RICKENBACH *VERY EARLY* DAYTIME DOMINATOR! 63% RUN: Scott "The Bulldog" Rickenbach is known for his phenomenal success with his *10*s - and rightly so - but don't make the mistake of "passing" on his "other" plays. Friday's only non-10* was on the Avs. Colorado, a pick'em (no big faves here!), WON 5-0 in a BLOWOUT! Rickenbach is on a 10-6 run and wins HUGE again *VERY EARLY* Saturday! 1 ET!
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins Feb 25 2012 1:05PM
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: Scott "The Bulldog" Rickenbach NHL Saturday 8* (Regular Play) on OVER in Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay @ 1 p.m. ET
The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to lean on their explosive offense with star center Sidney Crosby in concussion limbo. That game plan has paid well for over bettors, who have watched the Penguins score their way to a 5-2-1 over/under mark in their last eight contest. Pittsburgh has erupted for big totals in that span, netting eight goals in a win over the Winnipeg Jets and six goals in a victory against the Philadelphia Flyers. However, not all those over paydays have come at the hands of the Penguins’ snipers. Pittsburgh’s defense has appeared porous at times, allowing 3.8 goals a night in their seven games before Tuesday’s shutout win over the New York Rangers. The Penguins blueline is dinged up with defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen listed as questionable for Saturday’s tilt with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay comes into the weekend with an 18-12-1 over/under record away from home this season. They’ve gone 3-1 over/under in their last four road games, most recently a 4-3 loss to the Jets on Thursday. A plus coming out of that loss was the two power-play goals scored by the Bolts – a big improvement for a special teams unit ranked among the worst in the NHL. Steven Stamkos scored one of those goals on the man advantage, while assisting on Tampa Bay’s other two markers. He’s been on fire recently, totaling six goals in the last four games while chipping in on four others in that span. The over has been the hot play when these teams meet, going 5-2-2 over/under in their last nine encounters.
Play on OVER in Pittsburgh as an 8* Regular Selection Saturday.
Good luck, Scott