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Top Picks For The Action Packed NHL Saturday Slate

Colorado Avalanche vs New York Islanders: 

The Islanders are coming into this game favorites of course winning 7 of their last ten gams, earning a point in 9 of those 10 games and playing the five-game losing streak Avalanche, 2-7-1 and 12-12-4 record on the road. The Islanders should have no problem with this game. I do make it seem like the Islanders are going to walk into the Barclays having already won but I do believe they take this game tonight. Robin Lehner is the expected started who did earn January player of the month honors and is playing unbelievably right now. As the Avalanche have Semyon Varlamov in net who has not found his rhythm since coming back from injury. All in all the Islanders have a record of 14-3-2 in their last 19 games and have made history this season earning 32 points in 23-game span the first time since their cup run in 1981-82. The Avalanche on the other hand have lost 15 of their last 18 games and have allowed four or more goals in the past 13 of these games. The numbers are clear as day, as it may not be the home stadium Islander players would like but they are still on home ice and playing in front of a hungry Islanders crowd. I see the Islanders taking this one with ease.

Nashville Predators vs St. Louis Blues: 

This is one of the better match ups tonight, the Blues started the first 30 games or so on the wrong end of things and were deemed one of the most disappointing teams this season. Well in recent weeks the have completely 360 their and are now in the first wild card spot. Coming off a shutout win vs Tampa Bay the Blues recent success has been backed by rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington who is making his seventh consecutive start today. The Blues are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games and Binnington is 8-1-1 with a 1.70 goals against in 10 starts this season. The Predators are on a three-game win streak right now and first match up vs St. Louis all year. The Predators go with Pekka Rinne today who is 5-1-1 in his last six games and 11-4-2 in his last 17 starts. The Blues are looking for their fifth straight win which could be possible on home-ice. We all look at this game as the Predators to be the clear winner but the Blues have been hot lately do not count this team out. I am going with Blues to win.

Dallas Stars vs Arizona Coyotes: 

This is not a game you expected to see on this slate but the Stars are looking to extend their point streak to seven games as the Coyotes are looking to end a five-game skid. The Coyotes are expected to go with Darcy Kuemper who is 11-13-5 on the year with a 2.78 goals against. The Stars are going with Anton Khudobin who started last game making 21 saves in their loss to Nashville. The Coyotes are 0-9-0 since March 24, 2016 vs the Stars and the Stars have already beat the Coyotes two times this season. The Stars need all the points they can get right now as the playoff race ensues. The star power of Dallas will need to continue to propel this team as Tyler Seguin has six points in four games and will look to continue his hot streak tonight. Tonight I am going Dallas.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens: 

Game of the night probably. The Leafs lead the Canadiens by one point in the Atlantic, therefore if the Canadiens win this game they take second place by one point. Both teams come into this game on a three-game win streak the Canadiens though are 7-1-1 in their last ten games as the Leafs are 5-4-1. The Canadiens go with Carey Price who is 23-13-4 this season with a 2.52 goals against and Leafs Frederick Anderson who is 24-11-2 with a 2.56 goals against. The Leafs are 16-6-2 on the road this season as the Canadiens are 17-10-3 at home. The two have played each other one time this season already that resulted in a Leafs overtime win on October 3rd, 2018. This will be match up number two of four. The Leafs and Canadiens play each other one more time before February ends and then play one of the last games of the season vs each other. This will be a offensive filled game, we could see the over hit, and a possible 5-4, 4-3 match up. On home ice and the Canadiens recent streak, the Leafs get them one more time at home this season, Bell Centre will be rocking going Canadiens tonight.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Tampa Bay Lightning:

