|Date||Match Up||Rating||Score||Result||Profit||Lead Time||Analysis|
|05-21-19||Sharks v. Blues -1.5||Top||1-5||Win||181||20 h 52 m||Show|
Injuries and the luck factor turning against them leave the Sharks dead in the water for this Game 6 road matchup against the Blues. I don't see San Jose staying alive by beating St. Louis here. Even if the Sharks are hanging in trailing by just one goal there is the strong possibility of an empty net goal taking place since San Jose is in must-win mode down 3-2 in the series. The Blues' superior defense and goaltending with star rookie Jordan Binnington has come alive. The Blues have taken control of the series winning the past two games holding the Sharks to just one goal during this span. The Sharks are 3-7 in their past 10 road contests. San Jose has been the luckiest team in the playoffs. But that luck has run out. The Blues buried the Sharks, 5-0, at San Jose in Game 5. The Sharks have gotten hit hard by injuries with key players captain Joe Pavelski, two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson and Tomas Hertl, their second-leading goal scorer next to Pavelski, all missing significant time in Sunday's Game 5 defeat. Jaden Schwartz has been a monster for the Blues scoring 12 goals during the postseason. Vladimir Tarasenko is stepping up now, too, producing at least one point in five consecutive games.
|05-19-19||Blues v. Sharks OVER 5.5||5-0||Loss||-104||15 h 50 m||Show|
This has been a back-and-forth series as expected. That can apply to the total, too. The teams are returning to San Jose here for Game 5. The first two games of the series were at San Jose. There were nine goals scored in Game 1 and six goals scored in Game 2. That's the norm as 68 percent of the Sharks' past 19 games have resulted in six or more goals being produced. The Sharks are constantly in attack mode. They maybe have the two most offensive-minded blueliners in Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson. St. Louis is known for its defense and goaltending. The Blues' offense production, though, is underrated. St. Louis is averaging 3.3 goals in its last games. The Blues have scored at least three goals in 75 percent of their last 28 games.
|05-17-19||Sharks v. Blues -136||1-2||Win||100||3 h 10 m||Show|
I want the Blues going for me after poor officiating cost them the last game. The Blues have been resilient all season and are the better defensive team by a wide margin with the superior goalie.
|05-16-19||Bruins v. Hurricanes +103||4-0||Loss||-100||16 h 30 m||Show|
The Bruins hold a commanding 3-0 lead in this Eastern Conference final. But while the Bruins have been the superior team, the 3-0 series lead is somewhat misleading. The Hurricanes nearly pulled a road upset in Game 1 leading 2-1 entering the third period before falling apart.The Hurricanes outshot the Bruins, 36-31, in Game 3 but lost 2-1. Carolina has a great home record and obviously is in must-win territory. So an all-out effort from the Hurricanes should be forthcoming while the Bruins are fat and happy. The Panthers have won five of their six Stanley Cup home games and are 9-2 overall during their last 11 home contests.
|05-12-19||Hurricanes v. Bruins UNDER 5.5||2-6||Loss||-125||19 h 7 m||Show|
There were seven goals scored in Boston's 5-2 Game 1 victory on Thursday. The oddsmaker wasn't fooled by this many goals being scored and neither should you. This was a tight 2-1 game with Carolina pulling the upset - until the third period. The Bruins took advantage of power play opportunities and outscored the Hurricanes, 4-0, during the final period. Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek was making his first appearance since getting hurt on April 28. Mrazek should be less rusty. Mrazek stopped 31 shots in a 1-0 overtime victory against the Islanders in his previous game before playing against the Bruins. The Hurricanes realize their missed opportunity. They will do a better job of keeping their emotions in check and playing cleaner hockey in order not to incur any penalties playing on foreign ice. That means a conservative style. They have given up two or fewer goals in five of their last eight games. The Bruins get back star defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who sat out Game 1 due to suspension. The Bruins also have the hottest goalie in the playoffs, Tukka Rask. The Hurricanes are going to have to earn any goals they might get because Rask isn't going to give them soft ones.
|05-11-19||Blues +119 v. Sharks||3-6||Loss||-100||24 h 54 m||Show|
The Blues have been at their finest on the road during the Stanley Cup winning five of six times. They have been idle since Tuesday while the Sharks didn't clinch their series against the Avalanche until a 3-2 Game 7 victory this past Wednesday. St. Louis is the better defensive team and has the superior goalie. I can definitely see the Blues frustrating the Sharks here and coming away with a Game 1 victory. They are a much different type of foe than the Sharks have encountered so far in the postseason. St. Louis has won seven of the last eight times as an underdog. Jordan Binnington continued his regular-season brillance into the playoffs posting a .922 save percentage during St. Louis' second-round series victory against Dallas. Binnington was 24-5-1 with five shutouts and a 1.89 GAA during the regular season. Sharks goalie Martin Jones has picked up his play lately, but isn't the equal of Binnington. The Blues are 18-8 the past 26 times versus foes with a winning record. They haven't been bothered by Pacific Division opponents either beating them seven of the past nine times.
|05-09-19||Hurricanes v. Bruins -147||2-5||Win||100||18 h 14 m||Show|
The Bruins are looking like the best team in hockey. They have a lot of momentum, their top line is producing, goalie Tuukka Rask is hot and they have home ice, which means a lot against this opponent. The Hurricanes have lost during their last four visits to Boston. They also haven't played since Friday so there figures to be some rust. David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron give Boston maybe the best line in hockey. They've come through so far in the postseason with 16 goals and 32 points. Rask looked great in the Bruins' series victory against the Blue Jackets turning in a 1.71 GAA and .948 save percentage.
|05-07-19||Stars +145 v. Blues||1-2||Loss||-100||4 h 12 m||Show|
The marketplace has pushed the line high enough where there is now definite value to back the underdog Stars. These teams are very even. Dallas has the superior defense and goalie Ben Bishop has played better than any goalie this season in my view. The Stars have proven themselves on the road, including winning twice in St. Louis during this series. Dallas has won eight of the last 10 times it has been a road 'dog.
|05-06-19||Bruins v. Blue Jackets -119||3-0||Loss||-119||10 h 16 m||Show|
I want the Blue Jackets going for me at home facing elimination in this Game 6. The Blue Jackets have been knocked out of the playoffs the past two years by the eventual Stanley Cup champion during the first round. Columbus didn't let that happen this season. The Blue Jackets swept the Lightning - the best team during the regular season - and have won eight of their last 10 home games, including going 3-1 in Stanley Cup action. The Bruins heavily rely on their top line, which has been hot. But I see John Tortorella really having his Blue Jackets clamp down on Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron at Nationwide Arena. Boston has had trouble at this venue losing four of the past five times.
|05-04-19||Avalanche v. Sharks OVER 5.5||Top||1-2||Loss||-125||20 h 59 m||Show|
It's not difficult to project at least six goals being scored in this Game 5 with the series returning to San Jose. There have been at least seven combined goals during each of the Sharks' last 10 home games.Colorado is averaging 3.5 goals during its past eight games. Nathan MacKinnon is in the argument for best offensive player in the NHL. He's hot, too, riding an eight-game point scoring streak. The Avalanche have one of the most dangerous power play units in hockey. The Sharks are not strong strong defensively. They ranked 21st defensively during the regular season and have shaky goaltending with Martin Jones. Their top two defensemen are offensive-minded in constant attack mode. San Jose was the No. 2 scoring team in the league. The Over is 7-3-1 in its Stanley Cup games. The Over has won in four of the Sharks' last five playoff games. These two teams have a strong Over history, too, when meeting each other especially in San Jose where 80 percent of the past 16 matchups have gone above the total.
