Tag: NHL picks of the night

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



NHL Picks: December 7th 2018

San Jose Sharks vs Dallas Stars

These two teams are neck and neck in terms of records. Luckily they fall in different divisions. The Stars are fourth in their division the Sharks are third. The Sharks come into this game on a two-game win streak but 4-4-2 in their last ten. As the Stars are on a three-game win streak and 6-3-1 in their last ten. It will be tough for San Jose to knock off Dallas at home where the Stars are 9-3-1 and San Jose is 5-7-3 on the road. We can probably expect very few or no power play goals from either team, as both teams penalty kills are top-5 kills and both teams average around 8.5 penalty minutes a game. As well the Stars defend very well allowing 2.57 goals against (2nd) and the Sharks should be better on the back end but do allow 3.03 a league average. The Sharks score a bit more 3.1 as the Stars only score 2.79 goals per game. The Stars struggle a tad with throwing pucks to the net if they can just shovel shots on net it will make this game easier for them. The Stars Ben Bishop and Sharks Martin Jones get the nod tonight. Both goalies are solid goaltenders so I don’t think we see a 4-3 or higher game. This game has 3-2 or 2-1 written all over it. With the Stars +120 and Sharks -140 it would draw a lot of people to go after the Stars, and it makes sense because I am doing the same. Stars for this one here.

St. Louis Blues vs Winnipeg Jets

I don’t think St. Louis has any shot really you can throw everything and the kitchen sink at this Winnipeg team they still won’t lose to St. Louis tonight. The Jets are at home, on a four-game winning streak, 6-3-1 in their last ten and 9-3-2 at home. The Blues are struggling greatly all year, on a two-game skid, 3-6-1 in their last ten and 3-6-2 on the road. The Blues allow 3.35 goals against vs a Jets offense that scores 3.44 goals per game calls for disaster. This game has potential to be a 5-2 game in Winnipeg’s favor. There is not really much to look at for this game. Especially with Jake Allen going for the Blues his 3.16 goals against does not look good vs Winnipeg plus this is the perfect game for Connor Hellebuyck to get some confidence going. The Jets are -225 and -1.5 puck spread that is +135, I would probably go puck spread here for Winnipeg.

Minnesota Wild vs Edmonton Oilers

The Wild’s Canadian swing ends tonight, they are 1-1 in their two Canadian games, they picked up their first loss 2-0 vs Calgary Thursday night and now they go back to back vs Edmonton. The Wild are 4-6-0 in their last ten and 7-7 on the road, they are struggling right now and have slowly fallen out of that Central division race. They will not be shutout once again on back to back nights but Mikko Koskinen in for Edmonton is a concern. The young goaltender has rode Cam Talbot out of net and he has done an unreal job this year. The Wild did play Alex Stalock Thursday night so Devan Dubnyk draws in the net for tonight. The Wild play a pretty quick game, transition well and try to use all four lines as effectively as possible. They score a decent amount and defend well same goes for Edmonton. The Oilers come into tonight off a win, 5-4-1 in their last ten and 7-4-1 at home. The Wild go home to stop bleeding hopefully after this, but they need a win and a big one. The Wild go home to Montreal, Calgary, Florida and San Jose not easy opponents. There is not puck spread out right now but the Wild are just +100 and the Oilers are -120. I like the Wild here tonight in a big game for Dubnyk and Wild’s offense.

