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Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Islanders Betting Odds & Pick: November 30th 2015

AVALANCHE VS. ISLANDER BETTING ODDS PICKColorado Avalanche vs. New York Islanders
NHL Betting Pick: Over 5.5 goals -110 odds (November 30th 2015)

Colorado has been scoring plenty of goals of late, with Matt Duchene leading the charge with 11 goals in November. The Avs are one of the worst possession teams in the league right now, and I’m not saying it’s because of coach Partrick Roy, but let’s be honest it’s absolutely because of Patrick Roy. Both teams give up nearly 3 goals a game, with the Avs actually giving up 3.04. Goalie Seymon Varlamov has been less than stellar, with a sub .900 svp. The Islanders haven’t been ripping up the league quite like they were a year ago, their 13-9 record puts them in a middling Metropolitan position (4th). While Halak has been good this year he hasn’t been outstanding. If you watch the games or pay attention to the stats community you’ll see that the Islanders are giving up more quality scoring chances than they’re generating. Doesn’t matter who your goalies are when the other team is letting them fly from the middle of the slot. Let’s rip some goals.

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Florida Panthers vs. Detroit Red Wings NHL Odds & Pick from Al McMordie: November 29th 2015


Florida Panthers vs. Detroit Red Wings
NHL Betting Pick: Detroit -133 odds (November 29th 2015)

At 2:05 pm, our complimentary selection is on the Detroit Red Wings over the Florida Panthers. This is the only game on the NHL ledger today as the Panthers travel north to face the Red Wings for the first time this season in this matinee. And with their recently re-discovered scoring touch, the Red Wings are hoping to take a page from the local football team and do to the Panthers on this holiday weekend what the Lions did to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thanksgiving. The Wings appear to be healthy now – or at least healthier – with the returns of Centers Pavel Datsyuk and Brad Richards and the impact of having both of these leaders on the ice has been evident on the scoreboard. After an eight-game stretch from October 27 thru November 14 in which the Wings scored more than two goals on just one occasion (and went 4-4 as a result), they have since gone 4-2 and netted three or four goals in each of those four victories. So the fact that Florida has won the last four meetings here at Joe Louis arena or that the road team is 6-1 in the last seven meetings should not really be a concern this afternoon, especially since it’s the Panthers who are now in the midst of a scoring slump, going 1-3 in their last four games as a result. The Wings are 5-0 in their last five games vs. a team with a losing record. Take Detroit. As always, good luck…Al McMordie.

Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings Betting Odds & Pick from Ari Atari: November 18th 2015

CAPITALS VS. RED WINGS BETTING NHLWashington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings
NHL Betting Pick: Capitals -119 odds (November 18th 2015)

The last time these two teams met Alex Ovechkin fired 15 shots in a 1-0 loss. Ovechkin is still looking to break Sergei Fedorov’s Russian goal scoring record and hasn’t recorded a point in two straight games. The good news for the Caps is that they’re in the top ten in nearly every significant traditional and advanced metric this season and sitting comfortably ensconced near the top of their division.

On the other hand Detroit has been one of the weaker possession teams in the league, but has been getting exceptional goaltending from the Mrazek-Howard duo, with Mrazek getting the lion’s share. However, Jimmy Howard starts this one and isn’t immune to dropping a start here or there. The return of Pavel Datsyuk will help ease Detroit’s offensive woes, but he’s pointless through three games and clearly hasn’t found his game yet. Zetterberg has been in a slump and it took some weak goaltending from the Senators in order for the Red Wings to salvage an OT win. Brayden Holtby has been fantastic against the Wings in his last four starts, going 4-0, so look for that trend to continue. Couple the Wings sub .500 home record and the Capitals 5-2 road record and you’ve got a recipe for a Capitals win.

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New York Islanders vs. Anaheim Ducks Betting Odds & Pick from Ari Atari: November 13th 2015

ISLANDERS VS. DUCKS NHL ODDSNew York Islanders vs. Anaheim Ducks
NHL Betting Pick: Ducks -138 odds (November 13th 2015)

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The Islanders are hardly the same team they were a year ago. Sure, defensively they are still solid but the offensive pop that made them one of the most feared teams in the league has seemed to dry up. That’s not saying that Anaheim is ripping goals galore this season, in fact they have the least potent offense in the league right now. However, not counting the awful overtime the other night the Ducks’ offense is coming alive. Perry and Getzlaf have both been getting on the score sheet and goalie Frederick Andersen has been sensational all year.

Anaheim was picked by many to compete for the cup this season for a reason, sooner or later this team will figure out. If you’ve watched any of their games recently they’ve been playing markedly better. On the other hand the Isles haven’t shown much fight, although they battled hard against an L.A. team the day prior. The Ducks will pull out the W against a tired and uninspired New York.

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Florida Panthers vs. Anaheim Ducks NHL Betting Pick from Mike Lundin: November 4th 2015


Florida Panthers vs. Anaheim Ducks
NHL Betting Pick: Ducks -137 odds (November 4th 2015)

The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Preds 4-2 Sunday for their mere second win of the season. I think they’ll make it two on the bounce when hosting the Florida Panthers tonight. Florida is off back-to-back losses to Boston and Washington and has won only two of its last seven games. A lower-body injury has kept leading scorer Jaromir Jagr out of the last two games, both losses, but he could be back here. On the other hand the Ducks might have Ryan Getzlaf available after him missing the last three with a case of appendicitis that required surgery.

