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|Date||Match Up||Rating||Score||Result||Profit||Lead Time||Analysis|
|02-22-19||Wild v. Red Wings OVER 5.5||3-2||Loss||-112||4 h 3 m||Show|
Zach Parise is back scoring for the Wild, whose offense is better after acquiring Ryan Donato. However, Minnesota's frontline defense is down without injured Mikko Koivu, who was the Wild's top penalty killer. Minnesota has surrendered at least four goals in seven of its last 10 games.The Red Wings have scored three or more goals in four of their last five games. They've also given up 14 goals in their past three games. These two teams have a history of going Over when playing in Detroit. There have been only two Unders the past 17 times they've met in Detroit.
|02-21-19||Kings v. Predators OVER 5.5||1-2||Loss||-100||8 h 50 m||Show|
The Kings are surrendering 4.4 goals in their last five games. Their offense, though, has picked up. LA has scored three or more goals in seven of its last 10 games. The Kings have scored a minimum of two goals per game during their last 10 games. The Over has cashed in six of the Kings' past seven away matchups and in nine of their last 11 overall games.
|02-21-19||Flyers +136 v. Canadiens||1-5||Loss||-100||7 h 27 m||Show|
I see excellent value in backing the Flyers, who are 12-3 in their last 15 games with one of those defeats occurring to Tampa Bay. The Flyers have won each of their last five road contests. Rookie goalie Carter Hart has been brilliant for Philadelphia. The Flyers have won in 10 of his last 11 starts. This includes a 5-2 victory against the Canadiens in Montreal on Jan. 19. It was the fifth straight time the Flyers have defeated the Canadiens. Montreal isn't nearly as good in form as the Flyers are right now. The Canadiens are 1-4 in their last five games. They are averaging just two goals per game during their last five games.
|02-21-19||Senators v. Devils OVER 6.5||0-4||Loss||-124||7 h 51 m||Show|
The Devils have scored three or more goals in five of their last six games. They are a horrible defensive team, though, ranking 29th in goals allowed. If you discount a 4-1 win against the Sabres, they are giving up an average of 5.2 goals during their last four games. Ottawa is similar to New Jersey being much better offensively. The Senators rank 11th in scoring but give up the most goals per game. They have allowed 4.5 goals in their last four games.
|02-20-19||Blackhawks +102 v. Red Wings||5-4||Win||102||18 h 42 m||Show|
The Blackhawks are digging hard for a playoff spot winning nine of their last 11 games. The Red Wings are 2-5 in their last seven games. They are going to be sellers at the trade deadline. Chicago has been red-hot offensively averaging 4.9 goals in its last 11 games. The Blackhawks are a perfect 7-0 the past seven times taking on a sub .500 foe.
|02-20-19||Blackhawks v. Red Wings OVER 6.5||5-4||Win||100||18 h 41 m||Show|
One of these days the oddsmaker is going to wake up and starting hanging a 7 on Blackhawks totals. Until that happens, I'm happy to keep riding the Blackhawks Over the total. Chicago has gone Over in 16 of its last 17 games, including the last nine in a row! The Blackhawks have scored three or more goals in 16 of their last 17 games and had at least four goals in seven of their past nine games. Patrick Kane has been sizzling scoring at least one point in 18 consecutive games. Detroit has scored three or more goals in three of its last four games.
|02-19-19||Lightning v. Flyers OVER 6.5||5-2||Win||100||7 h 55 m||Show|
Tampa Bay is the No. 1 scoring team in the NHL and the Lightning are hot offensively scoring five or more goals in five of their last six games. The Flyers rate 26th defensively. The Lightning played last night, beating the Blue Jackets, 5-1. The Over has won 17 of the last 22 times Tampa Bay has played without rest. The Flyers have averaged five goals per game during their last four games if you discount a 4-1 loss to the Penguins during this span. The Over has cashed five of the last six times the two teams have played in Philadelphia. The Flyers are likely to draw Tampa Bay backup goalie Louis Dominque, too. This is the third meeting between the teams this season. There have been a combined 11 goals scored in each of the first two games.
|02-18-19||Golden Knights v. Avalanche OVER 6||0-3||Loss||-104||20 h 9 m||Show|
It's not too much to expect each of these teams to reach at least three goals in this game. Las Vegas has scored a minimum of three goals in five of its last six games. Colorado has given up three or more goals in 13 of its past 16 games.The Avalanche are a top-10 scoring team. Colorado was shut out by St. Louis in its last game this past Saturday. But the Avalanche did manage 32 shots on goal. The Blues have been playing outstanding defense and getting phenomenal goaltending having allowed only 10 goals in their last 14 games, none in their last three games. Las Vegas is a major stepdown defensively from the Blues. The Golden Knights have surrendered at least three goals in 11 of their past 14 games. Marc-Andre Fleury's heavy workload apparently has caught up to him. He hasn't looked good in allowing 17 goals in his last four starts.
|02-18-19||Coyotes v. Flames OVER 6||2-5||Win||100||2 h 19 m||Show|
Calgary has gone Over in 13 of its last 16 games.The Flames are the third-highest scoring team in the NHL, but have allowed three or more goals in each of their last seven games. So Arizona should get its share of goals here. The Flames are averaging 6.5 goals in two games versus the Coyotes this season. The Over has cashed in four of the last five meetings between the two teams.
|02-17-19||Canadiens +120 v. Panthers||3-6||Loss||-100||7 h 26 m||Show|
Once again the Panthers are out of serious playoff contention. They are very likely to sit out the Stanley Cup playoffs for the 18th time in 21 years. I don't see the Panthers getting that motivated for this matchup after beating Calgary in a shootout at home in their last game this past Thursday. Montreal carries the higher fatigue rating, but are in circle-the-wagons mode having lost three in a row. Note, though, those losses were against far tougher competition. The Canadiens lost to the Maple Leafs in overtime at home and lost on the road to the Predators and Lightning on Saturday. This marks their fourth game in six days. However, the Canadiens are 7-1 the past eight times in a four-on-six situation. They also beat Florida, 5-1, when they last met on Jan. 15. Montreal was playing without rest in that game, too. The Canadiens are 12-5 the past 17 times taking on a below .500 opponent. It's confirmed that James Reimer will be in net for Florida. I consider him the weaker of the Panthers' two goalies. The Canadiens are likely to start backup goalie Antti Niemi. I'd rather have Carey Price in net, but this doesn't erase the play for me. I still like Montreal.
|02-17-19||Rangers v. Penguins UNDER 6.5||5-6||Loss||-100||11 h 59 m||Show|
First off, note the start time. It's 12:30 in the afternoon East Coast time. Early starts like this tend to favor the Under. Now consider current form. Matt Murray has been hot in net for Pittsburgh. The Penguins are giving up 2.3 goals in their last three games, all with Murray as the goalie. They face a Rangers attack that is well below average ranking 25th in scoring and 30th in shots on goal. Another plus for the Penguins is the return of defenseman Justin Schultz. He played in the Penguins' last game after missing the previous 53 games with a broken leg. The Rangers also are surrendering an average of 2.3 goals in their last three games.
|02-16-19||Bruins v. Kings +130||4-2||Loss||-100||12 h 38 m||Show|
The Kings have short revenge for a 5-4 road overtime loss to the Bruins last Saturday. LA should be doubly motivated after losing a 4-3 shootout at home to the Canucks on Thursday. LA gave up the tying goal with 1:38 left.The Bruins had David Pastrnak, their leading goal scorer, when they defeated the Kings last week. He's out now with a thumb injury. The Kings could be getting Jeff Carter, one of their best two-way players, back for this game. Carter has missed the last five games with a lower-body injury. Note, too, the Bruins have failed to cover the past five times as a road favorite in this price range.
|02-16-19||Predators v. Golden Knights OVER 5.5||1-5||Win||100||11 h 48 m||Show|
Look for the Golden Knights to go all out to try to end their franchise-worst five-game home losing streak. Las Vegas' defense hasn't been sharp lately. The Knights are giving up an average of five goals a game during their past three games. The Knights have picked up their offense scoring at least three goals in four of their past five games. The Predators have scored three or more goals in four of their last six games.
