|Date||Match Up||Rating||Score||Result||Profit||Lead Time||Analysis|
|01-20-19||Hurricanes v. Oilers +107||7-4||Loss||-100||19 h 7 m||Show|
The Oilers opened their three-game homestand in unimpressive fashion losing 5-2 to the Flames on Saturday. Look for Edmonton to bounce back today against Carolina. The Oilers haven't lost back-to-back home games all season when playing without rest. The Hurricanes have lost their past two games - and the games haven't been close. Carolina fell by four goals to the Rangers and by three goals to the Senators. Carolina is giving up an average of 3.7 goals during its past seven games. The Hurricanes have surrendered at least three goals in each of their last seven games. Edmonton has beaten Carolina four of the last five times at home.
|01-19-19||Sharks v. Lightning OVER 6.5||3-6||Win||100||8 h 14 m||Show|
The oddsmaker could have opened this game at 7 - and it still likely would go Over. San Jose is the No. 3 goal scoring team in the NHL. Tampa Bay is No. 1. The Sharks have scored three or more goals in 18 of their last 19 games, including the past 12. They have reached four or more goals 12 times during this span. Tampa Bay is sure to be pumped after losing 4-2 to Toronto in its last home game. That loss followed a three-game road trip. The Lightning are now more comfortable at home. Prior to that game, Tampa Bay had scored 5.1 goals per game during its last seven home games. These teams have a strong Over history, too, going 12-3-1 above the total during the past 16 matchups.
|01-18-19||Maple Leafs v. Panthers +130||1-3||Win||130||9 h 15 m||Show|
The record shows Florida to have lost seven straight games. A closer look at the record indicates the Panthers have lost six of those games on the road and four of those defeats were by one goal. The Panthers' one home game during this span was a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets. So Florida is not getting outclassed most of the time. The Panthers own a winning home mark on the season and are back in friendly territory desperate to gain their first victory of 2019. They are in a great spot to achieve an upset win here. Toronto just upset the Lightning, 4-2, at Tampa Bay on Thursday in a huge victory. The Maple Leafs are in a letdown spot and playing without rest. There's a good possibility, too, that backup goalie Garret Sparks will be in net for Toronto. He has a 3.00 GAA. The Maple Leafs return to Toronto following this matchup. This has been a home team series with the host winning 10 of the past 11 times. Florida has defeated Toronto four consecutive times at home.
|01-17-19||Maple Leafs +128 v. Lightning||4-2||Win||128||9 h 20 m||Show|
It's tought to go against Tampa Bay at home, but the Maple Leafs are going to give the Lightning their best punch. Toronto is in circle-the-wagons mode losing five of its last seven games. Things should start to turn around, though, for the Maple Leafs with Frederik Andersen back in goal. This will be his second game after being out eight games due to a groin injury. He will be less rusty than he was in Toronto's last game, an embarrassing 6-3 home loss to the Avalanche. That happened on Monday. The Maple Leafs have been idle ever since. They are itching to test themselves versus the Lightning. Toronto has won 15 of its last 21 road contests. Even though the Lightning are home, the Maple Leafs are in the better spot. Tampa Bay just returned from a three-game road swing that concluded Tuesday night in Dallas where the Lightning defeated the Stars, 2-0. Dallas lost despite having six power play opportunities and getting off 35 shots on goal. This marks Tampa Bay's fourth game in six days - all at difference venues. The Lightning are vulnerable to lose here. Look for Toronto to seize the opportunity.
|01-17-19||Blackhawks v. Rangers OVER 6.5||3-4||Win||100||3 h 16 m||Show|
The Blackhawks have gone Over the total in their last five games. They have been a big Over team all season especially on the road where the Over stands 32-15-4 during the past 51 instances. It's an easy formula to see why. Chicago can score, but plays no defense. The Blackhawks have allowed an average of 3.8 goals in their last five games. They've also allowed an average of 4.6 goals in their last six games.