The Lightning are coming off a tough loss to St. Louis as are the Penguins who lost to Carolina 4-0. Both teams got shutout in their recent games which only means we can probably expect a 4-3 style game, power play action and a lot of offense. Very rarely do we see two of the best teams in the NHL score no goals and then go at it next time vs each other to be a 1-0, 2-1 game. The Lightning are two-game losing streak, 5-3-2 in their last ten and 20-5-2 on home ice this season. The Penguins are going through a rough patch right now as they are 3-6-1 in their last ten on a three-game losing streak and 13-9-5 on the road this season. The two have played each other two times already this year and the series is split at one a piece. Both games have resulted in 6+ goals, first game was 4-3 Tampa Bay and second game which came recently was Pittsburgh 4-2. We can expect a similar score tonight. The Lightning are expected to go with Andrei Vasilevskiy as the Penguins are probably going with Casey DeSmith following poor play of Matt Murray and his recent injury. The Penguins need a win here bad to get out of this funk. This is a tough one and I believe Penguins take a big one on the road.

Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks:

The Flames are one of if not the best team in the NHL. They have been consistent all year and have seemed to take that Pacific division under control, although with the Sharks behind them by two points and playing the Oilers the Flames need these two points. The Flames are 7-2-1 in their last ten games have a 17-10-0 record in the road as the Canucks have dropped their last three and are 4-3-3 in their last ten with a 12-10-3 record at home. These two have played each other already three times this season and Vancouver has taken two of the three which means the Flames are not goin to lose the season series and will win this one (in my eyes). The previous three games resulted in a 5-2 Canucks win, 7-4 Flames win and 3-2 Canucks OT win. This probably means we can anticipate a 4-2 style game. The Flames are going with David Rittich in net who is 20-4-4 on the year with a 2.54 goals against as the Canucks go with Jacob Markstrom who is 20-15-6 on the year with a 2.81 goals against. Like I said I doubt the Flames drop two straight to the Canucks and essentially lose seasons series here tonight. Even on the road I am expecting a Flames win.

Recap of picks: 

  • Islanders
  • Blues
  • Stars
  • Penguins
  • Canadiens
  • Flames

 

NHL PICKS OF THE NIGHT; NOVEMBER 16TH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other games on tonight: 

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

NFL WEEK 10 PICKS OF THE WEEK

Go with the over!

New Orleans Saints( 7-1-0) vs Cincinnati Bengals(5-3-0)

The Bengals and Saints are two high scoring offenses, with AJ Green out this week it makes it a little easier on an already struggling Saints defense, despite the Saints defensive struggles this season their offense has surged this 7-1 record, and an NFL best team this year. The Saints have two weapons on offense do all the heavy lifting. Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara with of course Drew Brees throwing the ball, they also have good additions with Tre ‘Quan Smith, Ted Ginn Jr and Benjamin Watson. It is apparent the Saints are going all in this season and I would not count them out in any game, especially this one. The Bengals need a big win as the Steelers ran over Carolina Thursday night they fall even more behind Pittsburgh for the division lead. Despite the Bengals must win situation, I do not see it happen, but what I do see happening is the over of 54 to hit, the spread is 6.5 therefore the Saints would need to win by a touchdown or more to cover, the money line is also -275 Saints, +225 Cincy. I like the over and Saints.

Detroit Lions(3-5-0) vs Chicago Bears(5-3-0)

The Bears must keep the wins coming, they have a good chance of winning the division too with the Vikings on a bye this week this is great time for the Bears to get some separation in the NFC North. Despite the Lions 3-5-0 record they have a team that could potentially knock off the Bears, they are a competitive team with a good offense, they have just been inconsistent. At home in Chicago where the Bears are 3-1 and on a two-game win streak, I like the Bears and the over in this game. The over/under is 41, for some reason it seems low, I think we can all agree the Bears and Lions are capable of 21 points each this seems like a solid over to pick. Bears could easily score 30 points and win 32-27, Bears for the win and the over.

