Now it’s time for another week of picks. Yesterday’s NHL action left Ian and I tied up going into today. This week features the first matchup of Boston and Pittsburgh, and no surprise we both picked our respective teams to win. This week’s loser gets to clean and vacuum the room, which is quite a task because it hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned in quite awhile.

Monday NHL Picks:

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Monday Standings — Ian: 7-5        Aly:  8-4

Thanks to a Kings win, I lead Ian by one game going into the Boston-Pittsburgh matchup. The games tonight are big, the halfway point in the season has been reached and the stretch for playoff spots has started.

Tuesday NHL Picks:

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Tuesday Standings — Ian:  14-9        Aly:  12-11

Ian really picked up the pace after trailing by one game. He now takes the lead by two games going into tonight’s action. Since we split two of the three games, there is a chance I could come back and even the score.

Last night’s Boston-Pittsburgh game caused a bit of a rift in the house, seeing as Boston looked as if it had the win until the Penguins turned on the offense. Young goaltender Anton Khudobin was no match for Brandon Sutter and Chris Kunitz, the latter is tearing up the league in plus/minus and points. Pittsburgh and Boston are both back in action Thursday night, for matchups against Toronto and Florida, respectively. The way things are going, these two teams could meet in the playoffs at some point, making this relationship a love/hate for both Ian and myself.

Wednesday NHL Picks:

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Wednesday Standings — Ian:  16-10        Aly:  12-14

Ian took both of the games we split last night, making his lead just that much bigger. Looks like I’ll be cleaning the room Sunday and Ian will get a backrub and dinner at the end of the season. We split four games tonight though, so there’s a chance that if I take all four, we’ll go into the weekend tied. I’m hoping to even the score, but the Capitals, Ducks, Jets and Predators will have to come up with wins for that to happen.

Thursday NHL Picks:

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Thursday Standings — Ian: 22-15         Aly:  20-17

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