|Date||Match Up||Rating||Score||Result||Profit||Lead Time||Analysis|
|04-20-19||Stars v. Predators -140||Top||5-3||Loss||-140||11 h 16 m||Show|
At 3:05 pm, our selection is on the Nashville Predators over the Dallas Stars. The Preds felt pretty good after victories in Games 2 and 3 of this series, but the defense fell apart in Game 4 -- an easy 5-1 win for the Stars at home. Now it's back to Nashville with the series all tied up at two games apiece. The Stars were just 19-22 on the road during the regular season, and Nashville is always a tough place for visiting teams in the post-season, especially in the first round. The fact that they got blown out in Game 4 may be a blessing in disguise as the Predators are 5-1 in their last six (37-14 in their last 51) after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game. And they are 14-2 in their last 16 games following a loss by three or more goals. The Stars are 29-60 in their last 89 games as a road underdog and 9-26 (-24 games on the money line) after scoring five or more goals in their previous game. Take Nashville. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|04-19-19||Avalanche v. Flames -170||Top||5-1||Loss||-170||17 h 35 m||Show|
At 10:05 pm, our selection is on the Calgary Flames over the Colorado Avalanche. Add the Avalanche and Flames to the growing list of first round surprises in this year's NHL Playoffs. After winning the first game of this series convincingly, the Flames have now fallen in three straight and stand just one game away from elimination heading into Game 5 tonight back at home. The #1 seed in the West cannot afford to allow 52 shots like it did in Game 4 in Denver on Wednesday. But on the bright side, if you're a Calgary fan, is the fact that, despite the lopsided shot totals, the game still went into overtime. Unfortunately, a Mikko Rantanen goal with 10 minutes left in the extra stanza extinguished the Flames by a 3-2 final score. The Flames knew that winning two in Colorado would be tough so now they will rely on their own home ice advantage which worked well for them in the regular season (26-10-5). Moreover, the Avs are just 16-35 in their last 51 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. Take the Flames. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|04-18-19||Golden Knights v. Sharks -113||Top||2-5||Win||100||18 h 29 m||Show|
At 10:05 pm, our selection is on the San Jose Sharks over the Vegas Golden Knights. The Sharks return home for Game 5 with their post-season lives hanging by a thread. After taking Game 1 here last Wednesday, San Jose has been steamrolled by the defending Western Conference Champs, losing the next three games by a combined 16-6. Monday's Game 4 on the Strip was especially bad, as the Knights never gave the visitors a chance in a 5-0 shellacking. Look for the Sharks to mix up some lines tonight as they try to get back to the form that won them 46 games in the regular season -- 25 of them here at home. The Sharks also will get the services of C Joe Thornton back tonight, as the veteran leader had to sit out game four to serve a one-game suspension. The Knights are 1-5 in their last six road games and 5-16 in their last 21 as an underdog. Meanwhile, San Jose is 8-1 when playing with revenge from a shutout loss, and 13-1 at home after losing by more than two goals in its previous game. Take the Sharks. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|04-17-19||Flames -104 v. Avalanche||Top||2-3||Loss||-104||16 h 36 m||Show|
At 10:05 pm, our selection is on the Calgary Flames over the Colorado Avalanche. Like their #1-seeded partners over in the Eastern Conference, the Flames are in a bit a trouble in their first round series (though won't be swept like Tampa Bay was). After looking every bit the part of a top seed in the first game when they blanked the Avs 4-0 at home, the Flames have stumbled in Games 2 +3, and now find themselves down 2-1 heading into this crucial Game 4 in Denver. Look for Calgary to tighten up the defense considerably tonight as it can ill-afford to give up another 56 shots to the home team as it did on Monday. The Avs are thin at the center position with Derick Brassard suffering from an illness and Vladislav Kamenek still sidelined with a shoulder injury. Neither is expected to suit up tonight. Despite their loss on Monday, the Flames are still 9-3 in the last 12 meetings and 4-1 in the last five here at the Pepsi Center. Take Calgary. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|04-16-19||Lightning -135 v. Blue Jackets||Top||3-7||Loss||-135||15 h 30 m||Show|
