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FREE NHL Picks: January 16, 2019

Colorado Avalanche vs Ottawa Senators

Things are getting a little better for Colorado at the moment, a big win vs Toronto was much needed for this team. A sure confidence boost, the Avalanche had success vs Toronto because their depth forwards had six points, Carl Soderberg had two goals, Matt Calvert had one, depth goes a long way. The Avalanche now head to Ottawa who are not playing well in their recent games (2-7-1) but also 11-9-4 at home. The Avalanche are 12-11-3 on the road and 2-6-2 in their last ten. They out match the Senators in most if not all areas of the game, goals, goals against, penalty kill, power play. The Avalanche are definitely favorited here and I’d expect a win out of them with how close the race in the Western Conference is right now. Every two points count. Colorado is -1.5 and -185 where Ottawa is +1.5 and +150, I’d go Colorado money line, puck spread too difficult to tell.

Buffalo Sabres vs Calgary Flames

Things are not getting easier for Buffalo at this point, they have been on a complete drought since their 10-game win streak. The Sabres are at the moment out of a wild card spot and slowly throwing their playoff hopes out the window. The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last ten on a three-game skid, 9-11-3 going up against a Calgary team who is on a five-game win streak, 8-1-1 in their last ten and 15-4-4 at home. I would be completely shocked if Buffalo win, if Buffalo wins this will also probably be the last picks article I write. I am going the house on Calgary tonight. Calgary is -1.5 and -240, Buffalo is +200 and +1.5. Calgary with David Rittich (not confirmed but likely) in net makes me feel better as well.

San Jose Sharks vs Arizona Coyotes

The Sharks have been rolling lately, defeating the Penguins 5-2 Tuesday night and on a seven-game win streak, 9-1-0 in their last ten but 11-9-3 on the road. Where as Arizona is 5-4-1 in their last ten coming off a loss and 8-12-2 at home. The Coyotes are no where near the Sharks skill level but they are also no easy match. They always give teams difficult games, while I like the Sharks here they are coming into this game on a back to back. From San Jose to Arizona is not crazy but it’s a back to back and teams do not perform well in these situations. I am still going San Jose but maybe not the puck spread, just San Jose straight up. Sharks are -155 and Coyotes are +135. Aaron Dell is in net for San Jose and Darcy Kuemper for Arizona (not confirmed).

Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers

The Bruins are coming into this game off an overtime loss to Montreal at the TD Garden, they need to get back in the win column as things are not easy in that Eastern Conference. The Flyers got a big game from James Van Reimsydk and Nolan Patrick vs Minnesota for their 7-4 win, don’t expect that again. The Bruins are 6-3-1 in their last ten and 10-9-4 on the road, where Philly is 2-7-1 in their last ten and 9-10-3 at home. The Bruins are my choice for tonight, one the road sure but the Flyers fans have given up on the team this year so it is not really much of a “home team advantage”. Bruins will handle the Flyers accordingly, I also could see them covering the puck spread. My risk of the night would be Bruins to cover -1.5 puck spread. They are -165 while Flyers are +135. Bruins all the way.

Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks

These teams are separated by zero points, the Oilers have one less game played but they both have 47 points. The Canucks with an even 21-21-5, Edmonton 22-21-3 very close in records and very close for a wild card spot. The Oilers are 4-6-0 in their last ten coming off a big win vs Buffalo the other night. Where Vancouver is 5-4-1 in their last ten coming off a big win vs Florida. The Canucks had two and a half days rest coming into todays game and the Oilers had a day and a half. The Oilers are 10-11-2 on the road vs Vancouver’s 10-9-2 home record. This game means a lot for both teams, as much as the Canucks did not anticipate on being here they still are going to do whatever they can to win. The Oilers are my team for tonight. They are also favored +1.5 goals to start both teams are -110 though. I am going Oilers and riding Mikko Koskinen in net.

