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NHL PICKS OF THE NIGHT; NOVEMBER 16TH

Florida Panthers(7-6-3) vs New York Rangers(9-8-2) 

The Panthers have been on a little bit of hot streak here, coming off five wins in their last six games as for the Rangers are coming off another loss to the Islanders. I say another cause the Rangers have lost the last 12 of 13 vs the Islanders. The Panthers since coming back to the U.S. from their Global Series trip have been clicking, Mike Hoffman extended his point streak to 14-games, Roberto Luongo has been looking like he is 25 again. I mean we all knew the Panthers could be a good team everyone was very high on them coming into the year. And again I like them here tonight. The Rangers have been a solid team this season, but I just see the Panthers capitalizing on their opportunities and jumping on the Rangers early. Going Panthers money line. 

Detroit Red Wings(8-9-2) vs New Jersey Devils(8-8-1) 

The Red Wings have been a different team from the first two weeks of the season, they have beat some solid teams and have won 7 of their last 10 games. In this span the Red Wings have scored 30 goals, when they win they score around 3-4 goals, they can easily be a team to take one from New Jersey. The Devils already lost to Detroit earlier in the season and are coming into this game on a two-game win streak. The Devils last ten they are 4-6-0, they have been a pretty inconsistent team this season. Before their last two wins they lost five of six. I see the Devils winning here though, can’t drop another bad game. 

Tampa Bay Lightning(13-5-1) vs Philadelphia Flyers(9-9-1) 

Tough break for the Flyers, they lost to the Devils Thursday night and the Lightning lost to the Sabres. Tough break, because the Flyers should probably do their best to take one on home ice but it won’t be happening here tonight. The Flyers are 5-4-0 in their last ten, dropped their last two games and are 4-6-0 on home ice. The Lightning coming off a tough loss to Buffalo a game they should have won will not let another slip from their fingers. With a struggling Flyers power play and Calvin Pickard in net, I see the Lightning taking this one tonight. 

Buffalo Sabres(11-6-2) vs Minnesota Wild(12-5-2) 

The Sabres have knocked off the Lightning and Jets in their last two games, are third in the Atlantic and on a 4-game winning streak. What you just read is all true. The Sabres are looking like a different Sabres team. The addition of Rasmus Dahlin has balanced out that backend, Jeff Skinner has been a great addition, Carter Hutton has given the Sabres some goal-tending consistency, Linus Ullmark has been a solid back up. But they head into Minnesota vs another great team, if the Sabres take this game chalk them up for the playoffs now. The Wild are 7-3-0 in their last ten, coming off a win vs Vancouver, 6-1-2 on home ice and have been a very solid team. This is another good test for the Sabres, but I think their magic wears off as they go in a back to back, from Winnipeg to Minnesota, tough travel schedule. Going Wild.  

Montreal Canadiens(10-6-3) vs Vancouver Canucks(10-9-2) 

And the Canucks are coming back down to earth, like we all imagined. They were way to hot, way to quick. They have lost four straight now, 4-4-2 in their last ten and now average just 3.05 goals per game while allowing 3.48 a league worst. The Canucks are coming off their most recent loss to Minnesota 6-2 and the Canadiens are coming off a win vs Calgary on the road. The Canadiens average around 3.21 goals for and 3.32 goals against. With Carey Price and Jacob Markstrom in net this could be a low scoring game. On home ice the Canucks are 5-2 as the Canadiens are 4-3-2 on the road. Going Vancouver tonight. 

Columbus Blue Jackets(11-6-2) vs Carolina Hurricanes(8-7-3) 

The Blue Jackets are a tough team to read this season, they are on/off every other week. A little inconsistent to start the year but they do have 11 wins so it seems to be working. The Blue Jackets are coming off a big win on home-ice, on a two game win streak and 6-2-2 in their last ten. As the Hurricanes are 4-4-2 in their last ten coming off a win vs Chicago. The Hurricanes have been a subpar team on home ice this season only winning 4 of their 9 home games as the Blue Jackets have won 6 of their 9 road games. Tonight I am feeling a solid game from Scott Darling and a Hurricanes win. 

