Take it to the bank: Our latest predictions
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun are back with their first set of predictions for 2011. They are both 3-9 after their pre-holiday picks.
So, how will they fare this week?
SCOTT BURNSIDE VS. PIERRE LEBRUN
|Boston or Montreal: Which team will win Saturday's Original Six clash?||I don't like the Habs' chances of making the playoffs, but look for Carey Price to come up large at the Bell Centre.||The Bruins will pound the Habs into submission and never look back as they go on to win the Northeast Division.|
|Will Carolina be in the East's top eight before the end of the week (Sunday)?||I like the emerging young Canes and believe they are the only East squad currently not in the top eight to have a shot at a playoff berth, but it won't be this week. Maybe next?||Nope; they've been on a nice roll the past few weeks, but they'll need more time to get into a playoff spot.|
|Which player will snap his goal slump this week: Nicklas Backstrom (none in 11 games), Saku Koivu (none in 11) or Tomas Holmstrom (1 in 11)?||I talked to Koivu earlier in the season when he was red-hot, so I feel partially to blame for his drought. But he should break through this week for Anaheim.||Backstrom will pot one this week, helping the resurgent Capitals continue their winning ways.|
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WHO'S DELIVERING THE CHECKS
Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com. Before joining the website in 2005, he was a reporter for The Windsor Star and Toronto Sun. Burnside also co-authored the best-selling true crime book "Deadly Innocence."
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Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com, joining the website in Sept. 2008 after spending 13 years with The Canadian Press as its national hockey columnist. He is also a regular panelist for TSN of Canada.
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Craig Custance joined ESPN in Sept. 2011 to cover the NHL for ESPN the Magazine, ESPN Insider and ESPN.com. Previously, he covered hockey for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Sporting News.
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