Also note I have been on a losing streak myself with picks but feel pretty confident in every game tonight besides Colorado vs Ottawa. Minor set back to a big come back. 5-0 tonight let’s go.

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FREE NHL PICKS: January 14, 2019

Colorado Avalanche vs Toronto Maple Leafs

There is probably very little chance the Avalanche win this game. They have dropped 7 of their last 10, on a three-game losing streak and the Leafs are getting Frederick Anderson back in net. The Leafs are also coming off a loss to the Bruins therefore on home ice I’d be shocked to see the Leafs lose. The Leafs are 13-9-1 on home ice and 6-4-0 in their last ten. The Avalanche have Philip Grubauer in net who has a 3.29 goals against, which means with the way things are going in Colorado this game could get out of hand fast. The Avalanche are +1.5 and +160 the Leafs are -1.5 and -190, I’d be confident enough to say Leafs to cover 1.5 spread.

Minnesota Wild vs Philadelphia Flyers

This could not be a worse game to bet on, both teams are so unpredictable right now but the Flyers are playing terrible. At home even the Flyers are still 8-10-3, also note that the Flyers have lost 7 of their last 10 and have been on a slippery slope since late November. The Wild who struggled greatly in recent games have found a way to win some games, they are 5-4-1 in their last ten and 11-11-0 on the road. The Flyers are going with Carter Hart, while he may be the only goalie the Flyers have to possibly steal a game, I don’t see the Wild winning this game. The Flyers are +1.5 and +100 while Minnesota is -1.5 and -120, the over/under is also six goals but both teams average around 2.7 goals per game. So either go under or Wild -120.

Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins

Probably best game of the night, the Bruins and Canadiens always put on a great display. The Canadiens have been a major shock to many as they are three points behind the Bruins a win tonight would be big for Montreal. The Canadiens are a decent road team, 12-8-3 this season and also 6-4-0 in their last ten coming off a win vs Colorado. The Bruins are 16-6-0 at home and 7-3-0 in their last ten. The Bruins are coming off a win vs the Maple Leafs. Both teams score around 2.8 goals per game and while the Bruins allow 2.58 and Montreal allows 3.02 goals against this will still be a great, low-scoring game. The Canadiens are +1.5 and +170 while the Bruins are -1.5 and -205. I really could not be less confident in this pick but I really do like the Canadiens tonight.

Chicago Blackhawks vs New Jersey Devils

The Blackhawks and Devils are really not doing too well right now but the Blackhawks are on a three-game losing streak, while the Devils are coming off a win. The Blackhawks are 8-12-3 on the road and 4-3-3 in their last ten. While the Devils are 12-5-4 at home and 5-5-0 in their last ten games. The Devils really only play at home it seems like and the Blackhawks are not going to be an easy opponent just due to the Devils lack of fortunate play lately. The Blackhawks are +1.5 and +135 and the Devils are -1.5 and -155 therefore this game is favored to the Devils. For the sole reason the Devils are home I’d go New Jersey -155.

St. Louis Blues vs Washington Capitals

The Blues have actually won games recently that surprising and most of it is due to their goaltending rookie Jordan Binnington. The Blues are going back to Jake Allen it seems like tonight therefore all signs point to Washington. Either way I was saying Washington. The Capitals are 13-6-3 on the road and 6-2-2 in their last ten games. While the Blues are 8-7-2 at home and 6-4-0 in their last ten. The Capitals have Pheonix Copley going tonight but the Capitals back up has picked up four wins, a 1.93 goals against and .938 save percentage in his last month of play. The Blues are +1.5 and +160 while Capitals are -1.5 and -185, I like the Capitals to cover, going -1.5 Caps.

Buffalo Sabres vs Edmonton Oilers

The Sabres have slowly fallen out of the Atlantic division and seem like there only hope is the wild card at this point. They are 3-6-1 in their last ten games on a two-game skid and 9-10-3 on the road. The Oilers have only the wild card to fight for right now they sit two points out of a spot and these two points could be big time for the Oilers. The Oilers are 11-10-1 at home, 3-7-0 in their last ten. The Oilers are -1.5 and -120, the Sabres are +1.5 and +100, I’d say if possible, go Sabres +1.5 but I think the Oilers win this game.