Edmonton Oilers(9-8-1) vs Calgary Flames(10-8-1) 

And….. the Flames have cooled down. They have lost 4 of their last 9, on a two-game losing streak and come into tonight’s game with a 4-3-1 record on home ice. The Oilers are not much better they are 5-5 on the road and in their last ten, they did win their most recent game vs Montreal. But the Oilers as a whole have been a streaky team. They average just 2.89 goals for, allow 3.01 goals against, 19 percent power play, 74 percent penalty kill, they are the definition of average the Oilers. The Flames score around 3.05 and allow the same amount with a 18.5 percent power play and 77 percent penalty kill. Again average numbers. These teams are similar in a lot of areas, and they are both very middle of the pack talent level. Tonight I’d go home team in Calgary. 

St. Louis Blues(7-7-3) vs San Jose Sharks(10-7-3) 

The Blues cannot seem to get a streak going, they either win one, lose one, win one, lose one, etc, etc. They have been a back and forth team all season now and it has killed them. Their goaltending has been the biggest issue for them, asking Chad Johnson to step in for Jake Allen when Allen is struggling is tough. They are going Johnson to start the game tonight. They got a big win on the road vs Vegas Friday night but that also means they go back to back vs a team coming off a loss and needing a win. The Sharks are 5-4-1 in their last ten and 6-3-1 on home ice, they are also a team we expected a little more from this season. I see the Sharks taking this game, this game is going to be a little high scoring. Sharks either way though.

Other games on tonight: 

  • Penguins vs Senators: Yeah, Penguins may want to start winning soon. 
  • Bruins vs Coyotes: Back to back for the Bruins, from Dallas to Arizona (not bad) but the Coyotes are no walk in the park anymore. I like the Coyotes tonight. 
  • Kings vs Predators: Yeah, Predators home ice. Kings are back to back also going from Chicago to Nashville. 

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NHL PICKS NOVEMBER 14TH

Pretty busy Tuesday night in the NHL but we had nine games on, if you missed my article the other day click, I wrote an article on yesterday’s picks, won 7 of the 9 and we are going to keep it rolling .

St. Louis Blues(6-6-3) vs Chicago Blackhawks(6-8-4)

What a game this is going to be, these two always have good games but the Blues are .500 right now and if they want to be a playoff team they need to start stringing together some wins here. They have not been a consistent team all year, and the Blackhawks are on a huge skid right now 8-games and the bleeding can only continue on from here. With Quenneville gone and that whole front office in a disarray it has been tough for the Blackhawks to put a decent display on the ice. They have a chance on home ice to end this skid. They probably won’t but still. The Blues are going with Jake Allen in net tonight as the Blackhawks go with Corey Crawford, both goalies have a bad goals against right now, respectfully so for Crawford but Allen is just plain struggling. He has 4 wins, 3.99 goals against and a .879 save percentage, those back up numbers. The Blackhawks in their eight losses have scored 14 goals for and allowed 34 goals against. It has been a shaky last month for the Blackhawks and things do not get better after tonight. Going, Blues tonight. 

Washington Capitals(8-6-3) vs Winnipeg Jets(10-5-1) 

The Capitals are coming off a big win in Minnesota and a surprise win. Straight forward, I don’t think we see a surprise win tonight. The Jets are coming off a win at home and on three-day rest as the Capitals are coming off less than 24 hours rest. Which is the big reason why I see the Jets winning this game. The Jets have won 5 of their last 8 games and are the better team here I believe. It seems the Capitals are going with Braden Holtby and Jets going with Conor Hellebyuck, which after the Capitals scored 5 goals Tuesday night and the Jets are usually good for 3-4, it seems like it is looking to be a 3-2 game, with the Jets on top. 

Boston Bruins(10-5-2) vs Colorado Avalanche(8-6-3)

The Bruins and Avalanche are coming into this game both off wins, but the Avalanche snapped a small skid they were on luckily before they host Boston tonight. The Bruins are without Tuukka Rask but it seems Jaraslov Halak seems to be doing just fine with a 6-1-2 record, 1.72 GAA and .945 save percentage. The Bruins have two won straight and come into Colorado well rested not playing since Novemeber 11th. The Avalanche last win came vs Edmonton, November 11th as well. Therefore both teams have had plenty of rest to get ready for this game the Bruins are certainly the better team all around and also 6-3-1 in their last ten compared to the Av’s 4-5-1 in their last ten. Both teams should have no excuse tonight as they are both well rested. Avalanche, home, I like it A LOT going Av’s. 