|02-16-19||Blue Jackets v. Blackhawks OVER 6.5||5-2||Win||100||9 h 24 m||Show|
Until oddsmaker start putting a 7 on Blackhawks totals, I'm going to run their Over train. Chicago can score, but plays little defense and is weak in net. The result is 14 Overs in the Blackhawks' last 15 games, including the past seven. Chicago has scored a minium of three goals per game during its last 15 games. The Blue Jackets are the eighth-highest scoring team in the league. They have produced at least three goals in six of their last eight games.
|02-15-19||Rangers v. Sabres UNDER 6||6-2||Loss||-115||10 h 31 m||Show|
The Sabres have gone from being a surprising Over team back to being an Under team.They have played three straight Unders after going Over in 10 of their previous 11 games. Buffalo has tightened its defense giving up five goals in its last three games and fewer than 30 shots on goal during each of these games. The Rangers haven't allowed more than three goals in regulation during 10 of their past 11 games. New York is slated to start Alexndar Georgeiev in goal. I consider him one of the better backups in the league. He was just super in his last start stopping 56 shots in a 4-1 victory against the Maple Leafs, who rank fourth in goals scored, this past Sunday. Buffalo ranks 20th in goals. The teams have played twice this season. Each game finished 3-1 with the teams splitting wins. The Under is 5-1-1 the past seven times in this series.
|02-14-19||Maple Leafs v. Golden Knights -120||6-3||Loss||-120||13 h 42 m||Show|
This isn't a fade on the Maple Leafs, who are playing well, but a belief that the Golden Knights will produce their "A" game in this spot. The Golden Knights are 16-8-3 at home this season, but they are in stop-the-pain mode after consecutive home losses to the Blue Jackets and to the Coyotes on Tuesday. This is Las Vegas' third of a four-game homestand.The Maple Leafs are fat and happy going 3-0 during the first four games of their six-game road swing. This includes a 5-2 win against the Avalanche on Tueday. Toronto lost its lone visit to Las Vegas last season falling, 6-3.
|02-14-19||Blues v. Coyotes +140||4-0||Loss||-100||7 h 25 m||Show|
The Blues are getting a lot of attention being on a seven-game win streak. But don't sleep on the Coyotes here. They represent excellent value as a home 'dog in this price range. Arizona is a gutty team that has won two in a row, including upsetting Las Vegas on the road, 5-2, on Tuesday. St. Louis is in action for the fourth time in six days. The Blues are 6-16 the past 22 times in this spot. The Coyotes have beaten the Blues three straight times, including 6-1 on Dec. 1 in the first meeting of this season.
|02-14-19||Devils v. Blackhawks OVER 6.5||2-5||Win||100||11 h 57 m||Show|
The perfect formula for an Over is here as we have two horrible defenses with two poor projected goalies. Cory Schneider is having a dreadful season. He hasn't been good in several seasons, while Chicago projected goalie Cam Ward is well past his prime. New Jersey just gave up eight goals to the Blues on the road on Tuesday. The Devils have permitted three or more goals in 12 of their last 16 games. The Blackhawks have scored at least three goals per game during their last 14 games. But they have given up three or more goals in 13 of their last 16 games. The teams met a month ago and the Devils won, 8-5. That game was in New Jersey. This one is in Chicago where the Over is 5-1-1 the past seven times the teams have played in the United Center.
|02-14-19||Flames -125 v. Panthers||2-3||Loss||-125||5 h 26 m||Show|
The Flames are much the superior team and I expect them to put forth a strong effort to halt a three-game losing streak. Two of those three losses were against the Sharks and Lightning. So Calgary is stepping way down in class. The Flames have won eight of the last 11 times they have been a road favorite. Florida has scored just two goals in its last two games and is 1-4 the past five times hosting Calgary.
|02-13-19||Oilers v. Penguins UNDER 6.5||1-3||Win||100||10 h 55 m||Show|
I don't trust the Oilers to hold up their end on high totals such as this one. Edmonton ranks 23rd in scoring. The Oilers have scored two or fewer goals in seven of their last 15 games. Goalie Matt Murray is heating up for the Penguins. He had a career-high 50 saves against the Flyers in Pittsburgh's last game two days ago. The Penguins have held five of their last seven opponents to three or fewer goals. The Oilers catch a break because Evgeni Malkin is suspended for this matchup. The Under has cashed five of the last seven times these teams have met.
|02-12-19||Maple Leafs v. Avalanche OVER 6.5||5-2||Win||100||10 h 28 m||Show|
Toronto was held to one goal in its last game, a 4-1 road loss to the Rangers on Sunday. But the Maple Leafs had 56 shots on goal in that loss. Toronto was averaging five goals per game in its three previous games before that loss to New York. The Maple Leafs rank fourth in goals scored. The Avalanche rank 26th defensively. They have allowed four or more goals in six of their last seven games. The Over has cashed the past eight times these teams have played in Colorado.
|02-12-19||Flames v. Lightning OVER 6.5||3-6||Win||100||7 h 1 m||Show|
It's certainly not too much to ask each of these teams to score at least three goals apiece. Calgary has accomplished this in 15 of its last 16 games. The Over has cashed in 14 of the Flames' last 16 games.
|02-12-19||Blackhawks v. Bruins OVER 6||3-6||Win||100||8 h 40 m||Show|
The Blackhawks can score goals, but are pathetic defensively. These traits really show off when Chicago is on the road. So it's no wonder the Under has won during Chicago's last six road matchups. Chicago has scored 26 goals in its last five games. The Blackhawks have permitted three or more goals in 11 of their last 14 games. Boston is averaging 3.2 goals in its last four games.
|02-11-19||Sharks v. Canucks OVER 6.5||Top||7-2||Win||100||22 h 35 m||Show|
Only once in their last 19 games, have the Sharks failed to score at least three goals. San Jose has produced five or more goals nine times during this span. Vancouver is giving up 3.3 goals per game in its last three games. San Jose is averaging 4.6 goals in its past five games. So I have little doubt the Sharks will score anywhere from three to five goals. Vancouver's projected starting goalie, Jacob Markstrom, has a bad history versus the Sharks with a 2-5 record and 3.74 goals against average. The Sharks give up an average of 3.6 goals on the road, while Vancouver averages slightly more than three goals a game at home. The Over has cashed in six of San Jose's last seven away contests. Vancouver has gone Over 67 percent of the time during its last 53 home games. The average combined goal total in San Jose's road games this season is 7.2. So it's safe to say the Canucks also should be good for anywhere from three to five goals. If each team manages three goals than the Over cashes. That's not too much to ask.
|02-10-19||Maple Leafs v. Rangers OVER 6.5||1-4||Loss||-103||7 h 37 m||Show|
The Maple Leafs are averaging five goals per game during their last three games. They are the No. 4 scoring team in the NHL. The Rangers have permitted at least three goals during their past five games. New York's scoring has picked up as the Rangers have scored three or more goals in seven of its last 10 games. Both teams figure to go with their second-string goalies, too. Backup Rangers goalie Alexander Georgiev already has been confirmed as being in net.
|02-10-19||Lightning v. Panthers OVER 6.5||5-2||Win||100||6 h 39 m||Show|
Tampa Bay is the No. 1 goal scoring team in the NHL. Florida surrenders the third-most goals in the league. The Panthers, though, are a top-13 scoring team. They have scored three or more goals in six of their last eight games. Both teams are projected to start their backup goalies - Louis Dominque and James Reimer - neither of whom is very good.
|02-09-19||Blue Jackets v. Golden Knights OVER 6||4-3||Win||100||20 h 24 m||Show|
Las Vegas is averaging 3 1/2 goals in its last two games. The Golden Knights can take advantage of a below average Columbus defense that has permitted at least three goals in 13 of its last 16 games. The Golden Knights, though, have given up three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games. The Blue Jackets are coming off a six-goal game against the Avalanche. They rank in the top 10 in scoring.
|02-09-19||Stars -127 v. Coyotes||2-3||Loss||-127||15 h 32 m||Show|
I like the way the Stars are playing. Dallas is 5-1 in its last six games. The Stars are coming on and playing with a lot of confidence. This is just the opposite of the Coyotes, who have dropped five in a row and are dealing with multiple injuries. Dallas has dominated this series, too, winning the past nine times. The Coyotes have to feel snake bit versus the Stars. They blew a three-goal third period lead against the Stars in the first meeting this past Monday losing, 5-4.
