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I hope everyone’s ready for Graves Night tonight!  And the Rangers are playing the Thrashers, so let’s hope they can pull a win out of their asses for Gravy.  Because if they don’t, good lord will that be embarrassing.

On to the picks! (I’m feeling lazy today, so they won’t be in the regular game by game format)


Eric’s Picks:

Devils over Caps – The Devils are red hot while the Caps are pretty bad on the road.
Lightning – It’s all on you, Karri Ramo!
BJ’s – Yes, yes.  That’s what she said.
Panthers – I’m go out on a limb and say that no Canadian teams will win tonight.
Pens – I mean it!
Kings – I’m serious, guys.
Coyotes – Every time I pick them they lose!  Maybe they read this blog and the pressure of having to live up to my predictions is killing them.  Or not.
RANGERS! over Thrashers – They can’t lose on Adam Graves night!  Does anyone else find it strange that they played the Thrashers last year on Brian Leetch night? *gimmie* (Ed. note: yes, Eric, we do)
Flames – OK.  Maybe one Canadian team will win.
Blackhawks over Oilers – The oil gave up 10 to the Sabres.  How will they fare against the Hawks?
Canes – Yes, the Canes.

Rory’s Picks:

Devils over Caps – I hate them, but Washington sucks on the road. *gimmie*

Lightning over Islanders – I think even Barry Melrose’s mullet could beat the Islanders at this point.

Blue Jackets over Blues – Battle of the Blue!

Leafs over Panthers – I’m picking the exact opposite of Eric’s non-Canadian picks.  Bwahaha!

Penguins over Montreal – Montreal deserves to lose every game from here on out for wearing those disgusting barber-pole sweaters.

Kings over Sens – The Sens are just pitiful.

Predators over Coyotes – Why not?

Rangers over Thrashers – If the Rangers lose, Mess will cry.  Oh, wait…

Stars over Flames – I’m feelin’ the love for the big D lately.

Blackhawks over Oilers – I could care less about this game.  I just picked one.

Hurricanes over Canucks – Take that, Mats.

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Hey everyone, I’m doing Pick ‘Em today – hooray!  Marc’s taking a break for a while, so it’s just me and Eric for a while.


St. Louis Blues v. Detroit Red Wings

Rory – Red Wings over Blues: *gimmie* Come on, now.

Eric – Red Rings over Blues: They don’t like losing two in a row.

Calgary Flames v. Colorado Avalanche

Rory – Flames over Avs: I don’t really have a reason for this, I just think they’re gonna win.

Eric – Flames over Avs: *gimmie* Kipper is a beast.

Anaheim Ducks v. Buffalo Sabres

Rory – Ducks over Buffaslugs: Sure.

Eric – Sabres over Ducks: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

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The other night, the Edmonton Oilers were wrecked by the Buffalo Sabres in Edmonton losing by the score of 10-2.  The game was so bad that when the Sabres were leading 9-2, the Edmonton fans started chanting, “We want 10!”

They even cheered the goal!  The only time I can recall Rangers fans, or and fans for that matter, cheering for the opposing team was when Eddie Giacomin returned to the Garden as a Red Wing.  The Rangers fans booed the Rangers every time they scored that night and cheered when the Red Wings scored.  Edd-ie! Edd-ie! Edd-ie!

This hour has 22 minutes has a great video on the All Star Game:

Follow this link and then play the video titled, “Geri at the NHL All Star Game.”  (Duh).


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But Ryan Callahan isn’t because he has the flu. (more…)

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First off, I would like to point out that I did much better than Marc did on Wednesday January 21, 2008.  Why is it necessary to point out that I went 6-3 while he went 2-7 that night?  Because I had so much work that day that I flipped a coin to pick the winner of each game.  That’s why.

Petr Prucha is a healthy scratch for tonight.  I think I figured out why.  I only have one question… What was Petr doing in Chicago?

On to the picks…


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Yesterday’s Pick ’em picks are after the jump.  We were unable to post these last night because of technical difficulties.

While you’re here, I should let you know that I took in a Blackhawks game live on Monday night, but came away disappointed that they only scored 1 goal.  People keep calling me and leaving messages about my seat.  Weird.

There are some pretty dumb people in the world.  This man “had already devoured the crab legs” when the police arrived.  And here’s a tip: if you’re going to hide from the police, don’t do it underneath a truck parked at a convenience store.  Chances are you don’t have very long before you need a new spot.

On to yesterday’s picks!


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Dear Glen Sather: This dude is a beast. Love, 5-hole.com

It’s that time of the season again.  Yes, the annual trading frenzy as fading teams try to get something worthwhile for their unrestricted free agents.  The NHL trade deadline is March 4.  Take a look at this list of the top 50 UFA’s from the 8 worst teams in the league.  I like the Maple Leafs’ big power winger Nik Antropov.  And, with a cap hit of just over $2 million, I hope the Rangers like him too.

