Archive for February, 2013

The race is closer than ever this week with Ian leading 14-12 to my 13 all. We split 7 of the 11 games tonight, so the winner could put themselves in a position to avoid laundry for the week. And boy would it be nice to not have to be the one to wash the clothes.

Tonight the Blackhawks look to continue their win streak against the Blues, and Ian and I both agree that they will. We also agreed that Boston would take the game over Ottawa and the Florida Panthers will take one over the struggling Buffalo Sabres.

After a pitiful showing against the Panthers Tuesday, I think the Penguins will rebound against former teammate Jordan Staal and the Hurricanes, while Ian thinks they’ll have a difficult time handling the Staal brothers.

NHL Thursday Picks:

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Well, after the NHL action last night, I’m still trailing Ian with 9 wins 13 losses to his 12 wins and 10 losses. Hopefully with tonight’s action I can add another win onto my record. But Ian has done something neither of us has done so far since we started, he has a positive record. This isn’t looking good for me with the overall total, but I’ll calculate that up for Sunday’s post.

Wednesday’s NHL picks:

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Things were shaken up a lot last night in our couples picks race. Ian took the lead for the first time since we started making picks last Monday with 7-6 to my 5-8.  But, I almost had the right pick in the Chicago-Edmonton game, as the game went to overtime. Ian took both of the games we split the picks on last night, thanks to the Blackhawks and Kings victories, but there is time for tonight’s matchups to help me even it up.

Here are our picks for tonight’s NHL action.

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After yesterday’s NHL action, the pick race for who doesn’t have to do laundry this weekend is TIED. I admit that I picked wrong taking the Lightning over the Penguins. I will be sure to not doubt my team again. And Ian wasn’t too far off with taking the Columbus Blue Jackets over Chicago, except that the Blackhawks are still on fire.

Here’s where we stand – Ian:  4-4     Aly:  4-4

Looks like this today the Edmonton/Chicago game will give one of us the advantage. Come on Oilers! And without further ado, here are our picks for tonight’s games.

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laundry-basket-webIt’s the start of a new week and a new bet for Ian and myself. The large bet at the end of the season still stands with dinner and back rub for whoever wins. But we decided to spice things up a little bit and add weekly bets to go along with it. This week:  laundry. Whoever loses this week’s picks battle has to do the laundry (last time we had 8 loads so it’s a big deal.)

Last week, I trumped Ian with 19 wins and 17 losses to his 16 wins and 20 losses. This time I did something I haven’t done so far this season, I picked against my home team. With the loss of Evgeni Malkin to concussion-like symptoms, I think the Penguins will be no match for the Lightning’s powerful offense.  Ian and I do agree on a few of the games though, so it’ll be interesting to see how things stack up after today as we start a new week. One thing is for sure, whoever loses will have quite the job come next weekend.

Here are our picks for today’s NHL action.

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NHL Picks – Saturday Edition

Posted: February 23, 2013 in Picks
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It’s the last day of our first week of picks. Ian stands at 10-14 and I stand at 11-13.

Here are our picks for all of the games going on today. When the final horn blows, the scores are going to be changed because we vary on every pick except for four.

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It’s the fourth day of predicting which team will win the games. Right now I have a slight edge over Ian, 9-12 to his 8-13, but there’s nothing at stake for the loser of this week’s picks. Maybe a better bet would be “Who can get into the positives before the season ends?”

Here are Friday’s predictions.

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Everyone’s heard of Matt Cooke. He’s infamous around the league for his “dirty” plays and hated by many fans. But the latest incident involving Matt Cooke has ignited more hatred than any other, probably because this time, a team’s star and very gifted defenseman Erik Karlsson was injured and taken out of the game for the remainder of the season.

Here’s the incident, you make a judgement for yourself, was it dirty?


 
The unfortunate injury to Karlsson, in my mind, was not intentional. Now don’t take me for a Matt Cooke fan, I am nothing of the sort. I remember vividly sitting in Mellon Arena as Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard was rolled off the ice on a stretcher following an elbow from Matt Cooke. For those who don’t know, Savard has still not returned to the ice, and I don’t think he ever will.

2010-04-03_Cooke_kneelingA poll by ESPN’s Sportsnation can be seen here They asked whether or not Cooke should face supplemental discipline for the incident. Of the 29,361 that responded, 63 percent in the United States said no. Only two states had a yes majority. Not surprisingly they were Massachusetts and Vermont. Internationally 61 percent said no.

Rash comments and over-emotional reactions are expected from fans when star players are injured. And with Cooke’s history, it’s hard to argue for his innocence. If he hadn’t cleaned up his game so much last season, I’d be with those irrational Ottawa fans. But when an executive gets involved and makes unnecessary comments, the line must be drawn. Yes, the injury will affect their team greatly. Of course it will, but it was an accident.

Below is a statement made by Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk in an ESPN interview.

“Over the coming weeks, we’ll get to the bottom of it. … You can’t see it on camera, that’s why you can’t blame the league for this or anyone else. On camera you look at it, but when you look at it logically, you’ve got a blade that has to cut through socks, has to then cut through skin, fat, muscle, everything that protects the tendon, then cuts 70 percent of the tendon.”

Melnyk must have missed the memo that skates are sharp. Socks are not very thick, my toes can tell you that by their impersonations as ice cubes. And unless your skin is the same as Superman’s, it won’t take much to slice through it.

At the end of the day, the league has the final say. Irrational comments should be kept for ranting behind closed doors, not public interviews. If the league says it was an accident, then that is exactly what it was. Click here to read the rest of the interview.

Here are our picks for tonight’s games. We tended to agree on these ones more than the others, but that could make each win mean more, just like this abbreviated NHL season makes each point worth more.

Here’s where the count stands. Ian:4-7      Aly: 5-6

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Ian and I have our picks for the three games tonight. Do you agree with us?

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Tuesday’s results:

Margherita'sCoolPix 013Ian: 3-5

Aly: 4-4