Arizona has one of the weaker home ice advantages going 9-13-2-1 at home this season.
|02-08-19||Hurricanes v. Rangers +111||3-0||Loss||-100||18 h 37 m||Show|
The Rangers dominate the Hurricanes in New York winning 83 percent of the past 31 times they have hosted Carolina. This includes the last meeting, a 6-2 Rangers home victory on Jan. 15. The Hurricanes are playing for the third time in four days. They just nipped the Sabres, 6-5, on the road in overtime Thursday. The Rangers have been home all month. They are coming off a 4-3 shootout win against the Bruins on Wednesday. The Rangers needed that win and they need to win here being nine points out of the second wild card spot with Carolina one of the teams ahead of them.
|02-07-19||Blue Jackets -129 v. Coyotes||4-2||Win||100||11 h 50 m||Show|
Columbus is 15-9-1 on the road this season. The Blue Jackets are coming off a confidence-building 6-3 win at Colorado that halted a five-game losing streak with three of those losses occurring by one goal. The Blue Jackets outshot the Avalanche, 19-5, in the third period. The Blue Jackets have regained momentum and have revenge for a 4-1 home loss to the Coyotes from earlier in the season. The Coyotes are playing at home for the first time in 20 days. This is their fourth game in seven days. Arizona is dealing with a four-game losing streak, a bad spot having been away from home for so long and multiple injuries.
|02-07-19||Sharks v. Flames OVER 6.5||5-2||Win||100||8 h 51 m||Show|
Calgary has scored at least 3 goals in each of its last 14 games. San Jose has scored 3 or more goals in 16 of its last 17 games. The Over is 10-3-1 the last 14 times the Sharks have been a road 'dog. These trends are worth riding in what should be a wide open game.
|02-07-19||Jets -105 v. Canadiens||2-5||Loss||-105||6 h 14 m||Show|
I want the Jets going for me here after they lost in overtime to the Sharks a thome on Tuesday. The Jets are 22-8 on one day's rest. Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck is playing well. The Jets' defense gets a big boost with the expected return of star defenseman Dustin Byfuglien. He has missed the last 15 games with an ankle injury.
|02-05-19||Sharks v. Jets OVER 6.5||3-2||Loss||-115||4 h 41 m||Show|
The Sharks have scored 3 or more goals in 15 of their last 16 games. The Over is 10-4-2 in their last 16 games. The Jets have scored 4 or more goals in seven of their last nine games. They have scored 17 goals in their last three games. Both teams have fresh legs following the break and the rust is off their offenses. So I expect another high scoring game with each team getting at least three goals.
|02-05-19||Wild -103 v. Sabres||4-5||Loss||-103||20 h 38 m||Show|
The Sabres have crashed going 5-12 in their last 17 games, including losing six of their past eight. The Wild has been playing better. I was impressed with their effort and offense in their last game even though it was a 4-3 home overtime loss to the Blackhawks. Minnesota is 8-3 the past 11 times playing on two days rest. The Wild have defeated the Sabres in eight of the last 11 meetings, including winning the past five times in Buffalo.
|02-05-19||Kings v. Devils -130||5-1||Loss||-130||9 h 14 m||Show|
The Kings are a fade for me here after pulling out an improbable 4-3 road win against the Rangers last night. The Kings have the fewest road wins in the Western Conference and rank second-to-last in scoring. LA might also be missing one its best players with Jeff Carter questionable after sufering a lower-body injury against the Rangers. The Devils are 13-7 at home. The Kings are 4-11 in their last 15 road games when facing an opponent with a winning home record. The Kings haven't won two straight games since December. New Jersey is likely to go with Keith Kinkaid in net. He is 4-0 versus the Kings with a 0.85 goals against average and .970 save percentage.
|02-04-19||Kings v. Rangers -127||4-3||Loss||-127||18 h 32 m||Show|
The Kings are the lowest-scoring team in the NHL averaging 2.3 goals a game. They have scored eight goals during their past six road games. LA has dropped 21 of its past 29 away matchups. The Kings have really struggled against Eastern Conference opponents losing eight of the last nine to them. I like the way the Rangers have been playing. They are 4-2 in their last six games and could easily be 6-0 in these games. Their two losses were 1-0 to the Flyers when they just missed on a lot of good scoring chances and 3-2 to the league-leading Lightning. The Kings aren't playing at that level having lost seven of their past 11.
|02-03-19||Oilers v. Canadiens UNDER 6||3-4||Loss||-109||9 h 18 m||Show|
This will be the second game following the long All-Star break for both teams. I see a defensive battle with less rust on each club. The Canadiens have scored two goals in each of their last three games. They have failed to score more than three goals in 11 of their last 13 games. Montreal has the second-worst power play in the NHL. Edmonton gave up four power play goals in their 5-4 overtime loss to the Flyers this past Saturday. So the Oilers will be really clamping down if they fall a man short. Carey Price will be in goal for Montreal after sitting out the Canadiens' first game back from break due to a one-game suspension. Price is having a strong bounce back season with a 2.56 GAA.
|02-02-19||Blackhawks v. Wild OVER 6||4-3||Win||100||7 h 27 m||Show|
The Blackhawks can score, but play no defense. That combination has resulted in nine straight Over the totals. Chicago has scored three or more goals in nine straight games. However, the Blackhawks have yielded three or more goals in 10 of their last 11 games. They are giving up five goals per game during their last three away matchups. The Blackhawks have been long-term Over the total money-makers on the road. The Over is 34-15-4 in Chicago's last 53 road games. The Wild had scored a combined nine goals in their last two games before the All-Star break. They came back rusty losing 3-1 to the Stars on the road Friday night. Dallas, though, has been playing stellar defense. Chicago certainly isn't doing that.
|02-01-19||Wild v. Stars -127||1-3||Win||100||10 h 22 m||Show|
The Stars have been extremely stingy on defense giving up only 1.7 goals per game during their last seven games. Dallas got its rust off following the long All-Star break with a 1-0 home victory against the Sabres on Wednesday. Buffalo was averaging four goals a game during its last three games entering that matchup. Minnesota has a severe disadvantage having not played for eight days. The Wild historically struggle at Dallas, too, having lost 76 percent of the time there during their past 34 visits.
|02-01-19||Lightning -140 v. Islanders||1-0||Win||100||9 h 15 m||Show|
I want the Lightning going for me in these circumstances. Tampa Bay got the rust off following the long All-Star break by losing, 4-2, on the road to the Penguins two days ago. The Islanders, though, have not played since Jan. 22. The Islanders are 2-6 the past eight times when not having played for at least three days. They figure to be extremely out of sync. Tampa Bay has owned this series winning 10 of the past 12 times against the Islanders. Even with the loss to Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay still has won 10 of last 14 away matchups. The Lightning will be highly motivated off a loss. The last time Tampa Bay lost a second consecutive game was back on Nov. 13.
|01-31-19||Rangers +127 v. Devils||4-3||Win||127||18 h 55 m||Show|
After being idle for eight days, the Devils came out of All-Star break beating the Penguins, 6-3, on the road. That was on Monday. The Devils haven't played since. So this will be just their third game in 11 days. The Rangers are in a more normal pattern. New York lost 1-0 at home to the Flyers on Tuesday. The Rangers are 4-0 the past four times when playing on one day's rest. Before upsetting the Penguins, the Devils had lost three in a row with two of the defeats occurring by three goals. The Rangers had won three consecutive games entering break before falling to the Flyers. New York fired 38 shots on goal, but had some tough luck. Not only did they have shots hit off the post, but Flyers goalie Anthony Stolarz came up with probably his finest performance of the season with several super saves. The Rangers are likely to go with Henrik Lundqvist in goal. He has more wins and shutouts in his career against the Devils than any other opponent. The Rangers also are expected to have back Mats Zuccarello, their top right winger. He missed the Flyers game. The Devils, however, are not likely to have defenseman Sami Vatanen. He suffered a concussion against the Penguins.
|01-30-19||Lightning v. Penguins +100||2-4||Win||100||20 h 46 m||Show|
Pittsburgh is extremely tough at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins have key factors going for them, too, in this matchup even though they are taking on the best team in the NHL, the Lightning. Tampa Bay hasn't played in 11 days due to a bye week and All-Star break. The Lightning are going to be rusty. Even their coach, Jon Cooper, acknowledged this when he was quoted as saying, "... There may be a little sloppiness in the first game back ..." The Penguins won't have this issue. They played Monday and lost 6-3 at home to New Jersey. The Penguins did not play well in that game. They will be highly motivated to perform much better - and they won't be rusty. Pittsburgh has won seven of the past eight times when playing on one day rest. The Lightning have lost four of the last five times when playing at Pittsburgh.
|01-29-19||Jets +131 v. Bruins||4-3||Win||131||20 h 18 m||Show|
Winnipeg has the third-best record in the NHL behind only Tampa Bay and Calgary. I want the Jets going for me in an underdog role following a road loss to the Flyers on Monday against the sure-to-be-rusty Bruins. Boston hasn't played since Jan. 19. The Bruins are 0-4 the past four times following three or more days rest. The Jets have the advantage of having played last night. There shouldn't be a fatigue factor for them since they previously had played on Jan. 19. The Jets are 8-2 the past 10 times against foes with a winning mark. They also are 25-10 in their last 35 games versus Eastern Conference opponents. Despite the loss to the Flyers, Winnipeg has won nine of its last 14 road games, too.
|01-23-19||Blues v. Ducks +106||5-1||Loss||-100||23 h 45 m||Show|
Anaheim last played Sunday afternoon when it concluded a five-game road trip. The Ducks won two of those last three games. That's better than what they did in their previous homestand. The Ducks lost all six of those home games. They should be rested, ready and highly motivated to beat the Blues as they go back on the road for five more games in a row before returning to Anaheim. The Ducks have something to prove to their fans and themselves. This is their game and spot to do that. The Blues have a worse record than the Ducks. St. Louis will be playing for the sixth time in 10 days and third in five days. The Ducks have defeated the Blues in four of the last five meetings. They also have dominated St. Louis at home going 21-5-1 during the last 27 games.
|01-22-19||Coyotes -101 v. Senators||3-2||Win||100||19 h 22 m||Show|
Arizona is the better team especially with Vinnie Hinostroza back in the lineup. The Coyotes have been solid on the road going 13-10-1. They have defeated the Senators five of the past seven times, including the last three. The Coyotes are in good form, winning five of their last seven games. These include victories against the Sharks and Maple Leafs. The Senators have lost 10 of their last 14 games. They are 1-6 during their past seven home games. The trade deadline is coming up next month, which is a distraction for the Senators with their three top scorers scheduled to become unrestricted free agents.
|01-21-19||Blues v. Kings +105||3-4||Win||105||13 h 32 m||Show|
I'm not buying into the Kings being a home 'dog to the Blues, which is how the linesmaker opened this game. The Blues are coming off a home win against Ottawa. Big deal. They had lost their two previous games, both on the road falling to the Bruins and Islanders. Now the Blues have to travel to the West Coast for their fifth game in eight days. St. Louis is 4-11 following a victory. The Blues also are 4-11 the past 15 times when playing a below .500 opponent. The Kings had come within a road shootout loss to the Wild of owning a three-game win streak before getting shellacked, 7-1, at home by Colorado on the road this past Saturday. LA will look for redemption returning home. The Kings have won five of their last eight home games. The Kings also have dominated the Blues at home winning 12 of the past 15 times.
|01-20-19||Hurricanes v. Oilers +107||7-4||Loss||-100||19 h 7 m||Show|
The Oilers opened their three-game homestand in unimpressive fashion losing 5-2 to the Flames on Saturday. Look for Edmonton to bounce back today against Carolina. The Oilers haven't lost back-to-back home games all season when playing without rest. The Hurricanes have lost their past two games - and the games haven't been close. Carolina fell by four goals to the Rangers and by three goals to the Senators. Carolina is giving up an average of 3.7 goals during its past seven games. The Hurricanes have surrendered at least three goals in each of their last seven games. Edmonton has beaten Carolina four of the last five times at home.
|01-19-19||Sharks v. Lightning OVER 6.5||3-6||Win||100||8 h 14 m||Show|
The oddsmaker could have opened this game at 7 - and it still likely would go Over. San Jose is the No. 3 goal scoring team in the NHL. Tampa Bay is No. 1. The Sharks have scored three or more goals in 18 of their last 19 games, including the past 12. They have reached four or more goals 12 times during this span. Tampa Bay is sure to be pumped after losing 4-2 to Toronto in its last home game. That loss followed a three-game road trip. The Lightning are now more comfortable at home. Prior to that game, Tampa Bay had scored 5.1 goals per game during its last seven home games. These teams have a strong Over history, too, going 12-3-1 above the total during the past 16 matchups.
|01-18-19||Maple Leafs v. Panthers +130||1-3||Win||130||9 h 15 m||Show|
The record shows Florida to have lost seven straight games. A closer look at the record indicates the Panthers have lost six of those games on the road and four of those defeats were by one goal. The Panthers' one home game during this span was a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets. So Florida is not getting outclassed most of the time. The Panthers own a winning home mark on the season and are back in friendly territory desperate to gain their first victory of 2019. They are in a great spot to achieve an upset win here. Toronto just upset the Lightning, 4-2, at Tampa Bay on Thursday in a huge victory. The Maple Leafs are in a letdown spot and playing without rest. There's a good possibility, too, that backup goalie Garret Sparks will be in net for Toronto. He has a 3.00 GAA. The Maple Leafs return to Toronto following this matchup. This has been a home team series with the host winning 10 of the past 11 times. Florida has defeated Toronto four consecutive times at home.
|01-17-19||Maple Leafs +128 v. Lightning||4-2||Win||128||9 h 20 m||Show|
It's tought to go against Tampa Bay at home, but the Maple Leafs are going to give the Lightning their best punch. Toronto is in circle-the-wagons mode losing five of its last seven games. Things should start to turn around, though, for the Maple Leafs with Frederik Andersen back in goal. This will be his second game after being out eight games due to a groin injury. He will be less rusty than he was in Toronto's last game, an embarrassing 6-3 home loss to the Avalanche. That happened on Monday. The Maple Leafs have been idle ever since. They are itching to test themselves versus the Lightning. Toronto has won 15 of its last 21 road contests. Even though the Lightning are home, the Maple Leafs are in the better spot. Tampa Bay just returned from a three-game road swing that concluded Tuesday night in Dallas where the Lightning defeated the Stars, 2-0. Dallas lost despite having six power play opportunities and getting off 35 shots on goal. This marks Tampa Bay's fourth game in six days - all at difference venues. The Lightning are vulnerable to lose here. Look for Toronto to seize the opportunity.
|01-17-19||Blackhawks v. Rangers OVER 6.5||3-4||Win||100||3 h 16 m||Show|
The Blackhawks have gone Over the total in their last five games. They have been a big Over team all season especially on the road where the Over stands 32-15-4 during the past 51 instances. It's an easy formula to see why. Chicago can score, but plays no defense. The Blackhawks have allowed an average of 3.8 goals in their last five games. They've also allowed an average of 4.6 goals in their last six games.