|05-02-19||Sharks v. Avalanche OVER 6||0-3||Loss||-102||20 h 16 m||Show|
It's not a fluke the Over is 7-2-1 in San Jose's Stanley Cup games this season. The Sharks play fast, their key defensivemen are offensive-minded and they are vulnerable in goal. San Jose was the No. 2 scoring team in the NHL this season and have scored three or more goals in all but two of its past 12 games. The Sharks are averaging four goals per game during the first three games of this second-round Cup series. Colorado is a top-10 scoring team. The Avalanche are averaging 3.6 goals per game in their past six games. These two teams have a strong Over history, too. The Over has cashed at a 79 percent clip during the last 27 times the teams have met.
|05-01-19||Blues v. Stars -119||Top||2-4||Win||100||11 h 40 m||Show|
I'm looking for a bounce back from the Stars, who lost by a goal at home in Game 3. Prior to that Game 3, the Stars had beaten the Blues four consecutive times at home. The Stars' special teams are playing well and their front line is due to produce more. I give the Stars checkmarks on defense and in goal with Ben Bishop.
|04-30-19||Sharks v. Avalanche OVER 6||4-2||Push||0||22 h 45 m||Show|
The Sharks have played nine Stanley Cup games this season. The Over has cashed in seven of them. It's not a surprise. San Jose was the No. 2 scoring team in the league. However, the Sharks also ranked 21st defensively and are vulnerable in net with Martin Jones. The Avalanche took advantage of that scoring four goals in Game 2 to tie the series. Colorado is averaging 3.8 goals in its last six games. If you discount a 5-0 playoff loss to Las Vegas, San Jose is averaging 3.9 goals in its last 10 games. The teams have a strong Over history in Colorado, too, with five of the last six going above the total.
|04-30-19||Bruins v. Blue Jackets OVER 5.5||1-2||Loss||-100||19 h 46 m||Show|
There were five combined goals scored in each of the first two games of this series. So both games went Under the total since a sixth goal was need to push it Over. There was one day rest between those games. Now we come to Game 3 of this second-round Stanley Cup series and there is a full two days rest for the first time. I expect both teams to use that extra day to sharpen their attacks and to play at a faster tempo with more energy. The Bruins have scored three or more goals in 14 of their last 19 games. During the regular season, the Bruins had the third-most effective power play and ranked 11th in scoring. The Over has cashed in seven of the Bruins' last nine road games. The Blue Jackets had an above average offense, too, during the regular season. Columbus is averaging 4.2 goals in its last 14 games. So a higher-scoring game is due. Recent history is there for this to occur as the past five meetings between the two teams in Columbus have gone above the total.
|04-29-19||Blues v. Stars -115||4-3||Loss||-115||18 h 9 m||Show|
This is a cheap price to get the better defensive team at home. The teams split the opening two games in St. Louis. The Stars had 10 more shots on goal than the Blues in this span. I like the Stars' combination of size and speed, especially on their No. 1 line. I also like the Stars' ability to win faceoffs especially being the home team now. These are key factors. Ben Bishop and Jordan Binnington may have been the two top goalies in the league this season. Bishop has a strong playoff track record. Binnington, though, is a rooke and he wasn't that good against the Stars during the regular season with an .879 save percentage and 2.76 GAA. Dallas has dominated this series, too, winning seven of the past nine times.
|04-28-19||Avalanche v. Sharks OVER 6||4-3||Win||100||10 h 10 m||Show|
There is value to a Sharks game whenever the oddsmaker puts out less than a 6 1/2 total. San Jose is averaging 4.3 goals during its last nine home games. The Sharks ranked as the No. 2 scoring team in the NHL in part because of tremendous offense their defensemen bring especially Brent Burns. The Avalanche should be able to keep up because the Sharks rank 21st in goals allowed and have sub-par goaltending. Colorado is averaging 3.8 goals during its last five games. The Over has a huge history when the teams meet in San Jose with a 9-1-1 mark the past 11 times.
|04-27-19||Stars +125 v. Blues||4-2||Win||125||17 h 2 m||Show|
The Stars outshot the Blues, 29-20, in Game 1 but lost by one goal. It was a rare time this season that Ben Bishop permitted a soft goal. Bishop has been the best goalie in the NHL this season in my opinion and the Stars have the second-stingiest defense in the league. Dallas also has proved itself on the road going 9-4 the past 13 times. I don't see the Blues getting the better of the Stars a second straight time. Dallas has dominated this series recently winning six of the last eight times with two of its victories versus St. Louis this season coming by three goals.
|04-26-19||Avalanche +115 v. Sharks||2-5||Loss||-100||21 h 32 m||Show|
The Avalanche have plenty of momentum and is the more rested team. Colorado has won four in a row in eliminating the Flames. The Avalanche outscored Calgary, 17-7, in going 4-0 during the last four games. San Jose still may be in the clouds after rallying from a 3-0 third period deficit to edge the Golden Knights in overtime this past Tuesday in its Game 7 matchup. It's difficult envisioning the Sharks producing the kind of effort so soon after their super human effort against the Golden Knights after Joe Pavelski was injured. Pavelski isn't likley to play in this game.
|04-25-19||Stars +136 v. Blues||Top||2-3||Loss||-100||20 h 15 m||Show|
The Blues are vulnerable having last played on Saturday and catching the Stars off three straight victories against the Predators to close that series. Dallas has the better defense ranking second in the league. The Stars have arguably the best goalie this season, Ben Bishop, and the top line of the two teams with a No. 1 line composed of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov. The Blues may hold the better depth, but Dallas is riding a lot of momentum and has proven itself on the road winning nine of its past 12 away matchups. The Stars also have defeated the Blues six of the last seven times.
|04-23-19||Golden Knights v. Sharks OVER 5.5||Top||4-5||Win||100||20 h 30 m||Show|
I don't care that the last game in this series was won by San Jose, 2-1, in double overtime Sunday. There is no way you can hang less than a 6 on a total when these two teams meet even with this being the pivotal Game 7. There have been at least seven combined goals in each of the three games played at San Jose during the series. The Over has cashed six of the last eight times the two teams have met. The Golden Knights fired 59 shots in that Game 6 loss. Martin Jones played well, but he remains the shakiest goalie in the playoffs. The Golden Knights' second line of Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny and Mark Stone is due for a big game after not scoring in the last two games. They had accounted for 28 points during the first four games of the series. The Sharks are the No. 2 scoring team in the NHL. They are averaging 3.7 goals during their last seven home games.
|04-22-19||Predators v. Stars -125||1-2||Win||100||19 h 53 m||Show|
Nashville isn't just losing to Dallas, but losing big. The Predators have been outscored 10-4 in the last two games and now must win on the road here to stay alive in the playoffs. I don't see it happening. The Stars have the second-best defense in the league, Ben Bishop is in the argument for best goalie and Dallas' top line of Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov is hot. Dallas has scored five goals in each of its last two games taking advantage of Pekka Rinne, who is struggling in goal for Nashville. The price is right to ride the Stars.
|04-22-19||Predators v. Stars OVER 5||1-2||Loss||-100||19 h 52 m||Show|
Dallas has produced 10 goals in its last two games. The Stars are hot and Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is struggling. The Stars should get their goals again especially if the Predators are trailing late and need to pull their goalie for extra attackers. Nashville's top line of Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg is way overdue in the scoring column. These teams have a huge history of going Over when playing in Dallas with the Over going 9-1-1 the past 11 times.
