NHL Picks of The Night 10/10/17


With plenty of games and action tonight across the NHL there are three that catch my eye…


  1. Blue Jackets @ Hurricanes



  • The Blue Jackets are 1-1 entering tonight’s action in Carolina. Everyone is on board and giving praise for the home team in this one however, the Blue Jackets are getting dogged on the road tonight. The Blue Jackets put in five goals their first game but only one in their second. They are a team that has the ability to burry a ton of goals every night. Watch out to see how Scott Darling can handle the highly powerful Blue Jackets offense. 

Pittsburgh Penguins v Columbus Blue Jackets - Game Three

Blue Jackets 4-2


  1. Blackhawks @ Canadiens


  • Chicago at Montreal tonight has all signs pointing towards the Canadiens with Chicago having a back to back skid. Do not doubt the Blackhawks tonight as they want to bounce back from last night’s performance where they jumped to an early lead and fell apart, falling to the young gun Maple Leafs squad. Jan Rutta is a player to keep your eyes on tonight as he continues to impress the coaching staff leading in plus-minus.

Detroit Red Wings v Chicago Blackhawks

Blackhawks 3-2


  1. Senators @ Canucks


  • The 0-0-2 Senators are going into Vancouver to face the Canucks tonight. The Canucks have a very mixed group with veteran players in the Sedin twins and Loui Eriksson, and down the lines there is young talent in Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser. On the other side, the Senators have a talented squad but haven’t finished their previous games out. Bobby Ryan, Mike Hoffman and the other top forwards up front need to have a big night in order for success. The Senators will go into Vancouver tonight and finish tonight’s game out.


Senators 4-1


NHL News: Vegas Opening Night, Shiapchyov AHL assignment, Rangers Chytil assigned to Hartford

Vegas Strong signs surround the boards for Golden Knights home opener 

Vegas will have their opening night after the horrifying event that occurred last weekend just miles away from the T-Moblie arena. On Friday, October 6, before the National Anthem the Dallas Stars joined the Vegas Golden Knights on the blue line to show respect and to honor the victims, their families, and the Vegas community. Since then the Golden Knights collectively as a team have been supporting charities, raising money and giving back to the community to help. Sporting #VegasStrong shirts and stickers on their helmets, the many victims, families and community of Vegas will be joined together to help the Golden Knights kick off their home opener of the 2017-2018 NHL season. As released recently the Golden Knights will remove all advertisements on the boards and replace them with #VegasStrong signs. The Golden Knights get ready for an emotional night as they welcome the Arizona Coyotes for the franchises first ever home game.

Nikolaj Ehlers natural hattrick lifts Jets past Oilers

Nikolaj Ehlers and the Jets push past the Oilers to earn their first win of the season. The monkey is finally off the Jets back and they can put the two disappointing losses behind them. Nikolaj Ehlers the newly contracted and tenured Jets forward helped the Jets with his natural hattrick last night. One coming from an end to end effort from Ehlers, a puck race won by Mark Scheifele and just a one time no brainer to collect his third goal of the night. This could have possibly been the Jets way of gaining some confidence back in their game and getting ready to make a statement. Steven Mason was not in net last night either and Connor Hellybuck managed to turn away 37 shots. Overall it was a much better effort from the Jets and they get ready to take on the Canucks Thursday night.

Vadim Shiapchyov future with Vegas? 

Vadim Shipachyov was recently sent down to the AHL, and after hearing the news the 30-year-old forward was not too happy. Although Geroge McPhee says it is not because of play on the ice and it is just a roster move, Shipachyov has been sent down to Chicago’s AHL system. This is not expected to be a long-term stay for Shipachyov but he has expressed the likelihood of going back to the KHL if this does turn out to be a long-term assignment. Shipachyov was signed for two-years, $9 million, so the surprise in this roster move is fully understandable. The Golden Knights have run into this problem before due to their surplus of defenseman, the roster moves have been happening for quite some time now so as much of a surprise this is, at the same time it is not. Due to the fact, Shea Theodore and Alex Tuch were also demoted to the AHL so they do not have to go through waivers. The Golden Knights and McPhee know their situation with the roster issues and are looking for ways to shed some roster space so incidents like this do not happen again.

Filip Chytil assigned to Hartford

The New York Rangers recently signed Adam Cracknell off waivers from Dallas Stars, Cracknell is a 32-year-old forward who has played 204 NHL games with eight different teams. The reasoning behind this signing could only mean one thing though, yes, Filip Chytil is gone. Recently this morning Filip Chytil has been sent to the AHL and what Ranger fans thought would last a little longer than two games Chytil, the 18-year-old, 21st overall NHL draft pick will now be playing in Hartford for the remainder of the season. There may be chances to see Chytil here and there at times and or even in the playoffs but right now early on, the Rangers are looking to grow and develop Chytil in the AHL system.


NHL PICKS: Blackhawks vs Montreal & six more picks!