Let’s take a look at the games tonight.  We have some good matchups (i.e. Rangers-Ducks, Wings-Coyotes) and some complete mismatches.  Speaking of mismatches… in my opinion, the standard play for the *Gimmie* is to bet on the biggest mismatch, which would presumably be the safest bet.  Tonight, we have the Canadiens taking on the Thrashers (#5 vs #29) and the Capitals playing the Senators (#4 vs #28).  While we all agree on the picks (Habs and Caps), none of us picked either team as our gimmie.  Does that mean we smell upsets?  Or do we all just hate the Habs and we’re just too afraid to pick the inconsistent Caps on the road?  In other news, Eric picked the Hurricanes as his gimmie against the Penguins.  He must know something I don’t.

On to the picks!


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Devils beat Blue Jackets 2-1

Which means I beat Eric in Pick ’em (see last post)…

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I'm converting.

I'm converting.

In this edition of 5-hole.com Pick ’em, we feature our first ever dueling gimmies.  That’s right… I picked the Devils and made them my gimmie, while Eric picked the Blue Jackets as his gimmie.  (Note to MSG Plus: we expect a commission for bumping up the ratings for tonight’s game).

In other news, this woman decided to emulate Chris Simon (or would it be Marty McSorley?)  Either way, not the best role model.  Maybe she was outraged at the lovely C-cups on the Virgin Mary.  (Ed note: niiice. I like.)

On to the picks…


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#2 Boston Bruins @ #30 New York Islanders

Eric – Bruins – If the Bruins don’t win I will eat my hat.  *gimmie*
Marc – Bruins – The Isles were already hopeless with MacDonald… now Danis is in net. *gimmie*
Rory – Bruins – Ha! *gimmie*

#25 Toronto Maple Leafs @ #15 Carolina Hurricanes

Eric – Canes – Fantasy team pick (Cam Ward)
Marc – Canes – blah
Rory – Canes
The Leafs have lost 8 of their last ten.  Plus they suck.

#22 Nashville Predators @ #6 Montreal Canadiens

Eric – Preds – hahaha Pekka.
Marc – Habs – The Preds are looking good recently but it’s tough to go into the Bell Centre and win.
Rory – Habs – No dollar bills are going to be mailed out tonight.

#9 Philadelphia Flyers @ #27 Tampa Bay Lightning

Eric – Flyers – There is no possible way that the Lightning beat the Flyers tonight.  None.
Marc – Flyers – The Lightning are back from a long west coast road trip where they actually won 2 out of 3.  But they lost 7-1 to the Sharks and jet lag is a bitch.
Rory – Flyers – Come on, now.

0421080255#20 Edmonton Oilers @ #19 Minnesota Wild

Eric – Wild – I flipped a coin.  It landed on it’s rim.  Bad teams are bad.
Marc – Wild – Backstrom is the man.
Rory – Wild – I flipped a coin – these two are practically the same at the moment, stnadings-wise and record-wise, anyway.

#21 Colorado Avalanche @ #28 St. Louis Blues

Eric – Avs – They’re on a roll… of sorts.
Marc – Avs – These teams are both pretty bad, but at least Col has looked decent lately.  Stl has lost their last 2 and 7 of the last 10.
Rory – Avs – St. Louis is suckin’ it big time this season.

#13 Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. @ #23 Dallas Stars

Eric – Stars – They’re playing pretty well lately.  But then again so are the Sabres.
Marc – Stars – Yes, I’m actually picking Turco.
Rory – Stars – Why not?  I like to mix it up.

#14 Phoenix Coyotes @ #11 Vancouver Canucks

Eric – Canucks – Luongo hath returneth.
Marc – Canucks – Luongo is back in action.  Sanford got waived… ouch.
Rory – Canucks – Not-so-sucky team playing pretty-damn-sucky team. (Ed. Note:  Look at the standings…)

#3 Detroit Red Wings @ #24 Los Angeles Kings

Eric – Wings – Just beat up the Ducks last night.  Didn’t have to travel very far today.
Marc – Wings – When the Wings turn it on, they are the best team in the NHL.  Anyone who has watched a team try to hold on to a 3rd period lead against the Wings knows what I’m talking about.
Rory – Wings – LA shouldn’t even bother to show up to this game.  Save everyone some time and effort.

#5 Calgary Flames @ #1 San Jose Sharks

Eric – Sharks – The Flames probably have the best chance to had the Sharks their first home regulation loss.  But I don’t think that will happen.
Marc – Flames – This would be a big time upset, but I freakin love Kipper almost as much as the Mini-Kipper.  Almost, but not quite. (see video below)
Rory – Sharks – San Jose haven’t lost at home in regulation and only twice in OT.  Yup.

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