At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Columbus Blue Jackets. In one of the most shocking first round results ever, the heavily-favored Lightning find themselves on the brink of elimination -- down 3-0 to the Blue Jackets heading into Game 4 in Columbus tonight. You can basically count on one hand the number of teams that have come back from a 3-0 deficit in a first-round NHL playoff series. And now the Lightning find themselves in that position. But there's some reason for optimism. The most obvious is the fact that the Bolts will get the services back of the NHL's most productive player. Nikita Kucherov (41 G; 87 A; 128 Points) served a one-game suspension for Game 3, and will be on the ice tonight for the visitors. Certainly, if Tampa had Kucherov in the last game, it could have made a difference in the final result. And, although they've had a handful of three-game losing streaks in the last couple of seasons, the fact remains that the Lightning have not lost four in a row since January 2017 (and they're 9-2 their last 11 following a 3-game losing streak). Even better: the Lightning are 11-0 this season after a road loss (and 36-15 the last 3 seasons). Take Tampa Bay. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|04-15-19||Capitals v. Hurricanes -124||Top||0-5||Win||100||14 h 4 m||Show|
At 7:00 pm, our selection is on the Carolina Hurricanes over the Washington Capitals. The Hurricanes' task is straightforward: win Games 3 + 4 to level this series at two games apiece. It's true that the Caps have won each of the last five meetings here in Raleigh. But all five defeats were narrow, and were decided by a single goal, with three of the five ending in overtime or a shoot-out. Additionally, Carolina out-shot Washington in four of those five games. So there are plenty of reasons to like the home team tonight in what clearly is a must-win for the 'Canes. For technical support, consider that the Caps are a poor 6-13 in their last 19 playoff games, priced as an underdog of +150 or less, while Carolina cashed 67% at home this season off back to back losses. Take Carolina. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|04-14-19||Lightning -132 v. Blue Jackets||Top||1-3||Loss||-132||17 h 51 m||Show|
At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Lightning went down two-games-to-none at home in this first round series with a 5-1 loss on Friday. And, to make matters worse, Tampa's top scorer, Nikita Kucherov, will miss today's game due to a suspension for a boarding infraction. But there are a few reasons for the fans in the Bay area not to panic. The most obvious is that, despite their performances in the first two games, the Bolts are still the more talented team. Tampa's success this season also wasn't primarily at home; it was also the best road team in the NHL this season, winning 30 of 41 games away from Amelie Arena. Historically, the Lightning have performed exceptionally well here in Columbus, taking each of the last three games (including the only meeting here in the regular season), and six of the last seven. If all of that wasn't enough, it's also worth noting that the Lightning are 8-0 in their last eight games immediately following a home loss by three or more goals, and 11-0 after not scoring 2+ goals in their previous game. Meanwhile, Columbus is a horrid 2-8 at home this season after scoring 3+ goals in back to back games. Finally, NHL teams have gone 27-14 following a Playoffs loss by more than three goals. With their backs against the wall, we'll back the Lightning. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|04-14-19||Islanders v. Penguins -190||Top||4-1||Loss||-190||10 h 50 m||Show|
At 12:05 pm, our selection is on the Pittsburgh Penguins over New York. The Islanders took Games 1 + 2 in this series, and come into the Igloo on a four-game win streak. Unfortunately for New York, it's an awful 15-35 (minus 22 games on the money line) after winning its four previous games. Meanwhile, the Penguins are 34-10 at home with Mike Sullivan as coach after not scoring 2+ goals in their previous game, and 12-1 off back to back road losses. They've also won nine of 10 Playoff series with Sullivan on the bench, and won't panic just because their collective backs are against the proverbial wall. Take the Penguins to bounce back in Game 3. Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.
|04-12-19||Penguins -123 v. Islanders||Top||1-3||Loss||-123||16 h 59 m||Show|
At 7:30 pm, our selection is on the Pittsburgh Penguins over New York. The Islanders took a 1-0 series lead with an exciting 4-3 overtime win on Wednesday. I fully expect the Penguins to bounce back tonight, as they're 39-15 when playing with revenge from a loss by a single goal. And they're also 69-38 following a game where they surrendered more than three goals. Meanwhile, the Islanders are a horrid 51-86 after winning their three previous games. The Penguins out-shot the Islanders in each of the three periods (17-12; 13-10; 11-9), as well as the overtime period (3-2). And their shots in the 2nd and 3rd periods were also of a significantly higher quality than the Islanders' shots. I look for Pittsburgh to level this series at 1 game apiece. Take the Penguins. Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.