|01-16-19||Sharks v. Coyotes +131||3-6||Win||131||11 h 31 m||Show|
The Coyotes are in a great ambush spot here. They had won three in a row until suffering an embarrassing 7-1 road loss to Calgary on Sunday. Arizona has had three days to stew about that loss. The Coyotes should be pumped for the Sharks being back home. The Coyotes catch the Sharks fat and happy. San Jose is off a satisfying 5-2 home win against the Penguins. This puts the Sharks in a vulnerable spot traveling into a different time zone while not getting into Arizona until the wee hours of the morning. San Jose also is likely to go with backup goalie Aaron Dell.
|01-15-19||Penguins +127 v. Sharks||2-5||Loss||-100||14 h 36 m||Show|
San Jose is playing well, but I'll take a plus price with the Penguins. Pittsburgh is 10-2 in its last 12 games and 6-1 in its past seven road contests. However, the Penguins are coming off a disappointing, 5-2, road loss to the Kings. The Penguins had backup goalie Casey DeSmith in net for that game. Now Matt Murray will be in goal. Pittsburgh has won nine straight with Murray in net. Murray is 8-0-1 with two shutouts in road games this season. Pittsburgh has defeated San Jose in four of the last five meetings.
|01-15-19||Hurricanes v. Rangers +130||2-6||Win||130||11 h 38 m||Show|
The Rangers have the Hurricanes' number when the two teams play at Madison Square Garden. Carolina hasn't won there since 2010, a string of 15 road losses in a row. The Rangers are 25-5 the past 30 times hosting the Hurricanes. The Rangers are going to be fired up, too, after their coach, David Quinn, ripped their effort following a 7-5 loss to the Blue Jackets on Sunday. So I'll ride the Rangers at this plus price.
|01-14-19||Sabres v. Oilers UNDER 6||2-7||Loss||-120||10 h 42 m||Show|
The Sabres have gone Under seven of the last eight times they have played Western Conference opponents. Buffalo has scored three or fewer goals in seven of its last nine games. Despite having the great Connor McDavid, the Oilers rank 24th in scoring. They haven't broken the three-goal barrier in nine of their last 12 games. Both teams desperately need a victory here. So don't expect a wide open game.
|01-14-19||Blackhawks v. Devils OVER 6||5-8||Win||100||8 h 43 m||Show|
The Blackhawks have a decent offense, but play little defense. That's a golden formula for an Over. So it's no surprise the Under has won only six times during the Blackhawks' last 26 games. Chicago has scored three of more goals during its last four games. The Blackhawks also have allowed 15 goals in their last four games, an average of 3.7 goals. The Devils have a better offense than defense, too. So they are worth playing Over.
|01-14-19||Blues v. Capitals OVER 5.5||4-1||Loss||-115||4 h 55 m||Show|
The Over has cashed the past six times these two teams have met. Look for that trend to continue as each team is going with their backup goalie. Washington is the No. 7 scoring team in the league. They are facing Jake Allen, one of the weaker backup goalies. The Blues are dealing with injuries, but still have managed to score 3 or more goals in five of their last six games.
|01-13-19||Coyotes v. Flames OVER 6||1-7||Win||100||9 h 34 m||Show|
The Coyotes are averaging four goals per game in their last three games and draw Mike Smith in net. Smith is the lesser of Calgary's two goalies. He has a 3.09 GAA. Arizona is playing without rest after upsetting the Oilers on Saturday. The Coyotes are 5-1 to the Over the past six times when playing on the second of consecutive days. The Flames are the No. 2 scoring team in the NHL. They have produced three or more goals in seven straight games, netting at least four goals in six of these games. The Over has cashed in six of their last seven games.
|01-13-19||Panthers v. Canucks -102||1-5||Win||100||17 h 9 m||Show|
I want Vancouver going for me, especially at this fair price. It's not just because the Panthers have lost five in a row and are carrying a huge fatigue rating. The last time these teams met was back on Oct. 13. The Canucks won, 3-2. But the take from that game was the Panthers putting a dirty hit on star rookie Elias Pettersson, who was checked hard into the boards by Mike Matheson and suffered a concussion. Vancouver is mad about that. The Canucks also draw the Panthers playing their third road game in four days and fourth away contest in six days. The Canucks are without Pettersson, who is out this time with a knee injury. But they are expected to get back winger Josh Leivo to bolster their first line. Leivo had missed the last three games with an injury, but practiced Saturday and is likely to play.