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Dallas Stars vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Prediction: November 2nd 2015

DALLAS VS. TORONT NHL BETTING PICKDallas Stars vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Hockey Pick: Dallas -165 odds (November 2nd 2015)

The Dallas Stars are finally playing up to their potential and are 9-2-0 for the season. They’ll visit the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs tonight and I expect the Stars to win this one easy. Their power play have been terrific all season and they’re coming into this game with the third best mark in the NHL with a 26.3% conversion rate. The Leafs meanwhile have struggled on the penalty kill all season with goals conceded on 26.3% of their shorthanded situations. They’re among the worst for both goals scored (2.0) and goals against (3.3) while the Stars are among the best for goals scored and they have two solid goaltenders in Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi to choose from.

Note that:
– The Stars are 3-2 against the puckline over five road-games this season. The Maple Leafs have covered the puckline in just one of their four at home.
– The Maple Leafs were shut out in a 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh Saturday and they’re 1-7 in their last eight games following a loss of three or more goals.
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Boston Bruins vs. Colorado Avalanche Over-Under Betting Pick from Al McMordie: October 14th 2015


Boston Bruins vs. Colorado Avalanche
Over-Under Betting Pick: Over 5 runs (October 14th 2015)

At 10:05 pm, our complimentary selection is on the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche ‘over’ the total. There was a time (recently) when Tuukka Rask was considered one of the best goaltenders in the game. In fact, two seasons ago, the Bruins net-minder led the league with seven shutouts along with a 2.04 GAA in 57 games played and took home the Vezina Trophy at the end of the campaign. But last season, Rask logged a career-high 70 games between the pipes and that workload wore on him as his GAA rose all the way to 2.30 and he suffered a league-high 13 overtime losses. This season – although we’re only three games in – things are even worse. Rask is basically the worst goalie in the game right now based on his staggering 14 goals allowed. Part of his problem is no doubt the fact that new GM Don Sweeney decided to clean house and in the process the team lost a core defensive player with the departure of Dougie Hamilton. And Rask has to face a pretty good offensive team tonight in the Avs, who have scored 10 goals in their first two games, but whose goaltending is also a bit suspect as Semyon Varlamov has allowed eight goals and has a saves percentage of just .873. The over is 6-0 in the Bruins’ last six games following a loss of three or more goals. Take the ‘over.’ As always, good luck…Al McMordie. Don’t miss any of our 19 Football Winners, or our Baseball Total of the Month today. Join for a week or month today. And when you join, you’ll get all of our Football, MLB, Hockey, NBA and Horse Racing. The Breeders’ Cup is at the end of October, and we’ve cashed our last 4 horse races and 5 of our last 6 (+$19,450).

Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Betting Odds & Pick: October 7th 2015


Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Betting Pick: Montreal -140 odds (October 7th 2015)

The Toronto Maple Leafs are off a highly disappointing 2014/2015 season and I think they’re in for a rough start to the new campaign as well when hosting the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night. The Canadiens won all four meetings last season outscoring Toronto 14-7. Goals won’t come easy tonight either for a Maple Leafs team that has dealt five-time 30-goal scorer Phil Kessel to Pittsburgh during the offseason and will face possibly the best netminder in the league in Carey Price. That’s not to say that Montreal has a free-scoring team, but it has brought in right wing Alex Semin from Carolina, forward Zack Kassian from Vancouver to improve the goal-production. The Maple Leafs are likely to go with Jonathan Bernier in net, and he has gone 1-5-3 with a 3.07 GAA in nine career starts against Montreal and we’re getting a fair price on the visitors here IMO.

Note that:

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames NHL Betting Odds & Pick: October 7th 2015

CANUCKS VS. FLAMES NHL ODDS PICK OCTOBER 7TH 2015Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames
Betting Pick: Calgary -140 odds (October 7th 2015)

At 10:05 pm, our complimentary selection is on the Calgary Flames over the Vancouver Canucks. At the start of each new season, there are teams that look like they’re going to take steps forward, teams that look to regress, and ones that appear to essentially stay where they were last season. The Canucks appear to be in the first category, and all indications are that the regression could be severe. The Canucks finished second in the Pacific last season, but lost in the first round of the playoffs, then proceeded to make some questionable moves in the off-season that have left them with an aging roster. Many are predicting that the Canucks will be the 100+ point team that falls the farthest, and while that obviously remains to be seen, all the signs are there for it to happen. The Flames on the other hand are moving in the opposite direction, with an exciting young team that went from 6th place to 3rd last season and looks like a good bet to improve on that. They ranked 6th in the NHL in scoring and were very good at staying out of the penalty box, and the very strong goalie tandem of Jonas Hiller and Karri Ramo return as well. Including their first-round playoff series, the Flames have won six of the last eight meetings. Take Calgary. As always, good luck…Al McMordie.

Lightning vs. Blackhawks Stanley Cup Betting Pick & Odds: June 10th 2015


Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Stanley Cup Betting Pick: Chicago -160 odds (June 10th 2015)

We hate to use the term “must win” when handicapping sports because really, every game should be one when you are getting paid to play. In reality though, we know that sometimes players and even whole teams just aren’t up for games all the time and Chicago is in a spot where they can’t let that happen to them Wednesday night. If they go down 3-1 to the Lightning, the Hawks can all but kiss their chances goodbye on winning their third Stanley Cup since 2010. Tampa Bay went into Chicago on Monday night and stole Game 3 from the Hawks 3-2. Chicago took the lead 2-1 just four minutes into the third period but that lead was short lived as the Lightning won the faceoff after the goal and came down to tie the game just 13 seconds later. The teams went back and forth for the next 13 minutes before a defensive breakdown by Chicago in their own zone allowed Cedric Paquette to get to the front of the net basically untouched for the game winner. Chicago has gotten off the mat time and time again here in the 2015 playoffs and we expect the same from them on Wednesday night. Throw in the fact that they are 6-1 in their last seven games following a loss and they have posted a 7-2 record in their nine playoff games at the United Center in 2015 and we’ll lay the price with them to get the home win and turn this one into a three game series.