|04-06-19||Jets -120 v. Coyotes||Top||4-2||Win||100||19 h 24 m||Show|
At 10:05 pm, our selection is on the Winnipeg Jets over the Arizona Coyotes. This is a big game for the Jets. A victory by Winnipeg tonight in the desert coupled with a Nashville loss would bring the Jets their first Division Title since moving north from Atlanta. It's been a frustrating end-of-season road trip so far for the Jets as they lost their last two in Minnesota and Colorado, the latter one being a 3-2 OT defeat on Thursday. But the good news for them is that they have dominated this series lately, taking five of the last six meetings going back to January of 2017. It's true that the Coyotes have had a strong second half of the season, but they've still been one of the most anemic teams at home all season with just a 2.70 GPG average here at the Gila River Arena. Moreover, the Jets are one of the best teams in the league when playing as a road favorite (4-1 in their last five as a road favorite overall, and 17-5 in their last 22 as a road favorite of -110 to -150). And they are 46-22 in their last 68 vs. teams with a losing record. Take Winnipeg. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|04-04-19||Islanders -111 v. Panthers||Top||2-1||Win||100||17 h 19 m||Show|
At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the New York Islanders over the Florida Panthers. The same team that tried to help the Islanders on Monday night will now face them at home in the next-to-last game of the season for both teams. I say "tried" because, despite the fact that the Panthers beat the first-place Caps here three days ago, the Isles lost that same night at home to the Leafs, 2-1. So tonight is a must-win situation for the visitors if they are to have any hope of winning the Division (and they will keep their collective eyes on the out-of-town scoreboard as the Caps play the Habs at home at the same time). In what can only be described as "too little - too late", Florida comes in on a three-game win streak having beaten the Senators, Bruins, and aforementioned Caps, but the Panthers had already been eliminated from post-season contention. This series has not been kind to the hosts lately as the home team is 1-6 in the last seven meetings of the Isles and Panthers. Even better for the Isles: they are 16-7 in their last 23 games after scoring two goals or less in their previous game. Take New York. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|04-02-19||Sharks -147 v. Canucks||Top||2-4||Loss||-147||18 h 3 m||Show|
At 10:05 pm, our selection is on the San Jose Sharks over the Vancouver Canucks. Although the Sharks can't catch the Calgary Flames for first place in the Pacific Division, they still are in a battle to hold onto the second-best record in the Western Conference. San Jose's 97 points coming into tonight is 1 point better than the Jets, who are leading the Central Division. And this is a position that the Sharks would like to maintain with three games left in the regular season. Tonight, they head to Vancouver to play the Canucks -- a team they have totally dominated in recent meetings. In fact, the Sharks are 6-0 in their last six games against Vancouver going back to December of 2017. They are also 21-8 in the last 29 meetings at Rogers Arena. The Canucks did beat the Stars, 3-2, in OT in their last game. But that may not bode well for tonight as they are 6-12 in their last 18 (-6 games on the money line) off of a home win. They are also 3-9 in their last 12 after an overtime victory. Take the Sharks. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|04-01-19||Maple Leafs -109 v. Islanders||Top||2-1||Win||100||2 h 25 m||Show|
At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Toronto Maple Leafs over the New York Islanders. The Maple Leafs will try to salvage the third game of their 3-game road trip tonight. They lost at Philadelphia, 5-4, and then lost at Ottawa, 4-2. The good news for the Leafs is that they've only lost three-in-a-row once this season, as they're a super 11-1 this season when working on a two-game losing streak. The Islanders, meanwhile, are ripe for a letdown following their back-to-back 5-goal efforts at Winnipeg (5-4) and vs. Buffalo (5-1). New York's a poor 34-45 (minus 11 games on the money line) after scoring 3+ goals in back to back games. Take Toronto. Good luck, as always....Al McMordie.
|03-31-19||Bruins -191 v. Red Wings||Top||3-6||Loss||-191||15 h 36 m||Show|
At 7:35 pm, our selection is on the Boston Bruins over Detroit. The Red Wings come into game off their first home shutout win of the season -- 4-0 vs. New Jersey. And that was just their 2nd shutout of the season, overall. This is a tough spot for the Red Wings, as they're playing their 3rd game in 4 nights, while Boston has had the last two days off. Detroit is an awful 1-10 at home when playing its 3rd game in four nights. And it's also just 24-60 its last 84 divisional contests, and 12-27 after giving up less than two goals in its previous game. Take Boston. Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.
|03-30-19||Flyers v. Hurricanes -190||Top||2-5||Win||100||10 h 27 m||Show|
At 1:35 pm, our selection is on the Carolina Hurricanes over the Philadelphia Flyers. No team has been as up-and-down this season as the Flyers. Looking totally lost at some times and like a playoff team at others, the Flyers have pretty much been treading water for the last two months and look to be staying home for the post-season this year. They somehow managed to beat the Maple Leafs in their last, 5-4, in a shootout. But the Flyers were just 2-5 in their previous seven games. The 'Canes did not help their case for a Wild Card spot this past week, losing two straight games. But those were against the defending Cup Champion Capitals, who are hungry to repeat. And the Canes did go 4-1 in their previous five, with the only loss coming against the best team in the League (Tampa). They are no doubt looking forward to their final five games, three of which come against the Flyers (2) and Devils. The Flyers are just 18-20 away from Philadelphia this season while Carolina is 6-1 in its last seven home games vs. teams with a losing road record. Take the Hurricanes. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|03-27-19||Stars v. Flames -160||Top||2-1||Loss||-160||18 h 48 m||Show|