|01-16-19||Sharks v. Coyotes +131||3-6||Win||131||11 h 31 m||Show|
The Coyotes are in a great ambush spot here. They had won three in a row until suffering an embarrassing 7-1 road loss to Calgary on Sunday. Arizona has had three days to stew about that loss. The Coyotes should be pumped for the Sharks being back home. The Coyotes catch the Sharks fat and happy. San Jose is off a satisfying 5-2 home win against the Penguins. This puts the Sharks in a vulnerable spot traveling into a different time zone while not getting into Arizona until the wee hours of the morning. San Jose also is likely to go with backup goalie Aaron Dell.
|01-15-19||Penguins +127 v. Sharks||2-5||Loss||-100||14 h 36 m||Show|
San Jose is playing well, but I'll take a plus price with the Penguins. Pittsburgh is 10-2 in its last 12 games and 6-1 in its past seven road contests. However, the Penguins are coming off a disappointing, 5-2, road loss to the Kings. The Penguins had backup goalie Casey DeSmith in net for that game. Now Matt Murray will be in goal. Pittsburgh has won nine straight with Murray in net. Murray is 8-0-1 with two shutouts in road games this season. Pittsburgh has defeated San Jose in four of the last five meetings.
|01-15-19||Hurricanes v. Rangers +130||2-6||Win||130||11 h 38 m||Show|
The Rangers have the Hurricanes' number when the two teams play at Madison Square Garden. Carolina hasn't won there since 2010, a string of 15 road losses in a row. The Rangers are 25-5 the past 30 times hosting the Hurricanes. The Rangers are going to be fired up, too, after their coach, David Quinn, ripped their effort following a 7-5 loss to the Blue Jackets on Sunday. So I'll ride the Rangers at this plus price.
|01-14-19||Sabres v. Oilers UNDER 6||2-7||Loss||-120||10 h 42 m||Show|
The Sabres have gone Under seven of the last eight times they have played Western Conference opponents. Buffalo has scored three or fewer goals in seven of its last nine games. Despite having the great Connor McDavid, the Oilers rank 24th in scoring. They haven't broken the three-goal barrier in nine of their last 12 games. Both teams desperately need a victory here. So don't expect a wide open game.
|01-14-19||Blackhawks v. Devils OVER 6||5-8||Win||100||8 h 43 m||Show|
The Blackhawks have a decent offense, but play little defense. That's a golden formula for an Over. So it's no surprise the Under has won only six times during the Blackhawks' last 26 games. Chicago has scored three of more goals during its last four games. The Blackhawks also have allowed 15 goals in their last four games, an average of 3.7 goals. The Devils have a better offense than defense, too. So they are worth playing Over.
|01-14-19||Blues v. Capitals OVER 5.5||4-1||Loss||-115||4 h 55 m||Show|
The Over has cashed the past six times these two teams have met. Look for that trend to continue as each team is going with their backup goalie. Washington is the No. 7 scoring team in the league. They are facing Jake Allen, one of the weaker backup goalies. The Blues are dealing with injuries, but still have managed to score 3 or more goals in five of their last six games.
|01-13-19||Coyotes v. Flames OVER 6||1-7||Win||100||9 h 34 m||Show|
The Coyotes are averaging four goals per game in their last three games and draw Mike Smith in net. Smith is the lesser of Calgary's two goalies. He has a 3.09 GAA. Arizona is playing without rest after upsetting the Oilers on Saturday. The Coyotes are 5-1 to the Over the past six times when playing on the second of consecutive days. The Flames are the No. 2 scoring team in the NHL. They have produced three or more goals in seven straight games, netting at least four goals in six of these games. The Over has cashed in six of their last seven games.
|01-13-19||Panthers v. Canucks -102||1-5||Win||100||17 h 9 m||Show|
I want Vancouver going for me, especially at this fair price. It's not just because the Panthers have lost five in a row and are carrying a huge fatigue rating. The last time these teams met was back on Oct. 13. The Canucks won, 3-2. But the take from that game was the Panthers putting a dirty hit on star rookie Elias Pettersson, who was checked hard into the boards by Mike Matheson and suffered a concussion. Vancouver is mad about that. The Canucks also draw the Panthers playing their third road game in four days and fourth away contest in six days. The Canucks are without Pettersson, who is out this time with a knee injury. But they are expected to get back winger Josh Leivo to bolster their first line. Leivo had missed the last three games with an injury, but practiced Saturday and is likely to play.
|01-12-19||Penguins v. Kings +142||2-5||Win||142||21 h 43 m||Show|
The teams met Dec. 15 in Pittsburgh and the Penguins nipped the Kings, 4-3, in overtime. The Kings had more shots on goal than the Penguins. Since then the Kings have gone a respectable 6-5. They are in an excellent spot to get their revenge on Pittsburgh and are at an attractive underdog price. The Kings are in revenge mode and are coming off an embarrassing home loss to the Senators from Thursday. They catch the Penguins off a 7-4 road win against the Ducks Friday night. That was the Penguins' first road game in nine days. LA is likely to draw backup Pittsburgh goalie Casey DeSmith.
|01-12-19||Coyotes v. Oilers -138||3-2||Loss||-138||21 h 42 m||Show|
The Coyotes are one of the most banged-up teams in the league. They are missing their top goalie and leading scorer among many others. Edmonton is in a position to take advantage. The Oilers have won three of their last five games. Arizona ranks 29th in scoring and must deal with Connor McDavid. The Oilers have defeated the Coyotes seven of the past eight times, including 3-1 at Arizona 10 days ago.
|01-11-19||Penguins v. Ducks UNDER 6||7-4||Loss||-101||11 h 31 m||Show|
Anaheim is the second-lowest scoring team in the NHL. The Ducks have scored just 12 goals in their last nine games, all losses. They have failed to score more than two goals in eight of these games. The Penguins, on the other hand, are averaging four goals per game during their last 10 games. So something has to give, offense or defense? I see defense carrying the play. A total of 6 is too high for a Ducks game. The Under is 5-0-2 when the Ducks have had a 6 total.The Over has yet to cash. This is the first game the Penguins are playing in California this season. They are not used to a three-hour time difference. Under has been a strong profit-maker when the Ducks meet an Eastern Conference opponent. The Under has won 72 percent of the time during the past 26 instances.
|01-10-19||Sharks v. Golden Knights OVER 6||Top||3-2||Loss||-103||21 h 6 m||Show|
The Sharks have the two best offensive defensemen in the NHL with Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns. It is showing, too, as the Sharks have scored three or more goals in 14 of their last 15 games. San Jose has been particularly hot lately averaging 5.1 goals in its last seven games. The Golden Knights have scored at least three goals in eight of their last 10 games. They can take advantage of the Sharks likely to be without defensemen Marc Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun, both of whom have been out with injuries.
|01-10-19||Islanders -127 v. Rangers||4-3||Win||100||3 h 59 m||Show|
The Islanders have dominated this series winning 12 of the past 14 times. However, they lost 5-0 to the Rangers on Nov. 21. The Islanders want revenge for that loss. They had won the previous eight times against the Rangers. The Rangers are not playing well to say the least, outscored by 17 goals in opening 0-4 in 2019. Look for Robin Lehner back in net for the Islanders. He has been hot going 7-0 in his last seven starts while giving up only eight goals.
|01-09-19||Predators v. Blackhawks OVER 6||4-3||Win||100||19 h 32 m||Show|
Watching the Blackhawks it's easy to see why they give up the second-most goals per game in the NHL: They don't play much defense. The Blackhawks are particularly vulnerable when the other team has a man advantage ranking last in penalty killing. The Predators have picked up their scoring averaging four goals a game during their last six games. The Blackhawks have been respectable offensively, too, averaging 3.3 goals per game in their last nine matchups. Chicago has improved its power play moving up to 24th after ranking last. Chicago is 10-for-30 on the power play during its last 10 games.
