One of the really difficult things about correctly picking games a week in advance is that situations can change without my knowledge.
Take the Detroit Red Wings. I picked the over in last Sunday’s matchup with the defending Stanley Cup champs not knowing the Wings would break out of their five-game losing streak with three consecutive victories.
Hindsight being 20-20, I would have picked Detroit so the 3-0 win didn’t surprise me. Disappointing, you bet. But, I’m not Kreskin.
So keep that in mind, especially when looking at my picks for later in the week. Circumstances can change and what I said about a particular matchup may no longer apply. I just have to hope it does.
And now with all my excuses used up, here’s next week’s list:
Tuesday, Feb. 10
Los Angeles at NY Isles: This is the fifth and last stop on a long, but successful trip East for LA. The Kings have won three straight and have had two full days off after a game in nearby New Jersey. The lowly Islanders have scored just eight goals in their last four games. Ouch. LOS ANGELES.
Detroit at Nashville: The host Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 and seem to mostly play tight games with Detroit. The Wings lost 3-2 in the earlier meeting. UNDER.
Wednesday, Feb. 11
Chicago at Atlanta: The Blackhawks went 5-2 on their West Coast trip and have had four days to rest up for Atlanta. The host Thrashers have one win in their last 7. CHICAGO.
Montreal at Edmonton: The Habs have hit the wall, losing 7 of 9. It’s been bad defense, allowing 5 goals four times in the recent skid. Edmonton, however, has scored three goals or less in its last 7. The road may just do the Canadiens some good. MONTREAL.
Thursday, Feb. 12
Ottawa at Philadelphia: Hey, we need to have one solid pick. The Flyers (15-9-3) have the best home record in the Atlantic Division. As for Ottawa, try a brutal 6-20-4 on the road. PHILLY.
Friday, Feb. 13
Detroit at Columbus: The third game in four nights for the Wings. Columbus is capable, having just beaten San Jose and owning a win over Detroit. COLUMBUS.
Saturday, Feb. 14
Pittsburgh at Toronto: In four previous meetings these teams have combined for 7, 9, 8 and 7 goals. This should be another wild one. OVER.
Sunday, Feb. 15
Atlanta at Anaheim: If the Ducks can sweep a three-game homestand (Calgary, Atlanta, Los Angeles), they will finally go over the .500 mark. ANAHEIM.