Anaheim Ducks(8-8-3) vs Vegas Golden Knights(7-10-1)

The Ducks have not been the team many expected them to be, usually it always starts out like that for this team. High expectations mediocre play to start and they always make a push later in the year, but in the last ten the Ducks are 3-5-2, winning their last game vs Nashville. As the Golden Knights are off to a rocky start, they are 3-6-1 in their last ten but have a solid road record 4-2-1 vs the Ducks 3-5-0 home record. This game has overtime or shootout written all over it. The Ducks are always a team to keep a game close and after the Golden Knights dropped their last two games and three of their four away games, they need a win tonight on home ice. The Golden Knights are averaging just 2.39 goals for, luckily the Ducks average just 2.21 goals for. The Knights allow 2.94 goals against and Ducks allow 2.74, I think we get the point. Two very similar teams going at it. Tonight I am going Vegas though. 

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Pittsburgh Penguins(7-5-3) vs New Jersey Devils(6-8-1)

Two struggling clubs right now who would of thought at this point in the season these two teams would be where they are right now. The Penguins have slide to now 6th in Metropolitan division losing four of their last ten games. As the Devils are coming off a rough road trip having lost three-straight and now 8th in the Metropolitan division. The Penguins and Devils usually make for a great game, plus the Devils are home again, and I think they know how important getting out of the lose column is right now. They have Pittsburgh this week and still have Philadelphia, Detroit and Carolina upcoming, this could be a potential eight-game skid they don’t get going in the right direction. The Devils are good on home ice luckily picking up five of their six wins this season on home ice. Tonight I am going Devils with Keith Kinkaid in net and Casey DeSmith in the opposing net, going to be a low-scoring game.

Vancouver Canucks(10-7-2) vs New York Islanders(8-6-2)

The Islanders get a good test in the Canucks tonight, although the Canucks are coming into this game on a back to back and a Monday night loss to the Rangers. The Islanders are well rested last playing Saturday. The Islanders were on a hot streak until they have lost their last three games. Luckily they get Vancouver off a back to back which draws in Richard Bashman for his first start of the year. The Canucks have been a unexpected team this year they will for sure put up a good fight but I see the Islanders edging them here. The Islanders are also 3-1-2 on home ice vs Vancouver’s 5-5-2 road record. A hot Thomas Greiss, I like the Islanders tonight, money line as always.

Florida Panthers(6-5-3) vs Philadelphia Flyers(9-7-1)

The Flyers are getting a hot Florida team right now and a Florida offense that is clicking,  which means the Flyers offense will need to be on tonight. Also calls for probably the over hitting. The Panthers are on a four-game win streak coming off a beat down vs Ottawa Sunday night and having scored four plus goals in all four of their recent wins. The Flyers on the other hand are coming off a big win vs Chicago making that three in a row for Philadelphia. Two extremely hot teams that have both their offenses clicking at a great rate right now. They both average the same amount of goals per game (3.29) but the Flyers allow more goals per game on average, Panthers power play is clicking at 21 percent. going to be a high scoring game, either go the over or go Florida.

Tampa Bay Lightning(12-4-1) vs Buffalo Sabres(9-6-2)

The Lightning are heading into Buffalo as what many think will be an easy win for Tampa Bay, the 9-6-2 Sabres will have something to say about that. The Sabres are on a two-game win streak, 5-2-1 on home ice as the Lightning are coming off a loss vs Ottawa and 5-1-1 on the road. The Lightning are clear power houses in the NHL but it is early in the year where anything can happen. The Sabres are 6-2-2 in their last ten compared to the Lightning’s 7-3-0 record. For some odd reason I feel a Sabres win, I just sense a solid game from Buffalo they are moments away from winning 10 games through the first 18 games in nearly 10 years. This is going to be a better game than many think. Sabres, money line.

Washington Capitals(7-6-3) vs Minnesota Wild(11-4-2)

The Capitals a little Stanley Cup hungover? Who knows but they have not looked like the Capitals team we saw in April and June. They are one a two-game losing streak a loss away from being .500 and struggling on the road right now with a 2-3-2 record. As the Wild are the opposite on a three-game win streak, 5-0-2 at home and 8-2 in their last ten games as the Capitals are 4-4-2 in their last ten. The Wild have been solid on both sides of the puck they are scoring goals this season consistently, Devan Dubnyk is playing great, the Wild’s defense seems to be clicking as well. Everything seems to be going right for Minnesota and I will not playing with that mojo, going Wild tonight.

