It’s Columbus Day today, so kid’s all over America have off today thanks to Christopher Columbus accidentally “discovering” our country. But I had to fucking work. At least there’s some day hockey games that the people that are luckier than me can take their kids to…which means I could gamble on them during the day. Puck drop at 1pm.
So my two bets on the day games are $300 each on the Florida Panthers on the road in New Jersey (-110) and the St. Louis Blues at the Coli vs. the Islanders (-130). The Devils stink so Florida should beat them pretty easily and the defending cup champs should take care of the Isles. I’m liking both these games with cheap prices on both bets so I’m comfortable with playing three units on each of them. In retrospective, probably not my smartest idea.
The Florida game started off pretty great for me with Jonathan Huberdeau getting the Panthers on the board just 16 seconds into the game. Fantastic, let’s keep rolling pretty stress free. But nope, just 2 minutes and 18 seconds later, the Devils tie the game up on a Hallsy goal then New Jersey proceeds to score the next 3 straight goals in the game including a goal from Jesper Bratt in the last minute of the first period along with Will Butcher and Pavel Zacha goals in the first 1:08 of the second period. I’m thinking I’m fucked here down 4-1 but then here come the Panthers! In the second half of the second period, Brett Connelly scores two goals to get Florida within a goal. We got a game here. Florida comes out hot in the third and 30 seconds in, boom, tie game on a nice goal from Mackenzie Weeger. Whole new ballgame. Seven minutes later, Noel Acciari breaks the tie making it 5-4 and giving Florida the lead. On the power play with around five minutes left in the game, the Panthers score again to win the game 6-4. Bangggg. Cash it. What a roller coaster that game was.
The Blues game going on at the same time was a lot slower and pretty boring. Brayden Schenn scored for St. Louis in the first period and the score stayed like that all the way into the third. I was pretty comfortable with the game with the Blues dominating the Isles pretty much the whole game but I was hoping to get another goal for a 2-0 lead, cause I know shutouts only happen in less than like 5% of games. Five minutes into the 3rd I get my wish and Big Daddy Vladdy Terasenko makes it 2-0 St. Louis on the power play. Now, I’m pumped, could go 2-0 on this day slate. With five minutes left in the game, Brock Nelson gets the Islanders first goal of the game to keep it within one. I’m still thinking I’ll be okay since the Isles have still been getting dominated the whole game. With the net empty, the Blues couldn’t put one in to seal off the game and with 27 seconds left in the game, Mathew Barzel scores to tie the game up. Mother fucker. Too late to even hedge this game with a live bet and we’re going to overtime. Blues should still win but I’m pretty worried with these two fucking goals in the last five minutes of the game. 1:13 into overtime, Devon Toews gets one past Bin Nasty to win it for the Isles. Son of a bitch, this must be some cruel sick joke, so I get an amazing Florida comeback and then the most unlucky ridiculous loss ever on this game and thanks to the juice, I end up losing $90 on the 1-1 split. Gambling blows.
PS, Update (late night): Tonight I took the Blackhawks/Oilers over and lost even though this game had 63 fucking shots on two shitty goalies. Fuck me. I hate gambling.