At 9:35 pm, our selection is on the Calgary Flames over the Dallas Stars. With six games to go in the regular season, the Flames are inching ever closer to wrapping up the best record in the West (along with home ice through the Conference Finals). So it's a bit of a mystery how -- as a huge favorite and riding a three-game win streak -- Calgary managed to get shut out by the Kings in its last game on Monday, 3-0. About the only thing you can point to is the fact that goalie Mike Smith had been used in three straight games in five days (with a road game in the middle) and simply ran out of gas. So tonight the Flames will turn to David Rittich and give Smith a much-needed break. He may be a little-known back-up with just 16 starts under his belt heading into the season, but Rittich has been rock-solid so far for his team with a 26-12 record in his starts with a .911 save pct and 2.63 GAA. This is a big revenge situation as the Stars have beaten the Flames in both their meetings this season. The Flames are 12-5 (+ 6 games on the money line) in their last 17 revenging two consecutive losses. And Dallas is 8-25 (including 1-8 this season) after scoring more than 4 goals in their previous game. Take Calgary. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|03-26-19||Kings v. Oilers -198||Top||4-8||Win||100||15 h 45 m||Show|
At 9:05 pm, our selection is on the Edmonton Oilers over the Los Angeles Kings. For the first 10 years of his career, the Kings' Jonathan Quick was one of the most feared goalies in the league. Along with dominant numbers, multiple All Star appearances, and numerous individual awards came two Stanley Cup Championships (2012 and 2014). But to say that Quick has taken a step back this season would be a gross understatement. His GAA (3.25), and saves percentage (.891) are both career-worsts, and he will finish the season with a losing record for the first time since he became a full-time net-minder in 2008-2009. It wouldn't be fair to pin all of the fault for L.A.'s lousy season on Quick, but he certainly hasn't helped matters much. The Oilers looked like they might be a playoff team into early December, but those hopes have since been dashed by their inconsistent play. The Kings beat the Oilers in the last meeting in L.A., 4-0 but Edmonton is 10-4 (+8 games on the money line) in its last 14 revenging a loss in which it scored one goal or less. The home team is also 20-7 in the last 27 meetings. Take the Oilers. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|03-25-19||Bruins v. Lightning -141||Top||4-5||Win||100||17 h 7 m||Show|
At 7:35 pm, our selection is on the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Boston Bruins. The Bruins might be almost 20 points behind the Lightning in their division, but they are also likely the second-best team in the Eastern Conference, if not the entire League right now. And the Bruins would like to show tonight that they can beat the Bolts when they need to. It might be tempting to assume that the Lightning will spend their remaining regular season games trying to stay healthy without giving a 100% effort since they already have the Presidents Trophy locked up. But the last thing Tampa wants to do is go into the playoffs on a losing note, especially losing to teams like the Bruins who it may very well see again in May. Sure, the Bruins are on fire, having won their last three by a combined 17-4. But two of those were against the Devils and Panthers. And Tampa poses a much bigger challenge tonight, especially at home. Amalie Arena has not been kind to the Bruins lately as they are 1-4 in their last five here. Also, the Bruins are also 1-5 in the last six meetings overall while the favorite is 26-11 in the last 37 meetings. Take the Lightning. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|03-23-19||Wild v. Hurricanes -161||Top||1-5||Win||100||9 h 57 m||Show|
At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Carolina Hurricanes over the Minnesota Wild. The Wild pulled off an upset Friday night, beating the Defending Cup Champion Capitals in Washington by a 2-1 margin. Now they head south to Raleigh to face a Canes team that is only two points out of third place in the Metropolitan -- the final guaranteed playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. So Carolina's backs are against the wall heading into this game having lost its last one by a 6-3 tally on Thursday. But losing to the Lightning almost doesn't count at this point as the team that has already clinched the President's Trophy is running over every other club in the league right now. Prior to the loss to the Bolts, Carolina had won four of out five, including victories over the Penguins, Predators, and Avalanche. The home team is 5-1 in the last six meetings of these two while the favorite is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings as well. It's true that this is also a revenge situation for the Wild, as they lost 5-4 to Carolina back in October. But they are just 8-15 in the last 23 (-10 games on the money line) avenging a same season loss. Take the Canes. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|03-19-19||Red Wings v. Rangers -130||Top||3-2||Loss||-130||6 h 21 m||Show|
At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the New York Rangers over the Detroit Red Wings. The road has been a tough place lately for the Rangers as they have been away for six of their last seven, losing all six. Their lone home game during that period was a 4-2 victory over the Devils. The Rangers aren't going anywhere come playoff time but they're still a dangerous team at home. After losing four in a row and 12 of their last 13, the Red Wings somehow managed a win over the Islanders on Saturday, 2-1. But Detroit is 2-7 in the last nine trips to MSG and the home team is 4-1 in the last five meetings, so the Wings success could be short-lived as they try to beat the odds tonight on the road. And that's the other problem as Detroit has won just 11 times in 33 games away from home. Another issue for the Wings tonight is injuries. While New York is close to 100% healthy, Detroit has a list of walking wounded. Finally, the Red Wings are a wallet-busing 11-27 (-17 games on the money line) in their last 38 after not allowing 2+ goals in their previous game. Take New York. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|03-18-19||Golden Knights v. Sharks -155||Top||7-3||Loss||-155||20 h 24 m||Show|
At 10:35 pm, our selection is on the San Jose Sharks over the Vegas Golden Knights. With a seven point lead over the fourth-place Coyotes, the Golden Knights have a pretty good hold on the last guaranteed playoff spot from the Pacific Division. Still, despite a successful (i.e., winning) season, this year's version of the Knights appears to fall far short of the one which went all the way to the Finals less than 12 months ago. The Sharks, on the other hand, stand an excellent chance of eclipsing their wins and point total from last season and reaching the century mark for the second straight year. San Jose would like to be this year's Vegas, and make it all the way to the Finals for what would be its second time in the last four seasons. Vegas won at home last night, but they are just a .500 team on the road this season (18-18). Even worse for Vegas: this will be the sixth time this season that it had to go on the road as an underdog after playing the previous day. And Vegas has gone 0-5 in the five previous games, while being outscored in those games, 22-8. Finally, the fact that the Sharks have allowed four goals in each of their last two games (vs. the Panthers and Predators) has triggered a team situation which is 75%, as the Sharks are 18-6 (+12 games on the money line) after allowing four or more goals in two straight. Take San Jose. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|03-17-19||Devils v. Avalanche -240||Top||0-3||Win||100||8 h 12 m||Show|
At 3:05 pm, our selection is on the Colorado Avalanche over the New Jersey Devils. The Devils' six-game road trip comes to an end this afternoon in Denver. The good news for them is that after today, six of their final nine games are at home. New Jersey's road record this season is atrocious at 10-27 -- the second-worst in the league. And Colorado has not been friendly to them as the Devils are 1-6 in the last seven meetings here and 4-11 in the last 15 meetings altogether. Already eliminated from playoff contention, it's been a lost season for New Jersey, with injuries to the roster almost too numerous to mention heading into the final weeks. The Avs almost certainly will be staying home in mid-April as well, despite some of the most talented offensive players in the league. A recent upper body injury to All Star winger Gabriel Landeskog has doomed them, but the Avs still have enough fire power to handle the Devils. Colorado won the the only other meeting this season on October 18 and the Devils are 5-18 in the last 23 (-13 games on the money line) revenging a same season loss vs. an opponent. Take the Avs. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|03-16-19||Blue Jackets v. Bruins -150||Top||1-2||Win||100||9 h 7 m||Show|
At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Boston Bruins over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Any hope that the Bruins had of catching the Atlantic Division-leading Lightning just went out the window with a three game losing streak. Boston is now 19 points behind Tampa and hoping to hold on to second place with the Toronto Maple Leafs hot on the trail. The good news for tonight is that the Bruins are back home after losing those three on the road, as Boston is 27-7-3 at the TD Garden this season. The bad news is that after tonight, seven of the Bruins last 10 games are on the road. This is a revenge situation, as one of those three losses was in Columbus on Tuesday when the Jackets blitzed the Bruins, 7-4. Boston is 6-3 in its last nine games when revenging a blowout loss by an opponent of three or more goals. This has also been a very host-friendly series lately as the home team is 5-1 in the last six meetings of these two. Boston is also 21-10 (+ 8 games on the money line) in its last 31 after playing three consecutive road contests. Take the Bruins. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|03-15-19||Golden Knights -130 v. Stars||Top||2-1||Win||100||11 h 38 m||Show|
At 8:05 pm, our selection is on the Vegas Golden Knights over the Dallas Stars. If the Golden Knights are going to make it back to the Stanley Cup Finals, they're going to have to get over two big hurdles -- the Flames and Sharks. Calgary and San Jose are both double-digit points ahead of the Knights as of this writing. The Flames just showed how dominant they can be, when they beat the Knights, 6-3, last Sunday to snap the Knights' six-game win streak. The good news for Vegas tonight is that it will have had four days of rest coming in and it is 11-5 in its last 16 when playing on three or more days off. The Stars have won their last two -- both on the road -- against the the Sabres and Wild, but they've struggled against Vegas, losing four of the five games that have been played between the two, including the last three. The Knights are also 25-15 (+ 10 games on the money line) immediately following a road loss. Take Vegas. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|03-13-19||Blackhawks v. Maple Leafs -225||Top||5-4||Loss||-225||8 h 24 m||Show|
