A double loser on the Oilers game prevented a sweep for me on the NHL last night as I went 3-2, technically making a 0.02 unit profit for a winning day as I pretty much broke even. I’ve had a losing day just once in the last nine days. Tonight we have a nine game slate, let’s keep on winning!
Canadiens vs. Red Wings (7:00)
This game is pretty boring between two of the worst teams in the Atlantic. I broke this game down in depth on StatSalt. I’d lean the Red Wings get a win on the road and the under but not enough to bet on either. I’ll lay off betting this game.
Capitals vs. Penguins (7:00)
Tonight we have the second game of the season between two of the biggest rivalries in the league with Ovi and the Caps facing Sid and the Pens. I wrote a full article on StatSalt breaking this game down in depth. I’d lean the Penguins and the under here but think its too close to bet it.
Lightning vs. Bruins (7:00)
This should be an awesome game between two playoff teams in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins are the best team in the NHL with a historical 38-5-4 record and may just be the best regular season team ever. After a 4-2 win in Montreal on Tuesday, they’re on a six game win streak with only one loss in their last eleven games. Boston’s the best team in the NHL on both ends of the ice. The Lightning are in third place in the Atlantic pretty much already locked into a first round matchup again against the Leafs (to go on to play the Bruins) with a 30-15-1 record. Coming off a 4-2 win at home against the Wild on Tuesday, they’ve won ten of their last 13 games. The Bolts have been elite offensively and although they’re not quite to the level defensively they were the last few years, they’re still pretty solid on the back end. The Bruins won both previous games they had against the Lightning this year, winning 5-3 in Tampa on November 21st and 3-1 at home on November 29th. I like that trend to continue. I’ll take the B’s for a unit along with a half unit on the puck line with incredible value. I’d lean the over but not enough to bet it.
Jets vs. Sabres (8:00)
The Sabres are playing great right now, coming into tonight’s game as the first team out of a Wild Card spot with a 25-19-3 record. We’re on a four game win streak after a 5-3 win in St. Louis on Tuesday where we almost blew a 4-0 early lead. We’ve picked up at least a point in six of our last seven games with a phenomenal offense but a struggling defense. Eric Comrie is starting in goal tonight against his former team, which makes this a very tough matchup for Buffalo. The Jets are a fantastic team this season with a 31-17-1 record and they’re 17-6 at home. On Tuesday they lost 2-1 in Nashville. Winnipeg’s played well offensively but they’ve been elite defensively backstopped by one of the best goalies in the league in Connor Hellebuyck. On January 12th when these teams played in Buffalo, the Jets got a 4-2 win. I’d expect they beat my team again, especially with Comrie going up against Hellebuyck. I’ll take Winnipeg for a unit.
Wild vs. Flyers (8:00)
On paper this isn’t a great matchup but it’s actually kind of intruiging to me with the way these teams have played lately. Despite coming off two losses in a row, Torts has his Flyers playing their best hockey of the season, winning nine of their last 14 games to improve to 20-21-8 on the season. Still lousy though. They’ve improved offensively lately but they still suck at scoring. Defensively they’ve been okay all year but nothing great. The Wild return home from a three game losing streak on the road, coming off a 4-2 loss in Tampa on Tuesday. They’ve been good this season and sit a point back from Colorado for third place in the Central with a 25-17-4 record. They’ve played relatively well on both ends of the ice but haven’t been world beaters. I’d expect Minnesota to bounce back with a win at home tonight against this weak Flyers team. I think the moneyline is too expensive at -240, but I’ll take the Wild in regulation for half a unit.
Predators vs. Devils (8:00)
Both of these teams are playing really well right now. The Predators, coming off a big 2-1 win against the Jets at home on Tuesday have improved to 23-18-6 on the season with four wins in their last five games. Their offense has struggled this season but they’ve been good defensively. The Devils are fantastic and just two points back from Carolina to lead the Metro with a 31-12-4 record. Coming off a 3-2 overtime win at home against the Golden Knights on Tuesday, they have a 7-0-1 record in their last eight games. Jersey’s been great on both ends of the ice this year. The first time these cross conference teams played this season on December 1st in New Jersey needed overtime, with the Preds getting a 4-3 win. I like the Devils to answer back on the road in Smashville tonight and will take them for half a unit.
Coyotes vs. Blues (9:00)
This isn’t a great game. I shockingly backed the Coyotes at home on Tuesday against the Ducks as a favorite and they lost 5-2. This team sucks and they’re tanking for Bedard. The Yotes are only 15-28-5 on the season with only two wins in their last 14 games. They’ve been awful on both ends of the ice. The Blues aren’t great at 23-22-3. On Tuesday they got themselves in a 4-0 hole early against my Sabres and made it a sweat as they came short of mounting a comeback in a 5-3 loss. They’ve won just two of their last six games. St. Louis hasn’t been all that good on either end of the ice and have especially struggled on the back end, but they’re better than the Yotes. The Blues should win here and I’ll take them for half a unit. I’d lean the over but not enough to bet it.
Flames vs. Blackhawks (9:00)
The Flames played a dominant overtime in a surprisingly entertaining game on Monday night, beating the Blue Jackets 4-3 for their second win in a row. Calgary’s improved to 23-16-9 on the season and are playing decent lately, in a wild card spot in the West. They’ve struggled to score at times and haven’t been elite defensively like they were last year. The Blackhawks are one of the worst teams in the NHL at 14-28-4 with just a 5-12-2 record on the road. They lost 5-2 on Tuesday in Vancouver (big win on the over for me in that one). Chicago’s been horrible on both ends of the ice this season. In the first game between these teams in Chicago on January 8th, the Blackhawks needed overtime to win 4-3. I’d expect the Flames answer back with a win here but the -400 the price on this game is ludacris for a team that isn’t all that great and even the regulation line is too expensive. I’ll just stay off this one.
Avalanche vs. Ducks (9:00)
The Avalanche hit quite the rough patch at the end of December and beginning of January but they’ve turned it around big time and look like the defending Cup champs that they are, winning their last six games in a row, coming off a 3-2 win at home against the Caps on Tuesdsay. The Avs have struggled offensively this season compared to last year but they’ve been good defensively. The Ducks are one of the worst teams in the NHL at 14-29-5 on the season and are coming off a rare win, beating Arizona 5-2 on Tuesday on the road. They’ve been horrendous on both ends of the ice. The -400 price on the moneyline and the -235 on the regulation line is too much for me but i’ll take the Colorado puck line here for a unit.
1u Bruins ML (-120)
.5u Bruins -1.5 (+215)
1u Jets ML (-175)
.5u Wild in regulation (-143)
.5u Devils ML (-140)
.5u Blues ML (-150)
1u Avalanche -1.5 (-155)
1u Boston Bruins – Stanley Cup Champions (+1000)
1.5u Boston Bruins – Stanley Cup Champions (+1100)
2u Vegas Golden Knights – Stanley Cup Champions (+1200)
1.5u Carolina Hurricanes – Stanley Cup Champions (+1300)
1u New Jersey Devils – Stanley Cup Champions (+1600)
Record: 365-304-10 (-22.38 units)
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