Montreal Canadiens(9-5-3) vs Edmonton Oilers(8-8-1)

The Canadiens are coming into Edmonton as the Oilers are on a four-game slide and 5-5-0 on their last ten games. Over the Oilers losing streak they have managed to allow 17 goals while only scoring 6 goals. The Canadiens on the other hand have managed to score 17 goals over their last four games. The Canadiens can seem to score goals this year for some reason and have been doing it at a pretty consistent rate. Tonight Carey Price goes for Montreal as Edmonton goes Mikko Koskinen who is 3-1 with a 2.64 GAA and .915 save percentage. This is going to be an interesting game as the Oilers are struggling and the Canadiens may not be playing great hockey but they are scoring goals and keeping games close. I would be surprised to see the Oilers drop five straight, going Oilers tonight, money line.

Nashville Predators(13-3-1) vs San Jose Sharks(9-6-3)

I feel like my unpopular opinion picks continue on with this one. I like the Sharks to be honest, they have played some good teams but this is a team they were ranked next to at the beginning of the year as the Predators are just storming through the league. This is a great test to see if San Jose is the real deal or has signs of being a Cup contending team. They have not shown many signs of consistency and Cup contending hockey this year so far but this is game where the Sharks can take and build some major confidence from. The Sharks coming into this game coming off a win vs Calgary and also winning three of their last four games. The Predators are not just a home team this year they are a road team as well as they are 8-0-1 on the road losing their only road game in a shootout vs Anaheim Monday night. Juuse Saros gets the nod tonight and Martin Jones for San Jose, I think this is a good test for San Jose they want to be the best have to beat the best. Going Sharks, over.

Other games on tonight; 

Arizona vs Detroit: Please Arizona every time I go against you, you win. So I am going with you this time. Going Yotes.

Toronto vs Los Angeles: Going Toronto, that goalie situation in LA is rough. 

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Minnesota Wild(10-4-2) vs St. Louis Blues(6-5-3)

The Wild are coming off a 5-1 over Anaheim Friday night, are 8-2 in their last ten and on a two-game win streak. The Wild have found their stride early on, I think a lot of fans thought this team was going to be a decent middle of the pack team since they did not upgrade much at all this offseason. But the Wild have been off an incredible start with a 10-4-2 record, 2nd in the Central and now playing a mediocre St. Louis team. The Blues are on a two-game win streak as well, 5-4-1 in their last ten and coming off a win 4-0 win on home ice over the Sharks. They Blues have picked up since starting off a little slow. Tonight we will see Chad Johnson in net for St. Louis it appears and Devan Dubnyk for Minnesota. I have been high on Minnesota all year so far and I riding the Wild train. Going Wild tonight with the money line. Always money line for NHL games.

Vegas Golden Knights(7-9-1) vs Boston Bruins(9-5-2)

The Golden Knights are coming off a loss to Montreal 5-4, they are going with Malcolm Subban in net tonight, are 4-5-1 in their last ten and have not been the same Vegas team we once saw. They are only scoring 2.47 goals per game, 17.9 percent on the power play and have not found the back of the net consistently this year. The Bruins are coming off a big home win vs Toronto and Jaroslav Halak gets the nod once again as Tuukka Rask is out for a leave of absence. Bruins are 5-3-2 in their last ten and trying to build off a good game vs Toronto where they actually scored. Bruins average 3.06 goals per game and allow 2.5, they are solid defensive team but struggling offensively. The Bruins are coming off a big win and Vegas traveling still, going Bruins here, feeling the under and money line.

Colorado Avalanche(7-6-3) vs Edmonton Oilers(8-7-1)

Both teams are coming into this game struggling a ton, the Avalanche are on a five game skid as the Oilers are on a three-game skid, one of them has to stop bleeding tonight. The Oilers have scored just 5 goals and allowed 13 goals during this skid, all three losses have come on the road and luckily they return home tonight where they are 3-2-1. For the Avalanche they have scored 15 goals and allowed 25 goals during this five-game skid. The Avalanche have lost three games to one goal and while they can score the puck their defense and goaltending which was their strong suit up until now has struggled. This is desperation game for both teams the Avalanche are coming into their fourth road game in five games and need a win bad. I hate to do it but I see the Avalanche taking this game, they are a better offensive team and with the Oilers struggling I think the Avalanche can take this one. Go over and Avalanche.