At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Chicago Blackhawks. Considering they went 9-23 in their first 32 games of the season, the fact that the Blackhawks are now 30-30-9 doesn't seem so bad. In fact the Hawks are on a three-game win streak heading into this match-up in Toronto tonight. But those three victories have come against the Sabres (in OT), Stars, and Coyotes -- three teams with a combined record of 101-107. The Leafs set a franchise record with 105 points last season, and with 13 games to go in the regular season, they only need to go 8-5 in order to match that number. The difference is that they finished first in the Division in 2018, but will do no better than second -- and might even finish in third -- thanks to a very tough couple of teams in the Bruins and Lightning. And speaking of Tampa, the Bolts just had their way with Toronto, beating the Leafs 6-2 in their last game on Monday. That defeat bodes well for the Leafs tonight as they are 18-3 (+14 games on the money line) in their last 21 coming off of a loss to a Division rival by two or more goals. Take Toronto. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|03-12-19||Sharks v. Jets -125||Top||5-4||Loss||-125||14 h 9 m||Show|
At 8:05 pm, our selection is on the Winnipeg Jets over the San Jose Sharks. The two division leaders in the West face off tonight in a crucial game with only three weeks to go in the regular season. Winnipeg will likely be happy to get back to inter-conference play after an eastern road trip that saw them go 2-2. They lost the last game of that trip on Sunday, 3-1, but there's no shame in losing a close game in DC to the defending Champion Capitals right now. The Sharks, meanwhile, are on a five game win streak, but three of those five have come against the Avs, Blackhawks, and Wild -- all teams with losing records. And four of the five were played in San Jose where the Sharks have an incredible 25-5-5 record compared to one that is barely over .500 on the road (19-14-3). That's a similar situation to the Jets, who have been dominant here at Bell MTS Place (22-8-4). The Jets have taken three of the last four meetings with the Sharks, with their lone loss coming in OT (3-2) in the last one on February 5. The Jets are also 45-29 (+13 games on the money line) in their last 74 games revenging a same-season loss. Take Winnipeg. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|03-11-19||Rangers v. Oilers -155||Top||2-3||Win||100||17 h 37 m||Show|
At 9:05 pm, our selection is on the Edmonton Oilers over the NY Rangers. We played against Edmonton here, at home, on Saturday, and got the $$$ when Toronto came into Rogers Place, and defeated the Oilers, 3-2. But we'll switch gears and take Edmonton tonight, as it will be facing a Rangers team which has lost six of its last seven games (and 21 of its last 31). Even worse for New York: it lost, 2-1, earlier this season at Madison Square Garden to Edmonton. And it's a poor 30-48, -17 games on the money line, when playing with revenge from an earlier loss in the season. The Oilers are just 7 points away from the Playoff Picture at the moment so, with 14 games to go, there's still an opportunity in front of them, if they can string some wins together. Take the Oilers. Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.
|03-10-19||Golden Knights v. Flames -140||Top||3-6||Win||100||16 h 16 m||Show|
At 9:35 pm, our selection is on the Calgary Flames over Vegas. The Golden Knights had to play last night. And, although they won, 6-2, at Vancouver, they'll be hard-pressed to duplicate that feat tonight. Indeed, this will be the fifth time this season that Vegas has had to go on the road as an underdog after playing the previous day. And Vegas went 0-4 in the four previous games, while being outscored in those games, 16-5. In contrast, Calgary will be playing tonight's game after having the two previous days off. Take the Flames to blow out Vegas. Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.
|03-09-19||Maple Leafs -144 v. Oilers||Top||3-2||Win||100||10 h 45 m||Show|
At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers' current winning streak is tied for their longest of the season at four games. But three of those four were against the likes of the Sabres, Senators, and Canucks, three losing teams with a combined record of 81-122. So they take a big step up in class tonight against a Maple Leafs team that is 41-21-5 and also a team that just pounded the Oilers on February 27, 6-2 in Toronto. It doesn't appear that the Oilers will have much -- if any -- of a home ice advantage tonight. The Oilers are just 15-17 at Rogers Place. But more important is the fact that the Leafs are sporting one of the best road records in the league at 20-9-4. And even more dominant is Toronto's 11-3 record in its last 14 games as a heavy road favorite and the fact that the Oilers are 1-6 in their last seven games as a home underdog. Finally, the Leafs are 32-17 (+10 games on the money line) in their last 49 games when playing on two days of rest, including 8-1 their last nine on the road. Take Toronto. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|03-06-19||Blues -170 v. Ducks||Top||5-4||Win||100||18 h 43 m||Show|
At 10:05 pm, our selection is on the St. Louis Blues over the Anaheim Ducks. The Blues lost their last game -- an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to the Stars at home -- but they are still just five points behind the Division-leading Predators. Now is the time for them to step it up if they are to capture their first division crown in five years. A trip into Anaheim to play the 25-41 Ducks could certainly help. For one thing, the road team has captured the last five meetings in this series, dating back to November of 2017. For another, the Blues are a bit of an oddity in that they have a better record on the road than they do at home (albeit slightly). And Anaheim's 12 wins here at the Honda Center is tied for the fewest number of home victories in the league so far this season. If the last meeting is any indication, this could be a blowout as on January 23, the Blues came in here and trounced the Ducks, 5-1, limiting them to an absurd 13 shots on goal the entire game. The Blues are also 22-6 in their last 28 games as a road favorite priced from -151 to -200. Take St. Louis. NHL Game of the Week. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|03-03-19||Flyers v. Islanders -154||Top||4-1||Loss||-154||9 h 51 m||Show|
