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Well, the week has officially started and so far I stand above Ian going into the second day for the first time! I’m liking my chances of seeing him in a Penguins jersey all next week, so hopefully the picks will continue in my favor.

Standings — Ian:  1-3          Aly:  3-1

We split five of the games tonight, so I have a great opportunity to extend my lead and potentially close the gap for the season race. (I’m behind by seven games.)

NHL Monday Picks:Untitled

Monday Standings — Ian: 5-6          Aly: 8-3

Yesterday I maintained my three-game lead over Ian. But in tonight’s action the only thing that will change are the win/loss numbers. We picked the same teams to win in each of the NHL games tonight, including the Bruins and Penguins.

NHL Tuesday Picks:


Tuesday Standings — Ian:  10-10          Aly:  13-7

After a not-so-great performance by the Bruins, Ian has to wake up and realize half the week is over and he still trails by three goals, which means he’ll have to wear the Penguins jersey around for a week. He does have the opportunity to close the gap since we split two of the games. He thinks the Blackhawks will come out on top over the Ducks, but I think that Anaheim will play well enough to overcome Chicago’s power.

NHL Wednesday Picks:



Wednesday Standings — Ian:  14-11          Aly:  17-8

Another day done and I still maintain my three-game lead. Ian has a golden opportunity tonight to take the lead and put me in a Bruins jersey all next week. There are six games tonight that we split on, so either one of will take the lead or stay where we are.

NHL Thursday Picks:



This week has been a race for me to catch Ian in the standings. I have finally caught up to being two games behind, but with only two days left, the chances are slim that I can catch him and make him the one who cleans the room Sunday.

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

NHL Friday Picks:

Friday Standings — Ian:  23-17        Aly: 21-19

I’m still two games down going into the last day, as it looks, Ian will maintain his lead for this weekend and for the large prize at the end. I need to have a perfect pick day today, which never happens when there are a lot of games.

NHL Saturday Picks:


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:

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:

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:

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:

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

Last week Ian lost by two games and had to clean the bathroom. This week, he tries to redeem himself and save himself from cleaning and vacuuming the room.

The grand prize at the end of the season still stands at dinner and a back rub. The grand totals from the first three weeks:

Ian:  83-56      Aly: 78-61

I have a long way to go to catch up, but with a good week of picks, it could happen.

NHL Sunday Picks:





I almost tied it up this week, but Ian’s picks demolished mine 29-20 to 25-24. So today I will be doing all the laundry. For the big win at the end of the season, dinner and a back rub, Ian stands at 48-37 to my measly 41-44.

181px-Decorative_toilet_seatIan and I decided that next week’s pick battle loser will clean our tiny little bathroom. Going into the games today, we split on four of the games, which should hopefully give one of us the advantage going into Monday’s three games. Ian thinks that Detroit will end Chicago’s streak and send them home with a loss. With the Red Wings on-again off-again play, I don’t have enough confidence to back them against the high-flying Blackhawks.

This week I have to really pull away from Ian to bring myself into winning contention for the season-long race. Seven games might not seem like a lot to make up, but if the picks don’t vary much of this week, I won’t be able to make up much ground.

NHL Sunday Picks:


I continue to fall behind going into the last day because Chicago pulled another win against Columbus. Today decides it all of who does the laundry……..though at this point I’ve accepted that it will probably be me. Ian went 3-3 last night, and I was finally able to even up my score. We vary on three games, so if the teams I picked win, Ian will have to do the laundry tomorrow. This one is coming right down to the wire.

Standings:  Ian – 23-17; Aly – 20-20

NHL Picks:


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.


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.


While the Eastern Conference teams continue to battle for spots in the conference final, the Western teams prepare for their matchup.

The LA Kings made a clean sweep of the St. Louis Blues to earn their spot, while the Phoenix Coyotes took the series against Nashville 4-1. This conference final brings together two teams that many didn’t expect to see battling for a place in the Cup Final.

In LA’s first two rounds they faced defending west champ the Vancouver Canucks, who played a pathetic series but fought back to hold back elimination. The second featured the Blues, who couldn’t seem to figure out the Kings’ system while they didn’t give themselves a chance to win. The Kings will be the most-rested team going into the conference finals, which can be either a good or bad thing. But to go head-to-head against the Coyotes who are tearing up their opponents, they will need all the rest they can get.

The Coyotes have been a part of one of the most entertaining first round series, controversy and now have knocked off one of the picks to hoist the Stanley Cup. The Phoenix-Chicago series featured five overtime games before the Coyotes blew out the Blackhawks’ hopes of hoisting a cup with a 4-0 win. During that series the most-controversial hit of the playoffs was made by Raffi Torres against Marian Hossa, a hit that led the league to suspend Torres for 25 games, a suspension he would later repeal.

Knocking off the Western team favored to win the Stanley Cup in five games gained Phoenix some well-deserved notice. A matchup between these two teams will be interesting to watch as they both were off of many people’s radar for making it this far.

With as unpredictable as these playoffs have been, it’s hard to say who will and why. The Pittsburgh meltdown, elimination of cup favorites and controversy over hits, this post season has been one for the books.