Carolina Hurricanes vs Anaheim Ducks

Both teams are playing the opposite of each other right now. The Ducks are on a five-game win streak and Carolina a four-game losing streak. The Hurricanes go with Curtis Mcelhinney tonight and Ducks go with John Gibson. The Ducks are 7-1-2 in their last ten and 8-3-5 at home as the Hurricanes are 5-4-1 in their last ten and 5-7-1 on the road. Both teams score 2.4 goals per game and both teams allow 2.7 goals per game. The Ducks are just a better team right now, Canes are struggling on the road and I cannot seem them coming into tonight getting a win. I could see an overtime game honestly but the Ducks will come out with this one. The money line is Ducks -120 and Canes +100 the puck spread is Canes -1.5 (+245) and Ducks -1.5 (-300) I honestly can see the Canes keeping it to a one/two goal game. But Ducks for the win, maybe Canes for the puck spread…

NHL Picks: December 6th, 2018

Colorado Avalanche vs Florida Panthers

The Panthers are coming off a 5-0 win over Boston and this is their second of eight straight home games. This is a chance for the Panthers to revive their season and get back in the hunt. The Avalanche are coming off a loss in Pittsburgh and head to Florida, weird travel schedule for the Avalanche but, they are 7-1-2 in their last ten, 10-5-2 on the road as the Panthers are 6-4-3 on home ice and 4-4-2 in their last ten. The Panthers and Avalanche offense are both high scoring offenses, Panthers average 3.31 goals per game (10th) as Avalanche average 3.64 goals per game (2nd) as both power plays are both top 10 in the league. Colorado is first with a 32.2 and Panthers are 6th with a 27.2 percent. The Panthers defense is not as good as the Avalanche though as they allow 3.42 goals per game vs a Colorado 2.79 goals per game. It seems based off a 5 goal performance from Florida last game and a strong Colorado offense we can expect a 4-3, 5-4 game realistically. The Avalanche are under dogs tonight which makes me really want to go heavy on them the puck line is +1.5 in favor of Colorado. I think after a loss to Pittsburgh and Panthers riding a little high right now, I am going to go Colorado.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Philadelphia Flyers

Columbus comes into another metropolitan division team on a two-game skid and slowly slipping away from the top three in the division. The Blue Jackets are coming off a terrible loss to Calgary on home ice. They allowed 9 goals, no empty netters either. The Blue Jackets ae 6-4-0 in their last ten, 8-5-1 on the road as the Flyers are 4-5-1 in their last ten and 5-7-1 on home ice. The Blue Jackets score around 3.56 goals per game compared to the Flyers league average 3 goals per game, the Blue Jackets power play though is not great nor is the Flyers which is a good sign because both penalty kills struggle as well. If this game ends up going to special teams it may favor the Flyers in their own building. The Blue Jackets play 5 on 5 they can beat the Flyers straight up. The Flyers have Michael Neuvirth going for the first time in god knows how long (October 27th). With the Blue Jackets and Flyers money line basically being a toss in the air (both -110) the Blue Jackets are favored +1.5 on the puck line that is -300 so it provides very little draw. I would say an over/under of six is possible but I would still take Columbus money line.

New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins are coming off a big win vs Colorado as the Islanders are coming off a loss vs Winnipeg. The Islanders have had plenty of days to rest as the Penguins had a day rest and are back at it. Tomas Greiss gets the start once again and Casey DeSmith for Pittsburgh, two goalies we are kind of sure what to expect from them on most nights. The Penguins come into tonight 6th in the Metro, 4-4-2 in their last ten and 6-6-2 at home this season. As the Islanders are 5-4-1 in their last ten and 6-6-1 on the road. The Islanders score just 2.92 goals for as the Penguins score 3.42 goals, the Islanders allow 2.81 as the Penguins allow 3.27. A total 360 for both teams, the Islanders used to score a lot and allow a lot now it is the other way around. The Penguins really need every point they can get until the All-Star break comes they get some rest and recharge. There has been a lot of speculation about trades and Jim Rutherford seems to be moving everyone but Crosby and Malkin, an uneasy locker room it seems in Pittsburgh. The Islanders want to continue on this play of theirs as they are 3rd in the Metro and trending up. Tonight the line is Islanders +180 and Pittsburgh -210 and over/under is 6.5, I don’t know about the over/under but this line really makes you want to take New York. They beat the Penguins at the beginning of the month 3-2 which kind of indicates to me that they will probably lose and the Penguins win.

