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Kings vs. Sharks NHL Hockey Pick from Will Rogers: February 21st 2015

KINGS VS. SHARKS HOCKEY PICK FEBRUARY 21ST 2015Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks
NHL Hockey Pick: Los Angeles -115 odds (February 21st 2015)
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The defending champion Los Angeles Kings will face the San Jose Sharks at Levi’s Stadium tonight, and this game will have massive playoff implications. The Sharks have been sliding in the standings, and now sit in the eighth and final playoff spot, just two points up on the Kings. These teams met in the first round of last year’s playoffs, and the Sharks blew a 3-0 series lead. The Kings are the hotter of the two teams, and they seem to have had the Sharks number of late.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Previous History – The Kings are hot, winners of six straight overall. They’ve also won six of their last eight versus San Jose, who has been slumping of late, winning just three of their last 10 overall.

2. Goaltending – Antti Niemi has lost three of his last five starts, and he’s allowed 16 goals during that span. He can expect to see a lot of rubber against the Kings tonight.

3. X-Factor – Tyler Toffoli has been on fire during the Kings winning streak, scoring five goals and tallying eight points over his last five games.

Selection: This is a play on the Los Angeles Kings

Florida Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Pick: February 17th 2015

Florida Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Pick: Florida -105 odds (February 17th 2015)
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The Florida Panthers are only four points back of the Bruins for the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and still have an outside shot at making the playoffs. To keep that dream alive they need to pick up two points against teams like the Maple Leafs, something they’ve done already once this season as they won 6-4 on home ice on Dec 28.

The Panthers have dominated this series of late, winning four of the last five meetings. They’ll be looking to snap three game losing streak over which they’ve produced only two goals, but facing Toronto could be just what they need to get that offense going. The Maple Leafs 3.11 goals against average on home ice ranks is among the worst marks in the league, and their goalie Jonathan Bernier is 0-7-2 over his last nine starts. Florida’s star netminder Roberto Luongo meanwhile has allowed only nine goals over his last five appearances and has been dominant against Toronto over recent meetings going 11-1-0 with a 2.18 GAA over the last 13 match-ups.

The Maple Leafs have lost 14 of their last 15 games with the lone win coming against the lowly Oilers. Their season is practically over and they sent forward Mike Santorelli and defenseman Cody Franson to Nashville Sunday, already starting an overhaul of the team for the next season. Getting a fired up Panthers team at a pick’em here is great value in my opinion.

Boston Bruins vs. Calgary Flames NHL Pick from Mike Lundin: February 16th 2015

BOSTON VS. CALGARY BETTING PICKBoston Bruins vs. Calgary Flames
NHL Pick: Under 5 goals (February 16th 2015)
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The Bruins are coming to Scotiabank Saddledome tonight looking to end a three game skid over which they’ve averaged only two goals per game. Goals won’t come easy in this contest either though, facing a Flames team that against all odds just refuses to drop out of the play-off race.

Calgary is off a 3-2 win against its Pacific Division rival Vancouver Saturday where Karri Ramo turned away 28 shots, and he is confirmed to start tonight as well. He’ll most likely be matched up against Tuukka Rask who will be looking to bounce back after a sub-par performance against the Nucks Friday. He’s having a tremendous season overall though, compiling a 2.32 GAA over 46 appearances.

The Bruins have struggled on the power play of late, going a lowly 3-for-27 on the man advantage over their last 12 games. They might not get many chances to improve on those numbers tonight, the Flames are taking only 7.82 PIM per game, and have a red hot penalty kill that has killed of 16 consecutive shorthanded situations.

This will be the first meeting for the season, but previous match-ups have strongly favored the under. None of the last four meetings in Calgary have gone over the total, and the under is 5-1-3 in the last nine meetings overall. Both teams are showing strong trends to go under the total this season as well, with the under favored 25-20 in Boston’s games and 29-24 in the Flames’.

Washington Capitals vs. Los Angeles Kings Odds & Pick: February 14th 2015

CAPITALS VS. KINGS ODDSWashington Capitals vs. Los Angeles Kings
NHL Pick: Kings -135 odds (February 14th 2015)
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This should be a great match up and I’ll definitely be tuning into this one. Both teams are heating up right now, Washington coming off a great OT win against the Sharks and LA coming off a dominating win where they outshot Calgary 45-18. These teams are built very similarly in terms of grit and skill up front and on the back end. Holtby was dominant the last time these teams played, making 27 saves for the shutout; that will NOT happen in this one.

