So sorry iceheads but I just got out of the penalty box for serving a two-minute penalty for writing my hockey column a week early in the last issue. My bad.
Although I am 7-1-1 in my last nine picks and hitting at over 63% on the season, it is my intent to try even harder and give you puck people even more winners as we skate through the second half of the season. My apologies again for skipping over last week’s Power Plays.
Now, some random thoughts on hockey before I give you the picks again for this week!
First, when watching the All-Star games on Versus, I experienced something gamblers never get to experience in pro sports — the announcers talking to the participants while the game was going on! How nice to have money on the West All-Stars when the play-by-play announcer is asking the West goalie Manny Legace if he wants to do some color commentary as the game-winning goal zips by him and with it my $10. Thanks Versus. Cutting-edge stuff.
If you’re interested in learning more about hockey, where virtually any team can beat any other team on a given night — check out the worst team in the NHL, the Kings (49 points) beating the best team, the Red Wings (86 points) at Detroit as a +280 underdog on Feb. 7 — tune in to the NHL Network (COX channel 316 on the sports programming tier) for recaps of the night’s action.
The hockey guru on TV to watch, ESPN’s Barry Melrose, on Thursday said he thought the Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg (Third in NHL in points) was the league’s most valuable player trumping more obvious choices like the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin, the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, the Lightning’s Vincent Lecavalier and the Canucks’ Roberto Luongo. Great call Barry.
Two teams worth noting who have switched realities lately are the Lightning who have won 6 of 7 on the road despite having the NHL’s worst road record (9-14-4) and the Senators, who have lost 8 of 13 and just aren’t the same team without injured star Daniel Alfredsson.
Another team worth noting here is the Capitals who have made some noise in the NHL Southeast Division behind the stellar play of Ovechkin despite having scored 12 less goals than their opponents to date.
OK, here we go again:
Week of Feb. 12-18:
Tuesday: SENS, WILD.
Wednesday BLUE JACKETS, SABRES.
Thursday: FLYERS, PREDS.
Friday: RED WINGS, STARS.
Saturday: HURRICANES, COYOTES.
Sunday: FLAMES, WILD.
Monday: DEVILS, SHARKS, RED WINGS, COYOTES.