New Jersey Devils(6-7-1) vs Winnipeg Jets(9-5-1)

This was not the start Devils fans wanted to see they are off to a subpar first 15 games and have a tough test tonight in Winnipeg. The Devils are coming off a back to back losses, vs Toronto and Ottawa, in their last five they have scored just 12 goals while allowing 21 goals. The Devils have struggled early on allowing the 4th most goals against per game (3.5) while only scoring 3.07 goals per game. The Jets are coming into this game off a 5-2 win vs Colorado and starting to get things going in the right direction. The Jets are 4th in the Central and clearly can do better. They are getting a good game vs a struggling New Jersey team that they will need to take advantage of. I am for sure going Jets, over here tonight.

Calgary Flames(10-6-1) vs San Jose Sharks(8-6-3)

Not an ideal start for San Jose through their first 17 games, no one expected them to be undefeated but we did expect them to be a little more consistent. They have been an on/off team, they come some nights and don’t other nights. They are on a two-game skid losing to Dallas 4-3 and St. Louis 4-0, the Sharks average a decent amount of goals with 3.12 goals per game while also allowing a league average of 3.04 goals per game. With a defense like the Sharks we did not expect them to be a 3+ goals against team. The Flames have enjoyed early success and sit among the top of the Western Conference they are coming off a big 1-0 win vs Los Angeles and now go up against a tough San Jose team. This game will be a three goals a piece game, probably a 4-3 finish, Mike Smith is usually always good for allowing 3 goals a game so the Flames will need to supply some offense. The Flames score around 3.24 goals per game while also allowing 3.04 goals per game. Tonight I see San Jose taking the win on home ice, San Jose, over.

Other games on tonight; 

Arizona Coyotes vs Washington Capitals; Capitals 

Ottawa vs Florida: Florida

 

 

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Vancouver Canucks(9-6-1) vs Boston Bruins(8-4-2) 

The Bruins are coming into this game for their second home game of the week as the Canucks stay on the road coming from Detroit. Vancouver dropped a tough game to Detroit in a shootout, least they got a point. Tonight I do not foresee the Canucks having the same luck as Tuesday. The Bruins are one of the more defensively sound teams in the league the Canucks have been successful due to their 3 goals per game, 8th ranked shooting percentage and almost20 percent power play. I see the Bruins playing a solid game here tonight only allowing one game to Dallas Tuesday and with a hot Jaroslav Halak in net the Bruins are the better team all around here and I think they take this one easy. This game looks like the Bruins have to cover a 1.5 goal spread, -240 and over/under of 5.5. My advice is either stay away from the game or go money line. Not much value in this game but the Bruins are going to win and the game will be close. Maybe the under.

Edmonton Oilers(8-6-1) vs Florida Panthers(3-5-3) 

The Panthers are starting their three-game home stand after returning to the US from their Global Series games. The Panthers are not off to a great start they have struggled to be consistent, hold leads and get much offensive production going. While they do rank 3rd in shots on goal with 34.8 they also rank 27th in shooting percentage(8.6) on top of that they allow 3.55 goals per game and take near the most penalties in the game. Very inconsistent to start, as Edmonton is a capable of 3 goals a game, and has one of the more efficient power plays, it will be Florida staying out of the box and capitalizing on the chances they are given. I see this game being an under type of game, the Oilers are coming off a loss to Tampa Bay Tuesday as the Panthers have not played since last week. Low scoring game in my eyes, Panthers take the edge here though. Lines look like Panthers are covering a 1.5 goal spread (no), -125 and over/under of 6, going under for sure and Panthers.