Minnesota Wild vs Calgary Flames

This could be the under dog game of the night. The Wild are falling off since their great start they have not played too well, dropping six of their last ten (4-6-0) and 7-6-0 on the road. The Flames are playing hot right now, winning their last three, 7-2-1 in their last ten and 8-3-2 at home. The Flames just got off a game where they scored nine goals in regulation, they are clearly capable of winning this game. The Flames score around 3.57 (5th) and allow 2.89 goals against (14th) as the Wild score 3.19 (12th) and allow 2.85 goals against (12th). I cannot see this game being a high scoring game although both offenses are solid, both defenses are just as good. I want to say we see a 3-2 game I’d be shocked to see a 5-4 or higher game. Both teams penalty kills click at around 76 percent, both power plays click at 23 percent these two teams are very similar. Once I saw this line I had a feeling Minnesota was going to win. The Wild are +120 and +1.5 to start as the Jackets are -140, I like the Wild here tonight honestly, straight up money line going Wild.

Washington Capitals vs Arizona Coyotes

The story of Adin Hill has to end somewhere right? The young goaltender is 4-0 with a .56 goals against and .977 save percentage. Do Ovechkin and Kuzy get to the young goaltender? I’d be surprised if Hill keeps the Capitals and Ovi to less than two goals this game. The Coyotes are hot right now, on a four-game win streak, 5-4-1 in their last ten and 6-6-1 at home as the Capitals are on a two-game skid, 7-3-0 in their last ten and 7-5-1 on the road. The Coyotes defense plays a large part in their success as they allow just 2.58 goals per game (4th) but their offense scores only 2.58 goals per game (28th) the Capitals are the opposite as they score 3.59 goals per game (4th) and allow 3.22 goals per game (22nd). This game worries me because the Coyotes strong suit is their penalty kill and the Capitals strong suit is their power play, this goes to special teams it may not change the course of the game too much. The Coyotes are at home +115 and +1.5 on the puck line as the Capitals are -1.5 and -135, to be safe I’d probably go Coyotes puck line.

Other games on tonight: 

Detroit vs Toronto: TORONTO SHOULD win.

Montreal vs Ottawa: Worries me too much. Too inconsistent, stay away.

Nashville vs Vancouver: Not worth it but Nashville.

Devils vs Kings: Both too inconsistent and unpredictable right now.

Boston vs Tampa Bay: Boston coming off a terrible loss may spark a fire in them.

Chicago vs Vegas: Chicago sucks, Vegas.

Parlays tonight (money line)

Wild, Penguins, Blue Jackets

Jackets, Avalanche, Predators

Predators, Wild, Blue Jackets

Parlays (puck spread)

Coyotes, Islanders, Red Wings

Coyotes, Wild, Predators

Coyotes, Wild, Kings


NHL Picks: December 4th 2018

Boston Bruins vs Florida Panthers

The Panthers are last in the Atlantic division, something we did not foresee after gaining Mike Hoffman this offseason. The last time these two played was the last game of the year in 2017-18 season and in which Florida won knocking Bruins out of the Atlantic lead. The Panthers come into this game on a loss, 3-5-2 in their last ten and 5-4-3 at home. As for the Bruins they are also coming off a loss, 5-3-2 in their last ten, 5-5-4 on the road. With an absolute banged up roster and essentially an AHL roster the Bruins have managed to still be a competitive top-10 team. A lot of that is being credited to the Bruins goaltending and tonight it will be another test for the Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak. Halak is 8-3-2, 2.06 GAA and .936 save percentage vs the Panthers veteran netminder Roberto Luongo who draws back into the line up after missing two weeks. Luongo is 4-3 with a 3.07 GAA and .902 save percentage. A lot of the Panthers success comes from their offense as they average a near league best 3.24 goals for (10th) but allow a near league worst 3.59 (29th). The Bruins are the opposite essentially, they do not score a whole lot at the moment (2.69) but also allow the second fewest goals for per game (2.46). The Bruins offense may not score a ton 5 on 5 but when they get their power play chances they cash in coming into tonight 4th in the league on the power play (28.9). It will be a back and forth game, no team will dominant and it will be a close game. I see this game going to the Bruins.

