like Schenn, Mike Van Ryn and more. I think the game last night and the extreme physical play from Toronto will slow the Rangers down.
New Jersey (2-2-0) v Washington (2-2-1)
Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom. Never bet against the best player in the league (sorry to all your Crosby/Malkin lovers, he is just better. Period).
Pittsburgh (4-1-0) v Ottawa (3-1-0)
Very tough call. Pittsburgh has been getting wins, so has Ottawa. Ottawa hasn’t looked like a team that is very fluid in their style of play, and Pittsburgh looks like they’ve drank about 14 bottles of whiskey before each game. Both teams have my confidence. I’ll throw this to Pittsburgh, only because they have that big Stanley-whatsit-called.
Florida (1-3-0) v Tampa Bay (1-1-2)
It seems every year I’m a sucker for the Lightning. They have more talent collectively then the entire western conference. Lecavalier, St. Louis, Stamkos, Hedman, Ohlund, and whatever else it just makes you scratch your head and wonder how this bunch isn’t producing numbers that are similar to the Rangers ranking.
I can’t bet against them, but this is another pick I’m not comfortable with. Tampa Bay in regulation.
Edmonton (2-1-1) v Nashville (2-1-0)
An overrated Oilers bunch versus a surprising Nashville group. I’ll take Edmonton, but only because I’m Canadian.
Calgary (4-1-0) v Chicago (2-1-1)
This is where my personal conflict becomes an issue here. I love Chicago. I’m a sucker for them, and I loved them before it was cool to love them. Calgary has tremendous talent and the best defensive units bar none in the entire NHL (even if they’re not playing like it yet).
Calgary has my vote here, but I don’t want to watch this game.
Phoenix (2-2-0) v San Jose (3-2-0)
Heatley get’s another hat trick. Not really, but San Jose walks away with two in regulation.
My Picks record to date: 12-5 (70.58%)
Oct. 9 record: 1-1 (50%)
Oct. 10 record: 9-4 (69.2%)
Oct. 11 record: 2-0 (100%)
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