My Top Three Picks To Be Crowned Stanley Cup Champions 2018-2019

Based off the odds of Vegas, what teams have a legitimate shot at the Stanley Cup?

Tampa Bay Lightning +300

Toronto Maple Leafs +550

Calgary Flames: +1000

Nashville Predators:  +1200

San Jose Sharks: +1200

Winnipeg Jets +1200

Washington Capitals +1400

Pittsburgh Penguins +1700

Boston Bruins +1700

Columbus Blue Jackets: +1800

New York Islanders +2200

All betting odds aside, my top three choices for a Stanley Cup this season.

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning: Is there any need to get into much of a discussion about this? From line one to four they produce, their back end is strong with plenty of experience and mobility and the icing on the cake. A healthy, solid number one goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Lightning are 34-8-2 with 70 points, they lost a combination of 10 games all year and only EIGHT in regulation. With a +67 goal differential.
  2. Calgary Flames: In all honesty the Western Conference does not look to difficult this year. The Flames have played well in their division and if the season were to end today they would have to go through Minnesota, Vegas or San Jose then Nashville or Winnipeg. The Flames have been a great team on both sides of the puck if they can figure out their goaltending, between Mike Smith and David Rittich they are a top-pick for the West Conference finals. The Flames are 28-13-4 with 60 points but a point ahead of San Jose for the divisional lead.
  3. Winnipeg Jets: The Jets have to get through the Predators again one more time to get to the Conference finals and from there if you come out alive in the West it is a possibility. The Jets will need Connor Hellebuyck to wake up and play a big role in their success from here until June. The Jets will need to see Patrik Laine step up big time as well, along with more depth players and a solid game from their backend.

Those are my top-three choices for the Stanley Cup Champions 2018-2019, what are yours?

 

FREE NHL Picks; December 29, 2018

Minnesota Wild vs Winnipeg Jets

The Jets are atop the Central division while the Wild are slowly falling out of any playoff chance right now. The Jets are 7-3-0 in their last ten and 13-5-0 on home ice, they are coming off a loss to Calgary on home ice. While the Wild are on a five-game losing streak, 3-6-1 in their last ten and 7-10-0 on the road. It has been a tough month and some for the Wild, they went from contenders to pretenders real quick. The Jets are going to handle this game with ease I say, with the Wild banged up a bit on the back end and possibly the Jets back up net minder going tonight, the Jets may score 4+ on the Wild. The Jets average around 3.46 goals to the Wild’s 2.92 goals and the Wild allow 2.86 goals to the Jets 2.81 goals per game. Minnesota’s second ranked penalty kill in the league will have their hands full vs the NHL’s third best power play in the league. I see this game being a 4-2 finish. The over/under is six which can hit but I never usually go o/u for NHL play, the Wild are +1.5 and +165 while the Jets are -1.5 and -165. I would go Jets -1.5 probably.

San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton is on a current four-game skid while the Sharks are finally starting to come together and be the team we imagined them to be. The Sharks are 2nd in the Pacific as the Oilers are sixth. The Oilers could use a big win here tonight on home ice vs a good Western Conference team. The Oilers are 10-7-1 on home ice and 5-4-1 in their last ten while the Sharks are 8-8-3 on the road and 6-2-2 in their last ten. If both starters go tonight for both teams (Jones vs Koskinen) we will see a relatively low scoring game. Both teams defend fairly well, the Sharks allow 2.92 goals per game vs the Oilers 3.11 goals per game. But the Sharks out score the Oilers for sure with a 3.28 goal per game average vs the Oilers 2.78 goals per game. On a four-game skid the first major losing streak under Ken Hitchcock, the Oilers battling for a playoff spot, on home ice, I think you know where I am going with this. I am feeling Oilers money line tonight. Oilers are +100 and +1.5 as the Sharks are -120 and -1.5, for sure going Oilers money line.