Colorado Avalanche vs Pittsburgh Penguins

These two played not too long ago (November 28th) and it was all Colorado as the Avalanche walked over the Penguins 6-3, this was Crosby’s first game back and he had the Penguins only three goals. Well they met this time in Pittsburgh where the outcome may be different. The Penguins have a lot of work to do if they want to be a playoff team because at the moment it is not looking good. The Penguins are on a two-game skid, 3-5-2 in their last ten and 5-6-2 at home. As for Colorado it is the opposite they are the best team in the league, 8-0-2 in their last ten and 10-4-2 on the road. The Avalanche average the leagues second best 3.67 goals for and allow 6th best goals against 2.67. The Penguins score a decent amount 9th in the league for goals for 3.32 but allow one of the leagues worst 3.28 goals against. The Avalanche have the bets power play in the league (32.2) and the two best players in the league Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon but the Penguins have as we know Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel. It will be a test of two offenses and a test vs the games best right now. The Avalanche are +140 and +1.5 spread, for that reason alone it may be smart to take the Avalanche. As for the game winner, I think the Penguins honestly come out with a win here they need one bad.

Washington Capitals vs Vegas Golden Knights

We all know the last time these two met, the Stanley Cup final in Vegas too when the Capitals captured the Stanley Cup. There is no love lost between these two, the Golden Knights do not forget what happened in June last season. The Capitals come into this game 8-2-0 in their last ten and 7-4-1 on the road as Vegas is 7-3-0 in their last ten and 7-3-1 at home. The Capitals average around leagues 5th best 3.62 and allow middle of the pack 3.15 goals against. As Vegas scores just 2.89 goals for (19th) but allow just 2.75 (8th) goals against. I think all accolades and statistics get thrown out the window for this game. It will have a great atmosphere in Vegas tonight, and Vegas twitter will be for sure throwing some shots at Washington tonight. Washington comes in +1.5 and +125 for that reason, the spread may be smart I don’t see this game being 5-2, or 4-1 Vegas. I think we see a 3-2, 2-1 game. Overtime would not surprise me tonight, for the winner going Vegas.

Calgary Flames vs Columbus Blue Jackets

The Flames have turned the page since last season, first in the Pacific, on a two game win streak and clicking on both the offensive and defensive side of things it seems the Flames are a new team. The Flames come into this game 6-3-1 in their last ten, 8-6-0 at home as the Blue Jackets are 6-3-1 in their last ten and 7-4-1 on the road. The Flames and Blue Jackets offenses are near the same as the Flames average 3.37 and the Blue Jackets average 3.46 goals for. The Flames allow 2.78 goals against (9th) as the Blue Jackets allow 3.15 goals against (20th). Both penalty kills are not great but the Flames really struggle on the kill (76.2) but the Blue Jackets power play clicks at 16.7 percent (23rd). The Blue Jackets are -130 and -1.5 as the Flames are +110 and +1.5, therefore it seems smart to go Flames spread, even though I do see the Flames winning this game it is not out of the question that the Blue Jackets can win this game. I’d stay smart and go Flames +1.5 spread.

Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens

Essentially the two worst defensive teams in the league, both starters for tonight have goals against averages above 3.00 and save percentages below .905. The Canadiens come into this game 3-5-2 in their last ten and 7-6-2 at home as the Senators are on a three-game win streak, 5-5-0 in their last ten and 3-8-1 on the road. The Canadiens average 3 goals per game (14th) as the Senators average 3.63 goals for (3rd) and he Canadiens allow 3.26 goals against as the Senators allow 4.04 (31st). The Canadiens special teams is not all that great right now with a power play at 14.9 percent and penalty kill at 78.4, it will be crucial for the Canadiens to stay out of the box as the Senators offense can clearly score and their power play is 10th in the league at 23.3 percent. The Canadiens at home are -1.5 spread and -190, crazy spread for a team decent at home and not playing well right now as the Senators are +1.5 and +160. I like the Senators puck spread not so much money line, I really don’t see the Senators winning four straight and winning on the road as they struggle. Going Canadiens but Senators puck line is smart.