Seven NHL games are on display today, and a lot of exciting games as well. The Blackhawks are again featured on NBCSN tonight vs Montreal, the Golden Knights vs Arizona Coyotes for the second time this season tonight on NBCSN. Blues go back-to-back versus the Rangers, Dallas looks to earn their first win over the surprisingly undefeated Detroit Red Wings. Plenty of action, plenty of news and plenty of great NHL picks coming your way!

St. Louis Blues @ New York Rangers: 7:00 P.M.

Blues have opened the season up 3-0, with Jake Allen standing tall in net and Vladimir Tarasenko helping lead the way versus the Islanders last night, the Blues find themselves the second team to win three games this season. St. Louis will travel to Madison Garden for their second game in two days. Figuring a fatigued Blues team the Rangers will need to jump on the Blues early and often. The Rangers season did not start how they imagined it too. But, with a big shutout win over Montreal Sunday the Rangers are slowly gaining the confidence to string together some wins. Rangers, 3-2.

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Carolina Hurricanes: 7:00 P.M.

This will be the Hurricanes second regular season game and the free game of the night as well! The Hurricanes came into this season renewed, and ready to make a statement. After beating Minnesota 5-4 in a shootout to open the season, the Hurricanes saw some signs of life. Columbus dropped a tough one to Chicago but took their first win versus the Islanders to open the season. Artemi Panarin has been the bright spot for Columbus with three points and prospect Sonny Milano leads the team with two goals. Carolina has yet to see Jeff Skinner, Sebastian Aho, and Justin Williams score this season. The two offense will be on display tonight, with expected goaltenders of Sergei Bobrovsky and Scott Darling this could turn out to be a low scoring game. Columbus 4-2.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Montreal Canadiens: 7:30 P.M.

A battle of original six teams,  NBCSN matchup, the Blackhawks offense has looked promising this year as the Canadiens offense has been a blunder. The Blackhawks dropped a tough one in overtime to Toronto last night, as the Canadiens got blanked against the Rangers Sunday, October 8th. Both teams are coming off a tough loss and the Blackhawks are playing a back-to-back on the road, never an easy feat. The Blackhawks defense has been a surprise this season and luckily enough their offense has carried the slack. The Canadiens are still looking to find some depth scoring past Jonathan Drouin, Max Pacorietty, and Alex Galychenuk. Having Andrew Shaw on the second line is never a positive for any team looking to find some goal scoring. Blackhawks, 4-1.

Philadelphia Flyers @ Nashville Predators: 8:00 P.M. 

The Flyers started the season on the road and this will be there fourth and final road game until they have their home opener versus Washington Saturday night. Philadelphia has taken one game in regulation, one in overtime and lost a tough one to the Kings. As the Predators get ready for their home opener the fans of Smashville will be livid tonight. The Predators season was a great success last season and anytime this team is home they are an advantage, especially the home opener this will not be an easy place for the Flyers to play, including the fact this their fourth road game of the season. Nashville, 3-1.

Detroit Red Wings vs Dallas Stars: 8:30 P.M. 

Assuming Ben Bishop gets the nod tonight the Stars should and I said this before, should pick up their first win of the season. The Stars in two games have thrown 86 shots on goal, their offense looks to be clicking and the Radulov-Benn-Seguin duo looks to be a nightmare for defenses. A couple bad bounces and some penalties have left the Stars 0-2, the Red Wings I’m utterly confused about and cannot make much sense of this roster. They have shocked me and many others around the league with two impressive wins, but Stars need to win a game to get this monkey off their back. Stars, 4-1.

Ottawa Senators @ Vancouver Canucks: 10:00 P.M. 

Ottawa has dropped both games in extra time this season and has yet to officially record a loss, meanwhile the Canucks and Bo Horvat upset the Edmonton Oilers in their firts game of the season. Vancouver will welcome Ottawa for their second home game of the season. We’re expected to see Craig Anderson vs Jakub Markstrom in net. Markstrom made 33 saves on 35 shots vs Edmonton in their first win, while Craig Anderson five goals in two games. The goalie match up seems to be lopsided but with the birth of a new season, anything is possible. Vancouver, 3-2.

Arizona Coyotes vs Vegas Golden Knights: 10:00 P.M. 

The Coyotes get their chance on prime time to display their youthful, explosive roster as they enter the 2-0 Golden Knights, T-Moblie Arena. The Golden Knights came from behind to beat Arizona October 7 in overtime off of James Neal’s third and second game-winning goal in two games. The Coyotes got to see Clayton Keller and Anthony Duclair get on the board this season though which is a positive. I am not sure how much further I can ride this Vegas wave, but home against an unsure Coyotes team, it seems favorable. Vegas, 3-2.

Week 5 Performances to Forget About

Week 5 in the NFL was full of surprises and underperforming players fantasy wise. These are five performances to forget about.

  1. Ben Roethlisberger


Ben Roethlisberger is more than likely a backup QB on your squad especially this season. Big Ben will be used for injured QB’s or for those who have a bye week. Week 5 started some bye weeks across the NFL leaving Big Ben into play. Going into the week there should have been no problem with starting Ben, he was at home, playing against the Jaguars, etc. Big Ben threw for 5 interceptions with no TDs. Following this horrific performance, Big Ben will look to bounce back next week having people forget about this horrible fantasy week.


