The first day of 5-hole.com Pick ’em seems to have been a rousing success! The standings to the right will be updated daily and we will now offer a handful of what we feel are the most interesting stories from around the league. Additionally, we will now give you all a reason for why we picked the teams we’ve picked. You know, in case we are your main source before heading to the bookie.
- Sean Avery has been suspended indefinitely after sharing his thoughts with the Canadian media. “I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don’t know what that’s about. Enjoy the game tonight.” Come on, that’s funny!
- Speaking of Avery, M Hurley over at My Blueshirt Heaven calls out the NHL or National Hypocrites League for their reaction to the situation. “This is the same league that has let a criminal like Todd Bertuzzi play again after he criminally assaulted and ended the career of Steve Moore.”
- The All Star voting is still a joke, but at least Jarome Iginla has broken the Red Wings hold on the West. In the East, Sidney Crosby is now only 40,000 votes behind Alex Tanguay for a spot on the starting lineup.
We’ll get into our picks for tonight after the jump…
Last night, Marc had the best night going 5-1 and all three of us got our gimmie. Marc had originally picked the Capitals to beat the Panthers last night but changed his mind prior to the start of the games. It worked out pretty nicely for him.
#30 Atlanta Thrashers @ #28 Ottawa Senators
Eric – Sens – The Thrashers are playing their second game in as many nights and with 3rd string goalie getting the nod, The Sens top line will take care of business. Doesn’t hurt that Alex Auld has been solid in net lately either. *gimmie*
Marc – Sens – Both of these teams are, uh, how you say… freakin’ terrible not so good. Mediocre goaltending abounds, but I give the nod to the Congressmen because the game is up north.
Rory – Sens – They both suck and are like 2 spots away from eachother – but I don’t like southern teams, so I pick Ottawa.
#6 Pittsburgh Penguins @ #4 New York Rangers
Eric – Rangers – Lundqvist always makes you forget about a bad start the next time he plays. Crosby has been hot lately, but is generally kept off the score sheet by the Rangers. Malkin, on the other hand, has about 28 goals and 14 assists in his last two seasons against the Rangers.
Marc – Penguins – It pains me to pick the Pens, but the Rangers are looking vulnerable while Cindy Crosby has been nasty lately with 5 goals in the last 2 games. It’s too bad Van Damme isn’t going to be playing for the Pens…
Rory – Rangers – Gonna be tough but hopefully the boys can grind out a W. Put Henke at the point on the PP!
#24 St. Louis Blues @ #9 Minnesota Wild
Eric – Blues – Mason appears to be the starter for tonight and has been on a hot streak winning his last three starts. One of those was in Minnesota. Plus, John Davidson is awesome.
Marc – Wild – I take Backstrom over either Mason or Legace. *gimmie*
Rory – Wild – *gimmie*
#7 Anaheim Ducks @ #14 Chicago Blackhawks
Eric – Ducks – Jonas Hillier should get the start tonight. He’s been the better goalie so far in Anaheim. Huet will get the nod and while he’s been a reliable backstop in the past, he’s been anything but so far this season.
Marc – Blackhawks – One of the NHL’s best home teams (Chicago) hosts one of the league’s best road teams. I take the Hawks because my High School hockey team wore Blackhawks jerseys.
Rory – Ducks – Meh, (officially a new word!) Anaheim’s doing a bit better in the standings. Plus Chicago’s being a bit obnoxious with the whole ‘comeback story’ thing – you haven’t come back just yet, hombres.
#27 Dallas Stars @ #25 Edmonton Oilers
Eric – Stars – Turco showed just how good we know he can be last night against the Flames (who we all picked last night). Reverse Avery effect?
Marc – Oilers – Isn’t Marty Turco supposed to be good? Why does he have the worst save percentage in the NHL? I just don’t see the Minnesota Dallas South Stars going into Oil Country and coming out with a W.
Rory – Oilers – Dallas is pretty much everyone’s sloppy seconds(and dirty thirds, and floppy fourths) this season – they’ve only won 9 games(still better than Tampa).
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