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|Date||Match Up||Rating||Score||Result||Profit||Lead Time||Analysis|
|03-20-18||Avalanche v. Blackhawks OVER 6||Top||5-1||Push||0||21 h 49 m||Show|
Colorado vs. Chicago Over 6 +102
The Over here has solid value as two offenses that can really turn things up meet.
Looking at the Avalanche first, Colorado has boasted one of the most surprising offenses in the league. Averaging 3.2 goals per game, the Avs have been a team that can really plays with an aggressive style.
Their style of play really pushes the pressure on net, but it also hurts them on the defensive end. Colorado has given up 3.39 goals per road game this season, one of the worst marks in the NHL.
Chicago will have plenty of chances on net, which bodes well for the Over. The Blackhawks have accepted and moved into the spoiler role, playing with extreme confidence. This offense still has plenty of weapons to give team's issues, as they're averaging 3 goals per contest.
Some trends to note. Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. Over is 5-1 in Blackhawks last 6 vs. Western Conference.
Expect a lot of action in this one.
Back the Over.
Good Luck, Razor Ray.
Tuesday 10* NHL O/U Play
|03-14-18||Penguins v. Rangers OVER 6||Top||3-4||Win||100||19 h 58 m||Show|
Pittsburgh vs. New York Over 6
The Penguins and Rangers figure to battle in quite the entertaining offensive affair here on Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh's offense is in top form right now and it looks as if they are unstoppable at times. Averaging 3.24 goals per game, the Penguins are having no issues getting attacks on net and really putting their foot on the gas. They are one of the most aggressive teams as they just have so many weapons that come at you.
New York is one of the worst defensive teams in the NHL, which certainly bodes well here for this Over. Along with that though, the Rangers play much better offensively inside MSG. They know they'll have to be on the attack here to have any chance, so expect plenty of push from them.
Some trends to note. Over is 11-2-3 in the last 16 meetings. Over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York.
Expect plenty of goal scoring chances.
Back the Over.
Good Luck, Razor Ray.
Wednesday 10* NHL O/U TOP PLAY
|02-01-18||Golden Knights v. Jets -120||Top||3-2||Loss||-120||20 h 0 m||Show|
Winnipeg Jets -120
This is quite the generous line here on Winnipeg on Thursday.
Granted the Golden Knights have easily been one of the best in the NHL, Winnipeg has just been on a different level when playing at home.
This season, Winnipeg has gone 18-3-1-0, averaging 3.91 goals per game to just the 2.31 goals against. Winnipeg has done just about everything right at home, as they keep the constant pressure on in the opposing end. Along with that, they never allow the opposition to get anything going in terms of momentum or possession.
Some trends to note. Jets are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Jets are 24-4 in their last 28 home games.
The Jets are such a nice play here, at home, with this kind of price.
Good Luck, Razor Ray.
Thursday 10* NHL ML Play
|01-25-18||Lightning -115 v. Flyers||Top||5-1||Win||100||19 h 5 m||Show|
Tampa Bay -115
The Lightning lay too low of juice to pass up on here Thursday night.
Tampa Bay has found their swagger once again as they have put together back to back wins and being on the road does not pose any issues for them.
The Lightning have gone 16-7-0-2 away from Florida this season and they've been incredibly impressive on both sides of the puck. Tampa Bay has outscored the opposition on average 3.40-2.36 this season away.
Along with that, Tampa Bay is in a nice situational spot. The Lightning are 4-0 in their last 4 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation and are 4-1 in their last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
Some trends to note. Lightning are 12-4 in their last 16 Thursday games. Lightning are 20-7 in their last 27 games playing on 1 days rest.
Playing on 1 days rest has been an advantage for the Lightning. They feed off wins and this is just too nice of a price.
Back Tampa Bay.
Good Luck, Razor Ray.
Thursday 10* NHL ML TOP PLAY
|12-13-16||Blues v. Predators OVER 5||Top||3-6||Win||100||19 h 20 m||Show|
St. Louis vs. Nashville Over 5
The Blues head into Nashville on Tuesday night and the Over here at 5 with low juice has value.
Both of these teams have so many weapons that can find the back of the net. St. Louis is averaging 2.7 goals per game, while Nashville sits at 3.46 per home game.
Defensively, both of these teams can concede as well. When playing on the road this season, St. Louis is giving up a ridiculous 3.64 goals per game. The month of December hasn't been kind to the Predators defensively either. Nashville has given up 21 goals over their last 5 games, allowing a lot of 2nd and 3rd chances on goal.
Some trends to consider. Over is 5-1 in the Predators last 6 games. Over 11-5-8 in Blues last 24 vs. Central.
There's going to be plenty of scoring chances here in this one. Given the nice number of 5 on the total with extremely low juice on the Over, it's certainly worth making a move here on this one.
Back the Over.
Good Luck, Razor Ray.
Tuesday 10* NHL TOP PLAY
|03-21-16||Flyers v. Islanders -135||Top||4-1||Loss||-135||10 h 11 m||Show|
New York Islanders -135
The Islanders look to get back on track as they've fallen in 3 straight games, something they haven't done all season long. With their small kid, the juice on them at home is a very low price, making them extremely valuable here.
The Islanders have fallen into the 1st Wild Card spot after their skid and this team is certainly better than they're performing right now.
New York returns to Brooklyn and welcomes the sight of the Barclay's Center, where they have gone 6-0-1 in their last 7 games. They also get the relief of playing 8 of their final 12 at home, which has to be a nice feeling. New York has gone 21-8-3-1 inside the Barclays Center this year.
Look for Jonathan Taveras to be the difference here, as he has dominated the Flyers in his career. Taveras has 27 points (14 goals and 13 assists) in 33 career meetings.
Some trends to consider. Islanders are 6-1 in their last 7 home games. Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Islanders are 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
Look for New York really pick their game up here as they put an end to their losing ways with a home win over Philadelphia on Monday.
Back New York.
Good Luck, Razor Ray.
Monday 10* NHL TOP PLAY
|02-21-16||Penguins -124 v. Sabres||Top||4-3||Win||100||9 h 19 m||Show|
Pittsburgh Penguins ML
The Pens head into Buffalo and a bounce back is certainly in store here for this Pittsburgh team. At this low of a price, they're certainly worth the price.
Pittsburgh fell at home on Saturday to Tampa Bay 4-2 and getting one of the worst teams in the NHL is the perfect scenario for bouncing back.
The Penguins also have dominated the series with Buffalo. Pittsburgh has won 7 straight in this series, which also includes a 1 goal win this season.
Also making this even more of a nice play, Penguins G Marc-Andre Fleury owns a career record of 18-5-2 against Buffalo. Fleury was sick on Saturday and missed the loss to Tampa, which plays into our advantage. Fleury is questionable still, but should play here. The extra day of rest works out for him and will make him fresh going into Sunday.
Penguins are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo.Penguins are 42-19-4 in the last 65 meetings.
Pittsburgh has absolutely dominated Buffalo and the large sample size of the last 65 meetings shows that. With everything falling into place for this one, expect Pittsburgh to roll here over Buffalo.
Back Pittsburgh ML.
Good Luck, Razor Ray.
Sunday 10* NHL ML TOP PLAY
|02-24-15||Dallas Stars v. Winnipeg Jets -128||Top||2-4||Win||100||6 h 4 m||Show|
Oddsmakers don't tend to make big mistakes too often, but they've completely missed the boat on this price tonight. Dallas is being valued in the same range as they were two weeks ago, but this is a completely different team.
The Stars have lost four of their last five games. With Tyler Seguin on the shelf, Dallas doesn't have the game-breaker in their lineup that they need to succeed against better teams. Injuries to Patrick Eaves and Travis Moen have also hurt their depth.
