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Nashville Predators vs. Calgary Flames Hockey Pick: October 31st 2014

NASHVILLE VS. CALGARY PICK OCTOBER 31ST 2014Nashville Predators vs. Calgary Flames
Hockey Pick: Under 5 goals (October 31st 2014)
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As is the case with any NHL game, there’s a decent chance these two teams will score a total of five goals tonight. That being said, I believe there is a far greater chance that they come up short of the number, rather than go over that total.

The Flames have only seen one of their nine games so far go over the total, while the Predators have seen the total go under in 8-of-10. Both teams have played rock solid defense this season, and each team comes in riding a hot goaltender.

Jonas Hiller has surrendered just three goals over his last four starts, with a record of 3-2-1 with a 1.63 GAA for the season. Pekka Rinne is 6-1-1 with a 1.71 GAA, and he stopped 26-of-27 shots in a win at Edmonton in his latest start.

He’s had little room for error, as the Predators don’t score a lot of goals, and they are converting on a brutal 7% of their power-play chances. Calgary hasn’t been much better, and they could be thin up front tonight, with four centers listed as questionable (Stajan, Colborne, Backlund & Bennett).

We should see a defensive struggle in Cow Town tonight.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Pick: October 30th 2014

KINGS VS. PENGUINS HOCKEY PICK OCTOBER 30TH 2014Los Angeles Kings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Hockey Pick: Pittsburgh -150 odds (October 30th 2014)
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The reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings have started the season strong, winning six of their nine games. They have only played twice on the road though, losing both in overtime. They might come up short once again here against a Pittsburgh Penguins team who has a tradition of playing its best hockey home in Pennsylvania.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. The Penguins Power Play – Pittsburgh is by far the most effective team on the power play scoring 13 goals on 32 opportunities for an amazing 40.6% success rate. That is certainly no fluke, as they were top of that table last season as well when they converted on 23.4% of their chances to play with a man advantage. Evgeni Malkin has four power play goals and seven power play points total to his name so far this season.

2. Home Cookin’ – The Penguins have been a great bet at home over the last two seasons, going 50-21 SU since 2013. They have an advantage over the Kings as well, winning six of the last eight meetings at CONSOL Energy Center.

3. X-factor – A bit predictable, but Sidney Crosby has been immense so far, registering seven assists and seven goals over the first eight games. He scored twice in Tuesdays 8-3 thumping of the Devils.

Selection: This is a play on the Pittsburgh Penguins (Free)

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction: October 13th 2014

TAMPA BAY VS. MONTREAL NHL PICK OCTOBER 13TH 2014Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens
NHL Hockey Pick: Tampa Bay -130
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The Canadiens have gotten off to a great start (3-0) to the season. The three times they started 4-0? They won the Stanley Cup all three times. I don’t think this year’s team is going to win the Cup, nor do I expect them to start 4-0.

The Canadiens swept the Lightning in the playoffs last year. That should provide some added motivation for the home team tonight.

True, they’re 3-0 to start the year. However, the Habs have been quite fortunate – winning games that they were trailing, twice via the shootout.

The Lightning didn’t have Bishop in goal when they faced the Canadiens last year. He’s back and he’s had a history of success vs. Montreal. In fact, he’s 3-0-1 his last four against the Canadiens, posting a dominant 0.94 GAA in those games. For his career, he’s 5-1-2 with a 1.30 GAA against them.

As coach Cooper noted: “With Bish in there, it definitely helps us. We’ve been a pretty good team with him in the net so it should be fun.”
Consider Tampa

Anaheim Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings NHL Odds & Pick: October 11th 2014

DUCKS VS. RED WINGS NHL ODDS PICK OCTOBER 11TH 2014Anaheim Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings
NHL Pick: Detroit -110 odds (October 11th 2014)
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Both teams are coming off of opposite results in their openers. Anaheim fell apart defensively in Pittsburgh losing 6-4. Detroit on the other hand looked defensively beating Boston 2-1.

