NPHL Analysis/Picks for Saturday, Dec. 1

Chris Clegg Writer

Dawson Creek at Grimshaw [Sat., Dec.1]
LINE: Grimshaw by 1/2

It’s the first meeting of the season between these clubs. DC has won four of the last six in GRIM, but the teams have split 10 all-time meetings in GRIM with five wins each. Six of the games have been decided by three goals or less. It is a different story if the game is in DC, where DC has won nine of 10, not including the forfeit last season. I can’t see DC losing this game given the West Division’s dominance of the East. DC to win the pick ‘em contest.

Falher at Fort St. John [Sat., Dec. 1]
LINE: Fort St. John by 2 1/2

FSJ won in FAL 5-3 on Nov. 23 with the help of an empty net goal. FSJ is 7-1 all-time at home vs FAL with five of the wins coming by at least three goals. FSJ has scored at least four goals in every home game vs FAL and in seven of eight games have scored at last seven goals. FSJ has never scored 10 goals at home vs FAL, although they have turned the trick twice in FAL. In four of the eight games in FSJ, FAL has scored three goals or less. I can’t figure FAL out. I think they have championship talent. FSJ to win and cover.

High Prairie at Manning [Sat., Dec. 1]
LINE: Manning by 2 1/2

HP lost at MAN 5-2 on Nov. 3 marking the 11th straight loss in the Land of the Mighty Moose for HP. The last four MAN wins have come by at least three goals. The most alarming stat here is that HP has scored two goals or less in nine of the 11 losses. Why HP can’t score is a mystery to me, even with Braden Gamble tending nets for MAN. There is no excuse for such futility. All the stats point to a MAN win and it would be silly to pick against them. HP to win and take the goals! There is no logic to this pick but I smell an upset and I think this is the game HP breaks through.

NOTE: David Temple, former NPHL linesman and avid fan, sets the lines.