|04-21-19||Sharks v. Golden Knights OVER 6||Top||2-1||Loss||-114||19 h 59 m||Show|
The oddsmaker is short on this total. The Sharks and Golden Knights are good for at least three goals apiece. San Jose has scored three or more goals in four of the five games in this playoff series. Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't been his usual sharp self down the stretch. He's surrendered at least three goals in four of the five games. Las Vegas has scored 11 goals in the two games played at T-Mobile Arena during the series. San Jose has permitted five or more goals in three of the five games in the series. Martin Jones is the shakiest goalie in the playoffs. The Sharks have two of the top offensive-minded defensemen in the NHL with Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson. Las Vegas has two red-hot scoring lines with Reilly Smith, Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson and Mark Stone, Paul Stastny and Max Pacioretty on the second line. The additions of Stone and Pacioretty have made the Golden Knights a more dangerous scoring team. These factors have helped the Over cash six of the last seven times the two teams have met. Both teams should have plenty of energy, too, as they have had two days in between games instead of the normal one.
|04-21-19||Bruins v. Maple Leafs -113||4-2||Loss||-113||15 h 56 m||Show|
The Maple Leafs have the coaching, momentum and now the playoff experience to come through with a playoff series-ending victory against the Bruins. Boston got past Toronto in seven games during the playoffs last season. The Maple Leafs are just as explosive, but now are more well-rounded and playoff tested. Mike Babcock is a tremendous coach. It's the Maple Leafs' time to take that next step. The Bruins have lost in eight of their last 11 visits to Toronto. They don't have the Maple Leafs' explosiveness and are reeling from their controversial Game 5 home loss.
|04-21-19||Bruins v. Maple Leafs OVER 5.5||4-2||Win||100||15 h 56 m||Show|
Toronto is improved defensively, but the Maple Leafs still win with their skating and explosiveness. I envision a more wide open game in this Game 6 now that the Maple Leafs are back in Toronto. Boston is going to have open things up after losing 2-1 at home in Game 5. The Bruins have the offensive talent and top line to do that. There could be plenty of late scoring, too, if the Bruins find themselves down a goal with their playoff lives at stake. The Over has cashed in six of the Bruins' last eight games.
|04-20-19||Jets v. Blues UNDER 5.5||2-3||Win||100||8 h 56 m||Show|
The Blues win with defense. They know if they are going to clinch this first-round series they can't get into a wide open skating match with the Jets. The Jets defeated the Blues, 6-3, in Game 3 at St. Louis. That game, though, appears to be an outlier. If you discount that performance, the Jets are averaging 1.2 goals in regulation during the four other games in the series. Winnipeg has scored just once in its last nine power play attempts spanning the past three games. The Jets also could be without their fourth-leading goal scorer, Nikolaj Ehlers. He's questionable. The Blues are averaging only 2.3 goals in their last three games. St. Louis' calling card is its fifth-ranked defense and goalie Jordan Binnington.
|04-19-19||Maple Leafs +131 v. Bruins||2-1||Win||131||6 h 39 m||Show|
This has been a back-and-forth series with each team rebounding with a victory following a loss. I see this pattern continuing here. The Maple Leafs lost, 6-4, at home to the Bruins on Wednesday. The Leafs were done in by not stopping Boston's power play and making stupid mistakes, which they should avoid now.The Maple Leafs are the faster and more aggressive team. They have the confidence, too, of having won a game in Boston during the series. So at this plus price, I'm going to get involved with Toronto.
|04-18-19||Golden Knights v. Sharks OVER 6||2-5||Win||100||20 h 11 m||Show|
Martin Jones has been terrible in goal. Yet the Sharks are going to stick with him. The Sharks haven't been able to stop the Golden Knights during the last three games - and I don't see that changing here. Las Vegas is averaging 5.3 goals in its last three games. San Jose was the second-highest scoring team in the NHL this season. The Sharks should be good for at least three goals playing back at home where they won, 5-3, in Game 2. The Over has cashed in three of the four games in this series and during the past four times the teams have met in San Jose. Joe Thornton is back from suspension, which is a plus for the Sharks. San Jose has scored at least three goals in seven of its past eight home games.
|04-17-19||Flames v. Avalanche OVER 6||2-3||Loss||-105||23 h 38 m||Show|
Down 2-1 in the series, the Flames are going to be going all out here. That means attack and playing up-tempo. The Flames were the No. 3 scoring team in the league during the regular season averaging 3.5 goals a game. Yet they've been held to two goals during each of the past two games. Colorado is mediocre at best defensively. So I see the Flames holding up their end in making this Over work. Things are clicking offensively now for the Avalanche. They have produced nine goals in the last two games, firing 56 shots on net in Game 3. Their power play is back to being highly dangerous. The Over is 3-1-1 the last five times the teams have met.
|04-17-19||Bruins +109 v. Maple Leafs||6-4||Win||109||20 h 39 m||Show|
This series has the feel of a zig-zag type of scenario. The Bruins are down 2-1. Their top line of Patrice Bergerson, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand haven't played well in the series. These guys are too good, though, to stay down especially given their strong history versus the Maple Leafs. I see the Bruins doing what they have to do - forechecking and slowing down the Leafs by controling the puck while getting better play from their No. 1 line - to even the series. Boston has won five of its last seven road games and is 15-5 when playing on one day's rest. Keep in mind the Maple Leafs are without suspended Nazem Kadri.
|04-15-19||Predators v. Stars OVER 5||3-2||Push||0||20 h 56 m||Show|
Goals have been at a premium during the first two games of the series. There hasn't been more than five goals in either game. Now the series shifts to Nashville. The Predators fired 43 shots in Game 2. Their confidence is up after a road victory. Dallas has scored nine goals in its last two home games. The Over has won the past six times the Stars have hosted the Predators. I see this game being played more wide open that the previous two. It's not too much to ask each team to produce two goals.
|04-14-19||Jets +145 v. Blues||6-3||Win||145||6 h 9 m||Show|
I'm going to take this price with the Jets, who are in dire straits after losing the first two games of the series at home. Both losses, though, were by one goal. The Jets led in both games. Winnipeg was 22-18-1 on the road during the regular season. The Jets also have beaten the Blues seven of the past eight times in St. Louis.
|04-13-19||Avalanche v. Flames OVER 6||3-2||Loss||-100||22 h 3 m||Show|
Calgary is the No. 3 scoring team in the NHL. The Flames are going to get their share of goals. They produced four goals in Game 1 of this series. The question is can the underdog Avalanche produce enough goals to get this game Over the total? I believe they can. Colorado was the 10th-highest scoring team in the league. The Avalanche also ranked seventh in power plays. They went 0-for-4 in power play opportunities in Game 1. Mike Smith, the Flames' 37-year-old goalie, had a spectacular game against the Avalanche. Smith isn't nearly as good as he played and is past his prime. The Avalanche have one of the most dangerous lines in hockey with Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen, who is back after missing the last few weeks of the regular season due to injury. He returned in Game 1, but was rusty. That rust should be off for this game.
|04-12-19||Blues v. Jets -110||4-3||Loss||-110||22 h 58 m||Show|
The Jets have defeated the Blues 11 of the past 15 times and I expect them to even the series after losing 2-1 at home to St. Louis in Game 1 of this playoff series on Wednesday. The Blues have been riding hot rookie goalie Jordan Binnington. But that can only go so far. The Jets are the seventh-highest scoring team in the league. The Blues are a mediocre 15th in scoring. Only once in their last eight games have the Blues produced more than three goals in a game. The Jets' defense is better with the return of defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and Josh Morrissey. Winnipeg realizes the seriousness if it were to lose the first two games of this series at home. It certainly wouldn't shock me if the Blues win this series. But for this matchup I want the Jets going for me.
