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Dallas Stars vs. Boston Bruins Betting Odds & Pick from Matt Fargo: January 20th 2015

DALLAS VS. BOSTON HOCKEY PICK JANUARY 20TH 2015Dallas Stars vs. Boston Bruins
Hockey Betting Pick: Boston -105 odds (January 20th 2015)
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Boston had won five straight games before getting a visit from Columbus on Saturday and the Bruins went down as -273 favorites. It has definitely been a streaky and inconsistent season for Boston as it is just two games over .500 and trails first place Tampa Bay by eight points in the Atlantic Division. Ending the first half of the season would be big as tonight’s game is followed by a game in Colorado before the All Star break. Boston has allowed just 18 goals over their last 10 games (1.8 gpg). The stretch makes the Bruins a top-ten defensive team at 2.46 gpg on the season while Dallas remains at 28th with 3.27 gpg. The Stars are coming off a major upset at Chicago on Sunday which was their second straight victory following losses in five of their previous six games. This is the final game for Dallas prior to the break so it is big for the home team as well but I am expecting a big letdown here for a team that is just 5-6 following two or more consecutive victories this season. The Bruins are 45-18 in their last 63 game against teams with a losing record. Play (63) Boston Bruins

Calgary Flames vs. Los Angeles Kings NHL Odds & Pick: January 19th 2015

FLAMES VS. KINGS NHL ODDS PICK JANUARY 19TH 2015Calgary Flames vs. Los Angeles Kings
NHL Betting Pick: Kings -167 odds (January 19th 2015)
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As primarily a situational handicapper, these are exactly the types of contests that I keep my eyes open for as the home side plays with the “double revenge” factor. Calgary would win 4-3 in LA on December 22nd before then beating the Kings 2-1 at home on December 29th. I think this sets up as a classic letdown spot for the Flames as well, they come in having prevailed in three straight and I simply don’t see them extending their longest road winning streak in six years vs. this determined Kings team. Note that Calgary is in fact just 10-12 (-3.4 units) in its last 22 following a three-game unbeaten streak. As I like to say, desperation breeds motivation, in my opinion this line should be a bit larger, indeed making the value play on the KINGS tonight.

Minnesota Wild vs. Buffalo Sabres Odds & Pick: January 15th 2015

MINNESOTA VS. BUFFALO ODDS NHL PICKMinnesota Wild vs. Buffalo Sabres
Betting Pick: Minnesota -156 odds (January 15th 2015)
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The Wild have really been slumping, coming into Buffalo as losers of six straight. They have had a brutal schedule during this skid, facing the Blackhawks twice, Nashville, Pittsburgh, San Jose and Dallas. A trip to Buffalo might be just what the doctor ordered for the Wild, who are now eight points out of a playoff spot in the West.

The Sabres have lost eight in a row, and have no realistic ambitions of making the playoffs this season. Buffalo owns the league’s worst power-play, converting on less than 10% of their opportunities. The Sabres also rank dead last in goals against, allowing an average of 3.4 goals per game.

We could see Devan Dubnyk make his Minnesota debut between the pipes tonight. He’s posted pretty impressive numbers considering he came from one of the leagues worst teams in Arizona. Dubnyk was 9-5-2 with a 2.72 GAA in 16 starts for the Coyotes.

New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins Hockey Prediction: January 15th 2015

RANGERS VS. BRUINS PREDICTION JANUARY 15TH 2015New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins
Hockey Prediction: Boston -125 odds (January 15th 2015)
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The New York Rangers had a five game winning streak snapped two days ago as they were shut out at MSG in a 3-0 defeat by their crosstown rivals the Islanders. Tonight they’re on the road at Boston, facing a surging Bruins team that has won four consecutive games. It has been a disappointing first half of the season for Boston, but I think we could see the Bruins turn the corner in the second half.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. The Bruins D – The Bruins have conceded only six goals over their last four games, holding opponents to less than 20 shots twice. They are allowing 2.21 goals per game on home ice and are likely to give Tuukka Rask a third consecutive start, he is 13-4-4 at TD Garden for the season. The Rangers have confirmed that back-up Cam Talbot will tend the net, giving King Henrik a rest after conceding all three goals over the first two periods against the Islanders. Talbot has not been very successful on the road, going 2-3-0 behind a 3.05 GAA.

2. Recent Meetings – The Bruins swept the three game series last season and have won four straight meetings in Boston.

3. X-Factor – Milan Lucic is on fire, tallying three goals and three assists over his last four games.

Selection: This is a play on the Boston Bruins (Free)

Florida Panthers vs. Edmonton Oilers NHL Pick from AAA Sports: January 11th 2015

Florida Panthers vs. Edmonton Oilers
NHL Pick: Florida -119 odds (January 11th 2015)
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Florida has been on quite a roll of late and I think that momentum gets carried over here and in my opinion, this is the very definition of “great line value.” To say this is a “revenge” game would be a bit of an understatement as well as the Panthers have lost five straight in the series. I also think this sets up as a natural “letdown” spot for the lowly Oilers, they’ve clearly been playing “over their heads” in going 3-1-2 since a 1-14-6 slide, which includes a 5-2 win over Chicago on Friday. The Panthers come in filled with confidence, they’re 3-1-0 on a six-game road trip which included a 6-5 win at Calgary on Friday. And from a trend based stand point, they don’t get much stronger than this, note that Florida is 11-5 (+6.5 units) vs. clubs with losing records this year, while Edmonton is 1-5 (-4.5 units) after scoring four goals or more in its previous contest. I definitely feel that the PANTHERS are worth a second look in this one.