At 3:05 pm, our selection is on the New York Islanders over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Isles played one of their biggest games of the season on Friday when they faced the Capitals at home and for two periods, they were beating the Defending Cup Champions. Nobody knows the Caps better than Isles coach Barry Trotz, but he and his team couldn't hold that lead in the third period and the Caps got out of New York with a hard-fought 3-1 victory. The Isles will be happy to see the Flyers, with their losing record, on Sunday. Philly has a goalie problem right now as it must rely on either Brian Elliott or Cam Talbot with both #1 Michal Neuvirth and red-hot rookie Carter Hart sidelined with injuries. Speaking of hot goalies, veteran journeyman Robin Lehner has resurrected his career with the Islanders and is having his best season ever, with a league-leading 2.07 GAA and .931 saves pct. in 34 starts. With Thomas Greiss going against the Caps on Friday, Lehner should be back in goal today. The Isles are a solid 23-13 (+14 games on the money line) in their last 36 off of a loss to a division foe, while Philly's an awful 4-16 its last 20 after scoring more than four goals in its previous game. Take New York. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|03-02-19||Stars v. Blues -160||Top||4-1||Loss||-160||10 h 43 m||Show|
At 8:05 pm, our selection is on the St. Louis Blues over the Dallas Stars. The Blues were the hottest team in the League in February, winning 11 games in a row at one point -- starting on January 23 and continuing through February 17. Since then, the Blues have been treading water a bit, going 2-3 in their last five. Last night they lost to a very good (and also red-hot) Hurricanes team in Raleigh and tonight they will be attempting to avenge one of those other losses. On February 21, St. Louis went into Dallas and lost to the Stars badly, 5-2. The Blues are 14-9 (+5 games on the money line) in their last 23 when playing with revenge from a blowout loss by more than 2 goals. The Stars have been alternating wins and losses over their last six games, with their latest being a 4-3 OT victory over the Kings in Los Angeles on Thursday. Their biggest problem right now is the myriad of injuries they've sustained, with the two biggest names being LW Jamie Benn (upper body) and RW Mats Zuccarello (arm). Dallas is 28-41 (-23 games on the money line) in its last 69 after scoring 4+ goals in its previous game. Take the Blues. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|03-01-19||Avalanche v. Sharks -190||Top||3-4||Win||100||18 h 1 m||Show|
At 10:35 pm, our selection is on the San Jose Sharks over the Colorado Avalanche. The Sharks return home from a tough four-game road trip that included games in Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Boston (they got a bit of a break in the fourth one which was in Detroit). They're still chasing the Flames for the top spot in the Pacific, but can feel pretty good about the playoffs at this point, sitting a healthy 11 points ahead of third-place Vegas. They should be pleased to see that this opening game of their 4-game home stand is against the Avalanche, a team they've dominated here. Colorado is just 4-22 in its last 26 visits to Silicon Valley, a trend which the Sharks hope will continue tonight. Few teams in the league have been as tough at home this season as the Sharks, who are 19-5-5 in 29 games at SAP Center. The Avs squeaked out a 3-2 SO win at home over the Canucks in their last game, but only managed two goals in regulation on 45 shots. We'll take the home team, as the Sharks are a solid 24-9 (+14 games on the money line) in their last 33 after a blowout loss by three goals or more in their previous game. And they're 20-5 at home after giving up more than 2 goals in each of their two previous games. Take San Jose. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|02-28-19||Flyers v. Blue Jackets -185||Top||3-4||Win||100||15 h 0 m||Show|
At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Philadelphia Flyers. After back-to-back shutouts over the Senators and Sharks, the Jackets ran up against the Penguins on Tuesday and were soundly beaten, 5-2. The NHL trade deadline just passed and no team was as active as the Blue Jackets. Columbus added Ryan Duchene and Ryan Dzingel from Ottawa in separate deals, then added Adam McQuaid from the Rangers and Keith Kinkaid from the Devils. The Jackets also elected to hold onto winger Artemi Panarin and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, two organizational pillars that were discussed as potential trade pieces due to their expiring contracts. The Jackets have been in the league for 20 years without a single playoff series victory, so their aggressive deadline deals seem to signal that they believe this is their best chance to win a Cup. What better way to debut their new lineup than to play a Flyers team that they have dominated lately as the Jackets are 4-0 in the last four meetings, and 12-1 their last 13 meetings here, at home. Columbus is also 12-5 in its last 17 after a loss by two or more goals in its previous game. Take the Jackets. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|02-27-19||Canucks v. Avalanche -168||Top||2-3||Win||100||16 h 42 m||Show|
At 9:35 pm, our selection is on the Colorado Avalanche over the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks somehow snapped a three-game losing streak in their last game despite several injuries which have left them depleted -- especially on the blue line. The fact that their last game was against the woeful Ducks no doubt helped immensely as the Canucks notched their first shutout of the season, 4-0, while registering only 29 shots. They will likely need to do much better than that tonight with their top two defensemen -- Chris Tanev and Alexander Edler -- on the shelf. The firepower of the Avs' offense has been on display lately with 20 goals scored in the last four games and it will likely be able to exploit the losses on Vancouver's back line tonight at home. The Avs lost a tough one in their last, 4-3, in OT to Florida. But prior to that, they had beaten the Jets, Blackhawks, and Predators by a combined score of 17-4. They are also avenging an embarrassing loss to Vancouver, 5-1, here on February 2. Vancouver is 8-21 (-14 games on the money line) in their last 29 off a home win in which it scored four or more goals. Take the Avalanche. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|02-26-19||Stars v. Golden Knights -184||Top||1-4||Win||100||16 h 41 m||Show|