|04-12-19||Blue Jackets v. Lightning -1.5||Top||5-1||Loss||-100||20 h 48 m||Show|
Tampa Bay was the best team in hockey this season - and it wasn't even close. Perhaps things came too easy for the Lightning in their playoff opener against the Blue Jackets. Columbus has been hot, but there was no excuse except overconfidence for the Lightning blowing a 3-0 lead at home to the Blue Jackets in a 4-3 loss on Wednesday. It was a hard loss for the Lightning. It's a defeat the Lightning should learn from. I expect them to bring a great deal of intensity to this Game 2 matchup. I can't lay this big of juice especially in a Stanley Cup game. But I strongly believe Tampa Bay will win this game by multiple goals so I'm going with the Lightning on the puck line laying 1 1/2 goals and getting a plus price back. Tampa Bay has won by multiple goals in nine of its last 13 victories. The Lightning defense is stronger, too, with the return of Victor Hedman, who missed the last four games of the regular season.
|04-11-19||Maple Leafs v. Bruins OVER 6||Top||4-1||Loss||-105||17 h 57 m||Show|
There is only one way for the Maple Leafs to beat the Bruins - offense. Toronto knows this. The Maple Leafs are the more explosive team and they should be on full attack. They have enough experience now and their offense has been enhanced even more with the addition of superstar John Tavares. The Bruins have one of the best lines in hockey with Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron. Those three have enjoyed plenty of success against the Maple Leafs combining for 30 points in the Bruins' seven-game playoff series win last season. Marchand and Pastrnak had strong regular season games against Toronto, too, this season. Boston can take advantage of Toronto's lack of defense and discipline. Maple Leafs' goalie Frederik Andersen didn't play well against the Bruins either during last season's playoff series.
|04-11-19||Maple Leafs +131 v. Bruins||4-1||Win||131||16 h 26 m||Show|
The Stanley Cup playoffs opened Wednesday. One of the five matchups was in the pick range. But underdogs emerged victorious in three of the other four first-round, first-game matchups. Heavily favored Tampa Bay was one of those losers. That's a huge break for Boston. The Bruins could be vulnerable against revenge-minded Toronto here. The Maple Leafs nearly upset the Bruins in the playoffs last season losing in seven games. This time around the Maple Leafs are more experienced and have added superstar John Tavares. Toronto holds a speed and offensive edge. The pressure is on Boston, too.
|04-10-19||Golden Knights v. Sharks OVER 6||Top||2-5||Win||100||20 h 0 m||Show|
Las Vegas upgraded its offense with free agent signings and trades this season. The Golden Knights now have two powerful scoring lines to go with excellent depth. The Golden Knights also will be operating against San Jose's shaky goaltending. Martin Jones has an .896 save percentage and 3.28 GAA in 13 career games against Las Vegas. He could be the weakest starting goalie of any of the playoff teams. The Sharks are the No. 2 scoring team in the league. They have four players - Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl, Evander Kane and Timo Meier - who all scored at least 30 goals. In addition, the Sharks have the top offensive defenseman in Brent Burns. Eric Karlsson, another superstar defenseman known for his offense, has returned from injury. The Over has cashed in seven of the past 10 meetings between the two teams.
|04-10-19||Stars +150 v. Predators||3-2||Win||150||19 h 1 m||Show|
This is a nice price to get a Stars team that has won seven of their last nine road games and is the superior defensive team. Dallas is the No. 2 defensive team in the NHL. Only one of the Stars' past 19 opponents was able to score more than three goals in a game against them. Goalie Ben Bishop enters the playoffs following a huge regular season where he set a personal single season record for shutouts and led the NHL in save percentage. The Predators have the league's worst power play.
|04-06-19||Blackhawks v. Predators -1.5||Top||2-5||Win||120||17 h 11 m||Show|
The Blackhawks didn't make the playoffs again, but they did finish the home portion of their disappointing season in style with a 6-1 victory against the Stars Friday night. Now, though, the Blackhawks travel to Nashville to face the Predators in the regular season finale with the Predators needing a victory to lock up the Central Division.I forsee a letdown and fatigue issues for the Blackhawks against the highly motivated Predators. This will be Chicago's fourth game in six days and second in two nights. The Blackhawks are 8-21 the past 29 times playing on zero rest and 3-8 when playing for the fourth time in six days. The Blackhawks also are fat and happy from their impressive victory against Dallas Friday. Nashville is 4-1 in its last five games. The Predators aren't going to screw around after pulling out a 3-2 win against the lowly Canucks at home on Thursday after falling behing 2-0. The Predators have defeated the Blackhawks four of the past five times at home and are 8-3 overall versus them during the last 11 meetings.
|04-06-19||Sabres v. Red Wings -113||7-1||Loss||-113||6 h 43 m||Show|
The Red Wings have shown life down the stretch winning six of their last seven. The Sabres have been dreadful since early in the season going 15-41 in their last 56 games. The Sabres did halt an eight-game losing streak with a home win against the Senators in their last game. Look for the Sabres to mail this one in.
|04-05-19||Stars v. Blackhawks UNDER 6.5||1-6||Loss||-125||8 h 38 m||Show|
It's tough to go Under in games involving the Blackhawks. But the Stars give up the second-fewest goals in the league. They have not given up more than three goals during their last 17 games. The Blackhawks have been playing better defense. They've held seven of their last 10 opponents to three goals or fewer. This is Chicago's final home game of the season. So a maximum effort should be forthcoming.
|04-04-19||Jets +103 v. Avalanche||Top||2-3||Loss||-100||19 h 21 m||Show|
The Jets are the better team and are in circle-the-wagons mode having lost four of their last five. That puts them in a tie with Nashville for the lead in the Central Division. The Jets held a closed door meeting after a 5-1 road loss to the Wild on Tuesday. I'm expecting a maximum effort from the Jets. Their defense has been upgraded with the recent return from injury of Dustin Byfuglien. The Avalanche, on the other hand, have come on to just about clinch the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They have a four-point lead on the Coyotes with each team having two games remaining in the regular season. So a letdown could be in store for the Avalanche.
|04-03-19||Flames v. Ducks +155||1-3||Win||155||14 h 14 m||Show|
Kudos to the Calgary Flames in capturing the Western Conference regular-season title. The Flames have clinched home ice for the Western Conference playoffs. Right now the Flames' priority is getting ready for the playoffs. That means getting fully healthy and rested. Calgary sat out six regulars in its last game, a victory against the Kings. I don't see the Flames being able to get away with that against the Ducks - and the underdog price is worth taking a shot on Anaheim. The Ducks have had a disappointing season. But they have been respectable lately going 9-6 in their last 15 games. They shouldn't lack motivation after losing 6-1 at Calgary this past Friday. Anaheim has absolutely dominated Calgary at home, too, winning an astounding 31 times during the past 32 times there.
|04-03-19||Senators v. Rangers OVER 6||4-1||Loss||-113||7 h 25 m||Show|
This should be a very loose game between non-playoff teams. Ottawa gives up the most goals in the league. The Senators also are going with backup goalie Anders Nilsson, who has allowed 12 goals in his last two starts.
|04-02-19||Oilers v. Avalanche OVER 5.5||2-6||Win||100||11 h 59 m||Show|
I see a loose game here with enough scoring to cash an Over. Edmonton is coming off a lackluster 3-1 loss to Las Vegas last night. That officially eliminated the Oilers from the playoffs. I envision the Oilers playing more loose here. Connor McDavid is having a monster season and can hurt the Avalanche.The Over is 4-0-1 the past five times the Oilers have played without rest. Colorado is off a tough 3-2 loss to the Blues in overtime last night. The Avalanche drop way down in defensive class after having just faced the Blues. They had scored three or more goals in seven of their last eight games before losing to the Blues. The Over is 4-0-1 between the two teams during their last five games in Colorado.
