Saturday Picks – November 22, 2014

by Anthony Lancione on November 22, 2014 | (0 Comments)

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The best bets for Saturday's NHL contests.

 

Winning % on the season= 83%
Record of previous Week: 5
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After a great start to the campaign a couple weeks back nailing all but one pick, plus getting the value pick right (Pittsburgh on runline), let’s look to get a consistent run of above .500 picks going. The parity in the league continues to amaze me. Despite some straggling franchises like Buffalo, Carolina and Edmonton battling for the basement, any of these squads have proven capable of impressive upsets, most notably the lowly Sabres terrorizing the Toronto Maple Leafs last weekend 6-2.

Without further ado, lets jump right into this week’s 6-pack on a very busy Saturday slate of action!

 

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Pittsburgh @ NY Islanders (7:00pm ET)
By the Numbers - Frozen Pools

 

After stealing a victory on the road in the first half of the back-to-back, home and home series, the Islanders will look to sweep the mini-series tonight on home ice in Nassau Colisseum. However, that won’t be an easy task as Pittsburgh is 7-1-1 on the road thus far while are 8-1-1 in their last 10 altogether. The Pens went into Friday night only having allowed 35 goals against on the season (2.06 per game), but New York’s five goal outburst bumped that up to 2.22. An off-night for Marc-Andre Fleury in an otherwise excellent season thus far, leading the NHL in shutouts with four. However, Thomas Greiss will be taking the baton tonight. Expect another hard fought affair, possibly going all the way to yet another skills competition.

 

Pick
Tie –T(ProLine)(
Pittsburgh winning in shootout)

Columbus @ Philadelphia (7:00pm ET)
By the Numbers -Frozen Pools


A week ago Friday the same two combatants met, in what was Larry Bird’s Scott Hartnell’s first return to Philly since being traded after spending the previous seven seasons as a fan favourite there. He didn’t get on the score sheet in that encounter (although six shots registered on goal showed he was trying to get one back for old times). The Jackets took the game, sending Philly to their first of four consecutive losses, and counting. They’ve been outscored 15-8 in that stretch and will look to shake the slump tonight. The jackets have been terrible this season despite a short run of .500 hockey the past week-plus. They currently sit in the Metropolitan Division basement. Philly cracks the shell tonight. Book it!


Pick
Philadelphia - Home Team Win – H(ProLine)

Buffalo @ Washington (7:00pm ET)
By the Numbers - Frozen Pools


The Sabres have only two road wins out of nine thus far, but are on (for their standards) a modest, and season high, two-game winning streak. It won’t matter though, as Washington is riding a two-gamer as well, and look to be beginning to hit their stride, with an inspirational late game winner last outing by their heart and soul, Alexander Ovechkin. Due to injury to Michael Neuvirth, Jonas Enroth and his woeful peripherals (3.63 GAA & .900 SV%) is lacing them up for both contests this weekend. Unbelievably, last time out, due to the nature of the game-time injury to Neuvirth, near-Geriatric former NHL puck stopper, Arturs Irbe was forced out of retirement despite approaching his 50th birthday. Irbe, now goalie coach of the woeful Sabres, will hope he doesn’t have to suit up ever again, after last playing in the NHL a clean decade ago!

 

Pick

Washington - Home Team Win - H(ProLine)

 

Carolina @ Colorado (9:00pm ET)
By the Numbers - Frozen Pools

With Semyon Varlamov out day-to-day, be sure to check www.goaliepost.com for the latest substitution news as well as the rest of your up-to-date starting goalie news around the league. They’ve pegged backup Reto Berra for the nod, with Chet Pickard suiting up as well. After overachieving significantly last season, the Avalanche have come back to earth this campaign, although surprisingly haven’t even come close to last season’s output. They’ve yet to adapt to Paul Stastny’s absence quite clearly, and Nate Mackinnon is evidently not protected the from the dubious sophomore jinx. This will be a great opportunity for the Avs to break out and get back on track though. 

 

Pick
Colorado - Home Team Win – H(ProLine)

 

Chicago @ Edmonton (10:00pm ET)
By the Numbers - Frozen Pools

 

According to Frozen Pool’s Nightly Fantasy Game preview (Hit the By the Numbers link to see in full), Chicago ranks second in the NHL in goals against, surely due in large part to Corey Crawford’s career best start (1.97 GAA & .926 SV%). They also have registered more shots on goal than anybody else in the league, which is surprising that they’re only ranked 11th in goals. This is a scary notion for Edmonton and the West of the rest (primarily) as you know the Hawks’ big core of Toews, Kane, Sharp and Hossa have been very underwhelming with their shooting percentages to date. Granted, Sharp is now on the shelf long-term, but these numbers will still begin to correct themselves, resulting in Chicago getting an increase in average goals per game scored; likely in the near future.

 

Tale of the Tape

2014-11-22 MT

 

 

CHICAGO
BLACKHAWKS

NHL
Rank

Stat

Category

Stat

NHL
Rank

4

19

Games Played

20

3

4

11

Wins

6

9

5

7

Losses

12

10

11

52

Goals

48

14

2

39

Goals Against

66

18

4

+13

Goal Differential

-18

22

1

704

Shots On Net

603

9

8

530

Shots Against

596

18

EDMONTON OILERS

 

11-7-1

REGULAR SEASON RECORD

6-12-2

 

2-1-0

REGULAR SEASON LAST 3 GAMES

0-3-0


 

Pick
Chicago - Visiting Team Win Plus– V+(ProLine)

Arizona @ San Jose (9:00pm ET)
By the Numbers - Frozen Pools


Both teams have been toiling of late, with twin losing streaks and only a mediocre nine game won between them over their past 20 contests combined. However, San Jose is the more likely to start seeing their market correction, due to sheer depth. However, with Stalock on the mend, we’re beginning to see Niemi’s frailty as he’s at risk of being overworked. However, I have enough faith in him to get the job done tonight. Arizona will keep it close, but ultimately fall to defeat.

 

Pick
San Jose - Home Team Win – H(ProLine)

 

Good luck everyone!

 

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