Arizona Coyotes(7-6-0) vs Philadelphia Flyers(7-7-1) 

Usually I would over look this game and not go with it but these two teams play out to be a good match up the Coyotes are hot right now although losing their last game to the Flyers except the roles have reversed and the Flyers are home this time. The Coyotes also have Antti Raanta on the IR so Darcy Kuemper gets the load of starts now until he is back. The Flyers goaltending is well the Flyers, this will be an under type of game I think. The Flyers scored 5 last game on this team and the over hit, turn around three days later and I can’t see either team scoring each 3 goals, I see this being a 3-2 game. I am also leaning towards the Yotes here…

New York Islanders(8-4-2) vs Tampa Bay Lightning(11-3-1) 

The Islanders get a good test tonight in one of the best teams in the NHL as the Islanders have been hot from the start they play a team that can end their streak and bring them down to earth. Yet they can’t be overlooked, the Devils came in just a week ago to Tampa and scored five on them, which the Islanders can do the same. Tonight the Lightning are going with Andrei Vasilevskiy who has a 1.98 goals against and has allowed more than 3+ goals only two times this year. The Islanders Robin Lehner seems to be healthy and ready to be back for tonight. Which worries me a little although he was not sidelined for a while, first game back against a very good offensive team that scores around 3.6 goals per game and throws 34.6 shots on net per game. Lehner will have hands full, I am going with the Lightning here. Tough one but Lightning home ice seems to never be a bad choice. Lightning are to cover a 1.5 goal spread, -220 money line and over/under six. Probably go money line or spread.

San Jose Sharks(8-4-3) vs Dallas Stars(8-6-1)

For some reason I look at this game and I see overtime or past regulation. I think this will be a competitive back and forth game, there will be no one team dominating and the goaltender keeping them in net. The Stars are coming off a tough loss in Boston as the Sharks are coming off a big win vs Minnesota. Both are playing pretty good hockey right now and both could use some momentum with a win tonight. It will be a low scoring game, both Martin Jones and Ben Bishop draw in the net for tonight, plus both teams are pretty solid defensively only allowing 2.6 goals per game and around 30 shots or less on net per game, they defend well and both seem to score only 3 goals per game or less. I see the under in this game hitting, I think we see a 2-1, 3-2 overtime game.

Minnesota Wild(8-4-2) vs Los Angeles Kings(5-8-1) 

The Kings are coming off a big win vs Anaheim Tuesday night as the Wild are coming off a loss to San Jose and stay on the road to play L.A. for another Western Conference battle. The Wild have been a very solid team this year, defending well, getting good goaltending and scoring around 3 + goals per game. The Kings on the other hand have trouble scoring and defending this year. This is a game the Wild need to win because they play Friday night as well and they drop all three on this West Cost road trip, not a good sign for the team. I see the Wild winning big here, over under is 5.5 and they are giving a 1.5 goal spread to start but -115 money line. Over and spread for tonight.

Other games on tonight: 

Vegas vs Ottawa: Vegas needs a win, here’s their chance to get it.

Carolina vs Chicago: First game under new head coach for Chicago, on home ice. I like Chicago.

Buffalo vs Montreal: Tough, stay away.

 

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Montreal Canadiens(8-4-2) vs New York Rangers(6-7-1)

The Canadiens are on a back to back for their New York area road trip. After coming back 3-1 to beat the Islanders 4-3 in a shootout Monday night. The Canadiens and their 2nd place record now gives this team a whole new set of confidence. It will for sure be tough to go back to back but the travel is not long for the Canadiens and the Rangers are a young, struggling team trying to find their identity right now. The Canadiens are most likely going with Carey Price tonight also as Antti Niemi started Monday night. As Henrik Lundqvist is set to start for the Rangers. These two teams have been pretty good over their last ten, the Canadiens are 6-3-1 in their last ten as the Rangers are 5-4-1 on a three-game win streak. I think this will be a close game, with the Canadiens playing back to back and Rangers not being a consistent offensive team. Set to be a low scoring game. The Rangers are 4-3 on home ice as the Canadiens are 3-1-2 on the road. Tonight, unpopular but going the Rangers.

Vegas Golden Knights(6-7-1) vs Toronto Maple Leafs(9-5-0)

The Golden Knights have not started out the way many expected nor coach Gerard Gallant would like to. The Golden Knights are 7th in the division right now, one game below .500 and beginning their four game road trip with Toronto. The Golden Knights are 2-5 on the road this season as well as 5-4-1 in their last ten. The Leafs are 6-4-0 in their last ten and have been struggling without Auston Matthews, there is no timetable for Matthews return right now but the Leafs seem to need him. The Leafs are 3-5-0 on home ice and with the Atlantic pretty tight right now and struggling over the last two weeks, this is going to be a game the Leafs must win. With both Marc Andre Fleury and Frederick Anderson in net, both starters will be on their best as they have all season. Anderson has a 2.28 goals against (GAA) and Fleury has a 2.51 GAA, we could see a low scoring game for sure. Choice here tonight, Leafs.