|04-02-19||Bruins v. Blue Jackets OVER 5.5||6-2||Win||100||3 h 39 m||Show|
The Bruins are averaging 4.4 goals in their last seven games, but are giving up an average of 4.2 goals in their last five games. The Over has cashed in seven of their last 10 games. The Blue Jackets have been on a good scoring binge, too, averaging 4.8 goals in their last five games. The Over has cashed in eight of the past nine meetings between the two teams, too.
|04-01-19||Flames v. Kings +128||7-2||Loss||-100||9 h 57 m||Show|
The Kings have shown life winning four of their last six games. But the main handicap here is a fade on the Flames. Calgary just clinched the top seed in the Western Conference with a 5-3 road victory against the Sharks last night. So the Flames are in a huge letdown spot.
|04-01-19||Jets -111 v. Blackhawks||4-3||Win||100||7 h 26 m||Show|
It is sinking in to the Blackhawks that they are not going to make the playoffs having gone 2-5 in their last seven games. That's demoralizing. The Jets should be motivated hitting the road after three straight home losses. The Jets are the superior team and are 3-0 versus the Blackhawks this season.
|04-01-19||Maple Leafs -102 v. Islanders||2-1||Win||100||18 h 28 m||Show|
The Maple Leafs should be motivated for this matchup after the Islanders embarrased them and prideful John Tavares, 6-1, at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Feb. 28. Backup Garret Sparks was in goal for Toronto in that game. Frederick Andersen is expected to start in net for the Maple Leafs in this rematch. Toronto catches the Islanders in a possible letdown spot. New York clinched a playoff spot for the first time in three season after beating the Sabres, 5-1, on Saturday.
|03-28-19||Canadiens v. Blue Jackets UNDER 5.5||2-6||Loss||-104||9 h 20 m||Show|
Sparked by a great comeback season from Carey Price, the Canadiens have given up two or fewer goals in seven of their last eight games. The Under has cashed in six of those eight games. Price is projected to be in net today. He has given up just 13 goals in his last eight games.Sergei Bobrovsky is projected to be in goal for Columbus. Bobrovsky is in great form posting shutouts in his last two starts. These are two superstar goalies when they are right - and both are right. The intensity and defensive level should be extremely high here with the final wildcard playoff spot in the East at stake. This has been a strong Under series with the Under winning six of the last seven times.
|03-26-19||Sabres v. Senators OVER 6||0-4||Loss||-125||4 h 52 m||Show|
The Sabres gave up three goals again in their last game, a 3-1 loss to the Devils on Monday. This marks the ninth time in their last 10 games the Sabres have yielded three or more goals. The Senators are giving up an average of five goals per agme during their last three games. They are far more about attacking than defense. Ottawa has scored four or more goals in three of its last four games. The Under has not won the past four times these teams have met.
|03-25-19||Red Wings v. Sharks -1.5||3-2||Loss||-123||13 h 15 m||Show|
San Jose has dropped five in a row. Yet the Sharks are a monster favorite against the Red Wings. The oddsmaker is anticipating a kill spot here for the Sharks and I agree. San Jose has shown signs lately of coming out of its funk. The Sharks are the No. 3 scoring team in the NHL. They should be able to produce a lot of goals versus the Red Wings, losers of 13 of their last 16 games and ranking 29th defensively. I'm also expecting a strong defensive effort from the Sharks. Detroit ranks 26th in scoring. The Red Wings, who are in rebuild mode, are coming off a shocking road upset of the Golden Knights from Saturday night. They probably can't be faulted for partying in Las Vegas following that improbable win. The Red Wings have fared poorly playing in San Jose losing 13 of the last 18 times.
|03-25-19||Sabres v. Devils OVER 5.5||1-3||Loss||-111||2 h 24 m||Show|
Things should play loose here with both teams out of playoff contention. The Sabres are giving up an average of 4.6 goals during their last five games. Buffalo, though, is averaging three goals per game during its last four games. The Devils' defense hasn't been good lately either. New Jersey is yielding an average of 4.1 goals during its past eight games. The Devils' offense gets a boost, though, with the return of center Nico Hirchier, who is second on the team in points.
|03-21-19||Coyotes +116 v. Panthers||2-4||Loss||-100||4 h 58 m||Show|
The Coyotes are better than the Panthers and have been in Florida the past few days after losing, 4-1, to the Lightning on Monday. Prior to that defeat, the Coyotes had won nine of their last 12 games. They are 10-3 the past 13 times meeting a sub .500 opponent. This isn't a good spot for Florida. The Panthers just got done playing four consecutive road games. This is their first home game in a week.
|03-19-19||Maple Leafs +112 v. Predators||0-3||Loss||-100||17 h 5 m||Show|
I want the Maple Leafs going for me here after they were embarrassed, 6-2, by the Senators this past Saturday. Toronto has had two full days to live with that humiliation and to tighten its defense. The Maple Leafs are 14-2 the past 16 times when playing on two days rest. They've also won in four of their past five visits to Nashville. The Predators are fat and happy returning to Nashville after an impressive 4-2 road win against the Sharks on Saturday. I don't think they will match the Maple Leafs' anticipated intensity level.
|03-19-19||Penguins +124 v. Hurricanes||2-3||Loss||-100||16 h 6 m||Show|
I don't think the Hurricanes are as good as the Penguins. That has been proven in the standings and in past meetings. Pittsburgh is 10-3 the last 13 times taking on the Hurricanes holding them to two or fewer goals in 11 of those games. The Penguins also have defeated the Hurricanes five of the last six times in Carolina. The spot is good, too, for the Penguins. They are coming off two consecutive home losses. They have had a good rhythm when playing on one day rest winning 15 of the past 22 times in that spot.
|03-18-19||Golden Knights v. Sharks OVER 6.5||7-3||Win||105||13 h 5 m||Show|
I fully expect each team to produce at least three goals here, which would ensure an Over. San Jose has allowed four goals in each of its last three games. The Golden Knights have produced three or more goals in 13 of their last 18 games. They just scored six goals versus the Oilers on Sunday night. Mark Stone has been a monster addition for the Golden Knights. The Sharks are the No. 2 scoring team in the NHL. They have tallied three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games. San Jose catches a huge break here, too, because the Golden Knights' star goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury, won't play.
|03-17-19||Panthers v. Ducks OVER 5.5||2-3||Loss||-115||8 h 19 m||Show|
The Ducks are playing looser and as a result they are averaging 3.7 goals in their last eight games. If that was computed out for the entire season, the Ducks would rank No. 2 in goal scoring. Florida is a top-10 scoring team, but ranks 26th defensively. The Panthers have been hot averaging five goals during their last four games. Florida, though, has permitted at least three goals in eight of its last 11 games.
|03-16-19||Maple Leafs v. Senators +1.5||2-6||Win||100||6 h 56 m||Show|
The Senators showed a pluse shutting out the Blues, 2-0, at home on Thursday. Ottawa is in a great ambush spot here. The Senators draw the Maple Leafs playing without rest after Toronto rallied from a three-goal deficit to nip the Flyers, 7-6, at home on Friday. The Maple Leafs have had problems in Ottawa and historically haven't been good in this role. They are 2-8 the past 10 times on the road versus opponents with a losing home mark. Toronto has lost six of its last eight visits to Ottawa, too. Ottawa catches another break as Toronto will be starting backup goalie Garret Sparks.