New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils Hockey Pick: January 9th 2015

ISLANDERS VS. DEVILS NHL PICK JANUARY 9TH 2015New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils
Hockey Pick: New Jersey +148 odds (January 9th 2015)
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The New Jersey Devils are coming off a 3-0 loss at Boston last night but will be back on home ice here hosting their neighbours the New York Islanders. The hosts will be looking to record a fourth consecutive home win, and I like their chances as the visitors seem to have somewhat lost the momentum that carried them through a successful month of December.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Situational/Motivational – I expect the Devils to be amped up to the maximum tonight facing the prospect of the visitors leaving their own building with the win for a fifth consecutive meeting. They’ve dropped two games in New York already this season, tonight’s the time to return the favor.

2. Road Woes – The Islanders will play their fifth consecutive game away from home, and that within a nine day span. They’re coming off back-to-back losses and have lost all of their last four on the road versus a team with a home winning % of less than .400. They have a game in Columbus tomorrow as well, and that might linger in the back of Jack Capuano’s head when managing the roster tonight.

3. X-Factor – Patrik Elias has tallied two goals and two assists over his last two games at Prudential Center and has enjoyed his previous meetings with the Islanders, notching 85 points over 88 match-ups.

Selection: This is a play on the New Jersey Devils (Free)

Capitals vs. Maple Leafs NHL Betting Pick from Al McMordie: January 7th 2015

CAPITALS VS. MAPLE LEAFS BETTING PICK JANUARY 7TH 2015Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Betting Pick: Over 5.5 goals (January 7th 2015)
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It seems either the Maple Leafs or the opposition score a bunch of goals when Toronto takes the ice these days. In fact in 20 of the Leafs last 23 games, at least one of the two teams has netted at least four goals. It’s not surprising then, that Toronto has the second most games over the total this season with 22 (only Tampa has more with 23) and certainly we could be heading for another one tonight with a visit from a very good offense in the Washington Capitals.

But the Caps have some defensive woes right now with three of their top blue-liners – Matt Niskanen, John Erskine, and most recently Dmitry Orlov – out with injuries, and given that the Leafs lit the lamp six times in just 23 shots right here in Toronto shortly after Thanksgiving in their last meeting, the Caps will likely have to make sure their big guns are loaded and ready to fire. This will be the Leafs first home game of 2015 and first in almost three weeks as they’ve been on the road for seven straight games. And no team in the league scores at home like Toronto as the Leafs put up and average of 3.64 goals per game at the Air Canada Centre. Take the ‘over.’ As always, good luck…Al McMordie.

Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Pick: January 7th 2015

BRUINS VS. PENGUINSBoston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Hockey Pick: Pittsburgh -160 odds (January 7th 2015)
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When the smoke clears at the end of this one, I expect the home side to find a way to get the job done. Boston is struggling, it’s just 5-6-5 since December 1st, most recently falling 2-1 at last-place Carolina on Sunday. Unfortunately for the Bruins, a date away from friendly confines is not what the doctor ordered to get untracked either in my opinion as the team is just 3-7-2 its last 12 on the road. Pittsburgh has also been struggling of late, it’s just 2-4-1 in its last seven, most recently coming off a 4-1 loss to Montreal on Saturday; note though that the Pens get a big boost today with the expected return of defenseman Paul Martin. Definitely a tough spot for Boston, as it then has a quick turnaround to face New Jersey on Thursday; note that the Bruins are a horrible 6-11 (-7.1 units) vs. teams with winning records this year, while the Penguins are 5-2 (+2 units) after scoring one goal or less in their previous games. In my opinion, the home side is definitely worth a second look in this spot.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Pick: January 3rd 2015

DETROIT VS. VANCOUVER NHL ODDS PICKDetroit Red Wings vs. Vancouver Canucks
Betting Pick: Vancouver -126 odds (January 3rd 2015)
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The Detroit Red Wings will play their first game of hockey since a 3-1 win against the Devils on New Years Eve as they’re coming to Vancouver to take on the Canucks tonight. The hosts will come into this contest looking to redeem themselves after a sloppy loss to the Kings on New Years Day, and I think this should be a good spot to back the home team.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Situational/Motivational – The Nucks looked destined to take down two out of three games versus California based opposition within a five day span as they were leading the Kings by one goal with only two minutes to go Thursday. The Kings found the net twice within a minute though, and left shocked Canucks players and fans wondering what happened. Vancouver will be back in front of its home crowd to make amens tonight, and I expect its to be 110% motivated to not slip up again.

2. Road Woes – The Red Wings open a both physically and psychologically demanding six game road trip tonight, and have dropped all of their last five on the road versus a team with a winning home record.

3. X-Factor – Radim Vrbata is leading the Nucks with his 15 goals and has found the net in back-to-back games heading into this match-up.

Selection: This is a play on the Vancouver Canucks (Free)

St. Louis vs. Nashville NHL Odds & Pick from Mike Lundin: December 30th 2014

ST. LOUIS VS. NASHVILLE NHL ODDSSt. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators
NHL Pick: St. Louis Blues +127 odds (December 30th 2014)
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The Predators have been money at home all season long, but I think the value is on the visitors in this match-up. St. Louis is coming off a convincing 3-0 victory versus Colorado last night and should have its #1 netminder Brian Elliot available again tonight. The Predators goaltending situation is a bit more unclear. Pekka Rinne started last night’s 5-4 SO loss at Chicago and has not participated in both ends of a back-to-back all season. The Preds are likely to turn to Carter Hutton instead, and he is nowhere near Rinne in quality.

St. Louis has the best power play unit in the NHL and will be up against a Nashville penalty kill that has given up five goals over its last five games, going 14-for-19. The Blues have won six of the last seven meetings in Nashville and will be well motivated to even out the season series. Keep an eye on Vladimir Tarasenko who is third in the league with his 21 goals and is 2+1 over the three meetings with the Avs so far this season.