Defensively, Dallas is one of the worst squads in the league. They've allowed four or more goals in four of their last five games, and they'll have issues keeping a deep Jets team off the board tonight. Winnipeg averages 3.0 goals per game at home, and they've had a couple of days to regroup following Saturday's (undeserved) loss in Toronto.
There's not much more to delve into here. Winnipeg is in the better spot, with the Stars having to play their third game in four nights. The Jets have the better groups of forwards, defensemen, and the better goaltender for tonight's contest with Michael Hutchinson getting the nod. Add in the fact that the Jets are healthy, while the Stars are hurting, and this line is nowhere near where it should be.
Good Luck, Razor Ray
10* NHL ML TOP PLAY
|02-17-15||San Jose Sharks v. Nashville Predators -170||Top||1-5||Win||100||6 h 40 m||Show|
It's very unlike to us to recommend laying this big of a price tag in the NHL, but in this case, we feel as though it's warranted. The market has been very slow to adjust to how good the Predators are and how average the Sharks are, and we'll continue to capitalize on cheap prices.
Nashville is the real deal. The Preds already had one of the league's deepest groups of forwards and defensemen, and they just pulled the trigger on a deal with the Maple Leafs that will see them improve that already impressive roster. Mike Santorelli adds even more depth to the forward crew, while Cody Franson gives Nashville a great option behind their top duo of Shea Weber and Roman Josi.
The Preds also have arguable the best goaltender in the league in Pekka Rinne. Rinne has an even-strength save percentage of .945 this season, which is downright insane. His numbers are even more impressive at home, where the Preds have lost just four of their 28 games this season.
Meanwhile, the wheels are falling off for the Sharks. San Jose has won just two of their eight games in the month of February, and are allowing a whopping 32.1 shots per game over their last five games. The Sharks send Alex Stalock between the pipes tonight, and Nashville simply isn't the team that you want to be starting a backup goalie against.
The Sharks are just 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on one days rest, and they don't respond well to adversity, having gone 3-7 in their last 10 games after surrendering 5+ goals in their previous game.
Take the Preds.
Good Luck, Razor Ray
10* NHL ML TOP PLAY
|01-13-15||Vancouver Canucks v. Nashville Predators -149||Top||1-5||Win||100||9 h 1 m||Show|
The market still hasn't caught up to just how good the Predators are. In our estimation, Nashville is the best team in the league right now, and it's not even close.
What's not to like about the Preds? They've accumulated a 16-2-1 record on home ice. They haven't lost in regulation since December 23rd. They've averaged 4.0 goals per game over their 11 games played. And to top it all off, they have the best goaltender in the world right now in Pekka Rinne.
Nashville is a stylistic nightmare for Vancouver. The Canucks are coming off of back-to-back home losses to the Panthers and Flames, two teams with a decent forecheck. Vancouver is in for a world of hurt against one of the better forechecks in the league. Nashville boasts a very deep group of forwards, and they'll give major issues to a Canucks defense that desperately misses Dan Hamhuis, who is still out of the lineup due to injury.
What makes Nashville's recent success even more impressive is that their powerplay has been abysmal. The Preds have scored on just five of their last 61 powerplays at home (8.2%), but that's bound to turn around sooner or later.
This is a massive underpricing by the oddsmakers. Vancouver's advanced metrics suggest that a fall from grace is on the horizon, while Nashville is the real deal, especially at home. We'll gladly bump this up to a top play.
Take the Preds.
Good Luck, Razor Ray
10* NHL ML TOP PLAY
|01-03-15||Toronto Maple Leafs v. Winnipeg Jets -160||Top||1-5||Win||100||4 h 21 m||Show|
We don't advocate laying this type of juice too often in the NHL, but in tonight's case, it's absolutely warranted.
The regression that we saw coming for the Leafs has arrived. Toronto is no more than a fringe playoff contender, but they were seeing results because of unreal goaltending by Jonathan Bernier. Bernier is no longer playing at an unsustainable level and the Leafs are no longer getting results.
Toronto played in Minnesota last night and heads into this one on the tail end of a back-to-back. The Leafs were engaged in a hard fought battle against the Wild until midway through the third period, so we just don't see them having their legs in this contest.
As for the Jets, they continue to be undervalued by the oddsmakers. Winnipeg has more depth than Toronto, and they have one of the best kept secrets in hockey with Michael Hutchinson between the pipes. Hutchinson has a .937 save percentage and gives the Jets a chance to win every single times he's between the pipes.
The Leafs are just 16-35 in their last 51 road games, and are just 3-7 in their last 10 games where they're playing their fourth game in six nights. The Jets are 7-1 in their last 8 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals.
Take the Jets.
Good Luck, Razor Ray
10* NHL ML TOP PLAY
|01-07-14||Boston Bruins v. Anaheim Ducks -130||Top||2-5||Win||100||32 h 32 m||Show|
The Anaheim Ducks host the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Anaheim is coming off a 4-3 overtime win over Vancouver, while Boston beat Winnipeg 4-1 the last time they took the ice.
|12-23-13||Pittsburgh Penguins -123 v. Ottawa Senators||Top||0-5||Loss||-123||23 h 20 m||Show|
The Ottawa Senators host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night. Ottawa is coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to Phoenix, while Pittsburgh beat Calgary their last time out, 4-3.
The Penguins have been white hot of late, winning seven of their last eight games and nine of their last 10.
|12-04-13||Montreal Canadiens v. New Jersey Devils UNDER 5||Top||4-3||Loss||-128||26 h 30 m||Show|
New Jersey & Montreal under 5
The New Jersey Devils host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night as the teams close out a home-and-home series in Newark.
The Canadiens defeated the Devils 3-2 on Monday but that game should not have hit the five goal total. Martin Brodeur was shaky between the pipes for New Jersey, which means that Cory Schneider gets the nod tonight.
We've loved playing the under in Schneider's starts this season as he former Canucks netminder has a 1.72 GAA and .927 save percentage in 12 games. Schneider has gone 3-1-1 with a GAA of 0.97 over his past five starts, including a shutout win over Buffalo on Saturday.
Goaltending has also been one of the assets of the Habs this season. Peter Budaj gets the call in place of Carey Price tonight but that doesn't have us concerned at all. Budaj has been sensational this season, with a 1.63 GAA and .939 save percentage in six games. The Habs also play a stronger brand of defensive hockey in front of him.
Montreal has allowed two goals or less in 10 of their last 11 games, and their season total of 59 goals allowed in third lowest in the NHL. The Devils 61 goals on the season are third fewest in the NHL.
The under is 17-6-4 in the Canadiens' last 27 overall and 10-1-2 in the Canadiens' last 13 road games.
The under is 12-4-5 in the Devils' last 21 home games.
Take the UNDER.
Good Luck, Razor Ray
10* TOP PLAY on New Jersey & Montreal under 5
|11-23-13||Colorado Avalanche v. Los Angeles Kings -140||Top||1-0||Loss||-140||23 h 9 m||Show|
Los Angeles ML
The Los Angeles Kings host the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Don't let the records of these two teams fool you; the Kings have a huge edge on this night and we'll be stepping up with a 10* top rating.
The Kings are the best home team in the league and it isn't even close. Their Corsi For % of 59.5 at the Staples Center indicates that they are extremely dominant in front of their home crowd.
Los Angeles dropped their last home contest 2-1 to New Jersey despite outshooting the Devils 35-15. The Kings seldom drop two in a row at home.
The main question mark surrounding Los Angeles is their goaltending. Jonathan Quick is on the shelf but Ben Scrivens has performed admirably in relief, boasting a stellar 1.19 GAA in his last five contests. Goaltending is not an issue for the Kings right now.
Meanwhile, Colorado continues to win with smoke and mirrors. Following a three-game losing streak, the Avalanche have reeled off two straight wins despite being outshot by 28 shots in those two games.