Boston Bruins vs Buffalo Sabres

Since the Sabres win streak they have been extremely sub par, they ae 4-4-2 in their last ten games and coming off a loss to the Blues in St. Louis they now head home where they have had most of their success this season. The Sabres are 12-4-2 at home this season, they average 2.87 goals per game and allow 2.84 goals per game on the year. They have the 5th best penalty kill in the league but also the 18th ranked power play, therefore special teams will be a factor in tonight’s game. Boston is also coming off a loss to New Jersey at TD Garden, the Bruins 6-4-0 in their last ten and currently 5th in the Atlantic and three points behind the Sabres for a top-three spot. The Bruins score 2.79 goals per game but allow 2.66 goals per game. They are the opposite of the Sabres with a 5th ranked power play and 19th ranked penalty kill. The Bruins are coming into this game off a tough loss on home ice and could use these two points to gain some ground on the Sabres right now. The Sabres on the other hand are in the same boat, they have Montreal and Boston creeping up behind them and after a bad loss to St. Louis they need to bounce back. The line is favored in the Sabres hands at +1.5 (-265) and +105 money line, as the Bruins are -1.5 and -125 the over/under of 5.5 looks like a solid option too but with very little offense from these two I am not sure. I would say go Bruins straight up to be honest.

New York Islanders vs Toronto Maple Leafs

This will be the first time the Islanders play the Leafs since John Tavares left the Islanders over the summer. The Leafs are coming into this one on a back to back as too are the Islanders. The Leafs played Columbus in Columbus and now have to head back to Toronto to get ready for a physical game vs the Islanders. The Islanders head coach Barry Trotz said he wants his players to take Tavares departure personally so we can probably see a physical game tonight. The Leafs are one of the best in the league and their current five-game win streak, 6-2-2 record in their last ten and 12-5-1 record at home says so as well. The Islanders are coming off a big come from behind win vs Ottawa Friday night, the Islanders are 6-3-1 in their last ten and 10-8-1 on the road. The Islanders score 2.92 goals per game vs the Leafs 3.79 goals per game. The Islanders allow 2.72 goals per game vs the Leafs 2.76 goals per game. The only way the Islanders have a chance in this game is if they score 5 plus goals and keep up with the Leafs offense. I don’t see the Islanders winning this one, going Leafs.

Detroit Red Wings vs Dallas Stars 

This game screams slam the Stars. After the ownership came out and ripped apart Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn I think we can expect a great game from the two, plus on home ice in Dallas the Stars need to win this game. The Stars are 11-5-0 on home ice, 4-6-0 in their last ten as the Red Wings are 7-9-3 on the road, 2-6-2 in their last ten and on a three-game skid. The Stars are currently in a playoff spot and battling for a top three-spot in the Central division. They can easily be a playoff team if they just stay consistent and Seguin and Benn pick it up. The Stars score 2.66 goals per game the Red Wings score 2.79 goals per game, the Stars allow 2.68 goals per game the Red Wings allow 3.26 goals per game. This game with the line it has right now really does favor the Stars, the Stars are -1.5 (+125) and -225 as the Red Wings are +195 and +1.5, I know I am 100% going the Stars to cover the spread. After the outburst from the Stars ownership Seguin and Benn are aware of it and will come out flying this game. Going Stars puck spread.

