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Dallas Stars vs. Anaheim Ducks Betting Odds & Pick from Scott Spreitzer: April 18th 2014

Betting Pick: Under 5.5 goals -110 odds (April 18th 2014)

I’m recommending a play on the Under in tonight’s matchup between the Stars & Ducks. A lot of goals were scored in game-1 and the Ducks are looking to take better care of the puck after too many giveaways in the 4-3 Anaheim win. We also saw what seemed to be a loss of a little of their defensive intensity after the Ducks built a 4-0 lead and coaches addressed the issue following game-1. I expect attention to detail when it comes to controlling the puck and on the defensive end tonight from both teams. I’m recommending a play on the Under on Friday. Thanks & GL! Scott Spreitzer.

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Rangers vs. Canadiens NHL Hockey Prediction from Jesse Schule: April 12th 2014

Jesse Schule - NHL PickNew York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens
Hockey Prediction: Montreal -126 odds (April 12th 2014)

The Habs play their final game of the season on home ice, hosting the Rangers at the Bell Centre. New York has nothing left to play for, having already clinched home ice in the playoffs.

Montreal trails Tampa by a single point, but they can put themselves back in front with a victory tonight. The Lightning wrap up the season on the road in Washington on Sunday, in what appears to be a tough spot for the visitors, who are without their #1 goaltender Ben Bishop.

The Rangers are likely going to limit the ice time of their star players, in order to reduce the risk of picking up an injury in a meaningless game at the end of the season. Winning the game will definitely take a back seat to staying healthy.

Carey Price will look to continue his success against the Rangers at home, as he’s 6-1-1 with a 1.33 GAA in nine career starts, and four of those six wins were shutouts.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers NHL Betting Pick from Heath Mac: April 10th 2014

Heath Mac - NHL PIckLos Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers
NHL Betting Pick: Kings -152 odds (April 10th 2014)

The Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers will meet for the fourth and final time this season on Thursday. The Kings lead the series 3-0 and could beat the Oilers for the sixth straight time.

The Kings have very little momentum heading into the playoffs, as they’ve lost three straight and four of their last five games. It’s the lack of offense that has hurt the Kings during this stretch, as they’ve scored two or less goals in three of their last five games. Goalie Johnathan Quick keeps giving the Kings chances to win games, as he’s allowed two or less goals in six of his last eight starts. After winning eight consecutive road games, the Kings have now lost three straight road games. The Los Angeles Kings are 23-14-0-4 on the road overall.

The Oilers continue to be one of the worst teams in the NHL and have lost seven of their last 10 games. The Oilers struggles come from the defensive end, as Edmonton has allowed three or more goals in eight of its last 10 games. That includes several games where the Oilers have allowed five goals in a single game.

The Kings are 10-3 in their last 13 vs. a team with a losing record. The Oilers are 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Kings are 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Edmonton.

With the way the Kings have dominated the Oilers over the past couple of seasons, getting LA at these odds SU is an absolute gift. Take the Kings and call it a day, as there’s no reason to believe the Oilers are going to snap their losing streak over the Kings this season.

Edmonton is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Los Angeles. Edmonton is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home. Edmonton is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games. Los Angeles is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Edmonton. Los Angeles is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games and 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road.

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Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks Odds & Prediction: April 10th 2014

Will Rogers - NHL PickColorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks
Prediction: Colorado -118 odds (April 10th 2014)

The Colorado Avalanche should have no problem with the Vancouver Canucks tonight.
Here are my keys to the game:

1. Turmoil – After being eliminated from playoff contention, there’s some house cleaning going on in Vancouver as already GM Mike Gillis has been axed and Trevor Linden is now in charge. You have to wonder if coach John Tortorella is going to be the next to go. This season has just been a massive disappointment on all fronts and over the last five games the team has been outscored 15-6, losing four times.

2. Surging – While the Canucks are done for the year, the Avs appear to be just getting warmed up. They haven’t suffered a regulation loss in eight games (7-0-1) and during that time they’ve given up less than two goals per game. As a result, they now trail St. Louis by only two points in the Central Division. If everything goes their way tonight, they could end up tied with the Blues!

3. X-Factor – Colorado hasn’t had much luck at all here in Rogers Centre, but things have changed on both sides. The Avs are much better this year compared to recent seasons while Vancouver is missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in five seasons.

Selection: This is a free play on the Colorado Avalanche (1*)

Detroit vs. Buffalo NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Heath Mac: April 8th 2014

Heath Mac - NHL PIckDetroit Red Wings vs. Buffalo Sabres
NHL Betting Pick: Detroit +1.5 +152 odds (April 8th 2014)

The Sabres were bad before they got hit with a tonne of injuries, now they’re just plain terrible. The Sabres are on a 2-13-1 stretch where they have been on the end of some thumpings.

The Red Wings are a good road team this season, posting a 19-15-4 record, but they have dropped away a little, going 2-6 on the road in their last 8 games. Babcock’s squad should have an easier time against the Sabres, whom the Red Wings are 22-2-1 with one tie against dating back to March 27, 1996. They’ve taken seven straight meetings, including three this season after a 3-2 home victory on Friday.

Buffalo will start their 8th goalie of the season, Matt Hackett, who is 1-3-1 with a 3.23 goals against average in five starts since being recalled from AHL affiliate Rochester on March 17.

The Red Wings will go with Jimmy Howard in the net and he has won all five career starts against the Sabres with one shutout and a 1.20 goals-against average.