Anaheim is coming off a Coming off a 54-win season and have high expectations for this year. The Duck’s were active in the offseason adding, another offensive asset to the NHL’s highest scoring team in the form of center Ryan Kessler. They will have to improve the play between the pipes as the year progresses. Game one starter John Gibson, who has only four regular season starts in his career, gave up three goals in the first 14 minutes. Unfortunately for Detroit, Frederik Andersen will get the start for the Ducks. He has only started 24 regular season games.

Pavel Datsyuk, who played in only 45 games last season and missed the opener with a separated shoulder will probably miss game two as well. Gustav Nyquist, who led the Red Wings with 28 goals in 2013-14, scored the winner against Boston. They did get back some veterans who missed a lot of last season with injury. Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg returned to the Red Wings lineup and should give them much needed help. Franzen assisted on both goals against the Bruins..

The Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, has the fifth-most starts in the NHL since 2009 with 274. He’s 9-3-1 with a 2.00 GAA in regular-season action against the Ducks The Ducks have won their previous two regular-season trips to Detroit after winning three times in their first 36 games there (3-25-5 with three ties) since entering the league in 1993-94.
I am playing on the red Wings today. I am going with the more experienced goaltender at this early stage of the season. Detroit is coming off a win against Boston and I think they continue the winning today against Anaheim.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Dallas Stars NHL Odds & Pick: October 9th 2014

BLACKHAWKS VS. STARS NHL ODDS PICK OCTOBER 9TH 2014Chicago Blackhawks vs. Dallas Stars
NHL Pick: Over 5.5 goals -110 odds (October 9th 2014)
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The Blackhawks will play their season opener in Dallas, in a game that features two of the best teams in the Western Conference. The Hawks are Stanley Cup champs in 2010 and 2013, Chicago should be eager to make another championship run. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are still in the prime of their careers.

Chicago ranked 2nd in the NHL scoring an average of 3.18 goals per game last season, and Dallas wasn’t far behind. The Stars added Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky in the off-season, which should make their second line better than most team’s top line. If there is any doubt whether or not Dallas is a contender, it’s the defense and goaltending that is considered a question mark.

The Stars allowed an average of 2.71 goals per game last season, the most of any team that made the playoffs. Kari Lehtonen posted a 2.41 GAA last year, but he hasn’t had much success against Chicago. The Stars #1 goaltender is 0-4-2 with a 3.96 GAA in six home starts versus the Hawks.

These teams have seen the total go over in six of the last seven head to head meetings.

Take OVER.

NHL Hockey Picks for October 8th 2014: Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs

Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Hockey Pick: Montreal Canadiens +103 odds (October 8th 2014)
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These longtime rivals faced each other on opening night, at Montreal, last season. The Leafs won that fight-filled affair by a 4-3 margin.

In fact, that was the fourth year in a row that the Leafs began the season by beating the Canadiens.

I feel the Canadiens have a solid shot at finally returning the favor to start this season.

Every season is different and both these teams have some new faces.

That said, Montreal was the only Canadian team to make the playoffs last season and has high hopes for this year.

Meanwhile, the Leafs were atrocious at their own end of the ice last season. They ranked 28th in killing penalties (78.4%) which helped lead to a poor 3.07 GAA mark, 26th worst in the league.

The Habs, who are taking a new “four alternate captain” approach, are well aware the the Leafs start every season by beating them. I expect that to be a motivating factor for them.