Other games on tonight: 

Washington vs Ottawa: Capitals. (to cover 1.5 as well)

Montreal vs Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay (no line right now)

Philadelphia vs Florida: Panthers (no line right now)

Pittsburgh vs St. Louis: Penguins (wouldn’t gamble on this one, no reward)

Rangers vs Predators: Predators (stay away, bad lines)

Chicago vs Colorado: Colorado (stay away)

Arizona vs Anaheim: Anaheim (no lines right now)

Vancouver vs Calgary: Flames (not worth the headache though)

Parlay for tonight: 

Jets (-1.5), Stars (-1.5), Oilers +100 or Jets (-1.5), Capitals (-1.5), Stars (-1.5)

 

 

 

NHL Picks: December 20th 2018

Anaheim Ducks vs Boston Bruins

The Bruins need these two a little more than the Ducks but the Ducks have been on quite the tear, despite losing a surprising one to the Rangers the other night. The Ducks have propelled into third place in the Pacific and are 8-2-0 in their last ten games. The Ducks rarely come to the East Coast and playing on the road is not a strong suit for the Ducks. They are 9-8-0 on the road and this will be their first meeting with the Bruins. The Ducks are not going to come into Boston and walk away with an easy win, they score the same amount of goals as Boston and allow basically the same. The Ducks score 2.53 goals per game, Boston scores 2.74 as the Ducks allow 2.81 goals per game and the Bruins allow 2.59 goals per game. This has all the signs of being a low scoring game. The Bruins still banged up, up front and the Ducks are as well but have a few plug in guys doing their job. This is going to be a tough game, Ducks have two more road games before returning home, they need two or at least one here tonight. Going, Ducks in overtime though.

Montreal Canadiens vs Arizona Coyotes

Is there any reason as to why we always force ourselves into believing the Coyotes are going to be different every year yet they are usually always the same team. Sure they are a little better this year but the Coyotes are not going to be a real tough opponent for many top teams. But a game like Montreal on home ice favors the Coyotes a little more. The Canadiens and Yotes are on a two-game skid, the Coyotes are 4-6-0 in their last ten and 6-9-1 on home ice and the Canadiens are 6-4-0 in their last ten and 7-6-3 on the road. The Coyotes score 2.45 goals per game vs the Coyotes 3.06 goals per game, the Coyotes allow 2.79 goals per game as the Canadiens allow 3.23 goals per game. With Antti Niemi in net for Montreal and Darcy Kemper getting back to back starts. I am going with Coyotes here tonight. Kuemper is going to play one of his best since coming back and the Coyotes play well on home ice. Going Yotes here.

New York Islanders vs Vegas Golden Knights

Both teams are playing pretty similar in their last ten but the Islanders are the better team right now, winning their last three games, the Islanders are 5-3-2 in their last ten and 9-7-2 on the road. As Vegas is 6-3-1 in their last ten and 10-3-1 at home. The Golden Knights last played the Islanders two weeks ago in which they won 3-2, which could mean two things. The Islanders win or Knights win the only two meetings between these two. The Islanders are getting some solid production from their depth guys right now as the Knights have Paul Statsny and Max Pacioretty back finally. The Golden Knights score 2.95 goals per game vs the Islanders 2.85 goals per game. As the two allow basically the same amount of goals against as well Vegas 2.81 vs Islanders 2.73. The Knights on home ice is tough to go against they are a very good home team and almost anytime you see Vegas home you know to go with Vegas. Sticking with the hot team though, going Islanders. Going to be low scoring, 2-1 Islanders here.

Minnesota Wild vs Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins are going on a back to back after playing a tough game vs Washington Wednesday night. The Wild are coming into tonight on a two-game losing streak and 3-7-0 in their last ten. The Wild are also 7-8-0 on the road as the Penguins are 6-3-1 in their last ten and 9-7-2 at home. The Penguins are coming into their full stride finally and it will not be pretty for the Eestern Conference. The Wild are struggling greatly and after the Penguins played a tough game vs Washington this would be the Wild’s best chance to jump on the Penguins early and get a big road win. The Wild have Pittsburgh one more time until the month ends, therefore I could see it being a win here for Minnesota and Pittsburgh take the game on December 31st in Minnesota. Going Wild tonight.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Calgary Flames

