NHL Daily Picks: Sharks look to end 4-game losing streak

The San Jose Sharks take a four-game losing streak into Saturday night. (USATSI)
The San Jose Sharks take a four-game losing streak into Saturday night. (USATSI)

Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET

If nothing else there is the potential for a lot of offense in this game with Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk doing their thing against two teams that aren't exactly powerhouses defensively. The Maple Leafs have actually turned their season around a bit just when it looked like it was teetering on the edge of completely falling off the cliff, earning points in three consecutive games. Pick: Capitals 5, Maple Leafs 4

St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m. ET

The Blues' dynamic duo of Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera came through again Friday night when they teamed up for the overtime winner against Edmonton to cap off a game that probably wasn't as close as the final score indicated. They open a road trip on Saturday night in Minnesota against a Wild team that also needed overtime Friday. Pick: Blues 4, Wild 2

Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings, 10 p.m. ET

The Blackhawks are coming off of a convincing 4-1 win over Anaheim on Friday night while the Kings were enjoying the night off. The Kings are still a bit of a roller coaster this season and haven't put together a strong stretch of games since they won five in a row earlier this season. They are just 6-5-4 in their past 15 games. On the plus side, they're coming off a pretty convincing 4-0 win over Minnesota earlier in the week and are looking to start stacking some wins together. Pick: Kings 3, Blackhawks 2

Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. ET

With only three wins in their past 10 games, the Sharks are kind of a mess right now, and with only 10 wins in their first 24 games and currently on a four-game losing streak it almost feels as if Todd McLellan could be starting to run out of time behind their bench. They're a flawed team in some areas, but they still have enough talent that they should be a playoff team in the Western Conference and a team that could make some kind of a run. The Ducks, meanwhile, are in a fight with Vancouver for the top spot in the Pacific Division and the conference. The Sharks need to start winning, but it may not happen on Saturday. Pick: Ducks 4, Sharks 3

The rest of Saturday's schedule

Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers, 1 p.m. ET

Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. ET

Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m. ET

New Jersey Devils at New York Islanders, 7 p.m. ET

Pittsburgh Penguins at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET

Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m. ET

Calgary Flames at Arizona Coyotes, 10 p.m. ET

Three Stars

1. Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames: Giordano and T.J. Brodie are still perhaps the best defense pairing in the NHL this season and enter play on Saturday Nos. 1 and 2 in the league in scoring among defensemen with 24 and 20 points, respectively. And not only do they score, they're pretty good in their own end of the ice as well. They are the biggest reason the Flames are one of the surprise teams in the NHL this season. 

2. Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars: Tyler Seguin not only looks like a player that is going to compete for a scoring title, he is also leading in goals scored with 18 through the Stars' first 23 games. It's hard to believe a team traded a player this young and this talented. Guys that can score like this in this era are a rare breed. 

3. Nick Leddy, New York Islanders: Leddy, one of New York's defensive acquisitions just before the start of the season, is one of the driving forces behind the Islanders' start that has them in a neck-and-neck race with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. 

CBS Sports Writer

Adam Gretz has been writing about the NHL and taking an analytical approach to the game since the start of the 2008 season. A member of the PHWA since 2015, he has spent more than three years covering... Full Bio

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