The Kings are great at home (17-6-6) and even though the Capitals have a strong road record (14-9-5) L.A. is really turning up the heat for that last spot in the Western Conference. They’ve won 3 in a row and the return of Tyler Toffoli has really helped get Jeff Carter get going again (5 points in the last two games). I know all about the concern for L.A. goalie Jonathon Quick this year (he’s on my fantasy team, driving me nuts), but the reality is that L.A. is a sleeping giant that has been woken up.

This team is shifting in desperation mode as the playoffs approach and they’ve finally looked like the defending champs over this past week. Barry Trotz has been a godsend for Washington, and he’s no stranger to L.A. after coaching in Nashville for so many years, but this will be a real test for the Caps. The Kings have too much momentum, fire power, and big game experience to let this one slip away. Should be a great game, but the Kings will keep the crown.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames Betting Odds & Pick: February 12th 2015

Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames
Betting Pick: Calgary Flames +150 odds (February 12th 2015)
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The Kings are the reigning cup champs and everyone knows what kind of team they can be, but we need to talk about the kind of team they are. They’ve won 2 out of the last 3 championships and have made deep playoff runs for the last several years. Calgary has been the surprise team of the season, they’re tough and talented; just like their Los Angeles counterparts. What we’re seeing from the Kings this season has been a symptom of too many games played; fatigue, maybe a bit of overconfidence. LA has always been able to find their game when they need it most. L.A. is used as a benchmark for your team every night they play.

Nothing gets the boys going more than knowing that you just beat the defending champs. I don’t think LA will miss the playoffs, but I don’t believe they win this game either. They’ve lost 3 in a row against Calgary, who really steps their game up when they play L.A. Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan have been playing fantastic, as has the whole team, going 9-3-0 since January 10th. Another omen for the Kings: all world goaltender Jonathan Quick (although he has been pretty ordinary this year) has a mere .879 save percentage against Calgary this year. Flames coming in hot.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Florida Panthers NHL Pick from Mike Lundin: February 10th 2015

ANAHEIM VS. FLORIDA NHL PICK Anaheim Ducks vs. Florida Panthers
NHL Pick: Anaheim Ducks -117 odds (February 10th 2015)
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The Ducks are looking to bounce back after suffering consecutive losses, the most recent a 5-3 defeat against the Lightning two days ago. They’re 12-2 in their last 14 games playing on one day of rest though, and tonight’s opposition is of way lesser quality as they’re coming to Florida to face off with the Panthers. The hosts have split the first two of a three game home-stand, coming off a 3-2 SO loss against the Predators. They’ve won only two of their last nine at home, and could be in for a tough game here as Anaheim will be eager to revenge a 6-2 home loss earlier in the season.

Florida’s penalty kill has performed well below par of late, going a lowly 9-for-15 over their its last five game. Combine that with a red hot Ducks power play scoring in four of their last five games and I would say special teams advantage the Ducks.

Fredrik Andersen is likely to sit out after the goal cage fell on him Sunday. Ilya Bryzgalov who is 5-2-2 with a 1.83 GAA lifetime against tonight’s opposition is ready to fill in, and the Panthers goaltending situation is not ideal either with their star netminder Roberto Luongo posting a 3.20 GAA over his last ten appearances, booking only two wins.

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New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres Betting Pick: February 8th 2015

ISLANDERS VS. SABRES NHL PICK FEBRUARY 8TH 2015New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres
NHL Betting Pick: Buffalo +1.5 (February 8th 2015)
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The Buffalo Sabres started the year with 12 straight losses, but have played decent hockey of late winning two of their last three defeating both the Montreal Canadiens and the Dallas Stars, losing only to the red hot Blues. They’ll host a banged up New York Islanders team seemingly heading in the opposite direction, winning only one of their last five, a hard-fought 3-2 SO road win against the lowly Philadelphia Flyers. Kyle Okopsi is second on the team with his 14 goals this season but has been out since Jan 19 and the Islanders will most likely also have to do without Calvin de Haan and Cal Clutterbuck.

It is unclear who will go in goal for the two teams, but I would assume the Islanders will turn to Jaroslav Halak for a second straight night. He’s 1-1-0 with a 3.69 GAA when playing on back-to-back days, while his counterpart in the Sabres goal Jhonas Enroth has played a huge part in the Sabres recent success.