Two of the best teams in the NHL going head to head tonight. The Flames are 8-2-0 in their last ten and 11-3-2 on home ice this season as the Lightning are 9-0-1 in their last ten and 11-3-2 on the road this season. The Lightning score around 4.03 goals per game (1st) vs the Flames 3.49 goals per game (6th), the Flames do allow less goals at 2.69 goals per game (3rd) and the Lightning allow 2.83 goals per game (10th). Both power plays are top-10 in the league, Flames 22.6 percentage vs the Lightnings 29.5. Their penalty kills are also pretty solid although the Lightning’s is much better the Flames have a 79.8 percentage and Lightning have a 84 percentage pk. This is going to be the best game on tonight. This game will probably be decided in the final minutes of the game. Tonight the Flames are going with Mike Smith it seems and the Lightning are going with Andrei Vasilevskiy. This is the first meeting between the two this year, I am feeling the Lightning with a road win, but the Flames Mike Smith and that defense will do a good job shutting down the Lightning’s top guys. Going to be a low scoring game as long as it stays 5 on 5, feeling a Flames win.

Winnipeg Jets vs San Jose Sharks 

The Jets dropped a tough in L.A. Tuesday night and now face a hot San Jose team. The Sharks are on a five-game win streak and looking to finally be the team we all expected them to be. The Jets are still the better team, 8-2-0 in their last ten vs the Sharks 7-3-0 record. The Jets though have a 9-6-0 road record and Sharks post a 11-3-2 home record. The Jets score around 3.56 goals per game (4th) and the Sharks score 3.31 goals per game (T8th), both allow around 2.8 goals per game. The big difference maker will be the Jets start, they started out slow vs L.A. Tuesday and they do that again and let San Jose capitalize early get an early lead we may see a San Jose win. The Jets have Vancouver to end the road trip and return home to Calgary and Minnesota until they end December in Edmonton. The Jets need this one because their schedule is not easy and this is a good confidence game here. I like the Jets to end the Sharks five-game win streak and hot home play. The Jets are playing Connor Hellebuyck (2.90 GAA, .908 SV percentage) again and Sharks go Martin Jones (2.81 GAA, .901 SV percentage). Going Jets here with a 4-3 road win.

Other games on tonight: 

Nashville vs Philadelphia: Nashville.

Detroit vs Carolina: Unpredictable, no go for me.

Chicago vs Dallas: Dallas.

Florida vs Toronto: Toronto.

New Jersey vs Columbus: No go for me.

St. Louis vs Vancouver: Vancouver.

 

NHL Picks: December 11th 2018

Arizona Coyotes vs Boston Bruins

You are probably thinking, oh Bruins easy one for sure. Well, it won’t be that easy for Boston. Sure they have a better team but the Bruins are hurt, and I know they beat Toronto but the Bruins always beat Toronto. The Coyotes have been a tough team to play against this year and I would not be surprised one bit if they took this game. The Coyotes are 4-5-1 coming into tonight on a two-game skid and 7-5-1 on the road. While the Coyotes score just 2.57 goals for, the Bruins only score 2.67 goals for per game. The Bruins are coming into tonight on a two-game win streak, 5-4-1 in their last ten and 10-3-0 at home. The Bruins and Coyotes are a very similar team, they both struggle to score but defend well as the Bruins allow the least goals per game (2.53)  in the league and the Coyotes are not far behind being ranked 4th (2.71). With Adin Hill starting out hot and “struggling” a bit his last two starts we will see another test for the young goaltender. The thing that makes me want to take Arizona here is that they are due for an upset win and the Bruins may take their opponent a little lightly. I like the puck spread for Arizona tonight plus +1.5, but they are also +155 as the Bruins are -185, the over/under is something I could see hitting. I’d be surprised to see either team score three plus. Arizona puck spread tonight.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Carolina Hurricanes

Even though Toronto is on the road they are still the favorites go figure as the Hurricanes are 7-4-3 at home and 5-4-1 in their last ten but the Leafs are 11-4-0 on the road and 6-3-1 in their last ten. Clear favorites and there is probably not much need to go deeper into this conversation. The Hurricanes starter situation is a huge question mark right now. Sure they may keep it close but the Leafs will come out with a win tonight. The Leafs are -135 and -1.5, and the Hurricanes are +115, honestly not as big as a spread as I imagined, I’d still go Leafs here tonight.