Dallas Stars(8-5-1) vs Columbus Blue Jackets(7-6-1)

The Stars have been playing pretty decent over their last ten and are now coming into tonight off a game Monday night in which they lost 2-1 in overtime. This is bizarre schedule for Dallas, they go from on the road in Boston to Columbus in less than twenty-four hours. That is a nightmare of traveling, and going to be tough to shake off the tired legs. The Blue Jackets are coming into this game on a two-game losing streak, 4-5-1 in their last ten and their last game was a mess. They allowed two short handed goals in their loss to the Kings but with two days rest they should be good to go. With projected Ben Bishop and Sergei Bobrovsky in net, it could go either way. Either a high scoring game or low scoring. Bishop has a 2.32 GAA while Bobrovsky has a 3.33 GAA, well see what Bob we get in net tonight. The Stars are going to be exhausted that is for sure, the Blue Jackets should take advantage of the Stars terrible schedule and jump on them early. Going with Columbus tonight.

New Jersey Devils(6-5-1) vs Ottawa Senators(5-6-3)

The Devils are going from Pittsburgh to Ottawa in a days notice and this will be an interesting game. After beating the Penguins 5-1 fueled by Brain Boyles hattrick hopefully Nico Hischier and Taylor Hall have something left in the tank to help the Devils stay in the win column. The Senators are now on a two-game losing streak and the locker room is probably in shambles after the video that was released yesterday about the team(more to come after this article). The Senators are on a two-game losing streak, 4-2-2 on home ice vs the Devils 1-5-0 record on the road. The Devils should be going with Corey Schneider and the Senators to go with Craig Anderson. The Devils are traveling a long ways, but I still think they take this game the Senators atmosphere is probably a mess right now. Devils with the under.

Carolina Hurricanes(6-6-2) vs St. Louis Blues(4-5-3)

The Hurricanes are coming into St. Louis on four-game losing streak, 3-6-1 in their last ten and 3-3-1 on the road. As the Blues are 3-4-1 on home ice, 4-4-2 in their last ten and having dropped their last game Saturday vs Minnesota. The Blues are doing all they can to stay in the mix of things in the Western Conference they are seeing some great production from Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron but again their goaltending has been shaky. Jake Allen has a 3.99 GAA and .879 save percentage. Their defense is at fault as well but they should be a team that plays all areas of the game well with the line up they have. I think the Hurricanes come in and make it competitive but the Blues get a much needed victory.

Minnesota Wild(8-3-2) vs San Jose Sharks(7-4-3)

The Wild have been an absolute wagon as of late, every time I go against them they prove me wrong. The Wild are coming into San Jose, 2nd in the Central and on a two-game winning streak. The Wild and Sharks are two high scoring teams they both average above 3 goals a game, above 30 shots on net, both power plays are at around 18.3 % to 21 percent, both allow less than 2.9 goals a game, less than 30 shots on net per game and penalty kills are neck and neck at around 85 percent. Two very similar teams, the Wild are seeing Devan Dubnyk at his best as well with a 2.07 GAA and .937 save percentage. This will be a low scoring, goalie battle. Both teams can score and defend and both goalies are very good. Tonight, I see Sharks getting a big win against a good team.

Other games on tonight:

Edmonton Oilers(8-4-1) vs Tampa Bay Lightning(10-3-1):

Going Lightning, Oilers back to back, Lightning are just a better team plus rested and on home ice. Lightning for sure. 

Vancouver Canucks(9-6-0) vs Detroit Red Wings(4-8-2):

Canucks continue the hot streak. 

Anaheim Ducks(6-6-3) vs Los Angeles Kings(4-8-1):

Worries me a ton both teams are lost right now and struggling. Going Kings though first game with interim head coach, going to play big while odds are against them.

NHL PICKS; NOVEMBER 3RD TOP PICKS OF THE NIGHT

Tampa Bay Lightning(8-3-1) vs Montreal Canadiens(7-3-2)

The Canadiens are off to a HOT start, and coming off a big 6-4 win vs the former Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals as the Lightning are coming off a bad loss on home ice vs Nashville. Lightning are in Montreal as the Canadiens are on home ice for the third straight game in a row. Tonight’s game will be an interesting one as the Canadiens continue to try and keep their hot play alive and the Lightning try and get out of the loss column and take one on the road. The Canadiens are 5-2 on home ice as the Lightning are 3-2 on the road. The Lightning will stay on the road for another game tomorrow vs Ottawa so taking both would be great but splitting it is ideal. I think the Lighting can take both these back to back road games. I’d go Lightning tonight they are favorites here on the road even with Montreal’s hot play which is a reason why this game seems to be a trap to take Montreal. Going Tampa Bay tonight.