Arizona Coyotes vs Los Angeles Kings

Two of the worst offenses in the league now, but the Coyotes defense is clearly better. The Coyotes are coming into tonight on a three-game win streak as the Kings are coming off a big win and shutout for Jonathan Quick vs Carolina Sunday night. The Coyotes are 5-4-1 in their last ten and 6-5-1 on the road as the Kings are 5-5-0 in their last ten and 6-8-1 at home. The Kings score just 2.11 (31st) and allow 3.04 (16th) as the Coyotes score 2.6 (28th) but allow just 2.64 goals against (5th). The Kings have one of the worst power plays in the league and penalty kills as the Coyotes have the best penalty kill and 26th ranked power play (15.5). The Coyotes are +1.5 and +100 as the Kings are -1.5 and -120, the money line is nothing here tonight but the Coyotes puck line I like a lot. The Kings barely score goals as it is no way they cover 2 and win by three goals. The Coyotes will not make it easy for the Kings, first back to back for Jonathan Quick this year, coming off a shutout, it will be a low scoring game for sure. Going Coyotes puck line for this game.

Other games on tonight: 

Toronto vs Buffalo: Not for me, please.

Tampa Bay vs Detroit: Edward Pasquale first career start, I’m good to risky.

Winnipeg vs New York Islanders: Ehh, I like the Jets they should win but the Islanders coming off a high from the Coliseum may give them momentum.

Minnesota vs Vancouver: Minnesota, SHOULD win.

Parlay’s for tonight

Coyotes, Flames, Capitals puck line

Senators, Avalanche, Flames puck line

Flames, Avalanche, Coyotes puck line


NHL Picks; November 29th, 2018

New York Islanders vs Boston Bruins

Tonight as a whole consists of a lot of tough games and it starts with this one here. The Bruins are coming off a loss vs Toronto as the Islanders are also coming off a loss. Both teams are not playing all that well, the Bruins are banged up bad, the Islanders are slowing down too soon and both teams need wins bad. The Bruins are 5-3-2 in their last ten and 8-2-0 at home, as the Islanders are 6-6-0 on the road and 4-5-1 in their last ten. It seems Robin Lehner is getting the start for the Islanders, Lehner is 4-5-1, 3.00 GAA and .906 save percentage on the year vs Tuukka Rask who is 5-4-2 with a 2.72 GAA and .913 save percentage. The Islanders out perform the Bruins in the goals department and the offensive side as the Bruins allow one of the league’s best 2.46 goals against compared to the Islanders 2.91. The Islanders power play is struggling as the Bruins have a top-5 power play, key for the Islanders is to play smart and stay out of the box (both teams rank 28, 29 in penalty minutes per game..). I see this game being a relatively lower scoring game, going with a Bruins win. 

Minnesota Wild vs Columbus Blue Jackets

The Wild are underdogs here, small under dogs per money line at +105 but that is a solid drawing point here. The Blue Jackets are 7-2-1 in their last ten and 6-4-1 at home as the Wild are 6-4-0 in their last ten and 6-5-0 on the road. Both starters draw in net tonight, both goalies are nearly neck and neck right now. Devan Dubynk is 9-6-2 with a 2.57 GAA, .916 save percentage vs Sergei Bobrovsky 9-7-0 record with a 2.74 GAA, .912 save percentage. Both goalies playing pretty well this season, Bob more so better in the recent weeks, Dubnyk has slowed down a little but this is seeming to be a 3-2 game. The Wild average 3.25 goals per game as Columbus (top-5) 3.5 goals for. Blue Jackets allow 3.21 vs the Wild’s (top-10) 2.61 goals against average. The Wild have a power play running at 22 percent as Blue Jackets power play is clicking at 16 percent. Wild have a much better penalty kill as Blue Jackets penalty kill is in the basement of the league. If both teams stay out of the box and this stays to 5 on 5, Blue Jackets at home should win. I like the Wild at +1.5 to start the game, but going Blue Jackets for the win tonight, money line. 