|03-14-19||Panthers v. Sharks OVER 6.5||4-2||Loss||-130||10 h 59 m||Show|
The Panthers are playing loose and have scored six goals in each of their last two games. The Panthers are a top-10 scoring team and have the league's second-most effective power play. Florida, though, ranks 27th defensively and has yielded at least three goals in seven of its last nine games. The Sharks are the No. 2 scoring team in the NHL. They have produced three or more goals in seven of their last eight games. The Sharks wouldn't mind running up a score here after losing 6-2 to Florida in the first meeting this season. Martin Jones had a terrible performance in net for San Jose in that game.
|03-13-19||Rangers +109 v. Canucks||1-4||Loss||-100||21 h 32 m||Show|
These two teams aren't good. But the Canucks are worse. Vancouver is 4-13 in its last 17 games. The Rangers are 2-7 in their last nine games. But New York has had some bad luck with six of those losses coming by one goal. Five of those defeats either occurred in overtime, or in a shootout. The Rangers have a strong road history, too, versus the Canucks winning five of the past six times in Vancouver. Overall, the Rangers have won four in a row against Vancouver.
|03-13-19||Devils v. Oilers UNDER 6||6-3||Loss||-113||20 h 7 m||Show|
The Devils tried to keep up offensively with the Flames on Tuesday and got whacked, 9-4. New Jersey doesn't have the scoring anymore to play an attacking style. Look for the Devils to dial things back against this opponent. Edmonton is a below average offensive team. It has been 24 games since the Oilers last scored more than four goals. They have scored two or fewer goals during regulation in 10 of their last 15 games. New Jersey has only scored 15 goals in its last nine games, an average of 1.6 goals per game during this span. The Under has cashed 69 percent of the time during the past 17 games between the two teams.
|03-13-19||Blackhawks v. Maple Leafs OVER 7||5-4||Win||100||17 h 28 m||Show|
Hey, it's the Blackhawks. That's the quick answer as to why go Over such a huge total. 16-1-1. That's the Blackhawks' Over record in their last 18 games. 24-2-1. That's the Blackhawks Over mark during their past 27 games. So why not no-brain this and try Over again especially with Chicago on the road and playing the up-tempo Maple Leafs? Chicago is 39-14-4 to the Over in its last 57 road contests. Toronto is the No. 3 scoring team in the NHL. The Over is 7-2 in the Maple Leafs' last nine games.
|03-12-19||Devils v. Flames OVER 6||4-9||Win||100||9 h 33 m||Show|
The Devils aren't going to stand a chance here if they try to play a defensive game - and they know it. The Flames broke out of a scoring slump with a 6-3 home victory against the Golden Knights on Sunday. The Flames are the No. 4 scoring team in the NHL. Their 3M Line of Matthew Tkachuk, Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik is one of the stronger second lines in the league. Calgary's top line of Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm has been slumping, but showed signs of breaking out against Las Vegas. They are not going against an elite goalie either as the Devils will be starting Mackenzie Blackwood. I see the Devils opening up their game against this opponent. This has turned into a rebuilding year for the Devils so there really isn't any pressue. They do seem to play looser against Western Conference foes with the Over cashing in five of their last six games versus West opponents.
|03-12-19||Bruins v. Blue Jackets +100||4-7||Win||100||7 h 32 m||Show|
I smell a letdown from the Bruins after they lost 4-2 to the Penguins on Sunday. That was Boston's first regulation defeat since Jan. 19, a string of 19 games. The Blue Jackets haven't been playing nearly as well. But they will have a real sense of urgency to win this home contest. Newly acquired Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel are due to start producing and I like having Sergei Bobrovsky in net when he's hot. Bobrovsky has allowed just four goals in his last three games with save percentages of .947, .966 and .967 during this span.
|03-12-19||Stars -130 v. Sabres||2-0||Win||100||5 h 52 m||Show|
Money has come on Dallas and I can see why. The steam is the right side. Dallas is 4-1 in its last five games. The Stars' lone defeat during this span came to the Blackhawks, 2-1, when Chicago played one of its finest games of the season.Dallas ha permitted only three goals in its last four games. Buffalo is going the other direction. The Sabres are 2-10 in their last 12 games and won't have suspended Jake Eichel, their best player, for this matchup.
|03-11-19||Senators v. Flyers OVER 6.5||2-3||Loss||-105||6 h 41 m||Show|
The Senators already have missed the playoffs and it's not because of their offense. They are average offensively, but dreadful defensively ranking 30th. Ottawa has allowed an average of 4.2 goals in its last seven games. The Flyers happen to be averaging 4.2 goals in their last seven games. Philadelphia, though, has surrendered three or more goals in six of its last nine games. The Flyers are going with Brian Elliott in net rather than Carter Hart. I consider that a break for Ottawa. The last five in the series have gone Over. This includes the first meeting this season, won by the Flyers, 7-4, on the road.
|03-10-19||Jets +126 v. Capitals||1-3||Loss||-100||7 h 56 m||Show|
I'm going to take a shot on the underdog Jets, who looked great in an 8-1 road win against the Hurricanes on Friday. The Capitals are hot. So were the Hurricanes, though. Washington is riding a six-game win streak. Most of these victories were close games. The Capitals did not look particularly sharp either in beating the banged-up and slumping Devils, 3-0, on Friday. That win pushed the Capitals into first place in the Metropolitan Division. It wouldn't surprise me if the Capitals were fat and happy entering this matchup against the league's seventh-highest scoring team.
|03-09-19||Kings v. Coyotes OVER 5||2-4||Win||100||5 h 42 m||Show|
This total is too low for these teams, who should each be good for at least two goals apiece. The Coyotes have scored three or more goals in six of their last eight games. The Kings have allowed 30 goals in their last seven games, an average of 4.2 per game.
|03-09-19||Devils v. Rangers UNDER 6||2-4||Push||0||19 h 54 m||Show|
It has been 12 games since the Devils had a total of less than 6 on one of their games. Maybe the oddsmaker should reconsider this because the Devils are not a high scoring team anymore and their goal tending and defense have improved. New Jersey has just nine goals in its last seven games. The Devils haven't' scored a power play goal during their past nine games spanning 24 opportunities. The Rangers are a perfect 14-for-14 in killing penalties the last four games. The Rangers aren't scoring either notching just six goals in their last four games. The Devils have allowed only nine goals in their last five games, discounting a 6-3 loss to the Flyers. There should be some intensity in this matchup between these two division rivals. The Devils have dropped five in a row. The Rangers have lost six straight. So one team is going to end their losing streak leading me to believe this is going to be a tight-checking, defensive matchup with neither team wanting to take a chance knowing a victory is a real possibility especially with each offense struggling.
|03-08-19||Jets +149 v. Hurricanes||8-1||Win||149||9 h 12 m||Show|
Going with the value here. Winnipeg is the sixth-highest scoring team in the league. They are averaging four goals per game during their last four games. The Jets have won the past four times when priced in this underdog range. The Jets have enjoyed previous success when playing at Carolina winning in six of their past eight visits.
|03-07-19||Blues v. Kings +130||Top||4-0||Loss||-100||20 h 45 m||Show|
The Blues are coming off an improbable 5-4 road win against Anaheim Wednesday night scoring twice in the final 1:04 seconds to pull out the victory. That win pushed their playoff spot lead to six points and sets up a flat spot in this matchup.The Kings are rested and ready having been home for the past week. They are 2-0 versus the Blues this season and have owned St. Louis at home winning 13 of the last 16 times in LA. The Blues aren't likely to start rookie goalie sensation Jordan Binnington in net either after he played Wednesday. Jordan Allen is the probable goalie for St. Louis. The Blues are 0-2 the past two times Allen has been in net.