Edmonton Oilers(7-4-1) vs Detroit Red Wings(4-7-2) 

Hopefully the Oilers do not sh*t the bed like the Devils did Thursday night and lose to Detroit, because I am riding the hot hand Oilers tonight. Coming off a big home win vs Chicago and Mikko Koskinen first NHL win. Tonight the Oilers stay with the young goaltender as the Red Wings try and battle back after their slow start and get back on the right track. This game will be a close game in my eyes, early in the year there is a small margin between good and bad teams, the games are usually either blow outs or close games. This game is making to be a 3-2 type of game, I like Edmonton for the reason that well they are the hot team and coming into this game 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and taking 4 of their last five games. Oilers with the money line tonight.

Dallas Stars(7-5-0) vs Washington Capitals(5-4-2) 

Capitals a little Stanley Cup hung right now? In their last 10 games they are 4-4-2 the positive sign though is that they can always score goals. Not sure what the poor play from Washington is right now but is a perfect time to shake it off and the perfect game to do it. Against a competitive, skilled Dallas team that can bury you if you make stupid mistakes. The Stars are coming into Washington on a two-game win streak and fourth road game in a row, they beat the Canadiens and Toronto on the road so their confidence is high. I think this is a game that Washington ratchets things up and takes a big win on home ice. Capitals, over tonight.

Minnesota Wild(7-3-2) vs St. Louis Blues(4-4-3) 

The Blues are starting to get the pieces together now and getting moving in the right direction. The Wild though are a well balanced team from forward to defense to goalie. Their last game coming Tuesday vs Edmonton on the road in which they won, they have had now three days to travel. I like the added rest and legs to Minnesota tonight, on the road a good game to go after the road team. St. Louis Ryan O’Reilly continues to impress but the worry for St. Louis and this game is their goaltending consistency, when Jake Allen is on he is solid but I like Minnesota tonight with the money line.

Carolina Hurricanes(6-5-2) vs Vegas Golden Knights(5-7-2) 

Seems like the Vegas fire has run out this year? The Golden Knights as you can tell are not off to a good start, what used to be sure games for them at home are not anymore. They are 2-4 at home this season and while they started off the season with five road games, losing 3 of 5 makes it difficult for a team to get much going. After losing to Nashville and St. Louis on the road the Golden Knights come back to home ice with a chance to get some confidence going as they prepare for another four game road trip after this game. The Hurricanes are 3-4 on the road and their real bright spot has been Finland forward Sebastian Aho, seems like every game he is setting a record. Aho has 17 points in 13 games. The Golden Knights keep him off the scoresheet they are good to go. Staying with Vegas here as they need a win desperately before this road trip. Vegas money line.

Columbus Blue Jackets(7-5-0) vs Los Angeles Kings(3-8-2) 

The Kings have been off to a terrible start, struggling to score, struggling to get any offense going and now Jonathan Quick needs surgery and Petr Budaj and Jack Campbell will have to pick up the slack. A rough start for L.A. this season and it won’t look better after they lose to Columbus tonight at home. Columbus is coming off a big road win vs San Jose and stay in the California area for another road tilt. I think this is a good give me type of game. The Kings will compete for sure but I see the Blue Jackets coming out on top and taking this game at the end. Columbus money line.

Other games on tonight…. (don’t bother with games highlighted)

Devils(5-4-1) vs Islanders(7-4-1): Islanders

Leafs(8-5-0) vs Penguins(6-2-3): Don’t bother. Both coming off loses and struggling a bit right now. Not a good game to go after. 

Bruins(7-3-2) vs Predators(10-3-0): Don’t bother Predators are hot don’t even bet against them and betting with them provides little value. 

Blackhawks(6-5-3) vs Flames(8-5-1): Both inconsistent and don’t like this game. 

Flyers(6-7-0) vs Sharks(6-4-3): Sharks should win but anything can happen with the Flyers.

 

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