Dallas Cowboys(3-5-0) vs Philadelphia Eagles(4-4-0) 

This is the time where the Eagles need to start getting back to their Super Bowl play, they have lost four games already this season with loses coming against two mediocre teams. The Eagles coming off a win over the Jaguars and a bye week has the perfect making for a Philadelphia offensive explosion we are looking for. The Eagles highest point total this season has 34 points vs the Giants. The Cowboys and Eagles clearly have a good rival going and if the Cowboys win and Eagles lose they are neck and neck for 2nd place. I don’t see the Eagles losing on home field, plus they are due for a break out game of 35+ points, Cowboys will keep it close as well in a divisional game like this, it seems possible that the over 43.5 will hit. I like the Eagles and the over here.

Cover the SPREAD!

Atlanta Falcons(4-4-0) vs Cleveland Browns(2-6-1)

The spread in this game is 6.5 the Falcons are capable of covering that for sure. Finally Julio Jones and Matt Ryan connected for a touchdown so the flood gates have opened. Plus with the Falcons coming off a big week 9 win over the Redskins in Washington, they are clearly capable of scoring of 38 on Washington they can do against the Browns also. The Browns offense is not one to over look plus the Browns have been notorious this season for uncertain outcomes and competitive play. The Browns can easily score 20 points and make it a win by three situation for Atlanta but with how the division is shaping up for the Falcons they cannot afford to lose this game and possibly the wild card. Going Falcons to over the 6.5 spread.

Washington Redskins(4-4-0) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers(3-5-0) 

The Bucs have been struggling as of late there is no denying that, they are 1-4 in their last five on a two game losing streak and basically out of the hunt. The Bucs offense though has shown signs of being unstoppable they rank among the top of the league for points and yards per game, going up against an offense that is the complete opposite that has trouble scoring. I think the Bucs come out early and get on the Redskins quick as long as the defense can hold up for the Bucs and they get an early 14+ point lead heading into the third quarter this game is all Bucs. The Redskins offense has struggled this season and their defense is not technically shutdown, there are holes on this defense for Washington and in a pass heavy offense the Buccaneers will be testing the Redskins pass defense all game. Buccaneers to cover 3 point spread for sure.

Some game(s)….Just take it! 

New England Patriots(7-2-0) vs Tennessee Titans(4-4-0)

The Patriots are going to win this game there is no hiding that, sure the Titans are solid team but they do not have the offensive power to keep up with Tom Brady and the Patriots offense, the game may be close going into the third quarter and you may be thinking your bet won’t hit but the Patriots will probably score 21 in the second half and win the game by 14 points.

Arizona Cardinals( 2-6-0) vs Kansas City Chiefs(8-1-0)

If your heart desires this game so be it but the Chiefs are going to win the reward will be small to nothing and the spread is 17 points, which honestly they could probably cover but it is way to large to go after, the over is 51 which I see going under solely because the Cardinals will not score more than 17 points and the Chiefs will score around 30 probably. The over/under is even more tricky cause the Chiefs can score 40 points but still I could even see Arizona score 10 points all game. Either stay away or go money line.

Way down under (under’s to hit)

Miami Dolphins(5-4-0) vs Green Bay Packers(3-4-1)

The over/under is 47.5 which means 48 and that means the Dolphins and Packers will need to score 24 points each. I see the Packers scoring around 30 and the Dolphins in the 14 range, Dolphins offense does not have much going for them and the Packers are playing with a banged up Aaron Rodgers where if this game is out of reach for Miami, Rodgers could sit to rest up. Probably the under of 47.5.

Los Angeles Chargers(6-2-0) vs Oakland Raiders(1-7-0)

The Raiders offense barely was capable of scoring three points vs San Francisco and they will not score anything more vs a better defense. the Chargers will more than likely control the clock all game, score around 32 points, Raiders score 10 at most and the under hits. The game will be a snooze fest come the 4th quarter it will be just Los Angeles running the ball, eating the clock. Not enough offensive power on both sides for this over to hit plus with a checked out Oakland team this game will be a bore.