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Nature is real – DobberHockey

I apologize for letting everyone take center stage last week. I needed some time on the LTIR to recover both physically and mentally, but I’m back to business for our favorite day of the week.

I’m not going to lie or try to hide it: I’ve been pretty cold lately, coming off two straight Saturdays to bring my season record back to the .500 mark. It’s the thing about putting your opinion – and your money – online every week, you have to keep tapping. As the great and wise Nipsey Hussle once said: “The marathon continues”.

That continues today with a juicy 12 game board, which is sure to have tons of playoff-like hockey that we can sprinkle a few bets on. With just six points or less separating the top three teams in each division, the Stanley Cup race is rightfully wide open, resulting in some big clashes and intense rivalries. Good luck and have a good day.


Breakdown of records for Saturday 2021-22 (Complete file followed / published @Flips_Picks)

Gold: 4-3
Silver: 1-6
Bronze: 4-3
Secondary bets: 12-9

Saturday total record: 21-21


Gold Choice
Minnesota Wild @ LA Kings – Take: Savage

If it hasn’t already been made clear, the Minnesota Wilds are for real. Maybe that’s because the team don’t get a ton of media attention here in Canada, or it could be because other than Kirill Kaprizov, the club aren’t exactly touting a legitimate superstar to any one. position, but this team deserves serious credit as one of the best in business.

The Wild have been nothing short of sensational lately, and despite the previous mention of a lack of top talent, Minnesota has scored with the best of them throughout the season. Head coach Dean Evason, finalist for the Jack Adams Award last year, allowed the Wild to score 98 goals in 26 games with the Wild, good for a tie for second in NHL scorers. The Wild’s balanced attack and nightly commitment to playing a 200-foot game make them a very difficult team to face.

We’ve discussed the mediocrity of the current LA Kings (11-10-4) before in this article, and while the Kings are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, I think we can all agree on these two franchises. go in opposite directions and are now two completely different calibers.

Minny regularly takes out Cup contenders en route to an eight-game winning streak, a streak that includes wins over the Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers. Meanwhile, the Kings are struggling to stay at 0.500, posting a 3-5-2 record in their last 10 games.

The Wild have won four of their last five visits to the former Staples Center (KOBE FOREVER), and I expect that trend to continue tonight in the rink now known as Crypto.Com Arena. Minnesota continues to race tonight for my gold pick of the week.

Choice of money
Carolina Hurricanes @ Edmonton Oilers – Take: Hurricanes

If you’re an Edmonton Oilers fan, it has to be said: take a deep breath; it’s a long season. Listening to Edmonton Sports Radio or reading local editorials these days could make you feel like the Oilers are in last place and sinking. Sure, Edmonton didn’t look good dropping four in a row, but it still sits third in the Pacific Division with much of the season to go.

Listen, I get it. As a long-suffering Maple Leafs fan, I understand better than most early-season calls that pop the panic button and hammer it with enthusiasm. And while I think the Oilers are still on the verge of being in contention for a Cup race, they still employ arguably the two best offensive pieces in the league in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl and because of that will be. still in the mix for spring hockey.

However, with all of that said, the fact remains that Edmonton are struggling to score right now and this leads to some missed opportunities to improve their position in the Pacific Division standings. Enter the Carolina Hurricanes, a franchise that is establishing itself as a franchise with serious playoff aspirations and one that is currently leading a three-game winning streak.

The Hurricanes are also building a reputation as one of the NHL’s top road teams, posting wins in 11 of their last 15 away games away from PNC Arena in Raleigh. I seriously love this place for Carolina and after seeing that Edmonton is actually favored in this game, I love it even more. The Oilers continue to slide as the Canes flex their road muscles. Hammer Carolina for my Silver selection.

Bronze Pickaxe
Philadelphia Flyers @ Arizona Coyotes – Take: Circulars

The Philadelphia Flyers actually won a game. I repeat, the Flyers won a game! While it seemed for a while that Philly could go on to lose, the Flyers actually ended their horrific 10-game losing streak last night with a courageous 4-3 win over the Golden Knights in Vegas. That’s a huge W for a team in desperate need of it.

It’s also likely to be a huge relief and morale booster for Philly Hall, so you can’t deny that factor in a back-to-back situation against such a weak opponent in the Arizona Coyotes.

No need to dig into the recent record of the Flyers, it is obviously well documented. But it’s worth noting that Arizona are currently trying to make their best impression on Philly by recording nasty losses of two or more goals in four straight games. Straight on, Coyotes stink. And while rumors continue to circulate about where this team will play in the future, I can confirm with certainty that the current product on the ice is not enough. Someone saves Phil Kessel before his hot dog-eating days catch up with him. The man deserves better and I would love to see him get another kick in a Cup.

Seriously, I love this place to keep Philly turning the page on one of the ugliest stretches in franchise history. Resurrection of the Flyers might take more than two wins, but two points against the lowly Desert Dogs is a must.

Secondary bets
Washington Capitals @ Buffalo Sabers – Take: Upper case (-1.5)

Seattle Kraken @ Columbus Blue Jackets (over / under 6.5) – Take: Over 6.5

Dallas Stars @ San Jose Sharks – Take: Stars

Flip Livingstone is a former NHL Writer for theScore with past experience in media outlets such as Narcity Media, Postmedia and Hockey Night in Canada. You can follow it on Twitter @FlipLivingstone and @Flips_Picks.