Starting on the road, away from the intense pressure in Montreal, may also be helpful. The Canadiens have won five of their past seven here and 12 of their past 20. Consider Montreal. (1* Free Opinion)

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Los Angeles Kings vs. New York Rangers Betting Line & Pick: June 9th 2014

KINGS VS. RANGERS BETTING LINE PICKLos Angeles Kings vs. New York Rangers
Betting Pick: Rangers -127 line (June 9th 2014)
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The Free NHL Play is on The NY. Rangers. Game 56 at 8:05 eastern. The Rangers have led just about every minute in regulation in the series but return home after a pair of disappointing losses. In NHL History Three teams have lost Games 1-2 of a best-of-7 NHL Finals on the road but won the series: the 1971 Montreal Canadiens over the Chicago Blackhawks; the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins over the Detroit Red Wings; the 2011 Boston Bruins over the Vancouver Canucks. So the series can still be competitive and the Rangers should be energized by what will be a raucous crowd. The historical grid below shows that Game 3 teams off back to back road losses tend to bounce back. New York knows the importance of this game and will primed for a complete 60 minute effort and get one back here at home tonight. Look for the Rangers to win game 3. On Monday we have 3 Big MLB Plays up all are from Perfect league wide systems direct from the MLB Database. Two are totals that are averaging over 11 runs. MLB Cashing big again this season, our top 6* NBA play cashes with Miami. Jump on now and Start the week big. For the Free NHL Game 3 play take The NY. Rangers. RV

Blackhawks vs. Kings Betting Odds & Pick from Bob Harvey: May 30th 2014

BLACKHAWKS VS. KINGS BETTING PICK ODDS MAY 30TH 2014Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings
NHL Betting Pick: Los Angeles -130 odds (May 30th 2014)
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Take #24 Los Angeles (-130) over Chicago Blackhawks (6:00 p.m. PDT Friday, May 30)

After staving off elimination in Game, the Chicago Blackhawks will again look to extend its season with a victory over the Los Angeles tonight at Staples Center.

Don’t tell the Kings about comebacks and elimination games. This is the first series in which they’ve held a lead this far into the proceedings. After jumping out to a 3-1 lead, as Michal Handzus burned his former team by scoring 2:04 into the second extra period. Chicago still hasn’t lost four straight this season and are hoping they can finish the Western Conference Finals.

The Blackhawks needed to bottle up some of that momentum they accrued from Wednesday’s dramatic victory. The problem is that Chicago has struggled away from the United Center going 2-6 in their last eight postseason road games.

I had this series pegged as a tight, taught defensive struggle (insert the laugh track here) The Blackhawks and Kings are putting on an offensive clinic with the last four games soaring above total of 5. The two teams lit up the lamp for eight goals in Game 2, seven in Games 3 and 4 and nine in Game 5.
At times the Western Conference Finals have shown a resemblance to NHL all-star game where neither side plays defense.

Who knew the Kings would become a scoring machine. Marion Gaborik has 11 goals and seven assists through 19 games while Anje Kopitar recorded his league-leading 23rd point by picking up an assist on Gaborik’s first period on Wednesday.

Early on in this series, I thought the team with the better goaltender would win. It obviously hasn’t turned out that way and instead it’s been like a video game. The Blackhawks obviously didn’t get the memo that the Kings were the top defensive team in the regular season.

Based solely on home ice advantage, and a fervent desire not to return to Chicago for Game 7, I think the LA skaters will find a way to win tonight.

Blackhawks vs. Kings Betting Pick & Odds from Heath Mac: May 26th 2014

BLACKHAWKS VS. KINGS ODDS PICK MAY 26TH 2014Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings
Betting Pick: Over 5 goals -110 odds (May 26th 2014)
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We have the number one offense of the Blackhawks up against the number one defense of the Kings here, but it is the Kings doing all the damage on the scoreboard at the moment.

The Kings have outscored the Hawks 10-5 in their last 2 games and their offense has really clicked. The last 4 match ups between these two teams have seen game totals of 8, 4, 8 and 7 – a total of 27 goals in 4 games at an average of nearly 7 goals per game.

We’re getting the plus money here and we’re confident of at least getting a 3-2 push in this one so there is definite value on the OVERs.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles. The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles’s last 6 games.

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