Colorado's road record is also a farce. The Avalanche are 7-2 away from home this season but a Corsi For % of 42.4 indicates that they've been dominated in those games. Colorado's luck is soon to run out.
To make matters worse for the Avalanche, they're without their leading scorer as Matt Duchene remains sidelined with an oblique injury. Colorado isn't a very deep team, so the injury to Duchene is a huge issue.
Last but not least, special teams play definitely favors the Kings in this contest. Los Angeles has six goals on 26 power plays over their last six home games. Meanwhile, Colorado has allowed five power-play goals on 13 chances over their last four games.
The Kings are 40-12 in their last 52 home games.
The Kings are 25-9 in their last 34 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
The Avalanche are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Los Angeles.
Take Los Angeles.
Good Luck, Razor Ray
10* Play on Los Angeles Kings ML
|04-09-13||Buffalo Sabres v. Winnipeg Jets UNDER 5.5||Top||1-4||Win||100||11 h 59 m||Show|
Winnipeg & Buffalo under 5.5
The Winnipeg Jets host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. Winnipeg is coming off a 4-1 win over Philadelphia, while Buffalo beat New Jersey in a shootout in their last outing, 3-2.
The under has been money in Jets games, with the team playing under the total in 13 of their last 16 home games, and 15 of their last 21 games overall.
Ondrej Pavelec is slated to get the nod for the Jets, and he
|03-12-13||San Jose Sharks v. St Louis Blues -131||Top||2-4||Win||100||26 h 43 m||Show|
The St. Louis Blues host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. St. Louis is coming off a 4-2 loss to Anaheim, while San Jose lost to Colorado in overtime their last time out, 3-2.
St. Louis comes home for this one after a long road trip, a situation in which they've been successful in the past. The Blues are 4-0 in their last four home games following a road trip that lasted seven days or more.
The Blues have generated a total of 16 goals over their last four games, and the team
|02-25-13||ANA DUCKS v. LA KINGS -143||Top||2-5||Win||100||12 h 25 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Kings host the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. Los Angeles is coming off a 4-1 win over Colorado, while Anaheim needed overtime to get past that same Avalanche team on Sunday, 4-3.
We knew it would just be a matter of time before Los Angeles
|02-15-13||St Louis Blues -115 v. Calgary Flames||Top||5-2||Win||100||31 h 9 m||Show|
The Calgary Flames host the St. Louis Blues on Friday. Calgary is coming off a 7-4 win over Dallas, while St. Louis beat Detroit their last time out, 4-3.
The St. Louis Blues hit a real rough patch to begin the month of February, dropping five games in a row. That losing streak coincided with an injury to starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak. He and Brian Elliott formed a solid one-two duo a year ago, but Elliott has posted a 5.05 GAA in four starts in the month of February.
The team turned to Jake Allen in their last game and he was able to stop the bleeding, helping the team to their first win since January 31st in his first career start. Allen will get his second start at the Saddledome, where the Flames have lost five of seven.
St. Louis won three of four in their season series with Calgary a year ago. Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff stole the show in the lone Calgary win, stopping 28 of 29 shots in a game in which St. Louis thoroughly outplayed their counterpart, outshooting them 29-18.
The lone time the Flames sent out their backup, they lost 5-2. Calgary won
|06-06-12||New Jersey Devils v. Los Angeles Kings -172||Top||3-1||Loss||-172||6 h 30 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Kings have dominated the New Jersey Devils from start to finish in this series, and there's little reason to believe that won't change tonight.
The Devils might be desperate but the were also desperate in Game 2 not to get swept at home (and go down 0-2) and in Game 3 when they were desperate not to fall into an 0-3 hole. As we saw in Game 3, not only did it not get better for the Devils, it got worse.
The Kings have yet to play their best game in this series offensively and if Jonathan Quick continues to stand on his head, there's little reason to believe they won't win by at least a two-goal margin again. Take the Kings. 10* play.
|05-17-12||PHOENIX GM3 v. LOS ANGELES GM3 -190||Top||1-2||Win||100||22 h 31 m||Show|
Writeup coming shortly. 10* play.
|05-14-12||NEW JERSEY GM1 +115 v. NY RANGERS GM1||Top||0-3||Loss||-100||7 h 19 m||Show|
The New Jersey Devils are well-rested and are relaxed after disposing of the Philadelphia Flyers in just five games. That's going to be a crucial advantage in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals as the New York Rangers are coming a grueling seven-game series with the Washington Capitals, which was their second straight seven-game series.
The Devils are playing just as good defense as the Rangers but their offense has a little more bite to it. Look for that to be the key difference in them getting the win in Game 1. Bet the Devils. 10* play.
|04-17-12||Phoenix Coyotes v. Chicago Blackhawks -146||Top||3-2||Loss||-146||8 h 49 m||Show|
The Chicago Blackhawks came away with an important win in Game 2 against the Phoenix Coyotes and with it, they stole momentum. The loss could end up being quite significant not only because they lost home-ice advantage to a team that really needs it but also that they suffered a number of key injuries.
The Coyotes will be without forward Lauri Korpikoski and potentially top-line center Martin Hanzal and goaltender Mike Smith. Both skated Tuesday morning and are more likely to play but are game-time decisions. Even if they play, the might not be 100%, so that's a concern - especially with leading goal scorer Radim Vrbata already playing through injury.
The Blackhawks were 27-8-6 at home this season compared to 18-18-5 away, so clearly playing at the United Center offers them a keen advantage. Look for them to use it tonight. Bet the Blackhawks. 10* play.
|04-15-12||Pittsburgh Penguines -117 v. Philadelphia Flyers||Top||4-8||Loss||-117||1 h 55 m||Show|
Writeup coming shortly. 10* play.
|03-10-12||Philadelphia Flyers -132 v. Toronto Maple Leafs||Top||1-0||Win||100||17 h 5 m||Show|
The Toronto Maple Leafs have been awful over the last month as they've lost 12 of 14. In their last 13 games, they have allowed an average of four goals per game and on Saturday, they'll host the Philadelphia Flyers, who are the highest scoring team in the league.
Toronto just can't stop their downward momentum right now and they've even tried. They've fired a head coach (Ron Wilson) but it still hasn't helped. They'll be shorthanded due to injuries on Saturday as Joffrey Lupul and Colby Armstrong were hurt in recent games.
The Flyers have won four straight and allowed just five goals in those games. They've also won three of their last four trips to Toronto and eight of the last 10 meetings overall. Bet the Flyers. 10* play.
|03-06-12||Ottawa Senators v. TAMPA BAY +105||Top||7-3||Loss||-100||7 h 19 m||Show|
The Tampa Bay Lightning have been on fire recently and offer great value as a home underdog on Tuesday. On the season, Tampa Bay is 20-9-2 at home, so they are usually a good home bet anyways. On top of that, they have won four straight and are well rested as the Ottawa Senators visit.
Meanwhile, the Senators have lost two straight and aren't coming in with as much momentum.
The key here should be the absence of goaltender Craig Anderson for the Senators, who absolutely owns the Lightning. Anderson has won all three meeting with the Lightning this season while giving up just three goals in the process. For his career, he's 6-1-2 against them with a 1.24 GAA.
Without Anderson and without momentum, this is a good spot to bet against Ottawa and take Tampa Bay. 10* play.
|02-27-12||St Louis Blues v. Calgary Flames UNDER 5||Top||3-1||Win||100||9 h 18 m||Show|
The St. Louis Blues are typically a strong play on the under as 30 of their 45 games have gone under as well as seven of their last nine. The under has also cashed in seven of their last nine on the road with a total set at five.
It could be an even stronger play tonight because they're in Calgary. Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff thrives against the Blues when playing at home. He's gone 9-2-1 with a 1.49 GAA in his last 12 home starts against them. The Flames have given up just two goals in the last three meetings with St. Louis at the Saddledome.