At 10:05 pm, our selection is on the Vegas Golden Knights over the Dallas Stars. Like their 2018 Finals counterparts in the East (the Capitals), the Golden Knights are going to have to find some consistency if they are to have a chance to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals in three months. Vegas is barely over .500 right now (32-31) and currently sits in the third playoff spot in the Division, just two points from falling into the Wild Card. The team that is immediately behind the Knights is tonight's opponent, the Dallas Stars. In its short history, this series has been dominated by the Knights, as they have taken three of four meetings, including the most recent one here on the Strip, last December, by a score of 4-2. They've lost three straight coming into tonight's game, despite out-shooting their opponents in all three of those. So, the Knights will look for the kind of performance they had here on February 16 when they fired 50 shots on goal, and crushed the Predators, 5-1. The Stars did beat the Blackhawks in their previous game, 4-3, but they are just 2-8 (-9 games on the money line) in their last 10 coming off of a one-goal win over a division rival. And they're 5-14 on the road after scoring more than 3 goals in their previous game. Finally, this will be Dallas' 3rd game in four nights. And it's an awful 8-23 on the road in that scheduling situation. Take Vegas. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|02-25-19||Oilers v. Predators -235||Top||2-3||Win||100||14 h 58 m||Show|
At 8:05 pm, our selection is on the Nashville Predators over the Edmonton Oilers. Amazingly, the Oilers have only had one winning season in over 30 years. And by the looks of things, this season will not be their second. The team that was once so dominant -- winning five Stanley Cups in a seven-year span in the 80's -- is just 26-35 and in sixth place in the Pacific Division. But they did something almost as rare as having a winning season in their last match-up with the Predators four months ago. They won. And it was the first victory for Edmonton over Nashville in 14 meetings going back to October of 2014. The Oilers also won their last game, 2-1 over the Ducks despite being out-shot by a 34-21 margin. The Preds do very well in these situations as they are 53-27 (+18 games on the money line) in their last 80 when revenging a same season loss vs. an opponent. They are also 31-15 (+9 games on the money line) in their last 46 coming off of a home loss. Take Nashville. As always, good luck...Al McMordie
|02-24-19||Rangers v. Capitals -202||Top||5-6||Win||100||5 h 54 m||Show|
At 12:35 pm, our selection is on the Washington Capitals over the New York Rangers. The Caps return home from a six-game road trip that was moderately successful. They had a chance to go 4-2 on the trip, but fell to the Sabres yesterday in Buffalo, 5-2. The very inconsistent Braden Holtby continued in that vein as the Stanley Cup-winning goalie allowed four goals on 41 shots yesterday in the loss. With the quick turnaround today, look for back-up Pheonix Copley to mind the net for the home team. Copley has had arguably a better season than the more experienced Holtby, with a 13-5-3 record in 22 games (19 starts), a 2.97 GAA and a .904 saves percentage. Copley has also won his last three starts -- two against the Kings and one against the Avalanche. And he beat the Rangers in his only other career start against them which was this season back on November 24, 5-3, in New York. The Rangers went with back-up Alexandar Georgiev in net yesterday in their win against the Devils, so Henrik Lundqvist should be starting today. Unfortunately for the Rangers, they're 0-4 in the last four trips to DC. Take the Capitals. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
|02-23-19||Canadiens v. Maple Leafs -175||Top||3-6||Win||100||1 h 39 m||Show|
At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Toronto Maple Leafs over Montreal. The Maple Leafs are on their longest losing streak of the season, as they fell for the 3rd straight game this past Thursday in a 3-2 loss to Washington. The good news for tonight's game is that Toronto is 8-1 at home its last nine when it was on a 3-game (or worse) losing streak. The Leafs will also be happy to see their Canadian rivals tonight, as the Leafs have won six straight in this series. And that's not much of a surprise given how poor the Canadiens have played lately with double-revenge (16-41). Montreal's lost its last three road games by a combined score of 12-4, and I expect another blowout this evening. Take the Maple Leafs. Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.
|02-23-19||Devils v. Rangers -145||Top||2-5||Win||100||4 h 54 m||Show|
At 1:05 pm, our selection is on the New York Rangers over the New Jersey Devils. With their 4-0 victory on Thursday, the Devils have now won three of their last four games. But those three wins have come against the Senators, Wild, and Sabres -- three losing teams with a combined record of 78-103. Now they head to New York for a Saturday Matinee in a place that has not been kind them recently. New Jersey is 1-4 in the last five visits to Madison Square Garden and the home team is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings of these two. Meanwhile, the Rangers have been treading water lately, having alternated wins and losses over their last eight games, with their last effort being a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Wild. Already thin on the left side with the injury to Taylor Hall, the Devils had LW Miles Wood return recently, only to have him go back on the shelf after an injury on Thursday night against the Senators. The Devils are 3-10 (-10 games on the money line) in their last 13 coming off of a blowout win by three goals or more. And the Rangers are 35-21 (+19 games on the money line) in their last 56 off of a home loss. Take New York. As always, good luck...Al McMordie