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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers Odds & Pick: December 16th 2014

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Pick: Over 5.5 goals (December 16th 2014)

A revitalized Philadelphia Flyers team is coming into this clash as winners of back-to-back games, scoring a total of nine goals. The Tampa Bay Lightning have dropped four of their last five and their usually so efficient offense has been nowhere to be seen. They’ve not had any problem scoring on Philly over recent meetings though, claiming five straight scoring four goals or more in each game. I think we’ll see a high scoring tilt at Wells Fargo Center tonight.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. The Flyers Power Play – Only the Penguins and the Capitals have a better conversion rate on the power play than the Flyers 24%. They’ve been particularly prolific as of late, finding the net in seven consecutive games while going 7-for-20 on the man advantage.

2. Road Woes – The Lightning have conceded 22 goals over their last six outside of Tampa, winning only one of those games.

3. X-Factor – Jakub Voracek is tied with Evegni Malkin for second place in the NHL with his 37 points. He has four points over his last three games, and he’s likely to add to that total tonight.

Selection: This is a play on TB@PHI to go over the total (Free)

Rangers vs. Red Wings NHL Hockey Pick from Al McMordie: December 6th 2014

RANGERS VS. RED WINGS PICK DECEMBER 6TH 2014New York Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings
NHL Hockey Pick: Detroit -140 (December 6th 2014)

At 7:05 pm, our complimentary selection is on the Detroit Red Wings over the New York Rangers. For your best benefit, join for a week or month today to receive all of our award-winning plays. If the rest of the teams in the Eastern Conference – and in fact in the entire league – thought that the Red Wings were going to go into rebuilding mode for a few years after posting their first losing record in 23 seasons last Spring, then it appears they thought wrong. After winning just 39 games in 2013-14, the Wings appear to be back, winning 15 of their first 26 games (with five losses in overtime) and more importantly, they seem to have fixed the biggest problem they had last season when they won just 18 of 41 home contests. The Joe Louis arena is back to being one of the toughest places in the NHL for visiting teams this fall as Detroit currently has a 10-5 record at home (with two of those losses in overtime). The Rangers, meanwhile have had their share of issues on the road this season, winning just three times (in eight games) away from New York, and three of their last four victories, going all the way back to November 13, were against their rivals the Flyers – a team lower than they are in the standings. The home team is 5-1 in the last six meetings and the Rangers are 1-6 in the last seven meetings in Detroit. Take the Red Wings. As always, good luck…Al McMordie.

Vancouver vs. Pittsburgh NHL Hockey Pick from Mike Lundin: December 4th 2014

Vancouver Canucks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Hockey Pick: Pittsburgh -137 odds (December 4th 2014)

Two of the hottest teams in the NHL will clash in Pittsburgh tonight as the Penguins will entertain the Canucks. The visitors have won four of their last five, but will play their fourth road game in seven days and fatigue might become an issue here. The Pens have won all of the last four meetings between the two teams and are looking to improve on their already impressive 8-3-1 home record.

Good goaltending will (as so often) be an important key to win this game. Ryan Miller has had a great start to his Canucks career, but I have to give the Pens the advantage here. Miller’s 3.28 GAA against the Penguins is his third-worst mark against any team and he has conceded seven goals over his last two games. Marc-Andre Fleury on the other hand has won four straight against Vancouver and is coming off a 1-0 victory against the Devils, his fifth shutout for the season and more than any other goaltender in the league.

