Hockey picks for Saturday including two on one game!
Leafs at Montreal Canadiens
NHL Odds: Canadiens -130
As much as the Toronto Maple Leafs have struggled
recently, the Montreal Canadiens shouldn’t be laying -130 against anyone. Even
if they were facing the Edina Hawks without Adam Banks, I wouldn’t be laying
The Canadiens have just two wins in their last seven and
both came via shootout. To say that they’re barely scraping by is an
understatement. Not that the Maple Leafs have been doing much better – they’ve
lost 10 of 11, including a 5-0 loss to Montreal on February 11th –
but at least you don’t have to lay any juice with them.
This is a rivalry game and anything can happen. The Leafs
have more on the line and while that might not necessarily mean much, the Habs
are in fact the worst team in the conference and have in fact won just 12 home
games this season (in 34 tries). That’s the fewest in the conference and one
better than the worst in the NHL. This game should be a pick, so we’ll take the
value with Toronto.
NHL Picks: Maple
Leafs at Montreal Canadiens (Second pick)
NHL Odds: Over/Under 5.5
One of the reasons to like the Maple Leafs is because
Saturday’s contest should be back-and-forth with plenty of scoring. Neither
team has been the recipient of quality defense or goaltending, which should
push this game over the number.
The Habs have the better netminder in Carey Price but
he’s given up at least three goals in seven of his last eight starts. Meanwhile,
the Leafs goaltenders have been brutal as James Reimer has a 4.37 GAA in his
last four starts – all losses – while Jonas Gustavsson has lost five straight
while posting a 3.76 GAA. If the Leafs general manager thinks one of these two are
his goaltender of the future, then he should be considered delusional.
With the over actually being the underdog in this
equation, this is a good play.
NHL Picks: Over
St. Louis Blues at
San Jose Sharks
NHL Odds: Over/Under 5
Under seems to be a consistently logical play to go with
whenever considering a contest involving the St. Louis Blues but that could
even be more so the case on Saturday in San Jose.
The Blues have shutout the San Jose Sharks in each of the last two
meetings and it might not matter who starts as both Blues goaltenders blanked
the Sharks. Sharks netminder Antti Niemi has a career 2.53 GAA and .919 save
percentage against the Blues.
Goals have been hard to come by for both teams as the
Sharks have just one goal in two games and 15 in their last eight. Meanwhile the
Blues are fresh off a 2-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks.
There has been a total of four goals between the teams in the last two
meetings. Take the under.
NHL Picks: Under
Predators at Florida Panthers
NHL Odds: Predators -120
The Predators look like a good play in this spot on
Saturday simply because there isn’t a huge home-ice advantage for the Panthers.
Florida has lost four of five at home and is the only
team in their division with more home losses than home wins. They’re fresh off
a 7-0 beatdown at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets, so it’s not exactly as if
they’re coming into this contest with high spirits.
Meanwhile, Nashville has had three days rest and is set
for the debut of trade deadline acquisition Paul Gaustad. Goaltender Pekka
Rinne is 7-1-1 with a 1.70 GAA in his last nine starts and should be the
NHL Picks: Predators