The under is also 10-1 for the Flames when they scored 10 goals or more in their last game and 7-3 when at home with a total of five. Bet the under. 9* play.
|02-25-12||Boston Bruins -123 v. Ottawa Senators||Top||5-3||Win||100||7 h 29 m||Show|
The Boston Bruins have been somewhat inconsistent over the last month but Saturday is a statement game for them. The Ottawa Senators have a shot to catch them in the division but Boston has a good chance to show that they're still the boss.
The Senators have played well recently, scoring 28 goals in their last six games, but they've had a really tough time dealing with Tim Thomas. The Bruins netminder has won eight straight in Ottawa while posting a 1.35 GAA.
Meanwhile, the Sens will be without their starting goaltender Craig Anderson (hand) for a while and backup Alex Auld will be in net. He has a 3.28 GAA this season and it's up to 4.08 when he starts at home. Bet the Bruins. 10* play.
|02-10-12||Dallas Stars v. Buffalo Sabres -160||Top||2-3||Win||100||7 h 34 m||Show|
The Buffalo Sabres have finally started playing well and they'll have a good chance to keep momentum going on Friday. The Sabres are 4-0-1 in their last five games and that's mostly in part to the play of goaltender Ryan Miller.
Miller has posted two shutouts in his last three starts. When he's playing well, the Sabres are hard to beat.
The Dallas Stars will make the trip on Friday and they will be in a back-to-back situation and it will also be their third game in four nights. Fatigue surely could be a factor. The Stars are 0-9 this season on back-to-back days. Bet the Sabres. 10* play.
|02-09-12||Winnipeg Jets v. Washington Capitals -155||Top||3-2||Loss||-155||6 h 60 m||Show|
The Winnipeg Jets have gone sour since the flip of the calendar to 2012 and they aren't likely to have much success in Washington on Thursday. The Jets have won just six of their last 17 games overall and have had plenty of problems scoring.
The Jets have just eight goals in their last seven games. They've struggled on the road all season long but the Capitals have 19 home wins, which is the most in the Eastern Conference.
Tomas Vokoun will be in net for the Caps and he's 16-5-0 at home this season with a 2.07 GAA. Bet the Capitals. 10* play.
|01-16-12||Winnipeg Jets v. Ottawa Senators -170||Top||2-0||Loss||-170||5 h 54 m||Show|
The Ottawa Senators are one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now with wins in eight of their last nine games. They'll host the struggling Winnipeg Jets on Monday, which should allow them to keep momentum going.
The Jets have been a brutal road team all season long as they give up 3.57 goals per game on the road (fourth-worst in the NHL) compared to just 2.22 at home. Chris Mason will be in net on Monday and he's 1-2-0 on the road this season with a 3.00 GAA and a .884 save percentage. At home, he's 4-1-0 with a 1.65 GAA and a .938 save percentage. He's 2-4-0 against Ottawa with a 2.90 GAA.
The Sens have been playing much better recently because of their goaltending. Craig Anderson is 8-0-1 in his last nine starts while posting a 1.66 GAA. He's 7-1-2 with a 2.46 GAA in 11 career meetings with the Jets.
The Jets have lost five of six while scoring just nine goals in those six games. They have three wins in their last 12 road games. Bet the Sens. 10* play.
|01-10-12||San Jose Sharks -142 v. Minnesota Wild||Top||4-5||Loss||-142||7 h 16 m||Show|
The Minnesota Wild can't get off the mat as they have lost 11 of their last 12 and can't seem to figure out what's wrong.
While the Wild are the coldest team in the league, the Sharks are the hottest with an 8-1-1 span in their last 10.
The Sharks should have an edge in net as Antti Niemi has won four of five starts against Minnesota while posting a GAA of 1.61. The Wild have been giving up an average of 31.8 shots per game over their last 10 and the Sharks have averaged 35 shots per game over their last eight, so whoever is in net for the Wild can expect to have a busy night. Bet the Sharks. 10* play.
|01-06-12||Florida Panthers v. New Jersey Devils -143||Top||2-5||Win||100||3 h 56 m||Show|
The Florida Panthers have struggled recently with just four wins in their last 12 games. That includes a 3-2 loss in New York on Thursday night and the Panthers are just 1-4 this season in back-to-back situations. They are also 12-26 in their last 38 back-to-back games.
They don't fare well in new Jersey either as the Devils have won 10 of the last 13 meetings in New Jersey. The Panthers come into this game on a five-game road losing streak as well. The Panthers are also 1-5 this season on the road when the total is set at five. Bet the Devils. 10* play.
|12-26-11||Columbus Blue Jackets v. Chicago Blackhawks OVER 5.5||Top||1-4||Loss||-115||8 h 11 m||Show|
The Chicago Blackhawks are the second-highest scoring team in the NHL and on Monday, they'll host a team that's given up more goals than any other team in the Western Conference.
History shows these teams tend to play overs as 11 of the last 14 meetings have gone over the number. On top of that, the three under games have been pretty close too as only one of the last 14 meetings has seen less than five goals. Bet the over. 10* play.
|12-26-11||New Jersey Devils -113 v. Carolina Hurricanes||Top||2-4||Loss||-113||7 h 42 m||Show|
The Carolina Hurricanes have been brutal this season and have lost 11 of their last 14. On the other hand, they're host a New Jersey Devils team that was playing it's best heading into the Christmas break. The Devils have won seven of nine entering Monday and they've played great in this series as well.
The Devils have won eight of 10 in this series. In Monday's game, they won't have to deal with Jeff Skinner, who is out with a concussion. Bet the Devils. 10* play.
|12-15-11||Dallas Stars -110 v. NY Islanders||Top||3-2||Win||100||5 h 58 m||Show|
The Dallas Stars have played well in their last two road games and the goaltending of call-up Richard Bachman has been the key. He's stopped 71 of the last 72 shots he's faced and has fueled the Stars to back-to-back wins.
Now they'll take on the Islanders on Thursday with some revenge in mind. The Stars were up 2-0 on the Isles in their December 3rd meeting but collapsed and lost 5-4. They allowed four goals to Matt Moulson in that game so needless to say, slowing him down will be crucial.
The Isles have allowed 24 goals in their last six games and the Stars are 8-2-1 in their last 11 at Long Island. Bet the Stars. 10* play.
|11-23-11||Philadelphia Flyers -154 v. NY Islanders||Top||4-3||Win||100||7 h 6 m||Show|
The Philadelphia Flyers have lost two straight but they've got a good chance of ending that stretch when they face the New York Islanders on Wednesday.
The Isles are the lowest-scoring team in the NHL while the Flyers have scored more goals than any other team in the league. The Isles have been shutout in back-to-back games.
Rick DiPietro will be back in net for the Isles on Wednesday and he's struggled all season long. In his last outing, he was pulled after giving up three first period goals to the Boston Bruins. For his career, he is 7-14-0 against Philadelphia with a 3.34 GAA.
The Flyers have won 24 of the last 26 meetings between the teams overall and playing on the road shouldn't be a problem for them. They've actually played better away (6-2-1) than at home (5-4-2) this year. Bet the Flyers. 10* play.
|11-18-11||Chicago Blackhawks -131 v. Calgary Flames||Top||2-5||Loss||-131||21 h 42 m||Show|
The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Calgary Flames on Friday night and the two teams couldn't be at opposite ends of the spectrum right now.
The Flames have lost three of four and are one of the lowest scoring teams in the NHL while the Blackhawks have won four straight and are the highest scoring team in the league.
The Flames have scored one goal or less in five of their last eight games while the Blackhawks have scored 21 in their last four. They are 10-0-2 in their last 12 when they score three goals or more and that shouldn't be a problem against Miikka Kiprusoff, who is 2-8-2 lifetime against them with a 4.02 GAA.
The Blackhawks have won 15 of the last 19 meetings between the teams and the Flames have just two wins in their last eight home games. Bet the Blackhawks. 10* play.
|11-09-11||New York Rangers -116 v. Ottawa Senators||Top||3-2||Win||100||20 h 37 m||Show|
The Ottawa Senators recently upended the New York Rangers 5-4 in a shootout but the second meeting of the season between these teams should be quite different.
The Rangers have won four straight while the Senators have lost three straight. For the most part, the Rangers have been a better road over the last year or so, and that definitely shows in this series.
The Rangers have won five straight in Ottawa while outscoring the Senators 16-6. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is 6-0-0 with a 1.32 GAA against them in his last six starts there.
The Sens are slumping and Daniel Alfredsson is likely out again on Wednesday. When they beat the Rangers on October 29th, they were playing with plenty of confidence and climbed out of a 4-1 third period hole to win 5-4 in a shootout. The Rangers will tighten things up a big for this contest and they surely won't sleep on the Senators this time around. Bet the Rangers. 10* play.
|11-05-11||St. Louis Blues v. Minnesota Wild -122||Top||1-2||Win||100||10 h 53 m||Show|
Josh Harding has provided steady neminding for the Minnesota Wild and that's fueled some confidence for the team. They've won three straight and host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, who are on a back-to-back situation.
Brian Elliott has played well in net for the Blues but there is a chance we'll see Jaroslav Halak since they are playing on consecutive nights. Halak is 0-1-2 with a 3.42 GAA against the Wild in his career while Elliott was pulled after giving up three goals in just 13 minutes of action in his only start against Minnesota.
The Wild have won four of the last six meetings and given the way they are playing right now, should add to that trend. Bet the Wild. 10* play.
|11-01-11||Vancouver Canucks v. Calgary Flames OVER 5.5||Top||5-1||Win||105||20 h 58 m||Show|
The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames renew their rivalry on Tuesday and neither team has started 2011 like they'd like to.
The Canucks are just 5-5-1 but appear to have some momentum after their 7-4 win over the Washington Capitals in their latest outing. A meeting with Calgary should keep the momentum going as they have won eight of the last 10 meetings.
Miikka Kiprusoff has struggled versus Vancouver, posting a career GAA of 3.24. Meanwhile, Roberto Luongo has been awful for the Canucks this year as he's allowed less than three goals just once in his seven starts (3.54 GAA).
Eight of the last 11 meetings have gone over. Bet the over. 10* play.
|10-26-11||Philadelphia Flyers -135 v. Montreal Canadiens||Top||1-5||Loss||-135||22 h 49 m||Show|
The Montreal Canadiens are struggling, they are battling injuries and they won't get any sympathy from the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Habs have just one win in eight games to start the season and it might not get any better in the near future. These days, playing at home could be a detriment as the fans are getting very nervous.
The list of injuries includes Max Pacioretty, Scott Gomez, Jaroslav Spacek, Chris Campoli and Andrei Markov. The latter three defenseman are the big losses as the play in front of All-Star goaltender Carey Price has been sub par. He's been blitzed for 16 goals in four home games.
The Flyers have a lot of size and strength, and that's typically been a problem for Montreal. Philadelphia is 3-0-0 on the road this season and they'll take advantage of a reeling Habs squad tonight. Bet the Flyers. 10* play.
|10-24-11||Toronto Maple Leafs v. Philadelphia Flyers OVER 5.5||Top||2-4||Win||100||7 h 9 m||Show|
The Philadelphia Flyers have been outworked, outhustled and outplayed for two straight home games but we can expect a much stronger effort on Monday night.
For starters, they'll face Jonas Gustavsson who's in net for the Toronto Maple Leafs after starting goaltender James Reimer was injured on Saturday. Gustavsson hasn't even played two full games this season and he's allowed nine goals (on 61 shots). That should help us get to the over as the Flyers have outshot six of their seven opponents this season and will be firing pucks from all angles on him.
The Leafs have been a scrappy team so far this season and if the Flyers are at all flat-footed again, the Leafs will find good scoring opportunities. They'll be up against backup Sergei Bobrovsky and not Ilya Bryzgalov, who is 4-0-0 with a 1.55 GAA against Toronto.
Meanwhile, Gustavsson has only faced the Flyers once in his career, which resulted in a loss after giving up six goals. Bet the over. 10* play.
|10-18-11||New York Rangers v. Vancouver Canucks -174||Top||4-0||Loss||-174||8 h 9 m||Show|
The New York Rangers are an overrated team in our eyes and they've shown exactly as much through three games so far this season. They won't be an easy team to face on a nightly basis but overall, they are a few bricks short of a load.
They've lost all three games so far this season and have been forced out on the road plenty as Madison Square Garden is being renovated. After playing two games in Europe, they visited Long Island and took a loss on Saturday.
The Rangers have been one of the most undisciplined teams as they've averaged a whopping 20:40 penalty minutes per game.
That won't bode well against the Vancouver Canucks power play, especially with the Rangers on the road.
The Canucks should get a boost with the return of center Ryan Kesler tonight and that's going to expose their depth and the Rangers lack of it.
Not only might the Rangers be worn down, it's not as if they played well against the Canucks anyways. Vancouver has won nine of the last 11 meetings.
Henrik Lundqvist is 0-3-0 with a 4.59 GAA against the Canucks in his career. Roberto Luongo is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA against the Rangers. Bet the Canucks. 10* play.
|06-13-11||Vancouver Canucks v. Boston Bruins UNDER 5||Top||2-5||Loss||-100||20 h 35 m||Show|
With an extra day off in between games, the Vancouver Canucks will have extra time to prepare for what was previously a disastrous trip to Boston. As we've seen all season long, the Canucks are one of the best teams in the business when they have extra time to prepare.
The key for the Canucks, this time around, will be that they understand what pace the game has to be played at. Just as Kevin Bieksa said post-game after Game 5, the Canucks now know they need to keep the games low-scoring and defensive-minded if they want to have their best shot to win. With an extra day to prepare, they are going to be focused on keeping things clean in their defensive end, getting the pucks out quickly and not letting their defensemen take a beating against the boards.
There's a bit of a war of words amongst the goaltenders following Game 5, which should only further bring out the best in both of them.
When you cancel Games 4 out of the equation, which was an aberration, the other five meetings in this series have all gone under. Even Game 4 wasn't looking like it would go over until the Canucks let in a slew of meaningless goals in the third period when they quit on the game. In the other four games, there has been a total of 11 goals. Bet the under. 10* play.
|05-23-11||Tampa Bay Lightning v. Boston Bruins OVER 5.5||Top||1-3||Loss||-100||7 h 50 m||Show|
It's a bit surprising to see the total in the Tampa Bay-Boston game at 5.5 with over receiving plus-money when you consider how the first four games have gone in the series.
So far, we have seen a total of 28 goals through four games with only one of them going under (Game 3, 2-0). Every other game has seen at least seven goals and at least one team has scored five in the other three games as well.
This has been a wide open series with both teams skating up and down the ice. The Bruins have chased Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson twice and with Patrice Bergeron back in the lineup, their power play is functional once again. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay has not been intimidated by Vezina Trophy candidate Tim Thomas as they have lit him up in three of the four games (15 goals).
Five of the last seven meetings in Boston have gone over. Even if this game stays under, we'll expect the next one to go over and at plus-money, we'll be profitable in at least one of the two cases - if not both.
This was a good play to begin with but considering the value, this now becomes a top play. Bet the over. 10* play.
|05-06-11||San Jose Sharks v. Detroit Red Wings -135||Top||3-4||Win||100||18 h 4 m||Show|
History has a tendency of repeating itself.
In the second round of the playoffs last year, the San Jose Sharks won Games 1 & 2 against the Detroit Red Wings by exactly one goal. In Game 3 of the series, the Sharks went to Detroit, came from behind to tie the game in the third period and win it in overtime.
The exact same pattern has played out in this year's series and we'll look for the patterns to continue.
The Red Wings are too good of a team to get swept at home on their own ice. They have played better incrementally game-by-game and Friday's effort should be their best yet.
The urgency won't be as strong with the Sharks as they know they are in the driver's seat. Detroit will bring their best performance yet and live one more day. Bet the Red Wings. 10* play.
|04-10-11||Dallas Stars -175 v. Minnesota Wild||Top||3-5||Loss||-175||3 h 37 m||Show|
The Dallas Stars got life on Sunday when the Chicago Blackhawks lost in the early afternoon and gave allowed them a window of opportunity to make the playoffs.
If the Stars win this contest, they will qualify for the playoffs and push the Blackhawks out of the eighth and final playoff spot.
The Stars are playing well right now as they have won four straight. They have also won six straight in their series against Minnesota.
Meanwhile, the Wild have just three wins in their last 14 games with two of those coming against Edmonton and one against St. Louis.
The Stars have more on the line and are the significantly better team right now. Bet them on Sunday. 10* play.
|04-08-11||Carolina Hurricanes -145 v. Atlanta Thrashers||Top||6-1||Win||100||19 h 30 m||Show|
The Atlanta Thrashers earned a surprising win on Thursday (in the eyes of some) as they managed to upset the New York Rangers 3-0 at Madison Square Garden. The result really helped the Carolina Hurricanes as they now control their own destiny as far as the 2011 NHL playoffs go.
The Thrashers have been a horrible team of late but what was overlooked in their win on Thursday is that they have a great track record against the Rangers. For whatever reason, they have their number going 13-3-3 in the last 18 meetings.
Carolina has had much more success as they have won six of their last eight home meetings with the Thrashers. The Thrashers are just 3-11 this season when playing on back-to-back nights. Bet the Hurricanes. 10* play.
|03-12-11||Detroit Red Wings v. St. Louis Blues OVER 5||Top||5-3||Win||100||9 h 12 m||Show|
When handicapping the games last night, the over in the Detroit Red Wings-St. Louis Blues contest is something we had circled to begin with before the lines were out.
Now that they have come out, a surprising total of five is something that cannot be passed up.
Six of the last seven meetings in St. Louis have gone over the number and 13 of the last 16 meetings overall have gone over as well.
The Blues have been filling it up at a high rate as they have scored at least four goals in each of their last three games. The Red Wings have had some offensive struggles of their own but Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak has a career GAA of 4.46 against the Red Wings, so this could be the cure to their scoring woes.
On top of that, Henrik Zetterberg, who has a five-game point drought, has had more offensive success against the Blues than any other team - including eight points in the first four meetings this year.
We liked this total at 5.5 a lot but at five, this is a no-brainer. Bet the over. 10* play.
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|03-01-11||Buffalo Sabres +115 v. New York Rangers||Top||3-2||Win||115||6 h 23 m||Show|
Based on the value we are receiving in this contest, we have a top play with the Buffalo Sabres as they visit the New York Rangers.
Truth be told, this game should be much closer to a pick as the Sabres have been playing well since new ownership took over the team. They are 2-0-1 since Terry Pegula became the sole owner and while his introductory speech inspired the team, the front office's moves to boost the forwards unit at the trade deadline should give this team some more momentum.
Their only loss in the last three was a shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings, so that's nothing to blush about.
The Rangers are not a good home team as they have lost five of their last seven at home. More over, they are battered with injuries as Marian Gaborik, Ruslan Fedotenko and Marc Staal are all out for this contest.
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has just one win in his last four versus Buffalo with a GAA of 3.20.
Combined with the fact that we are getting good value on the moneyline, bet the Sabres. 10* play.
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|02-26-11||Carolina Hurricanes v. Montreal Canadiens -155||Top||3-4||Win||100||18 h 30 m||Show|
The Montreal Canadiens are coming off a tough loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in their latest contest on Thursday but things will be different on Saturday.
For starters, goaltender Alex Auld started on Thursday and coughed up three goals before the Habs could even blink. To put it simply, the Habs are a much better team at home when Carey Price is in net. He has won 18 games at home and the Habs, as a team, only have 19 home wins.
He'll be in net on Saturday and he has won three of his last four against the Hurricanes while posting a GAA of 1.97. His time should be a bit easier as the Hurricanes will be without their best player, Eric Staal.
He left Friday's contest after taking a big hit and he looked like he suffered a concussion.
Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward has lost both games against the Habs this season while posting a GAA of 4.44. Throw in the fact that the Hurricanes have lost eight of their last 10 on the road, are playing on a back-to-back and are just 9-20 against a team with a winning record this season, and there's a good chance the Habs get back on the winning track tonight. Bet Montreal. 10* play.
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|02-21-11||Washington Capitals v. Pittsburgh Penguins UNDER 5.5||Top||1-0||Win||100||7 h 12 m||Show|
Just a head's up, because of timing we weren't able to get our first play in this morning but take the New York Islanders in the 1:00 PM ET start if you get the chance. Consider it a 7* play.
For this contests, under looks like a shoe-in between two teams that can't find the back of the net with any consistency. Much has changed between these two teams and what used to be a gift over is now a solid bet for the under.
Case and point: 13 of the last 18 meetings have gone over but all three meetings have stayed under this season with only a combined 12 goals in three games.
The Capitals are a defensive team and they simply don't score much anymore. The under is 22-7 for them in their last 29 games against winning teams and 43-15 overall this year.
For Pittsburgh, they haven't scored more than three goals in a game (not including a shootout) in 13 games as they are without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz. Those are their three best offensive weapons.
Furthermore, it's the last game of the Capitals on a five-game road trip, all in the span of eight days. The Pens also played yesterday and the under is 7-3 when they are on a back-to-back.
The under is also 18-7 when Pittsburgh is at home with a total of 5.5. Bet the under. 10* play.
|02-20-11||Philadelphia Flyers -125 v. New York Rangers||Top||4-2||Win||100||10 h 2 m||Show|
The Philadelphia Flyers haven't lost consecutive games since December 28th and we won't bank on it happening on Sunday.
The Flyers lost their last outing in Carolina on Friday.
Even so, the Flyers have still won 15 of their last 20 games while the Rangers have just two wins in their last nine contests.
For the Rangers, this matchup is very simple: get good goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist or they are likely to lose. The problem for them is that Lundqvist has struggled against the Flyers as he's won just two of his last seven starts against them while posting a GAA of 3.00.
Philadelphia has won four straight and six of the last eight meetings between the teams. They are also 21-8 versus teams with a winning record compared to the Rangers, who are just 13-19 in that same scenario. The Flyers are also 12-3 versus the division.
Considering the Rangers play better on the road than at home, they may not have a noticeable home-ice advantage for this one. Bet the Flyers. 10* play.
|02-19-11||Anaheim Ducks v. St. Louis Blues OVER 5||Top||3-9||Win||100||19 h 52 m||Show|
To put it simply, there is no reason for there to be a total of five on this contest.
Both teams are down to their backup goalies and given the history of this series, it's safe to say it is quite a surprise to see a five on the board here.
The Ducks had been on a roll, winning 14 of 18 games, while riding their red-hot All-Star goaltender, Jonas Hiller. But he's now out indefinitely with dizziness and in missing the last two games, the Ducks have been brutal defensively.
In the last two games alone, the Ducks have given up 12 goals and that's to the Minnesota Wild and Washington Capitals, who both rank in the lower half of the league in goals per game. Against the Capitals, the Ducks blew a lead four separate times en route to a 7-6 loss.
The Ducks have been non-committal about who will be in net but if it is Curtis McElhinney, who is the No. 1 right now with Hiller out, he has given up 19 goals in his last four starts.
For St. Louis, they are down to a backup as well as Ty Conklin will be in net on Saturday. The last time he faced the Ducks, he gave up seven goals in a 7-4 loss earlier this year.
The Blues traded their top defenseman, Eric Brewer, on Friday and that should only weaken the defensive efforts on both sides.
These two teams have consistently played over in the last three years as nine of the last 11 meetings have gone over. As a matter of fact, these two teams haven't scored less than five goals in any of those meetings. Bet the over. 10* play.
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|02-09-11||Ottawa Senators v. Calgary Flames -190||Top||2-5||Win||100||20 h 12 m||Show|
The Ottawa Senators are the worst team in the NHL right now and the Calgary Flames are red-hot. This doesn't really need much explanation beyond that.
The Senators are an absolute disaster right now as they have lost 16 of their last 17 games. Their current losing streak is at 10 games. They are a veteran team that really doesn't have any spark in them and until they fire the head coach, Cory Clouston, they are going to be a wreck.
Meanwhile, the Calgary Flames had a heat check recently and they passed the test. They won six straight but then suffered a shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings. They quickly bounced back in their most recent contest with a win over the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff is 6-0-1 with a 1.79 GAA in his last seven starts overall and he's 6-1-0 with a 2.23 GAA in his last seven versus Ottawa.
Calgary has won seven of the last eight meetings between the teams and the last four at home. Bet them in this spot. 10* play.
|02-08-11||St Louis Blues v. Florida Panthers UNDER 5.5||Top||2-1||Win||100||20 h 28 m||Show|
We have quite the oddity in the St. Louis Blues-Florida Panthers contest on Tuesday night. While both teams have been absolutely miserable of late, history shows that the goaltenders of each team have excellent histories against their opponent.
The Blues have just three wins in their last 14 but both of their goaltenders play well against Florida. Jaroslav Halak is 5-1-0 with a 2.15 GAA versus the Panthers while Ty Conklin is 6-0-0 with a 1.67 GAA in six starts.
For Florida, goaltender Tomas Vokoun has won nine straight games against the Blues and has posted a sparkling GAA of 1.11 in that time.
The Panthers won their latest effort in New Jersey on Sunday, which was a 4-3 victory. The under is 9-2 for the Panthers after they score four or more goals in their previous game. It's also 9-2 in the Panthers 11 non-conference games.
Both teams won't get much help from their power plays as the Blues unit scores on just 15% of their opportunities, which is good for 25th in the NHL. The Panthers are even at 12.4%, which is the second-lowest percentage in the NHL.
Bet the under in this contest. 10* play.
|02-06-11||St Louis Blues v. Tampa Bay Lightning -160||Top||3-4||Win||100||14 h 38 m||Show|
The St. Louis Blues are a disaster right now, winning just three times in their last 13 games. It's hard to believe that this was a quality playoff-contending team last year but in 2011, they can't find themselves. Doing it in Tampa Bay will be even tougher.
The Lightning have the second-most home wins in the Eastern Conference and the fewest home losses in the NHL. More importantly, they are coming off a home loss on Friday and they rarely lose back-to-back at home.
The difference in this game should come in net. Jaroslav Halak, the Blues No. 1 goaltender, is coming off an atrocious month and he's won just three of his last 10 starts. He'll likely be back on the bench as Ty Conklin fills in after earning a win on Friday. The Blues have given up 12 goals in their last three road games.
For Tampa Bay, midseason pickup Dwayne Roloson has been excellent at home. He gave up four goals in the Lightning's 5-2 loss to Washington on Friday but when you look at the bigger picture, that was an aberration. He posted back-to-back shutouts before that and Tampa Bay had allowed just six goals in their previous six games. Roloson is 8-3-1 (with two ties) against St. Louis with a 1.47 GAA.
The Lightning will bounce-back. Bet them in this spot. 10* play.
|02-05-11||Los Angeles Kings v. Calgary Flames -115||Top||4-3||Loss||-115||10 h 28 m||Show|
We were aiming to have the Calgary Flames as an 8* or 9* pick in this spot but the value on the line undoubtedly makes this a top play.
The odds makers have been slow on the uptake with the Calgary Flames, who have actually won six straight games. That's the longest current winning streak in the NHL. During each of those wins, Calgary hasn't been favored by more than -135 in any contest.
But the Flames have actually been playing good hockey much longer than these six games. They are 12-3-3 since Christmas and have climbed back into the Western Conference playoff race.
The Kings are playing better as well as they have won four of five but they are still just 11-13-1 on the road this season. They are 1-3 in their last four away.
They particularly struggle at the Saddledome where the Flames have won 10 straight against the Kings. The Flames have also won eight of 10 in this series overall. Bet the Flames. 10* play.
|02-03-11||Dallas Stars v. Boston Bruins UNDER 5.5||Top||3-6||Loss||-125||8 h 52 m||Show|
The Dallas Stars meet the Boston Bruins in a non-conference matchup that should wind up as a low-scoring affair.
The Bruins are one of the highest-scoring teams in the NHL (sixth overall) and fifth when away, but they score far less at home. On the road, they average 3.12 goals per game but at home, that number drops to 2.92.
Also, goaltender Tim Thomas tends to play a bit better at home than away as his GAA is 1.61 at home versus 1.98 away.
The Stars are coming off of a contests where they lost 4-1 to the Vancouver Canucks and the under is 12-4 for Dallas this season following a game where they allowed four or more goals. For Boston, the under is 9-4 when at home with a total of 5.5.
Don't expect to see fireworks in this game. Bet the under. 10* play.
|02-02-11||Detroit Red Wings -175 v. Ottawa Senators||Top||7-5||Win||100||19 h 34 m||Show|
It's becoming harder and harder to come up with reasons to back the Ottawa Senators these days.
The Senators have just one win in their last 14 games and it's not getting better. It's getting worse. On Tuesday night, they were topped in New Jersey 2-1 and posted a season-low 16 shots. They've now lost seven straight and it isn't any better at home.
Ottawa is a paltry 9-14-4 at home (or simply 9-18 to bettors) and has just two wins in their last 15 at home. No. 1 goaltender Bryan Elliott has lost his last 11 home starts.
Not that the Red Wings are having problems scoring but they'll get a boost from Dan Cleary, who is expected to be back in the lineup on Wednesday. He has been out since December 26th and has posted 16 goals in 35 games this season.
Detroit is a quality road team (15-7-2) and they should make quick work of the Sens on Wednesday. 10* play.
|01-26-11||St. Louis Blues v. Calgary Flames -135||Top||1-4||Win||100||22 h 0 m||Show|
Very quietly, the Calgary Flames are playing their best hockey of the season right now with a 5-1-1 stretch. They will extend that streak of solid play when the St. Louis Blues visit on Wednesday and head into the All-Star Break with momentum.
The Blues have won just two in their last 11 games and for them, the train has clearly come off the tracks. At the Scotiabank Saddledome, the Blues have just three wins in their last 10 games.
For the Flames, everything is clicking right now. They are a veteran team that has finally found it's scoring touch at the offensive end with several players catching fire. At the same time, goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has stopped 64 of the last 68 shots he's seen and he's dialed in right now.
Kiprusoff is 14-4-2 lifetime versus the Blues with a 2.17 GAA.
The Blues have just one road win in their last five and have scored just 15 goals in their last six games overall. They aren't doing much of anything right as their penalty kill has allowed eight goals in the last 26 opposing power plays while their own power play has just three goals in its last 32 opportunities.
Bet the Flames. 10* Play.
|01-25-11||Toronto Maple Leafs v. Tampa Bay Lightning -200||Top||0-2||Win||100||8 h 34 m||Show|
The Toronto Maple Leafs are stumbling as the All-Star Break approaches while the Tampa Bay Lightning are picking up the pace. That should make for a one-sided affair on Tuesday night.
The Maple Leafs have lost five of six and are giving up goals at an alarming pace. They have allowed a player from their opposing team to score hat-tricks in two of the last three games and in the third, Carolina's Brandon Sutter came close with a two-goal effort. That's bad news for them considering they have to face Steven Stampkos of the Lightning on Tuesday, who leads the NHL in points and goals (38).
In total, the Leafs have allowed 26 goals in their last six games, which is a 4.3 per game average.
The Lightning are an excellent home team as their four regulation home losses are the fewest in the NHL. Overall, they are 11-1-1 in their last 13 home games. It should also help that they have defeated the Leafs twice this season, outscoring them by a combined score of 8-3 while score four goals in each contest.
The Lightning are a perfect 7-0 this season when playing at home with a total of 6. They'll stay perfect after tonight. 10* Play.
|01-16-11||Ottawa Senators v. Washington Capitals UNDER 5.5||Top||1-3||Win||100||14 h 54 m||Show|
Ottawa goes to the nations capital on Sunday sporting a 17-22-4 record, while the Washington Capitals record is 24-14-4. The last meeting between these teams was in Ottawa on the 19th of December. A 3-2 Washington win.
Both teams can't score right now - Caps have scored more than three just once in their last 16 games while Sens are 1-8 in their last nine and have scored just nine goals in those eight losses.
Jason Spezza is out again.
Sens power play just 2 for their last 26; Caps power play just eight for their last 78.
Under is 16-7-2 in OTT last 25 overall. Under is 10-4 in WAS last 14 vs. Northeast. Under is 34-16-2 in WAS last 52 overall. OTT are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings in Washington.
|01-03-11||Florida Panthers v. Carolina Hurricanes -165||Top||4-3||Loss||-165||5 h 42 m||Show|
The Carolina Hurricanes have dominated the Florida Panthers in their recent meetings in Raleigh and that should continue on Monday.
The Hurricanes have won six of the last seven at the RBC Center and 28 of the last 38 meetings overall.
The Hurricanes have been scoring goals in bunches recently, which has led to a three-game winning streak. They have 14 goals in their last three and their power play is 5-for-12 in that span.
They should catch a break on Monday as Panthers backup goaltender Scott Clemmensen is expected to make the start. He is just 1-6-2 lifetime against the Hurricanes with a 3.52 GAA. For the Canes, Ward has won his last three starts while giving up just six goals in those games and his GAA at home this season is a sparkling 2.27.
The Hurricanes have won seven of their last 10 and should be fresh for this contest. Florida played on Sunday night and is just 2-5 in back-to-back games this season. This will also be their third road game in four nights. 10* play.
|12-18-10||Dallas Stars v. Columbus Blue Jackets UNDER 5.5||Top||2-1||Win||100||8 h 39 m||Show|
Razor's Saturday NHL Total$ Freezout!
Dallas (18-10-3) vs. Columbus (16-12-3)
7:00PM ET - Nationwide Arena, Columbus OH
The Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets meet up on Saturday night and we're going to play the under. The Stars got their No. 1 goalie back on Thursday as Kari Lehtonen returned from injury but he was a tad rusty, allowing four goals but still stopped 39 of 43 shots.
Lehtonen has a 2.64 GAA on the season and should look a little bit better in his second start after the time off.
Both of these teams don't do a good job with their power plays as Columbus' power play converts just 12.7% of their opportunities, which ranks them in the basement of that category, but the Stars aren't much better at 16.7%.
Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason is 2-1-1 versus the Stars with a GAA of 2.36. And if Mathieu Garon is in net, he's won three straight starts versus Dallas.
The under is 9-2 after the Stars have given up four or more goals in their previous game, which means they'll look to tighten up the back end once again after losing 4-3 to San Jose in their previous contest. The under is also 8-3 in the Blue Jackets last 11 home games where the total is 5.5.
Four of the last five meetings in Columbus have gone under and six of the last nine meetings overall have as well. We'll look for those trends to continue tonight.
|12-16-10||Toronto Maple Leafs v. Calgary Flames -140||Top||2-5||Win||100||11 h 10 m||Show|
Razor Ray's NHL All-Canadian Can Of Whoop-A$$!
Toronto Maple Leafs (12-14-4) vs. Calgary Flames (13-15-3)
Scotiabank Saddledome - 9:35PM ET
The Toronto Maple Leafs might be in a bit of tough spot on Thursday when they visit the Calgary Flames. They are coming off a big revenge win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night and have another one coming up against Vancouver on Saturday. Sandwiched in between is a Flames contest at the Saddledome, which is a place the Leafs haven't had much success.
With the win in Edmonton, the Leafs have just four road wins on the year. In those 13 road games, they have been outscored by a margin of 1.3 goals per game.
On top of that, the Leafs don't fare well in non-conference contests either as they are just 13-28 in their last 41 against the West. Or more recently TOR are 2-9 in their last 11 vs. Northwest. Head to head the home team in this series is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings.
Toronto is likely to start Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who is 8-6-2 with a 2.67 goals-against average in 17 games this campaign. Miikka Kiprusoff has posted 3 shutouts and a 2.73 GAA in 26 outings for the Flames this season despite an 11-14-1 record. The former Vezina Trophy recipient has faced the Maple Leafs seven times, going 4-1-1 with one goose-egg and a 3.14 GAA.
Calgary have won their last 2 matchups vs. the Leafs, and Calgary has won their last 5 games at home and should push that streak further with a win tonight. 7* Play.
|12-15-10||Phoenix Coyotes +100 v. New Jersey Devils||Top||0-3||Loss||-100||8 h 1 m||Show|
Razor's 10* Wednesday NHL ATS Wipeout! (Pho/NJ)
Phoenix Coyotes (14-8-6) vs. New Jersey Devils (8-19-2)
Prudential Center - 7:05PM ET
The New Jersey Devils are the worst team in the NHL and they should have their hands full with a very good Phoenix Coyotes squad on Wednesday. The Devils might be at home but Phoenix has actually played very well on the road this year. They have the best road winning percentage among Western Conference teams and they have won six of their last seven away from home. In that span, they have given up just 12 goals. That figures to be a problem for the low-scoring Devils, who have just 53 goals on the season (two of which were credited from shootout wins). Coyotes netminder Ilya Bryzgalov is 6-1-2 in his last 10 starts and he hasn't allowed more than three goals in any of those games. Bet the Coyotes in this game as the Devils are hapless.
|12-08-10||Anaheim Ducks v. Vancouver Canucks -215||Top||4-5||Win||100||11 h 45 m||Show|
Wednesday Night NHL ATM $$ Withdrawal
Anaheim (14-13-3) vs. Vancouver (14-8-3)
Rogers Arena - 10pm EST
The Vancouver Canucks have played very well at home this season and we are going to back them even with a big line on Wednesday night.
This is the second of four meetings between the teams. They last faced each other on Oct. 13, when Anaheim earned a 4-3 victory at the Honda Center
The Canucks were 30-8-3 at home last season and are 8-3-1 at home this season. Furthermore, they are 4-2 SU against the Ducks in their last six visits.
The Ducks are just 5-7-2 on the road this season and one of those five wins came in the 10th-round of a shootout last night in Edmonton. We went against the Ducks last night in our free play here at CappersPicks, but that won't stop us from firing against them tonight. The Ducks are 15-26 in their last 41 back-to-back situations.
Key Note: Cory Schneider the Canucks backup netminder (American Hockey Leagues MVP last year) is expected to be in the nets tonight for Vancouver. Schneider has yet to lose in regulation this season. The rookie netminder has posted a 3-0-1 mark with a 2.08 goals-against average. It's looking more and more like backup Curtis McElhinney (2-2-1) would net his sixth start of the season tonight for the Ducks.
Bet the Canucks on the ML tonight, you'll be glad you did.
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