New York Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators NHL Pick: December 4th 2014

New York Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators
NHL Pick: New York -115 odds (December 4th 2014)

At 7:35 pm, our complimentary selection is on the New York Islanders over the Ottawa Senators. For your best benefit, join our award-winning service for a week or month to receive all of our selections. If there was any question regarding whether the Islanders were for real after the first week or so of the season, then there can be no question anymore. The “other” New York hockey team is now 18-7, tied with the Penguins atop the Metropolitan division with 36 points, and they are seventh in the league with 3.00 goals-per-game average. The Islanders also have a solid defense that has led them to seven victories in their last eight games. Meanwhile, the Senators have lost five of their last six games, and they have allowed at least three goals in eight of their last ten. Not helping matters for Ottawa is the fact that one of its top offensive performers, right wing Bobby Ryan (13 points in 21 games) has a broken finger and will likely miss his third straight game tonight. The Isles have won three of the last four meetings and the home team has won four of the last five. Take the Islanders. As always, good luck…Al McMordie.

Blues vs. Blackhawks NHL Pick from Jesse Schule: December 3rd 2014

BLUES VS. BLACKHAWKS NHL PICK DECEMBER 3RD 2014St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Pick: Chicago -140 odds (December 3rd 2014)

The St. Louis Blues recently signed veteran goaltender Marty Brodeur, and the fact that they felt they needed to bring a 42 year old out of retirement might say a lot about how much confidence they have in backup Jake Allen. With #1 Brian Elliott sidelined by a knee injury, Allen will take over in his absence.

Allen comes in to this game with solid numbers (8-2-1 with a 2.16 GAA), but he’s facing the Hawks for the first time. The Blues have lost five straight at Chicago, including all three games in the first round of last year’s playoffs.

The Hawks are coming off an impressive 4-1 win over the defending Stanley Cup champs in Los Angeles. Brad Richards scored twice, and they killed all three of the Kings power play chances. Chicago owns the league’s top penalty killing unit, holding the opposition scoreless 91.3% of the time.

Patrick Kane is feeling the hot hand, he’s tallied four goals and five assists over his last six games. Chicago should prove to be the better team here on home ice.

Bruins vs. Kings Hockey Pick from Jesse Schule: December 2nd 2014

Boston Bruins vs. Los Angeles Kings
Hockey Pick: LA -140 odds (December 2nd 2014)

The reigning Stanley Cup champs are slumping, losers of three of their last four, including a 4-1 loss at home Saturday to Chicago. They host Boston tonight, and the Ducks might be catching the Bruins at a good time.

Boston will play it’s second game in as many nights, coming off a 3-2 loss to the Ducks in Anaheim last night. The Bruins offense is really struggling, ranking 22nd in the league with an average of just 2.4 goals per game. They have missed leading scorer David Krejci and veteran blueliner Zdeno Chara.

The Kings are one of the league’s best teams on home ice, with a record of 10-3-1 so far. This isn’t anything new, they were 42-18-5 at home over the last two seasons. The Bruins come in with a 5-5 road record, and playing on back to back nights on the west coast is as tough as it gets for an East Coast team.

The Bruins may opt to rest Tuukka Rask here tonight, and his backup Niklas Svedberg has been pretty mediocre over his last five starts. The rookie is 2-2 with a rather swollen 3.20 GAA during that span.

Calgary Flames vs. San Jose Sharks Hockey Pick from Will Rogers: November 26th 2014

Calgary Flames vs. San Jose Sharks
NHL Hockey Pick: San Jose -160 odds (November 26th 2014)

The Calgary Flames are coming straight from a 3-2 defeat at Anaheim last night and a win wont come easy tonight either as they’re staying in California to take on the San Jose Sharks. The home team is looking to turn their luck around after two consecutive shootout losses, and facing the Flames could be just what the doctor ordered as Calgary has struggled big time in corresponding match-ups over recent seasons.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Special Teams – The Flames have allowed a goal on three of their last seven penalties and only the Flyers have a worse penalty kill for the season. That could spell trouble against San Jose who is 3-for-11 on the power play over its last three games and is showing the fourth most effective power play in the NHL this season.

2. Road Woes – The home team has been favored in recent meetings between the two teams, with the hosts winning six of the last seven meetings. The home ice advantage is particularly evident for the Sharks as they’ve won seven of the last eight meetings at the Shark Tank.