Buffalo Sabres vs Los Angeles Kings

What a turn of events for Buffalo go from the hottest team in the NHL to the worst team so quickly. The Sabres are on a five-game skid against one of the worst teams in the NHL and the Sabres are home, I am expecting a 5-2 win from Buffalo. They do not come out on top in this game and lose six straight it will be feel like the world is on the Sabres shoulders. They need to get over this hump and it comes at a perfect time vs the Kings. The Sabres are 5-3-2 in their last ten and 9-3-2 at home as the Kings are 4-6-0 in their last ten and 4-9-0 on the road. The Kings are going with Cal Petersen tonight as the Sabres go Carter Hutton. The Sabres are 19th in goals for (2.93) and15th in goals against (2.93) the Kings score the least amount of goals in the league (2.16) and allow a league average of 3.03 against per game. The enticing line here tonight is the puck spread, the Sabres are -1.5 at +145 instead of going money line where the Sabres are -190 I would rather bank on the Sabres winning by two goals and winning like I said 4-1, 3-0, 5-1 either or really are all possibilities. Going Sabres puck spread.

Florida Panthers vs St. Louis Blues 

Just a disgusting game to gamble on tonight, almost makes me sick writing this game. The Blues are struggling and it seems they will not be getting any better any time soon especially after Todd Bortuzzo and Zach Sanford are fighting each other in practice. The Panthers while they are coming off a shootout lose they scored five goals and are capable of blowing the Blues out of the water. The only concern is that Vladimir Tarasenko came out and apologized to the fans about playing so poorly at home, so the Blues may actually come out buzzing. The Blues are 3-6-1 in their last ten and 6-8-2 at home, the Panthers are 3-4-3 in their last ten and 5-6-2 on the road. With the Panthers 3.29 goals per game and Blues 2.79 goals per game vs the Panthers 3.5 goals against and Blues 3.32 goals against, with Jake Allen in net you really never know which way this could go. It can be a 4-0 game or 2-1 game. I see the Panthers coming out on top so go money line.

Edmonton Oilers vs Colorado Avalanche 

This is probably game of the night. Since the addition of Ken Hitchcock the Oilers have been a wagon, 7-2-1 under Hitchcock and completely turning around their season. With the emergence of Mikko Koskinen the Oilers have propelled into the discussion for a wild card spot in the Pacific division. The Oilers are coming off a huge win vs Calgary in the battle of Alberta and they are 7-2-1 in their last ten, 7-8-1 on the road as the Avalanche are 7-2-1 in their last ten and 6-2-3 at home. This has the making to be a low scoring game I feel like. It will be tight defensively and we will not see either team take too many chances early on. Although the Avalanche score 3.6 goals per game the Oilers allow 2.9 goals per game. The Oilers though only score 2.7 goals per game and Colorado allows 2.9 goals per game, this could be a game where the under hits, but over/under in the NHL is never something to go after. Tonight the Oilers are +1.5 and +125 as the Avalanche are -1.5 and -145, the puck spread for Edmonton may be a good choice despite the small pay out but I really think the Avs stop the Edmonton hot streak early in its tracks and play well at home. Avalanche for the winner.

