Tag: NHL picks of the night

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…

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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)

NHL Picks: November 26th 2018

Ottawa Senators vs New York Rangers

The Rangers are coming off loses vs the Capitals and the Flyers. They are 6-3-1 in their last ten and 9-4-0 at home. This the first time on the year the two will face off, last time the Senators and Rangers played was February 17th, 2018. The Senators are one a two-game skid, 4-5-1 in their last ten and 2-7-1 on the road. The Senators average around 3.61 goals for which is the 3rd most in the league while the Rangers score just 2.79 goals for the 23rd most in the league. The Senators do allow 4.35 goals against a league worst as the Rangers allow 3.08 goals against. The Senators have the worst penalty kill in the league as the Rangers have the 19th best power play (19.7 percent). This will be a game where Henrik Lundqvist gets back in net and Craig Anderson will attempt to bring his goals against down to a respectable rate(3.91). Tonight with the Rangers at home and -1.5 while the Senators are +1.5 struggle on the road, with a decent money line on the Rangers and over/under of six. I’d go money line Rangers. 

Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs

With the Bruins banged up and the Maple Leafs at home it seems like this is a no-brainer for many fans around the league. The Leafs are without Auston Matthews still but the Bruins are without four of their top defenseman, and Patrice Bergeron. In Patrick Marleau’s 1,600th career game the Leafs are going to come out buzzing. The Leafs are 7-5 on home ice and 7-3-0 in the last ten. The Bruins are on a two-game win streak and 6-2-2 in their last ten with a 5-4-4 away record. The Bruins average 2.83 goals for compared to Toronto’s 4 goals for a game. The Bruins allow 2.39 goals against vs Toronto’s 2.59 goals against. This is going to be a barn burner, two teams with a long history dating back to the 1900’s. These two meet four times a year and it always turns out to be a game to remember. The last time they played was earlier this month when the Bruins won 5-1. Toronto is -160 with a -1.5 spread, the over/under is 5.5, I’d probably say go Bruins money line. Spread will be tough and over is likely to hit also.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Detroit Red Wings

The last time these two played was October 30th where the Red Wings came out on top 5-3. This means the Blue Jackets will probably take this one on the road too. The Blue Jackets are 7-4-1 on the road and 6-2-2 in the last ten as the Red Wings are 6-3-1 in their last ten and 6-4-2 on home ice. Just based on how every point matters and the Blue Jackets want to stay in the top of the Metro I doubt they drop two games to Detroit this year. The Blue Jackets score 3.35 goals for (10th) and the Red Wings score 2.65 goal for (28th) as the Blue Jackets allow 3.13 goals against and the Red Wings allow 3.09 goals against. The Blue Jackets can clearly score the only way the Red Wings win here is if they score another 5 goals, I doubt we see Bobrovsky who has been playing much better and allow 5 goals up on his recent solid play. Tonight with the Blue Jackets -155 and -1.5 spread with a over/under of 5.5. I’d be fine with sticking money line again on the Jackets. 

Washington Capitals vs New York Islanders

The Islanders and Capitals always make a great match up. This is the first of four matchups between the two. The last time these two played was last season March 16th. The Capitals are starting to string together some wins and gain some more confidence, as the Islanders are slowing down a bit. This could be a big confidence game for the Islanders. On the year the Islanders are 6-2-2 on home ice and also 5-4-1 in their last ten as the Capitals are 6-4-1 on the road and 7-3-0 in their last ten. The Capitals are on a five-game win streak and I think they keep rolling tonight. The Capitals average around 3.43 goals and allow 3.13 goals against as the Islanders allow 2.86 goals and score 3.18 goals for. Both teams can score and we will see a lot of goals tonight, I think the over is a great idea. Also the Capitals power play is 5th in the league as the Islanders penalty kill is middle of the pack. With the Capitals -110 and given 1.5 goals to start the spread is a great idea tonight. Capitals spread for sure. 

New Jersey Devils vs Florida Panthers

Both teams are on a losing streak they need to snap out of and only one team can win here tonight. These two usually see each other two to three times a year and have played one time this season already where the Devils won 3-2. The Panthers are 8th in the Atlantic as the Devils are 8th in the Metropolitan division. The Devils are 3-5-2 in their last ten and 2-9-0 on the road averaging 2.95 goals for and allowing 3.27 goals against on the year. The Panthers are 3-3-2 on home ice and 5-4-1 in their last ten, dropping their last three games. The Panthers score around 3.24 goals for and allow 3.62 goals against behind the Senators for the league’s worst. James Reimer will hold the pipes tonight as Robert Luongo is out for now, Keith Kinkaid gets the nod once again as he begins to take over number one duties in New Jersey. With the Panthers -140 and -1.5 spread, I’d probably either stay away from this game or go Panthers money line. Don’t feel too hot about the over here tonight, but see the Panthers getting a win on home ice tonight. 

Three team money line parlay: 

  • Jackets, Leafs, Rangers (parlay option one) 
  • Jackets, Leafs, Panthers (parlay option two)
  • Jackets, Leafs, Capitals (parlay option three)

NHL Picks; November 23rd, 2018

All picks are highlighted and in italics. 

Spread, money line, over/under.

New York Islanders(10-8-2)+1.5+150O6
New Jersey Devils(9-9-2)-1.5-180U6
Montreal Canadiens(11-7-4)+1.5+120O6
Buffalo Sabres(14-6-2)-1.5-140U6
Detroit Red Wings(10-9-2)+1.5+170O5.5
Washington Capitals(11-7-3)-1.5 -205U5.5
Edmonton Oilers(10-10-1)-1.5-12505.5
Anaheim Ducks(9-9-5)+1.5+105U5.5

All picks are highlighted and in italics. 

Spread, money line, over/under.

Calgary Flames(13-8-1)+1.5+115O6
Vegas Golden Knights(10-12-1)-1.5-135U6
Toronto Maple Leafs(15-7-0)+1.5 +11506
Columbus Blue Jackets(12-7-2)-1.5-135U6
Chicago Blackhawks(8-9-5)+1.5+150O6
Tampa Bay Lightning(15-6-1)-1.5-180U6
Florida Panthers(8-8-3)+1.5+130O6
Carolina Hurricanes(10-8-3)-1.5-150U6
Ottawa Senators(9-10-3)+1.5+15006.5
Dallas Stars(11-9-2)-1.5-175U6.5
Colorado Avalanche(11-6-4)+1.5-10505.5
Arizona Coyotes(9-9-2)-1.5-115U5.5