No mas picking unders for now – just too many ways to lose. Power plays. 5 on 3’s. Swiss-cheese-like goalies. Penalty shots. 2-2 scores. That obligatory goal added for OT wins (3-2 final in a real 2-2 game). And those dreaded empty net goals. Mercy.
And no more Megapucks picks either. My first one ever came last week with the cutesy logic "…thinking less than 15 goals scored – around 13 – in tonight’s troika." Good work genius. There were 26 goals Wednesday. And my picks went 1-5. Ouch.
Time to eat a big piece of humble pie and bet-bet-bet.
Tuesday, Nov. 4
Islanders at Rangers: Blueshirts won 4-2 in skate last Monday and with starting goalie DiPietro out and Lundqvist or Valiquette in net at home, logic says lay the lumber. RANGERS.
Wild at Sharks: SJ started 6-0-0 (23-11 goals) in Shark Tank while Wild on third leg of western road swing. SHARKS.
Wednesday, Nov. 5
Lightning at Devils: Lightning grounded to start season and with the third least goals (25) finding the back of the net vs. Brodeur may prove difficult. DEVILS.
Thursday, Nov. 6
Coyotes at Canucks: Teams went 1-1 on home and enemy ice LY in games averaging 3.5 goals. Vancouver good at protecting its home tundra. CANUCKS.
Blues at Sharks: St. Louis netminder Legace fell and injured himself as VP candidate Palin dropped the first puck last week. The toothy-ones 4-0 vs. Blues LY, outscoring them, 11-2 (2 SO’s). SHARKS. (BE$T BET$)
Friday, Nov. 7
Thrashers at Sabres: Buffalo simply better. SABRES.
Saturday, Nov. 8
Lightning at Flyers: Flyers looked good shutting out Atlanta. TB similar stock. FLYERS.
Devils at Red Wings: Hossa starting to click and Zetterberg(pictured at the right) a stud – Devils shaky vs. Leafs LW in loss. RED WINGS
Sunday, Nov. 9
Thrashers at Canes: Carolina boasts talented goalie duo in Ward (3.29 GAA) and Leighton (2.29) and the Canes went 6-2 against Atlanta LY, outscoring them 36-24. HURRICANES.
Panthers at Ducks: The travel distance between Miami and LA: 2,348 miles. Too far. And Anaheim’s been hot after a bad start. DUCKS.
Monday, Nov. 10
Lightning at Capitals: Smith-Kolzig nice net pair but Ovechkin and Semin strong in DC (3-0-1). CAPITALS.