Where has 5-hole.com Pick ’em been for the last 3 weeks, you ask? Well, I was in Beijing looking for a lovely young bride. Eric was on a flight to Florida with his financial adviser. And Rory was negotiating contracts in California.
Now we’re back, and just in time because there’s a full slate of games on tap for tonight. It’s a great night to have the NHL Center Ice package. On to the picks!
#5 Montreal Canadiens @ #2 Boston Bruins
Eric – Bruins – French Canadians are the worst Canadians.
Marc – Bruins – Two of the hottest teams in the league in a great rivalry game. Tough game to pick, but the Bruins have won the last 2 in the series, and they play great at home.
Rory – Bruins – Toughie, but I have to go with No Habs No! on this one.
#8 New York Rangers @ #30 New York Islanders
Eric – Rangers – http://www.imeem.com/people/jwYDZ_/music/heDj-wSm/the_zambonies_johnny_got_suspended/
Marc – Rangers – Potvin sucks > the chicken dance
Rory – Rangers – The Rangers seem to be kickin’ back into high gear – they’d better beat these losers.
#19 Pittsburgh Penguins @ #6 Philadelphia Flyers
Eric – Flyers – This is not the team that the Penguins break out of their funk against
Marc – Penguins – Yes, the Pens are 2-8 in their last 10, but Philly is 5-2-3, which is basically .500 if you think about it, so they aren’t exactly killing it. Plus, there’s no way I can pick a team from Philly to win this week. Eli: WTF?
Rory – Flyers – Penguins are backsliding HARD. Philly’s at the top of the division. Check and mate.
#21 Edmonton Oilers @ #4 Washington Capitals
Eric – Caps – The Caps are 18-2-1 at the Verizon Center, the Oilers are 11-10-0 away from Rexall Place
Marc – Caps – With the Caps, you get 2 teams in 1. At home, they are ridiculously good. On the road, not so much. This one’s at the VZ Center.
Rory – Caps – I loves me some Ovechkin.
#17 Colorado Avalanche @ #18 Columbus Blue Jackets
Eric – BJ’s – Steve Mason>Andrew Raycroft
Marc – Avs – The BJ’s are suffering from a lot of injuries (that’s what she said?) including big-time playmaker Rick Nash.
Rory – Avs – I don’t really have a reason for this one.
#23 Nashville Predators @ #25 Toronto Maple Leafs
Eric – Preds – I’m not picking any Canadian teams today.
Marc – Leafs – The Predators have lost 7 in a row on the road. The Leafs have lost 3 in a row overall and 7 of their last 9. They can’t both lose, so I guess I’ll take the Leafs.
Rory – Preds – These two have almost the exact same record. I just really don’t like the Maple Leafs
#15 Carolina Hurricanes @ #29 Ottawa Senators
Eric – Canes – Like I said, I’m not picking any Canadian teams today. Plus the Senators suck.
Marc – Sens – Neither of these teams has looked good lately. But this is the 3rd road game in a row for the Canes, and they’ve looked terrible in the last two.
Rory – Canes – Have you seen these schmucks play recently?
#14 Phoenix Coyotes @ #20 Minnesota Wild
Eric – Coyotes – How much better does this team have to do before they make some money?
Marc – Wild – Niklas Backstrom will take me to fantasy hockey glory!
Rory – Wild – Why not?
#27 St. Louis Blues @ #7 Calgary Flames
Eric – Flames – Okay, maybe I’ll pick one.
Marc – Flames – Mikka Kiprusoff will take me to fantasy hockey glory!
Rory – Flames – Calgary’s kickin’ ass. St. Louis? Not so much.
#10 New Jersey Devils @ #11 Vancouver Canucks
Eric – Devils – Luongo’s not ready to go just yet.
Marc – Canucks – My Chelsea Piers team blew our 11-game win streak last night to a team called the Canucks. Coincidence? I think not.
Rory – Canucks – I hate the Devils.
#26 Tampa Bay Lightning @ #1 San Jose Sharks
Eric – Sharks – Puh-lease. *gimmie*
Marc – Sharks – Have you seen the moneyline on this game? The Sharks are -375. *gimmie*
Rory – Sharks – Come on. Seriously? *gimmie*