NHL Picks for March 24: Who Will Pull an Upset?

Shane House@sghcantcopyAnalyst IMarch 24, 2010

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 26:  Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers on December 26, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 3-2 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Last Record: 3-2

Record for the week: 15-7

First off, I would like to apologize for my two-day hiatus. My picks should go accordingly with no issue.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals

The hottest rivalry in the NHL today, the Caps/Pens match-up always has some fireworks. But the issue with this game is health. Gino Malkin is most likely out for this game, and this is a problem for the Pens, considering they have scored just 14 goals in their last 7 games. On top of that, Jose Theodore has been white-hot since January, going 16-0-2 with a 2.40 GAA and .927 save percentage in that span.

Look for Washington to win a rough game in this one.

Washington over Pittsburgh

Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres

Both teams have been hot as of late, with Montreal coming off a seven-game winning streak and Buffalo winning its last three. Plus, Montreal has two of their power play specialists, Michael Cammaleri and Marc-Andre Bergeron, coming back from injury. The only issue here is Carey Price is starting, and he has played very little in the past two months.

Look for Buffalo to win a high-scoring game.

Buffalo over Montreal

St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings

What is probably the biggest game of the season for the Blues. A win will put them within six points of the Red Wings, while a loss will all but kiss their playoff hopes goodbye, putting them 10 points behind with nine games left. One thing that is certain is that both teams are coming in hot, with Detroit and St. Louis holding winning records in their last 10 games. The real question here is, which team is hotter?

Look for St. Louis to win this one, making the playoff race a little more fun to watch in the West.

St. Louis over Detroit

Anaheim Mighty Ducks at Vancouver Canucks

What a fall from grace after Anaheim almost made the Western Conference finals last year. They are currently sitting nine points out of a playoff spot, and are looking like they aren't going to make the playoffs this season. Vancouver, on the other hand, has hit a bit of a road block, going 1-2-1 in its last four with goalie and captain Roberto Luongo looking a little shaky in net. This game will come down to one thing, and that is who will want it more.

Look for Anaheim to take advantage of a shaky Vancouver team.

Anaheim over Vancouver

Upset of the Night!!!

New York Islanders at New York Rangers

The battle of New York seems to be a tame one right now, with the Isles all but out of a playoff position and the Rangers barely being able to keep pace with Boston. The sad thing about this matchup is that both teams hold a losing record, both overall and with home/away records. The Isles are 10-20-7 on the road while the Rangers are 15-17-6 at home. The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist recently said, "It's been an effort the past few weeks trying to stay positive."

Look for the Isles to pull off the upset here in a low-scoring game.

Islanders over Rangers

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