3. X-Factor – Antti Niemi is 12-2-1 with a 2.18 GAA against the Flames, only allowing seven goals over the last four match-ups.

Selection: This is a play on the San Jose Sharks (Free)

Bruins vs. Canadiens NHL Hockey Pick from Will Rogers: November 13th 2014

Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens
NHL Hockey Pick: Montreal -120 odds (November 13th 2014)

The Boston Bruins were hammered by the Maple Leafs 6-1 in Toronto Wednesday and are coming straight to Montreal to take on the Canadiens tonight. The hosts on the other hand had a day off and are looking to build on a three game winning streak. They’ve already defeated the Bruins once this season, and I like their chances to get the “W” tonight as well.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Special Teams – The Canadiens have hardly been lighting it up on the power-play, but that could all change tonight. The Maple Leafs scored on three of their four power play opportunities against the Bruins last night and Boston are in the bottom five in the league on the penalty kill. Montreal is conceding a goal on less than 85% of its penalties, so I would say it’s a pretty clear advantage to the home team on special teams.

2. Home Cookin’ – More than a few teams have learned the hard way that Montreal is not a place you come and pick up two easy points, The Canadiens have won six of their eight home games so far this season and finished the 2013-2014 season with a top 10 home record.

3. X-factor – The Bruins have lost 11 of the last 15 meetings overall and five of the last seven in Montreal.

Selection: This is a play on the Montreal Canadiens (Free)

Columbus vs. Washington NHL Pick from Will Rogers: November 11th 2014

COLUMBUS VS. WASHINGTON NHL PICK NOVEMBER 11TH 2014Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals
NHL Pick: Washington -190 odds (November 11th 2014)

The Columbus Blue Jackets are coming to Verizon Center on the back off eight consecutive losses as they’re looking to pick up just their fifth win of the season tonight. I don’t like their chances of doing so, the Washington Capitals snapped a five game losing streak of their own Friday and followed that win up by defeating the Canes 4-3 in OT the following day. It may look expensive, but I believe the price is right to back the home team.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Injuries – Columbus #1 netminder Sergei Bobrovsky has not played since Oct 26 and is not likely to make a comeback before the end of the week at best. Backups Curtis McElhinney and Anton Forsberg are still win-less this season and both participated in the 7-4 hammering the Blue Jackets suffered against the Lightning Saturday. Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu will also be unavailable for tonight’s contest.

2. Recent History – The Blue Jackets have only won two of the last eight meetings in Washington, losing the last three.

3. X-factor – Alexander Ovechkin is goal-less over his last three games, but has two goals and three points over his last three at home versus the Blue Jackets.

Selection: This is a play on the Washington Capitals (Free)

Edmonton vs. Philadelphia NHL Odds & Pick from Jesse Schule: November 4th 2014

EDMONTON VS. PHILADELPHIA NHL PICK NOVEMBER 4TH 2014Edmonton Oilers vs. Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Pick: Philadelphia -158 odds (November 4th 2014)

Philly should be all fired up for tonight’s home meeting with the Oilers, coming off back to back losses on the road at Tampa and Florida. This figures to be a tough spot for the visitors, who learned yesterday that their leading scorer Taylor Hall will be sidelined with an MCL sprain, and team captain Andrew Ference will serve a three game suspension for an illegal hit.

The Oilers have had troubles on the road at the best of times, with a record of 0-2-1 so far. They come into tonight’s game off back to back home losses, and they are 0-for-11 on the power-play over their last three games. Edmonton ranks near the bottom of the league in goals against, surrendering an average of 3.5 per game.

Philly took both meetings against Edmonton last season, and they should get a boost with Vinny Lecavalier playing just his second game back after missing seven games due to injury. He scored the only goal in the loss at Florida, and he’s netted six goals and four assists in his last eight games versus the Oilers.

This is a perfect opponent for a Flyers team looking to end a slump.