Don Cherry's NHL Pick for Saturday:
My first rule of thumb is that in the first game back from a long road trip, the home team usually comes out flat. The Vancouver Canucks just finished a four-game road trip. However, both teams have not played in a week, so they should be well rested. Meanwhile, the Ottawa Senators are starting a five-game road trip and want to get off on the right foot in this game. They were embarrassed by the Maple Leafs in a 6-0 shutout in their last game and will be eager to make up for that loss. This is not an easy game – do you take the Sens on the spread or do you take the moneyline and the Canucks? I can’t bet against my buddy Bruce Boudreau, so I’ll take the Canucks.
The Cherry Pick: Vancouver Canucks -170 (moneyline)
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Don Cherry is a living legend. The Canadian ice hockey commentator and sports writer started out as a professional hockey player and National Hockey League (NHL) head coach. He coached the mighty Boston Bruins for five seasons and led his team to two Stanley Cup Final appearances. Later, Cherry co-hosted "Coach's Corner" a popular show during CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" broadcast. Well known for his outspoken manner, opinions, and flamboyant dress Cherry was even voted by viewers as the seventh-greatest Canadian of all-time in the CBC miniseries "The Greatest Canadian." In 2010, his amazing life was dramatized in a two-part CBC movie, "Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story," based on a script written by his son, Timothy Cherry. In 2012, CBC aired a sequel, "The Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II." Cherry now co-hosts a weekly show, The Don Cherry Grapevine Podcast.
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