|03-07-19||Sabres v. Blackhawks OVER 7||4-5||Win||106||6 h 56 m||Show|
OK, we knew the 7's were coming on Blackhawk totals. But I'm not convinced it's still enough of a stop sign. No team plays Overs like the Blackhawks do with their combination of up-tempo, attacking offense and lack of defense. This has resulted in 15 straight Over the total games for the Blackhawks and 21 Overs in their last 22 games. I've got to keep riding that boat. This is especially so against the Sabres, who are back playing high-scoring games. The Over has cashed in Buffalo's past six games. The Sabres are allowing 4.4 goals in their last five games. The Over is 18-7-1 in Buffalo's last 26 games. The Over also is 4-1 the past five times these two teams have met. This includes the last meeting, which was on Feb. 1. The Blackhawks won that game, 7-3.
|03-07-19||Blue Jackets v. Penguins OVER 6.5||0-3||Loss||-130||4 h 29 m||Show|
It's no stretch to envision each of these teams scoring three goals apiece. Pittsburgh has scored three or more goals in 11 of its last 12 games. The Blue Jackets managed a 2-1 victory against the Devils in their last game two days ago. But they had allowed 17 goals during their previous four games. Look for the Blue Jackets' recent trade deadline acquistions to start stepping up their offensive performances.
|03-06-19||Maple Leafs v. Canucks OVER 6.5||2-3||Loss||-105||11 h 3 m||Show|
I'm envisioning a high-tempo, fast paced, raucous game here with plenty of scoring. The Maple Leafs have gone Over in each of their last six games. Their offense is really clicking as they have scored five or more goals in five of those games. Toronto should receive plenty of fan support with this game in Western Canada where the Leafs are popular. Vancouver is due to start scoring more. The Canucks are in stop-the-pain mode having lost six of their last seven, including the past three. They need their offense, which is capable, to bust out. The Canucks aren't going to win by playing conservative having allowed at least three goals in all but two of their past 13 games.
|03-05-19||Canadiens -127 v. Kings||Top||3-1||Win||100||21 h 7 m||Show|
Montreal is 6-0 the past six times facing a foe from the Pacific Division. Look for that streak to continue here.The Canadiens are the superior team with 21 more points than the Kings. Montreal was 4-2 in its last six games before suffering a 5-1 home loss to the Penguins on Saturday. The Canadiens should be fresh and ready to begin this West Coast trip. The Kings had lost 10 in a row before defeating the erratic Blackhawks, 6-3, on Saturday. I don't know mind laying a short road price with a focused superior team off a loss against a weaker opponent that is off a satisfying home victory.
|03-05-19||Red Wings v. Avalanche UNDER 6.5||3-4||Loss||-110||20 h 33 m||Show|
The rebuilding Red Wings don't score much. That's evident in Detroit being held to three or fewer goals in 14 of its last 16 games. The Red Wings are averaging 1.7 goals in their last four games. Colorado is underrated defensively giving up 19 goals in regulation during its last 10 games, an average of 1.9 goals. The Avalanche are off two straight losses, both coming on the road. Now they are home and huge favorites. I see them playing conservatively not wanting to take many chances against an overmatched road opponent.
|03-05-19||Blue Jackets v. Devils UNDER 6.5||2-1||Win||100||18 h 32 m||Show|
There are certain golden Over the total teams in the NHL. The Devils aren't one of those teams anymore. Ravaged by injuries, the Devils have trouble scoring. They have just eight goals in their last five games. The Blue Jackets are averaging only two goals per game in their past four contests. New Jersey has been getting better goaltending lately. If you discount a 6-3 defeat to the Flyers, the Devils have allowed just four goals in their past three games. The last four in this series have gone Under, too, including both meetings this season. Only once has the Over won during the past 10 times the teams have met in New Jersey.
|03-04-19||Maple Leafs v. Flames OVER 6.5||6-2||Win||100||6 h 55 m||Show|
These two teams are more than capable of scoring three goals apiece. So as long as the oddsmaker isn't putting up a 7 for the total, I'm going Over. The Maple Leafs have scored five or more goals in four of their last five games. The Over has cashed in each of Toronto's last five games. The Flames are stepping up against a good offense here. Calgary is going to get its share of goals. The Flames are the No. 2 goal scoring team in the NHL and Toronto is dealing with multiple injuries defensively.
|03-03-19||Blackhawks v. Sharks OVER 6.5||2-5||Win||100||11 h 5 m||Show|
The juice is crazy high, but as long as the oddsmaker doesn't hang a 7 on a Blackhawks total you have to play Over on Chicago especially against this foe. Chicago has played an insane 14 straight Over the total games. The Over has cashed in 21 of the Blackhawks' last 22 games. The Blackhawks are the perfect Over team. They are fast-paced, can score and don't play any defense. The Kings, who rank 30th in scoring, just produced six goals versus the Blackhawks on Saturday. San Jose is the No. 3 scoring team in the NHL. The Sharks, however, are giving up 3.5 goals in their last four games. So it's not difficult to project at least three goals apiece for each team.
|03-03-19||Avalanche -127 v. Ducks||1-2||Loss||-127||3 h 15 m||Show|
Look for Colorado to rebound after a tough 4-3 road loss to San Jose. The Avalanche is 5-2 in its last seven games while averaging 4.3 goals during their past six games. The Ducks have lost their last five games. They have been held to one goal or fewer in 11 of their last 16 games. The Avalanche have won 17 of the last 25 times as road chalk.
|03-02-19||Red Wings v. Coyotes OVER 5.5||1-3||Loss||-105||5 h 32 m||Show|
Detroit's defense has slipped since mid-February. The Red Wings have surrendered an average of five goals per game during their last six games. The Coyotes have scored three or more goals in each of their last five games. They are averaging 4.3 goals during their past three games. The teams have a strong tendency, too, when playing in Arizona to above the total with the Over winning 71 percent during the previous 26 times.
|03-02-19||Devils v. Bruins OVER 6||0-1||Loss||-100||15 h 43 m||Show|
Bad defense and bad goaltending are not a good combination. They are why the Devils rank 29th defensively. New Jersey just permitted six goals at home on Friday to the Flyers. The Bruins have the offense to take advantage netting three or more goals in 10 of their past 12 games. Boston's defense, though, could be in for a letdown after a huge 4-1 victory against Tampa Bay on Thursday.
|03-02-19||Hurricanes v. Panthers OVER 6||4-3||Win||100||5 h 52 m||Show|
Carolina has scored 18 goals in its last four games. The Hurricanes have scored three or more goals in 13 of their last 15 games. Florida ranks 28th defensively. The Panthers have surrendered 13 goals in their last three games. Florida, though, has scored 18 goals in its past four games. The Panthers have scored at least three goals during their past eight games. The Over is 4-1-1 the past six times the teams have met in Florida.
|03-02-19||Oilers v. Blue Jackets UNDER 6.5||4-0||Win||100||9 h 4 m||Show|
Given the early start time and playoff importance of this matchup, I'm expecting a more defensive-minded game than the oddsmaker. The Oilers are not a big scoring team despite having superstar Connor McDavid. Edmonton ranks 25th in scoring. The Oilers have scored two goals or fewer in eight of their last 10 games. The Blue Jackets are breaking in a bunch of new faces. They are usually good for three goals, but not much more having gone 15 of the past 17 games netting four or fewer goals.
