Marc’s NHL Pick of the Day (Photo Gallery)
I think we’ve got to be happy with how last night went. We won our two solid picks and because of my confidence level in those picks I took a shot, on a 50/50 game, with Dallas because they would have paid off large. The Stars did fall short in Pittsburgh but that’s fine with me as we still went 2-1 for +45.89 units. Also, for the record, I was lucky enough to have a hot chick bringing me beers all night so it was well worth it. She wasn’t wearing a lederhosen but I was successful in brokering a deal for next weekend where she will in fact be wearing a lederhosen. So things are looking on the up and up. She may not be Delta White (Photo Gallery), but hey, who is?
Pittsburgh vs. Carolina: The Penguins played at home last night and beat the equally impressive Dallas Stars 3-1. The Pens will be looking to build off of what should have been looked at as a real test of their hockey club by facing off against the struggling Hurricanes tonight in Raleigh. The Canes are losers of 4 straight and are just 2-6-2 in their last 10. The Pens are playing on successive nights, which is of concern, but that fact is providing us with a line on tonight’s game. It is possible, as Marc-Andre Fleury started last night, that we will see Brent Johnson in net for the Pens tonight. Even if that is the case, I still like Pittsburgh’s chances of beating the listless Canes. Take the Pens (-130).
Ottawa vs. Toronto: The Sens had reeled off 5 wins in a row but were playing well above their heads. Don’t be fooled by their 7-9-1 record, as poor as it still is, because they aren’t anywhere near that level. Craig Anderson struggled last night and was pulled after allowing 2 goals in the opening 3 minutes of the game. His replacement, Alex Auld, didn’t loo particularly sharp either as the Sens lost 5-1 against the Sabres. The Leafs seem to be back on track after downing the St. Louis Blues and look to keep their division lead. Take the Leafs (-140).
Minnesota vs. Los Angeles: Despite the off-season hype the Los Angeles Kings have been less than impressive so far this season. The Minnesota Wild fit in at the other end of the spectrum. Although far from one of the league leaders, the Minnesota Wild have played above expectations. The Kings are 4-4-1 at home this season and have struggled to score goals despite what looks like a offensively healthy line up. The Wild, as usual, are one of the better defensive teams. Josh Harding and Nicklas Backstrom provide what is probably the strongest goaltending tandem in the NHL. I like the Wild’s chances of playing a tight game and squeezing out the victory. This is today’s cash game. Take the Wild (+150).
2011-12 RECORD 17-11-0; Units +642.37
WIN %: .607
CUMULATIVE RECORD 124-78-0; Units +3346.63
WIN %: .614