Buffalo is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Detroit. Buffalo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit. Buffalo is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games and 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home. Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games and have outscore the Sabres 3.20 gpg to 1.70 gpg over their last 10 match ups, of which the Red Wings have won 9.

Take the Red Wings -1 ½ goals here.

Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets NHL Hockey Pick from Will Rogers: April 7th 2014

Will Rogers - NHL PickMinnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets
NHL Hockey Pick: Minnesota -105 odds (April 7th 2014)

Minnesota can lock up a playoff berth with a win tonight in Winnipeg. This has been a good road team of late and with the Jets season all over but the shouting while the Wild have been hot, I expect the two points to go the way of the visitors in this one.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Traveling Well – Minnesota is 4-1-2 its last seven road games. They have won in Winnipeg earlier this year. They have a recent win in Los Angeles, which is impressive.

2. Recent Trends – The Wild are coming off a tough four-game stretch that saw them go 3-0-1. While the Jets beat the slumping Leafs two days ago, they had just four wins in their previous 12 games.

3. X-Factor – Coming off an impressive shutout of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, the Wild are in a good place here. They have won four of six coming off a shutout win this season.

Selection: This is a free play on the Minnesota Wild (1*)

Avalanche vs. Blues NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Patrick Webb: April 5th 2014

Patrick Webb - NHL PickColorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues
NHL Betting Pick: Blues -194 odds (April 5th 2014)

St. Louis has dominated Colorado this season (3-0 and outscored the Avalanche 13-5) and although they will be without two key regulars (Steen and Jackman) they have a ton to play for as a win today can clinch their division and help them give them a game on Boston for the overall best record in the NHL. This game will feature two contrasts in styles as St. Louis is a puck-dominating machine (3rd Fenwick/ 6th Corsi) against a Colorado team that is routinely out-shot but has a very strong PDO number (Save% + Shot%).

I generally prefer to play favorites on the puck line, but Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov has been insane over his last 5 games allowing only 2 goals in his last 4 starts for an insane 94.1% save percentage and the Avalanche have killed 14 of their last 16 penalties. The Blues’ Ryan Miller should be well rested for this game and is coming off of a shootout shutout versus the Flyers. With goaltending being basically even give me the stronger 5/5 team which is St. Louis by a mile.

St. Louis 3 Colorado 2

NHL Hockey Pick: Coyotes vs. Kings Prediction from Art Aronson: April 2nd 2014

Art Aronson - MLB PickPhoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings
NHL Prediction: Over 5 -110 odds (April 2nd 2014)

The last meeting between these two teams saw quite a few goals scored and I expect we see the same here. Keep in mind that the last three games between these two teams held in LA saw an average of 7.3 goals scored. The Kings were idle last night but have been lying in wait for the Coyotes after blowing two leads in the loss to Minnesota on Monday. The Kings had won six straight before the loss so I expect we see some execution from a team that averaged 3.5 goals per game over that stretch. LA comes into this game with the added motivation of looking to revenge three straight losses to the Coyotes. Phoenix meanwhile is coming in on the back end of a back to back situation after a 1-2 SO loss to the Jets last night. The Coyotes don’t have the luxury of taking a night off with the race for the final playoff spots in the West up for grabs here. Phoenix no doubt wants to score more than a goal in a game like it did yesterday and should have confidence against the Kings where the team has had success of late. The Coyotes might have problems in net though as starter Mike Smith is still injured and team will have to go with the third starter or again with backup goalie Tomas Greiss here who hasn’t been a starter ever in his NHL career. Take note the “over” is a strong 5-2 in Phoenix games road games where the line was set at five goals. Consider going with the higher number here.

Bruins vs. Flyers Betting Odds & Pick from Heath Mac: March 30th 2014

Heath Mac - NHL Hockey PickBoston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Betting Pick: Under 5.5 goals -110 odds (March 30th 2014)

The Bruins are 14-0-1 in their last 15 games and are dominating at both ends of the ice. They own the best defense in the NHL, allowing just 2.09 goals per game, while also owning the number 1 ranked road offense, scoring at 3.29 gpg.

The Philadelphia Flyers are playing very well themselves, having gone 14-5-1 to move one point behind the New York Rangers for second in the Metropolitan Division.

The Bruins have allowed just 6 goals in their last 5 games at 1.2 gpg. The Flyers have also improved their defense recently and have allowed 11 goals in their last 5 games at 2.2 gpg.

This one should be a tight defensive, high quality affair with goals at a premium as two very good teams fight it out. The Bruins last 5 games have seen 20 goals at an average of 4 goals per game.

Take the UNDER 5 ½ goals here in my NHL Free Play.

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Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Odds & Pick: March 29th 2014

Alex Smart - NHL PickDetroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Hockey Pick: Over 5.5 goals -110 odds (March 29th 2014)

The Leafs really looked like they were going to make the playoffs easily this season, But that was before their current 7 game losing streak. The team is no longer getting hot goal tending and have now allowed 28 goals during their current win drought. Meanwhile, the Detroit Red Wings have not played that much better and are on a 3 game losing skid of their own. With their goaltending and defense not living up to expectations. Red Wings G Jimmy Howard, who will make his ninth straight start Saturday, has allowed four goals or more in five of his last seven postings between the pipes. This game Im betting features enough offense for the total to be eclipsed. These pertinent trends also point to this wagering option.

Over is 4-0-1 in Red Wings last 5 overall.Over is 11-1 in Maple Leafs last 12 Saturday games.Over is 20-8-1 in Maple Leafs last 29 home games.Over is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings.