Top NHL Picks of the Day for Saturday

Joe Catalano

Saturday, April 12, 2014 1:35 PM GMT

As the NHL season is coming to a close with the new playoff format ahead, there are still some teams that are playing for pride. This could possibly affect our picks as we’re looking to go undefeated in NHL Picks of the Day.

Chicago Blackhawks (46-20-15) at Nashville Predators (36-32-12)
Playing For Pride
While the Blackhawks are getting ready for the post-season, the Predators are playing out the string and have finished out the season strong, going 7-1-2 in their last 10 games.

People are saying that the Blackhawks can use the finale as a “tune-up” for the playoffs, but they’re coming off of a weak 4-0 loss to Washington on Friday and are just 2-7-1 in their last 10 road games. From a psychological standpoint, this game could be helpful to Chicago, but this will be a major test.

Tonight, it’s confirmed that the Predators will send out goalie, Pekka Rinne, and Rinne had the Blackhawks number this season as he’s 2-0 with 1.00 GAA and a .968 SV% vs. Chicago.

The Blackhawks are without Patrick Kane (69 points) and Jonathan Toews (68 points).It appears that they’ll bypass Corey Crawford for Antti Raanta (1-3, 3.61 GAA in his last 6 starts).

Look for Shea Weber and Patric Hornqvist to be key players in this game as they’ve played well as of late and are looking to set personal statistical records with just 2 games to go. Nashville is “win- mode”while the Blackhawks are in “playoff-mode”. Take the underdog Predators for your hockey picks.

Hockey Pick: Nashville +110 at Bet 365

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San Jose Sharks (50-22-9) at Phoenix Coyotes (36-29-15)
Down In the Dumps
The Coyotes picked the worst time to start losing as they’re riding a 6 game losing streak. This has eliminated them from the playoffs, much to the delight of the Dallas Stars.


No Support
Although posting a modest 2.43 GAA and .907 SV% in the 6 consecutive losses, Thomas Greiss hasn’t had much assistance from his team offensively.

Tonight, he faces his old team in the Sharks and look for him to have another solid game between the pipes. This game comes down to “will the Coyotes offense show up tonight?” Phoenix has been outscored 18-7 in their last 6 games.

 

Welcome Back!
The Sharks welcome back rookie Thomas Hertl (15 goals, 10 assists in 35 games) in which this will be his 2nd game back from an injury that sidelined him since December 19th.

Hertl got off to a fast start and he’ll definitely be fresh for this game and the playoffs. Another player to focus in on will be veteran winger, Martin Havlat.

Despite having a disappointing season, Havlat came up huge against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday in a Sharks victory in which Havlat recorded a hat-trick and 4 points overall. This could possibly be the type of game that Havlat needed to regain his confidence as the Sharks head into the playoffs.

It doesn’t matter which goalie that San Jose sends out, Phoenix has thrown in the towel a long time ago and San Jose will put the Coyotes out of the misery at desirable odds.

Hockey Pick: San Jose -120 at Bet 365

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