Los Angeles Kings vs Edmonton Oilers

For some reason I feel a good game out of L.A. a big win vs Vancouver the other night, Jonathan Quick is back tonight and the Kings as bad as their record looks still have some time to pick it up. I think the Kings come out strong tonight and play well in front of Quick. If Quick is 100% healthy he will make the saves to help the Kings win this game. The Oilers coming off a big overtime win over Dallas are now .500, 3-6-1 in their last ten and 5-4-1 at home. The Kings are 4-6-0 in their last ten and 4-6-0 on the road. The Kings average 2.17 goals for (a league worst) as the Oilers average 2.71 goals for (27th) compared to the Kings 3.13 goals against (19th) vs the Oilers 3.17 goals against (20th). Two very similar teams, very sub par offenses, rely a lot on goaltending and when they want both can actually score 4 plus goals a game. With the Kings +130 and +1.5 to start, I don’t mind this line. I see the Kings winning this game in regulation and Quick playing well in his first game back. 

Chicago Blackhawks vs Winnipeg Jets

Has to be a sure fire pick here tonight. The JEts are coming off a bad loss to Pittsburgh on home ice Tuesday night as the Blackhawks got shackled 8-3 vs Vegas Tuesday. Either way the Blackhawks are done, the Jets are not going to drop two at home, you’d be crazy to think they do. The Jets are 5-4-1 in their last ten and 8-3-2 on home ice as the Blackhawks are 3-5-2 in their last ten and 4-7-2 on the road. The Blackhawks average 2.72 vs the Jets 3.35 goals for, Blackhawks allow 3.56 goals against compared to the Jets 2.83 goals against. Clearly the Jets are favorited heavily here, but either way going Jets tonight. 

Vegas Golden Knights vs Vancouver Canucks

Vegas is rolling now, four straight, things are starting to click a little and if they lose this game it could set them back a little. The Canucks are coming off a loss to the Kings Tuesday night. The Golden Knights are 6-4-0 in their last ten and 6-9-0 on the road vs the Canucks 1-7-2 in their last ten and 5-4-1 on home ice. The Golden Knights allow the least shots on net in the NHL as the Canucks only score 2.85 goals for a game. The Golden Knights average 2.92 goals for but also allow 2.77 goals against as the Canucks allow 3.48 (27th). The Golden Knights are coming in hot to this game as the Canucks can’t seem to do anything to get back in the win column and be consistent, a struggling team vs a confident team. Plus the Canucks won the last time these two met in October, so definitely going Golden Knights here. Golden Knights are -160 and -1.5 to start, either way with the Canucks under dogs at home going Knights. 

Other games on tonight: 

Rangers vs Senators: Not worth it. 

Sabres vs Lightning: Definitely stay away. 

NHL Picks; November 27th 2018

San Jose Sharks vs Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres coming into this game at nine in a row vs a San Jose team that is 4-5-2 in their last ten coming off a loss in their last game. The Sabres are 8-2-0 at home. The Sabres score a near 3.04 goals per game while the Sharks score 3.13 goals per game. The Sharks are in the middle of pack in terms of goals against with 3, as the Sabres an almost league best 2.75 goals per game. The Sabres are home here and for some reason the Sabres are +1.5 goal spread, and +105 as the Sharks are -125 it is essentially a push on the money line but the spread looks great, it does not pay out much but I could realistically see the Sabres winning 10 straight and then the magic runs out next game. Plus Carter Hutton in net gives me a little more confidence for Buffalo. Buffalo money line or spread.