  1. Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley

Gurley has been the man for the first four weeks of the season climbing to the top of the fantasy football running back rankings. Coming into week 5, Gurley was ranked number one among all running backs. With a matchup against Seattle Gurley was poised to get a lot of carries and points. Gurley ended week 5 with 43 rush yards and a fumble. This is a performance to forget about especially after Gurley was putting up ridiculous numbers fantasy wise.


  1. Evan Engram


Evan Engram began to emerge as a good go-to tight end entering week 5. Yes, he is a rookie however he has been getting plenty of targets from Eli Manning over the past four weeks. Week 5 he got a goose egg across the board, 0 receptions, 0 yards, 0 fantasy points. On the bright side, Odell Beckham Jr. and a couple other key receivers left the game with injuries and could sideline them for a long time opening the door for Engram to forget this weeks performance and receive plenty of more targets in the future.


  1. Amari Cooper


Bum alert!! Amari Cooper is a common name thrown around for poor performances every week now! Cooper entered the year with high promise, a lot of skill, good statistics, and a good quarterback throwing to him. This season he started week one on the right track with numbers he is used to fantasy wise. Every week since then has been a disappointment for fantasy owners and yet again this is another week where Cooper needs to forget about his performance.  


  1. Texans D


The Texans had a tough matchup coming into their Sunday night game against the unbeaten Chiefs. Early on, the best player on the Texans defense, J.J Watt went down with an injury and will miss the remainder of the season. Watt is a huge loss for the D core and now need the next man to step up. As a top ranked defense in the league for fantasy, the Texans ended with negative points in primetime. Even with Watt out, the Texans defense is talented enough to regain their composure and be consistent.

NHL: Islanders drop to St. Louis in SO, Tarasenko 2-goal game

Islanders drop a close on in a shootout as they rally back from 2-0. Goal scorers for the Islanders were Andrew Ladd(1) and Andres Lee(1), as Vladimir Tarasenko buried two goals and the game-winning shootout goal for St. Louis.

As both teams had 12-penalty minutes apiece they both saw their fair share of power play time. The only difference was the Blues went 1/6 on their power play opportunities and the Islanders went 0/6. An even game across the board as both teams had 13 blocks, 20 hits, 50% faceoffs and 2 takeaways. The only difference here though the Islanders had 14 giveaways, the Islanders were poor on their power play and St. Louis capitalized on the Islanders miscues. In a third period though it was all Islanders as they threw a game-high 16 shots on net. The Islanders ended up scoring both their goals in the third but could not hold on for a win.

The overtime was a back and forth heart wrenching experience to encounter, which both teams saw positives from. The Islanders have shown signs of struggle and signs of positives thus far this year, right now their identity is a question mark. The Islanders take on the Anaheim Ducks for their West Coast trip starting Wednesday night.

NHL: Devils topple Buffalo 6-2, Bratt 2-goal game

The Devils offense continues to be explosive and surprising. In what was a close game until the Jesper Bratt and Marcus Johansson goals, the Devils broke out for four goals in the second period and would hold on to win 6-2. Evander Kane ended up slotting two goals and six shots in Buffalo’s loss. Marcus Johansson slotted two goals for his first two on the season and Taylor Hall continues to be the face of this offense being all over the ice and contributing in all assets of the game. Nico Hischier tallied his first NHL point this afternoon assisting Brian Gibbons goal. 

The big storyline here is Jesper Bratt, the 19-year-old Swede continues to impress Devils and NHL fans around the league. Bratt came onto this team uncertain of his spot and or impact on the team. Bratt was a 6th round, 162nd overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft. Bratt has played the last four years overseas in Sweden with Sweden’s International junior team. Bratt has proved his poise, speed, and scoring ability early on. The problem is though he signed an entry-level deal with New Jersey and was drafted by the London Knights and committed to play with them in August. Assuming Bratt stays though what is his role on New Jersey and could he be a dark horse for the Calder?

NHL: Colorado Shutouts Boston, Nail Yakupov 3-point day

Avalanche continue to surprise many as they shutout the Bruins 4-0 in a Columbus Day matinee. The more surprising headline today for the Avalanche is Nail Yakupov two goal, three-point game and Semyon Varlamov’s 29 save shutout.

Yakupov has traveled through three teams in the last three years. Last season with the Blues was a year to forget for Yakupov as he tallied 9 points in 40 games. And his last season with Edmonton he slotted 23 points in 60 games. Through his four years in Edmonton, his career high was 33 points and 17 goals. Yakupov has been longing for a home ever since his failed years in Edmonton the once 2012 1st overall draft pick has failed expectations of many around the NHL. Yakupov is only 24-years-old with plenty of years to come. Perhaps coming to a team with very little media coverage, low expectations for the season and putting the past behind him could be the reason for his early success.

Yakupov is now only six points away from tying his season total last year. If Matt Duchene does end up getting traded some may worry about Yakupov’s success moving forward but until then, there is not much compliment coming from Colorado and or Yakupov doubters right now.