|03-01-19||Capitals -105 v. Islanders||Top||3-1||Win||100||16 h 18 m||Show|
The Capitals have a strong record in this type of matchup going 26-12 during their last 38 road games when taking on an opponent with a winning home mark. Washington will be well rested having last played on Tuesday. Not so with the Islanders. They could be emotionally spent after blasting the Maple Leafs, 6-1, in front of a sellout crowd on Thursday in John Tavares' first game versus his former team after signing with the Maple Leafs as a free agent during last summer. Despite that victory against the Leafs, the Islanders are 2-3 in their past five games. The Capitals are 8-4 in their last 12 contests. The Islanders are likely to start backup Thomas Greiss in net after starting goalie Robin Lehner played last night.
|02-28-19||Maple Leafs v. Islanders OVER 5.5||1-6||Win||100||9 h 35 m||Show|
There have been at least eight goals scored during the Maple Leafs' past three games. Toronto has scored 17 goals during this past three-game span. Look for the Maple Leafs' offense to trump the Islanders' defense.The Islanders have scored at least three goals in four of their last six games. New York draws Toronto backup goalie Garret Sparks for this matchup. The Over has cashed in 10 of Toronto's last 12 visits against the Islanders.
|02-27-19||Oilers v. Maple Leafs OVER 6.5||2-6||Win||100||6 h 55 m||Show|
Toronto is the fourth-leading scoring team in the NHL and has gotten hot on the offensive end again. The Maple Leafs have scored 11 goals in their last two games. The Maple Leafs also have given up three goals in five of their last six games, including the last four. The Oilers have yielded three or more goals in seven of their last eight games. The Over has won eight of the past 11 times the Oilers have faced an Eastern Conference opponent.
|02-26-19||Kings v. Hurricanes OVER 5.5||1-6||Win||100||6 h 25 m||Show|
The Kings usually play looser on the road where the Over has cashed in eight of their past 10 away matchups. LA broke out of mini-scoring slump by putting in three goals against the Lightning last night. LA's defense is down depth-wise after Oscar Fantenberg was traded to Calgary for a conditional draft pick. Carolina has scored three or more goals in 11 of its last 13 games. The Hurricanes lead the league in shots on goal. The Hurricanes' offense also received a boost this weekend with the return of center Jordan Staal, who had missed more than two months due to a concussion.
|02-26-19||Penguins v. Blue Jackets OVER 6.5||5-2||Win||100||6 h 24 m||Show|
The Blue Jackets have scored at least three goals in seven of their past 10 games. They draw the Penguins with Pittsburgh dealing with multiple defensive injuries. Out for Pittsburgh are Kris Letang, Brian Dumoulin and Olli Maatta. Letang and Dumoulin are Pittsburgh's top defensive pairing. Penguins goalie Matt Murray has run hot and cold this season. He's coming off a cold performance, a 4-3 loss to the Flyers. Pittsburgh is giving up an average of 4.2 goals during its last five games. The Penguins can score, though, notching at least three goals in seven of their past eight games. They've scored four or more goals five times during this eight-game span. The Over has cashed in six of the last eight meetings between the two teams.
|02-24-19||Jets v. Coyotes OVER 6||1-4||Loss||-100||18 h 51 m||Show|
The Jets are the No. 6 scoring team in the NHL Their offense was on full display during their last game, a 6-3 road win against the Golden Knights on Friday. Patrik Laine broke out of his slump with two goals in Winnipeg's victory against Las Vegas and Nikolaj Ehlers returned from injury further bolstering the Jets' attack. The Coyotes have scored three goals in each of their last two games They are going against a vulnerable Jets defense and likely facing Jets backup goalie, Laurent Brossoit. Winnipeg has surrendered three or more goals in 13 of its past 14 games. The Jets have allowed 4.2 goals during their last five games.
|02-24-19||Flames v. Senators OVER 6||2-1||Loss||-114||16 h 52 m||Show|
Calgary is the No. 2 scoring team in the NHL. The Senators score the 11th most goals. Expect each team to produce at least three goals. The Flames have scored three or more goals in all but three of their last 22 games. They are facing the worst defensive team in the league. This has been an Over series with seven of the past nine games between the two teams going above the total.
|02-23-19||Islanders v. Canucks +112||4-0||Loss||-100||10 h 26 m||Show|
I don't believe the Islanders should be favored here on the road. Vancouver is 5-8 in its last 13 games. But note the Canucks have suffered six of those eight defeats by one goal. The Islanders have given up four goals apiece in each of their last two games. The Canucks can take advantage as they have a dynamic line with newly acquire Ryan Spooner joining Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser. The Islanders also carry a fatigue rating as this is their third game in four days - all on the road.
|02-23-19||Canadiens v. Maple Leafs OVER 6||3-6||Win||100||5 h 55 m||Show|
The Canadiens have picked up their pace this season. They have scored 3 or more goals in seven of their last nine games. The Maple Leafs have yielded three goals in three of their last four games. Toronto is the No. 4 scoring team in the league. The teams just met two weeks ago and the Maple Leafs won, 4-3, in overtime. There were a combined 70 shots taken on goal in that game.
|02-22-19||Wild v. Red Wings OVER 5.5||3-2||Loss||-112||4 h 3 m||Show|
Zach Parise is back scoring for the Wild, whose offense is better after acquiring Ryan Donato. However, Minnesota's frontline defense is down without injured Mikko Koivu, who was the Wild's top penalty killer. Minnesota has surrendered at least four goals in seven of its last 10 games.The Red Wings have scored three or more goals in four of their last five games. They've also given up 14 goals in their past three games. These two teams have a history of going Over when playing in Detroit. There have been only two Unders the past 17 times they've met in Detroit.
|02-21-19||Kings v. Predators OVER 5.5||1-2||Loss||-100||8 h 50 m||Show|
The Kings are surrendering 4.4 goals in their last five games. Their offense, though, has picked up. LA has scored three or more goals in seven of its last 10 games. The Kings have scored a minimum of two goals per game during their last 10 games. The Over has cashed in six of the Kings' past seven away matchups and in nine of their last 11 overall games.
|02-21-19||Flyers +136 v. Canadiens||1-5||Loss||-100||7 h 27 m||Show|
I see excellent value in backing the Flyers, who are 12-3 in their last 15 games with one of those defeats occurring to Tampa Bay. The Flyers have won each of their last five road contests. Rookie goalie Carter Hart has been brilliant for Philadelphia. The Flyers have won in 10 of his last 11 starts. This includes a 5-2 victory against the Canadiens in Montreal on Jan. 19. It was the fifth straight time the Flyers have defeated the Canadiens. Montreal isn't nearly as good in form as the Flyers are right now. The Canadiens are 1-4 in their last five games. They are averaging just two goals per game during their last five games.
|02-21-19||Senators v. Devils OVER 6.5||0-4||Loss||-124||7 h 51 m||Show|
The Devils have scored three or more goals in five of their last six games. They are a horrible defensive team, though, ranking 29th in goals allowed. If you discount a 4-1 win against the Sabres, they are giving up an average of 5.2 goals during their last four games. Ottawa is similar to New Jersey being much better offensively. The Senators rank 11th in scoring but give up the most goals per game. They have allowed 4.5 goals in their last four games.
|02-20-19||Blackhawks +102 v. Red Wings||5-4||Win||102||18 h 42 m||Show|
The Blackhawks are digging hard for a playoff spot winning nine of their last 11 games. The Red Wings are 2-5 in their last seven games. They are going to be sellers at the trade deadline. Chicago has been red-hot offensively averaging 4.9 goals in its last 11 games. The Blackhawks are a perfect 7-0 the past seven times taking on a sub .500 foe.