Other games on tonight: 

Detroit vs Washington: Washington

Ottawa vs Nashville: Nashville

Chicago vs Winnipeg: Winnipeg

Vancouver vs Columbus: Columbus

Montreal vs Minnesota: Minnesota

Bet I took tonight was: Arizona +1.5, Winnipeg -1.5 and Buffalo -1.5 

NHL Picks: December 9th 2018

Philadelphia Flyers vs Winnipeg Jets

The Flyers are coming into todays game off an overtime loss to Columbus and a win vs Buffalo. Now they get another big test vs Winnipeg on the road. The Flyers are 3-5-2 in their last ten and 7-5-1 on the road as the Jets are 6-4-0 in their last ten and 9-4-2 at home. The Jets are clearly the better team, they have an all around sound team when Connor Hellebuyck wants to show up and even with Hellebuyck playing mediocre the Jets still have 17 wins on the year. The Jets score 3.32 goals per game vs a Flyers 3.11 goals per game but the Flyers allow 3.48 goals per game as the Jets allow 2.78 goals against. The Jets power play is 4th in the league as the Flyers is 30th, on top of that the Flyers have the 29th ranked penalty kill in the league so if the Jets find themselves up a man at all this game could be over before we know it. The Jets are clear favorites coming into today, they are -230 as the Flyers are +180, the Jets are -1.5 as the Flyers are +1.5 and the over/under is 6.5 so basically 7 which is possible but tough. I see this game going to the Jets but there is not much draw in anything for this game.

Vancouver Canucks vs St. Louis Blues 

These two teams have been struggling over the last month or so, the Blues come into todays game off a win but still 3-6-1 in their last ten as the Canucks are 2-7-1 in their last ten. The Blues post a 6-7-2 home record vs the Canucks 6-9-2 road record. Really a tough game to go after both teams are unpredictable, they can show up or not on any given day they are never consistent which worries me. The Blues score 2.85 goals for and allow 3.22 goals against as the Canucks score 2.84 and allow 3.42 goals against. I could see this game being a shootout. Both offense can score and both defenses are not great this year, this could easily be a 5-4 game in my opinion as both goalies have above a 3.00 goals against and .904 save percentage or lower. The Blues are -150 and Canucks are +130, Canucks are favored 1.5 and Blues need to cover 1.5, not going to happen. I’d go Canucks puck spread or just Canucks straight up.

Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators

The Bruins are going from Boston to Ottawa in a days span this is a tough travel schedule and it will not be beneficial for the already banged up Bruins roster. The Bruins are coming off a big win vs Toronto but that may not mean much as this game will be a totally different style of play. The Senators are banged up, up front as well, they play a pretty quick, open the ice style of game. The Bruins are coming into todays game 5-4-1 in their last ten, 5-7-4 on the road as the Senators are 4-6-0 in their last ten and 10-5-2 at home. The Bruins go from a 7:00 PM puck drop Friday to a 5:00 PM puck drop today the turn around is less than 24 hours and the Senators are solid at home. I think you get what I am saying here. The Senators are +150 and +1.5 puck spread, I’d honestly go Senators straight up.

New Jersey Devils vs Anaheim Ducks

The Devils have major issues with closing games out in regulation and beyond. They have four overtime loses in their last ten games and just two wins. They are 2-4-4 coming into tonight and 3-10-1 on the road as the Ducks are 7-2-1 in their last ten and 8-4-5 at home. I could see this game going into overtime to be honest. The only reason this game is a little enticing is because Adam Henrique vs the Devils and Sami Vatanen vs the Ducks. The offense in today’s game may be slim, the Ducks score just 2.35 goals per game as the Devils score 3 goals per game but while the Ducks don’t score a lot they also allow just 2.81 goals against vs the Devils 3.48 goals against (28th). These two teams have similar special teams, both have a strong penalty kill and decent power play. At the moment the Devils are +105 and +1.5 puck spread as the Ducks are -125 and -1.5 (+240), I really cannot trust the Ducks to score four goals and win by two or shutout the Devils really. Their offense is not favorable for the puck spread, I do see the Ducks winning this game as the Devils struggle on the road. Ducks money line.

Other games on tonight

Calgary vs Edmonton (As of now Calgary are the under dogs, so I’d probably ride Calgary for that reason even though they go back to back, Calgary under dogs right now is a good reason for me to take them.)

Montreal vs Chicago: Who cares.

Dallas vs Vegas: Dallas