|01-07-19||Blues v. Flyers -113||3-0||Loss||-113||17 h 3 m||Show|
There's a due factor that should kick in for the Flyers here. They are in full circle-the-wagons mode having lost six in a row with nearly all of those defeats coming in close games. The Blues aren't a good team and they have lost three of their last four games. St. Louis averages just 2.2 goals on the road where they are 6-9. St. Louis has dropped eight of its last nine matchups versus sub .500 opponents and are 1-4 during its past five visits to Philadelphia. Backup Blues goalie Jordan Binnington will make his first career start. He has an unispiring 3.51 GAA and .840 save percentage in three relief appearances. The Flyers are going with Carter Hart in net. He has been the Flyers' best goalie.
|01-06-19||Blackhawks v. Penguins OVER 6||5-3||Win||100||5 h 58 m||Show|
The Blackhawks give up the second-most goals and are last in stopping power plays. The Penguins are hot on the power play scoring 69 percent of the time on their last 13 attempts. Pittsburgh has scored at least 3 goals in six straight games. The Blackhawks have a respectable offense and can contribute their share of goals. The Penguins have been putting up good defensive numbers, but haven't faced many good offenses recently. The Over is 13-6-3 in Chicago's last 20 games.
|01-06-19||Hurricanes v. Senators UNDER 6.5||5-4||Loss||-110||9 h 23 m||Show|
Carolina is playing for the third time in four days. Note this is a day game with an early start. So the Hurricanes are likely to have heavy legs, which should mean more of a slow tempo, defensive-minded effort. The Hurricanes haven't given up more than three goals during their last seven games. They have been a strong Under team on the road, too, going below the total in 69 percent of their past 16 away matchups. The Senators haven't broken the three-goal barrier during regulation in their last nine games. The under has cashed five of the past six times these two teams have met.
|01-05-19||Lightning -115 v. Sharks||2-5||Loss||-115||21 h 36 m||Show|
I'll take my chances at this low lay price with the Lightning, winners of 18 of their past 20 games including the last seven. Tampa Bay has scored at least four goals in 10 of its past 11 games. San Jose just lost two defensemen to injuries in their last game, steady Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun. San Jose has allowed four or more goals in five of its last seven games. The Lightning lead the NHL in goals averaging 4.2 per game. The Lightning have been on the West Coast for nearly a week, while the Sharks just finished a three-game road trip. San Jose has lost in three of its last four home games.
|01-05-19||Lightning v. Sharks OVER 6.5||2-5||Win||100||21 h 35 m||Show|
I'll take my chances at this low lay price with the Lightning, winners of 18 of their past 20 games including the last seven. Tampa Bay has scored at least four goals in 10 of its past 11 games. San Jose just lost two defensemen to injuries in their last game, steady Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun. San Jose has allowed four or more goals in five of its last seven games. The Lightning lead the NHL in goals averaging 4.2 per game. The Lightning have been on the West Coast for nearly a week, while the Sharks just finished a three-game road trip. San Jose has lost in three of its last four home games.
|01-03-19||Hurricanes v. Flyers -109||5-3||Loss||-109||16 h 59 m||Show|
The Flyers are really pointing to this game, having lost 3-1 to the Hurricanes on the road Monday. It's the Flyers' first home game since Dec. 22. Philadelphia is 3-5 in its last eight games with four of those defeats occurring on the road. The Flyers have played better than their recent 3-5 record indicates losing by one goal to Columbus, by one goal to Tampa Bay in overtime and by one goal to Florida after leading most of the game. Carolina is 4-10 in its last 14 games. The Hurricanes have scored one or fewer goals in four of their last six games. They also have lost in five of their last seven visits to Philadelphia.
|01-02-19||Canucks v. Senators +118||4-3||Loss||-100||19 h 47 m||Show|
Ottawa is far more respectable when playing at home going 11-7-3. The Senators begin a three-game homestand against the Canucks attempting to halt a five-game losing streak. However, three of those defeats occurred on the road and the other two were at home to the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals, including a one-goal loss. The Senators' last game was a 6-3 road loss to the Blue Jackets on Monday. That game was far closer, though, than the final score. The game was tied with 2:01 left. Columbus scored three goals during the last 2:01, including two empy-netters. Vancouver is playing its fourth road game in seven days. The Cancuks aren't a great road club having lost 36 of their past 53 away matchups and are 2-5 in their last seven games versus the Senators.
|12-29-18||Blackhawks v. Avalanche -1.5||3-2||Loss||-100||19 h 25 m||Show|
Not only are the Avalanche in circle-the-wagons mode, but they are in a big revenge spot, too, after the Blackhawks surprised them, 2-1, at Colorado eight days ago. Blackhawks third-string rookie goalie Collin Delia made 35 saves in his season debut to thwart the Avalanche. The Avalanche were minus $2.45 favorites against the Blackhawks. Stunned by that loss, Colorado went on the road and lost to the Coyotes and Golden Knights. Now they are back home for the rematch against Chicago and heavy favorites once again. So I'm laying the 1 1/2 goals to knock off the heavy juice and get a plus price in what I envision as a kill spot for the superior Avalanche. Colorado is sixth in the NHL in goals per game. The Blackhawks have the worst defense in the league. The Avalanche have film and first-hand scouting reports now on Delia. The Blackhawks are traveling after beating the Wild at home on Thursday, 5-2. The Wild have lost five in a row so the Blackhawks hosted them at a good time. Chicago is 8-23 following a victory and 2-7 the past nine times when playing on one day rest.
|12-27-18||Canucks v. Oilers UNDER 6||4-2||Push||0||10 h 45 m||Show|
Look for some rust with both teams coming off Christmas break. The Under is 16-6-3 the past 25 times the Canucks have played after being idle for three or more days. The Canucks have been strong defensively lately. If you discount the five goals they gave to the Lightning, the Canucks have held their previous four foes to a combined five goals. Edmonton is overrated offensively because it has Connor McDavid. The Oilers rank 25th in goals. They went into break averaging two goals per game during their last three games. There is an Under bias to this series. Only twice has the Over won the past 10 times these teams have met.
|12-22-18||Lightning v. Oilers +131||6-3||Loss||-100||21 h 3 m||Show|
Edmonton was riding a six-game home winning streak entering its current homestand. But the Oilers were stunned, 4-1, by the Blues in the first game of the homestand. That was back on Tuesday. The Oilers have had four days to contemplate that embarrassing loss. Look for the rested Oilers to unleash their frustration on Tampa Bay, a team they have beaten six of the past seven times hosting them. The Lightning are playing in their fourth road game in six days.
|12-21-18||Blackhawks v. Avalanche -1.5||Top||2-1||Loss||-100||13 h 0 m||Show|
This is a tremendous kill spot for the Avalanche and I have no hesitation backing this view with a puck line play in order to greatly reduce the juice. Colorado is by far the superior team. The Avalanche are rested and draw the Blackhawks in a super letdown spot and with no rest carrying a huge fatigue rating. Chicago defeated the Predators, 2-1, at home Tuesday and then upset the Stars, 5-2, on Thursday in Dallas. This marks their third game in four days - all at different venues - and fourth game in six days. Making this worse for the Blackhawks is playing in Denver, which is high altitude. The Avalanche are 10-6 in their last 16 games. They are the No. 5 scoring team in the NHL with the league's third-best power play. The Blackhawks are in the bottom two both in allowing goals and in killing off power plays. The Blackhawks are without their top goalie, Corey Crawford. They either will have journeyman Cam Ward in net, or rookie Collin Delia.
|12-20-18||Wild v. Penguins -115||1-2||Win||100||15 h 22 m||Show|
The price is lower than it should be based in large part on the Penguins scoring a huge 2-1 road win against the Capitals on Wednesday in a very physical, tight game, while Minnesota was idle. But I choose to lay this low price with the Penguins in the belief they are not going to just give back that hard-earned victory against the defending Stanley Cup champions by losing at home to the Wild, who are not in good form. Minnesota has scored one goal during its past two games, home losses to the Flames and Sharks. The Wild are 1-4 during their past five away matchups. All of those losses were by multiple goals. The lone road win during this span occurred versus the Canucks. Pittsburgh has won four of its past five times hosting the Wild, too.