Both teams played last night and the Islanders will play their third road game in four days, which makes me think we’ll see a slow tight game here. The Sabres picked up a 4-3 SO win at home on Dec 27th the first meeting of the season, and I think they’ll at least keep this a close one.

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Red Wings vs. Coyotes Hockey Pick from Nick Parsons: February 7th 2015

Detroit Red Wings vs. Arizona Coyotes
NHL Hockey Pick: Detroit -160 odds (February 7th 2015)
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The Red Wings are 30-12-9 have gone 8-2-0 since starting goalie Jimmy Howard went down with an injury. Petr Mrazek has gone 5-2-0 despite a 3.29 GAA in his first eight games subbing in. He has won the last two with one goal allowed and a .980 save percentage, including 3-0 victory over Colorado. Things have been smooth offensively with an average of 3.78 goals per game in the last nine, and the Red Wings’ seven goals in the last two games have come from seven different sticks. Detroit is 3 for 6 on the man advantage over the last two games. The success has been season-long at a league-best 25.8 percent. The Red Wings have won eight straight when tallying a power-play goal.

The Coyotes comes in with a 19-27-7 record so far this season. They are coming off a 2-1 loss to Carolina after winning to in a row. Arizona has struggled at home with a 9-12-4 record and four straight defeats with five goals scored. Mike Smith made 40 saves and has turned in consecutive quality starts, allowing two goals. Smith has a 2.01 GAA over a 3-1-0 stretch against Detroit.

Detroit has been playing good as of late and has been putting the puck in the net, while Arizona has struggled scoring. Arizona has been struggling at home and that will continue against the Red Wings. The Red Wings have too much offense for Arizona to handle.
Play on Detroit. This is a (1*) free play.

Columbus vs. Ottawa NHL Pick from Will Rogers: February 7th 2015

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Ottawa Senators
NHL Pick: Ottawa -157 odds (February 7th 2015)
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Will Rogers takes to the ice for his free play for the second straight day. Yesterday’s free play was a winner with New Jersey. Here he takes a look at the matchup between Columbus and Ottawa.

The Ottawa Senators will host the Columbus Blue Jackets in a conference matchup. The Blue Jackets are coming off a huge 7-1 blowout win over St. Louis last night. The Senators meanwhile haven’t played since Thursday night. These two teams have met twice already and the Senators took both meetings. The Senators will have the advantage of rest and home ice in this game and it should be enough to get the win.

Here are my keys to the game:
Good matchup for the Senators – Ottawa is 4-1 against the Blue Jackets the last three seasons. The Senators haven’t lost to the Jackets since the 2013 season.

Jackets goaltending woes – Curtis McElhinney, who made 32 saves Friday, is 0-3-0 with a 3.82 GAA in four starts against Ottawa. The other option is rookie Anton Forsberg, who is 0-2-0 with a 4.35 GAA in three starts. Columbus all-star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is out with an injury.

X-Factor – The Senators top scorer Bobby Ryan leads the team with 37 points but has gone point-less in two straight. It’s difficult to keep this guy down and we should look for him to make a difference in this game.

Selection: This is a 1* Free Play on the Ottawa Senators.

Blackhawks vs. Jets NHL Betting Odds & Pick: February 6th 2015

BLACKHAWKS VS. JETS BETTING ODDS PICKChicago Blackhawks vs. Winnipeg Jets
NHL Betting Pick: Blackhawks -145 odds (February 6th 2015)
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The Blackhawks and the Jets have already battled each other three times in Chicago this season with the Jets claiming all three, but tonight it’s the Jets turn to play host at MTS Centre. They’ve been better on the road than in their own building so far, showing a losing home record and have dropped five straight meetings with the Blackhawks on home-ice. They’re 1-5 in their last six home games facing a team with a winning road record, which the Blackhawks possess going 15-11-1 away from home.

Chicago will play its sixth game of a seven game road trip, and it can not be pleased with the results so far going 2-3-0 over the first five. It has been shut out in two consecutive losses and I’m looking for a big response from its offense here. The Jets have allowed 23 goals over a five game skid and have struggled immensely on the penalty kill, yielding eight goals.

Only three points separate the two teams in the standings and the Blackhawks are only five points ahead of the Canucks who sits eighth in the Western Conference. This is not a situation Chicago can be comfortable with, and I think they’ll give it their all here against a Conference foe.

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