Don Cherry's NHL Pick for Thursday:
(Posted Record Here at Pointspreads.ca: 7 wins / 3 losses)
Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs: This is a big game. The Leafs are only 3 points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for second spot in the Atlantic Division, not to mention that the Boston Bruins are creeping up on both of them.
The Leafs and Lightning have almost identical W-L records and both are coming off wins. The question is – can Erik Kallgren out play Freddy Andersen tonight and don’t forget there's no Matthews for the Leafs (again). He's missing his second straight game.
I usually wouldn’t bet against the Leafs at home, but anytime I can bet on the Hurricanes at a good price and the opponent's star player is on the bench, I’ll take that bet. So I’ll take the 'Canes to win.
The Cherry Pick: Carolina Hurricanes (1.83 on the moneyline)
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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