|12-18-18||Ducks v. Rangers -120||1-3||Win||100||10 h 32 m||Show|
Anaheim is hot, but I want the Rangers going for me in this spot. The Rangers are in circle-the-wagons mode having lost the first two games of their three-game homestand that ends here. Both of those losses occurred in overtime. New York last played on Sunday afternoon, while the Ducks upset the Penguins, 4-2, Monday night. The Rangers won't play again until Sunday. Expect a maximum effort from them. Both teams are slated to go with backup goalies. The Ducks, however, are expected to use journeyman Chad Johnson, whose career appears close to finished. He was cut loose by the Blues a week ago. The Rangers have dominated the Ducks winning seven of the past nine times. New York also is 4-0 the past four times hosting the Ducks.
|12-17-18||Bruins +125 v. Canadiens||4-0||Win||125||10 h 49 m||Show|
The teams just met in Montreal on Nov. 24 and the Bruins won, 3-2. It was the seventh time in the last eight meetings the Bruins have defeated the Canadiens. It also was the fourth straight time the Bruins won in Montreal.I like the Bruins to do it again. The Canadiens have won the first two games of their homestand. The Bruins are coming off a 4-2 home loss to the Sabres. I believe the Bruins will respond well off that loss even though they will be playing without rest and on the ice for the third time in four days. Boston has won each of the past four times it has played without rest and is 5-1 the past six times when playing in a 3-in-4 spot. Montreal is 8-20 following a victory.
|12-16-18||Sharks v. Blackhawks OVER 6||7-3||Win||100||9 h 47 m||Show|
Only twice has the Under won in the Blackhawks' last 13 games. Chicago has scored 3 or more goals in four of its last five games. However, the Blackhawks have the second-worst defense in the league. They have allowed 4 or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games. They gave up 3 goals in the other three games during this span. The Sharks have scored 3 or more goals in five of their last six games. The Over has cashed 15 of the past 20 times the Sharks have played on two days rest. The oddsmaker opened this total short at 6 instead of 6 1/2.
|12-15-18||Flyers +115 v. Canucks||1-5||Loss||-100||12 h 37 m||Show|
The Flyers are in circle-the-wagons mode having lost three straight games - all on the road. Philadelphia concludes its five-game road swing here. The Flyers draw the Canucks returning home after a week on the road. So it's not a great spot for Vancouver.Vancovuer is just 1-6 in its last seven homes. The Flyers have beaten the Canucks in four of the past five meetings. They also are 9-3 in their last 12 visits to Vancouver.
|12-14-18||Avalanche v. Blues UNDER 6.5||3-4||Loss||-119||10 h 48 m||Show|
The teams just met two weeks ago and there were four goals scored in regulation with the Blues winning, 3-2, in overtime. I don't see this matchup reaching six goals either.The Avalanche stressed defense in practice after giving up 13 goals in their last two games. They've had two full days to work on things. Note, too, the 13 goals they gave up occurred against the Lightning and Oilers, both of whom have better offenses than the Blues. St. Louis has failed in 10 of its last 11 power play attempts spanning five games. However, the Blues have killed 18 penalties in a row. Their penalty kill rate of 84.8 precent ranks fourth in the NHL. The Under is on a 90 percent run when Colorado plays opponents from the Central Division with the Under cashing nine of the past 10 times in those situations.
|12-13-18||Hurricanes v. Canadiens -108||Top||4-6||Win||100||10 h 47 m||Show|
Montreal is much improved this season. However, the Canadiens are coming off their worst loss of the season. They were buried 7-1 on the road by the Wild this past Tuesday. That was the finale of a three-game road trip. Montreal had defeated the Senators and Blackhawks during the first two legs of the trip.The Canadiens are really pointing to this matchup following that humiliating defeat to Minnesota. They also have revenge for a 2-1 home loss suffered to Carolina on Nov. 27. The Canadiens also had backup goalie Antti Niemi in net during that loss to the Wild. Carey Price will be back in goal for Montreal today. Price is having a good comeback season. The Canadiens are far from an elite team. But neither are the Hurricanes, who rank last in scoring. The Hurricanes have scored more than two goals only once in their last seven games. They have scored one goal or fewer in five of their last seven games. Carolina also is banged-up. The spot and opponent set up for Montreal to gain back its self-respect.
|12-12-18||Penguins v. Blackhawks OVER 5.5||Top||3-6||Win||100||10 h 15 m||Show|
The Blackhawks are the worst defensive team in the NHL. They have have given up four or more goals in nine of their last 11 games. A coaching change has failed to get their defense going. The Over has cashed in seven of Chicago's past nine games. The Penguins rank eighth in the league in scoring. They are averaging 3.7 goals in their last four games. Pittsburgh, however, is 20th defensively. There is a good chance Matt Murray returns to be Pittsburgh's goalie in this game. He has missed the past 11 games with a lower-body injury. Murray has not had a good season and figures to be rusty.
|12-11-18||Panthers v. Blues -115||Top||3-4||Win||100||19 h 16 m||Show|
Florida has been enjoying home cooking for nearly 2 1/2 weeks. The Panthers' last road game was Nov. 23. That's a good thing for the Panthers since they are 1-4 in their past five away matchups. Their lone road win during this span was against Ottawa, a sub .500 team. The Panthers' four road losses during this time frame have been by a combined 13 goals. The Blues are not a strong team, but this spot sets up well for them. St. Louis should be fired up after an embarrassing 6-1 home loss to the Canucks on Sunday. The Blues don't play again until Friday. So there's no excuse for them not to give a full effort. Florida is just a .500 team so it's not like the Blues have to step up in class. Vladimir Tarasenko is one of the more dangerous scorers in the league. He's due to score for the Blues having failed to produce a goal during the last four games.
|12-10-18||Kings v. Red Wings -110||1-3||Win||100||12 h 51 m||Show|
I like the Red Wings in a bounce back spot here after they blew a 2-0 lead and lost 3-2 to the Islanders at home on Saturday. Detroit is tougher and much improved this season. The Red Wings are 3-3 in their last six games with one of the losses coming in a shootout to Tampa Bay after they leading 5-3. The Kings are tied with the Blackhawks for the fewest points in the NHL. They are last in scoring averaging 2.2 goals a game. Yet the Kings are coming off an impressive 5-1 home victory against the Golden Knights this past Saturday. Now, though, the Kings go back on the road where they have lost 12 of the past 16 times. The Red Wings have added incentive having lost 4-2 to the Kings in LA during their first road game of the season.
|12-09-18||Flames v. Oilers -115||0-1||Win||100||19 h 14 m||Show|
Calgary is playing well. But I really like how the Oilers are playing, too. Edmonton has revenge for a 4-2 road loss suffered to the Flames on Nov. 17 and has defeated the Flames four straight times at home. The Oilers have given up two goals or fewer in five of their last six games. Edmonton has won five of those games. Edmonton also catches a break in that the Flames are going to be without their team captain and best defensive player, veteran Mark Giordano. He's sitting out the second of a two-game suspension.
|12-08-18||Sharks -120 v. Coyotes||5-3||Win||100||10 h 40 m||Show|
OK, I get it San Jose stinks on the road having lost seven of its past eight away games. I expect that to change here, though. The Sharks are a better road club than they've showed and they've dominated in these type of matchups going 31-15 away from home against opponents with a losing home record. The Coyotes were hot for a while with four consecutive victories, but they've fallen back down after a 4-2 home loss to the Capitals on Thursday. Arizona has lost five of its past six home games. The Sharks are the more talented team. They have defeated the Coyotes in four of the past five meetings and won't lack motivation after a one-goal road loss to the Stars on Friday. Backup goalie Aaron Dell is likely to be in the net for San Jose. I'm fine with that.