Carolina Hurricanes vs Montreal Canadiens

This is another good game the Hurricanes are under dogs here as the Canadiens are home and favorites. It makes sense sure but the Hurricanes are no walk in the park. They are 5-4-1 in their last ten as the Canadiens are on a four-game skid and 3-4-3 in their last ten. Both are not great at home nor on the road. The Canadiens average around 3.08 goals for vs Carolina’s 2.7 goals and Hurricanes 2.83 goals allowed vs Montreal’s 3.38 a near league worst. Carey Price (7-6-4, 3.16 GAA) draws in net vs Curtis McElhinney (6-2, 2.25 GAA). The story line tonight is Shea Weber draws in the line up for the first time in what feels like forever, perhaps the veteran defenseman rallies the troops but with the Hurricanes +1.5 and -105 and the Canadiens -1.5 and -115, I like the Hurricanes spread or moneyline. Go Hurricanes. 

Dallas Stars vs Edmonton Oilers

A shaken up Edmonton bench, new head coach, team not producing that great already and things are looking to be going a little south in Edmonton. The Stars are a tough team to read they are hot and cold too often, they were off to a decent run last week and then slowed down in their last few games. They are coming off a lose and 4-5-1 in their last ten and 4-7-1 on the road. But the Oilers are not much better as they are 2-7-1 in their last ten and 4-4-1 on home ice and on a two-game skid. The Stars score around 2.83 goals for to an Edmonton 2.78 goals for as the Oilers allow 3.3 goals and Stars allow 2.75. Tonight Cam Talbot and Anton Khudobin both goalies have above a 3.00 goals against and .905 save percentage or lower. The over is a good possibility tonight but since it is six for some reason(two low scoring teams) I’d stick to money line or spread. The Stars are +1.5 and +115 as the Oilers are -135 and -1.5, the Oilers are not going to come into this game and win easy. Stars money line. 

Vegas Golden Knights vs Chicago Blackhawks

The Golden Knights are starting to string together some wins now and have found themselves sprung into the number three seed in the Pacific with a bad Pacific division right now if the Knights keep this up they could easily find themselves in the playoffs once again. As the opposite goes for the Blackhawks they are in a tough Central division and in 6th place right now. They are 3-5-2 in their last ten and 5-3-3 on home ice Chicago, as the Golden Knights are 6-4-0 in their last ten and 5-9-0 on the road. They are on a three game win streak. The Blackhawks and Vegas score around the same amount of goals per game at 2.70 goals per game, the Hawks allow 3.38 goals and Vegas allows a near league low of 2.76 goals. I like the Blackhawks at +1.5 spread but the Golden Knights spread at -120, ultimately I think this is going to be a close game, down to the wire. Going Blackhawks spread here. 

Los Angeles Kings vs Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks are struggling greatly in their last ten with just two wins and a record of 2-7-1, they are 5-4-0 on home ice as the Kings are 4-6-0 in their last ten with a 3-6-0 on the road. The Kings are going wit Peter Budaj who is 0-1 with a 5.00 goals against on the year. The Kings score around a league worst of 2.17 goals for and allow a near league worst 3.22 as the Canucks score a league average of 2.92 goals for and allow a near league worst of 3.58 goals. This is going to be another tough game to read both teams are not the greatest nor playing well. Budaj in net gives me a little insurance that the Canucks could win it but Budaj can also play a great game. With the Kings -1.5 and -115 as the Canucks are +1.5 and -105, I’d probably go Canucks spread or money line, I think Canucks take this game either way. 

Other games on tonight: 

Ducks vs Lightning: Lightning (-255)

Coyotes vs Wild: Wild (-185)

Avalanche vs Predators: Predators (-160) (or stay away)

Penguins vs Jets: Jets (-145) (or stay away)

Parlay options of the night

Canucks, Stars, Sabres (option 1) 

Sabres, Stars, Lightning (option 2)

Lightning, Wild, Sabres (option 3) 

Stars, Wild, Lightning (option 4)