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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.

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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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