|12-07-18||Sharks v. Stars +109||2-3||Win||109||19 h 19 m||Show|
I'm not buying the Sharks as an opening road favorite against the Stars. San Jose isn't playing that well, has been bad on the road and Dallas is hot and tough at home. San Jose has a losing away mark. The Sharks are 1-6 during their past seven road games. In their last six overall games, the Sharks are 2-4. During their two victories, the Sharks were outshot by a combined margin of 81-52 by the Hurricanes and Canadiens. Dallas is 9-3-1 at home, including winnings its past three at American Airlines Center. The Stars will get a boost with the expected season debut of veteran Martin Hanzal, who has been out all season following spinal fusion surgery. The Stars have dominated Pacific Division foes going 8-0-1 the past nine times against them. They also are 5-0 the past five times hosting the Sharks, including beating them, 4-3, on Nov. 8.
|12-06-18||Capitals -110 v. Coyotes||4-2||Win||100||20 h 49 m||Show|
I'll get involved with the Capitals at this low price with Washington in stop-the-pain mode and in a revenge spot. The Coyotes defeated the Capitals, 4-1, in Washington on Nov. 11. The Capitals outshot the Coyotes, 39-22, in the loss. The Capitals had won seven in a row before blowing leads in their last two games against the Ducks and Golden Knights. Only once all season have the defending Stanley Cup champions lost three in a row. Washington has scored three or more goals in nine straight games. Only three teams average more goals per game than Washington. Arizona, by contrast, ranks 28th in scoring
|12-05-18||Blackhawks v. Ducks OVER 5.5||2-4||Win||100||22 h 43 m||Show|
The Ducks are the lowest-scoring team in the league. But lately they haven't played that way. Anaheim is coming off scoring five goals in the last two periods to beat Washington, 6-5, in its last game this past Sunday. The Ducks draw the Blackhawks, who have the worst defense in the NHL. Chicago has permitted an average of 4.8 goals in its last seven games. The Blackhawks, though, are averaging 3.4 goals during their last five games. Bottom line here is the Blackhawks can not have a total of less than 6 in their games.
|12-04-18||Wild v. Canucks UNDER 6||Top||3-2||Win||100||21 h 26 m||Show|
Vancouver has scored 22 goals in its last 11 games, an average of two a game. I'm not expecting the Canucks to score much here because their offense is cold and because I believe the Wild will have a serious defensive commitment. Minnesota has lost five of its last seven, including the past three. This is the start of a three-game Western Canada road swing for the Wild. Minnesota has a good goalie in Devan Dubnyk and its coach, Bruce Boudreau, was stressing shoring up his team's defense. The Wild lost 5-3 to the high-flying Maple Leafs in their last game this past Saturday. But they held Toronto to 23 shots on goal. The Maple Leafs scored two of their goals in flue fashion where shots deflected off Minnesota defenseman Nick Seeler. So the five goals scored by the Maple Leafs is deceiving.
|12-04-18||Capitals v. Golden Knights -140||3-5||Win||100||21 h 25 m||Show|
This price is higher than I normally like to lay when backing a favorite, but I want the Golden Knights in this spot. This is the first time the Capitals have returned to Vegas since beating the Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup finals. Las Vegas also has strong revenge for a 5-2 road loss to Washington on Oct. 10. Sure the Capitals just may be the superior team. But the Golden Knights are playing well - 5-1 in their last six games - have been idle since Saturday and have been pointing to this home game all season. Las Vegas has yielded just 10 goals in its last six games, an average of 1.6. Washington is traveling to the West Coast following its Sunday home game against Anaheim. The Capitals haven't been on West Coast time since October.
|12-02-18||Sharks -115 v. Canadiens||3-1||Win||100||8 h 45 m||Show|
The Sharks are in stop-the-pain mode failing to post a victory in the first four games of their current five-game road trip, which ends after this matchup. San Jose isn't playing well. The Sharks are overdue to start turning things around. They should be fired up following a 6-2 loss to the Senators on Saturday. The Canadiens also played yesterday, beating the Rangers, 5-2, at home. Montreal has lost 21 of the last 28 times following a victory. San Jose has enjoyed good recent success at Montreal winning there in four its past five visits.
|12-01-18||Golden Knights v. Oilers +106||1-2||Win||106||10 h 7 m||Show|
Las Vegas is back playing well winning five in a row. But this is the tail end of the Golden Knights' three-game road trip. Up next for Las Vegas is its most anticipated home game - a rematch of the Stanley Cup Finals against Washington. The Golden Knights were fortunate to get past Vancouver, 4-3, in their last game. This marks Las Vegas' fifth game in eight days and third in five days. The Oilers have won their past two home games. Their last home defeat occurred to Las Vegas two weeks ago so there is short revenge. Discounting a 5-2 loss to the Kings, the Oilers have allowed only four goals in their last three games. Connor McDavid always makes them worthy of respect offensively.
|11-30-18||Devils v. Capitals OVER 6||3-6||Win||100||6 h 35 m||Show|
Both teams have below average defenses and each has been on at least three days rest. So expect fresh legs and a lot of attacking. The expected return of Evgeny Kuznetsov to Washington's lineup is a plus, too, for the Over. The Capitals have gone Over 75 percent of the past 22 times they've been idle for at least three days. The Over has cashed in all three instances this season for Washington when that situation has come up. The Devils have been a strong Over road team going above the total in eight of their 11 road games. There has been six or more goals scored in each of the last five games between the two teams.
|11-27-18||Sharks -120 v. Sabres||2-3||Loss||-120||10 h 7 m||Show|
The Sabres are on an amazing nine-game win streak. Kudos to Buffalo on a great season so far. It must be noted, though, that eight of Buffalo's nine wins during its streak have been by one goal with six of those victories occurring either in overtime or in a shootout. I believe the Sabres' luck runs out today against the superior Sharks. San Jose is in a foul mood after its last game, a 6-0 road loss to the Golden Knights on Saturday. There is zero chance the Sharks take Buffalo lightly. The Sharks expect to have No. 1 netminder Martin Jones in goal. Jones is well rested having not played in the last two games. He is 4-1-1 lifetime versus Buffalo with a 1.98 GAA and .925 save percentage. Buffalo has lost the past four times to San Jose.
|11-23-18||Canucks v. Sharks OVER 6||0-4||Loss||-100||5 h 32 m||Show|
Vancouver's defense has really slipped. The Canucks are giving up an average of 35 shots per game during their last seven games. The Canucks have surrendered at least three goals in nine of their past 10 games. The Sharks should be able to take advantage. They have scored three or more goals in eight of their last nine games. The Over has cashed in 10 of San Jose's past 14 games. Note, too. Vancouver is going to start backup goalie Anders Nilsson.
|11-21-18||Avalanche -115 v. Kings||Top||7-3||Win||100||28 h 11 m||Show|
LA has the worst record in the NHL at 7-12. The Kings have dropped 10 of their last 14 home games going back to last season. Colorado is the superior team and in a better situational spot. The Avalanche last played on Sunday in Anaheim. They have been in Southern California ever since awaiting this matchup. They should be fresh, prepared and rested. Colorado has won three of its last four games. The Avalance are the third-highest scoring team in the league at 3.6 goals. The Kings are coming off a road underdog victory Monday night against the Blues. This marks their fourth game in six days and first home game in nearly a week coming a day before Thanksgiving after three road games in a row. So focus could be an issue for the Kings. LA ranks 31st in scoring and allows more goals per game than Colorado. The Kings also are down their first two goalies with Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell injured. LA is 3-13 following a victory. The Kings also have lost 12 of the past 15 times versus Western Conference opponents.
|11-19-18||Stars v. Rangers -104||1-2||Win||100||9 h 41 m||Show|
This is a tough spot for Dallas. The Stars are playing for the third time in four days. They are coming off a 6-2 Sunday road victory against the Islanders. The Stars have lost 14 of their last 20 road games. They are 6-13 the past 19 times following a victory. Dallas is 0-2 this season when playing without rest losing each of those games by three goals each. The Rangers have won five in a row at Madison Square Garden. They are 7-2 in their last nine games overall.