|01-12-19||Penguins v. Kings +142||2-5||Win||142||21 h 43 m||Show|
The teams met Dec. 15 in Pittsburgh and the Penguins nipped the Kings, 4-3, in overtime. The Kings had more shots on goal than the Penguins. Since then the Kings have gone a respectable 6-5. They are in an excellent spot to get their revenge on Pittsburgh and are at an attractive underdog price. The Kings are in revenge mode and are coming off an embarrassing home loss to the Senators from Thursday. They catch the Penguins off a 7-4 road win against the Ducks Friday night. That was the Penguins' first road game in nine days. LA is likely to draw backup Pittsburgh goalie Casey DeSmith.
|01-12-19||Coyotes v. Oilers -138||3-2||Loss||-138||21 h 42 m||Show|
The Coyotes are one of the most banged-up teams in the league. They are missing their top goalie and leading scorer among many others. Edmonton is in a position to take advantage. The Oilers have won three of their last five games. Arizona ranks 29th in scoring and must deal with Connor McDavid. The Oilers have defeated the Coyotes seven of the past eight times, including 3-1 at Arizona 10 days ago.
|01-11-19||Penguins v. Ducks UNDER 6||7-4||Loss||-101||11 h 31 m||Show|
Anaheim is the second-lowest scoring team in the NHL. The Ducks have scored just 12 goals in their last nine games, all losses. They have failed to score more than two goals in eight of these games. The Penguins, on the other hand, are averaging four goals per game during their last 10 games. So something has to give, offense or defense? I see defense carrying the play. A total of 6 is too high for a Ducks game. The Under is 5-0-2 when the Ducks have had a 6 total.The Over has yet to cash. This is the first game the Penguins are playing in California this season. They are not used to a three-hour time difference. Under has been a strong profit-maker when the Ducks meet an Eastern Conference opponent. The Under has won 72 percent of the time during the past 26 instances.
|01-10-19||Sharks v. Golden Knights OVER 6||Top||3-2||Loss||-103||21 h 6 m||Show|
The Sharks have the two best offensive defensemen in the NHL with Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns. It is showing, too, as the Sharks have scored three or more goals in 14 of their last 15 games. San Jose has been particularly hot lately averaging 5.1 goals in its last seven games. The Golden Knights have scored at least three goals in eight of their last 10 games. They can take advantage of the Sharks likely to be without defensemen Marc Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun, both of whom have been out with injuries.
|01-10-19||Islanders -127 v. Rangers||4-3||Win||100||3 h 59 m||Show|
The Islanders have dominated this series winning 12 of the past 14 times. However, they lost 5-0 to the Rangers on Nov. 21. The Islanders want revenge for that loss. They had won the previous eight times against the Rangers. The Rangers are not playing well to say the least, outscored by 17 goals in opening 0-4 in 2019. Look for Robin Lehner back in net for the Islanders. He has been hot going 7-0 in his last seven starts while giving up only eight goals.
|01-09-19||Predators v. Blackhawks OVER 6||4-3||Win||100||19 h 32 m||Show|
Watching the Blackhawks it's easy to see why they give up the second-most goals per game in the NHL: They don't play much defense. The Blackhawks are particularly vulnerable when the other team has a man advantage ranking last in penalty killing. The Predators have picked up their scoring averaging four goals a game during their last six games. The Blackhawks have been respectable offensively, too, averaging 3.3 goals per game in their last nine matchups. Chicago has improved its power play moving up to 24th after ranking last. Chicago is 10-for-30 on the power play during its last 10 games.
|01-07-19||Blues v. Flyers -113||3-0||Loss||-113||17 h 3 m||Show|
There's a due factor that should kick in for the Flyers here. They are in full circle-the-wagons mode having lost six in a row with nearly all of those defeats coming in close games. The Blues aren't a good team and they have lost three of their last four games. St. Louis averages just 2.2 goals on the road where they are 6-9. St. Louis has dropped eight of its last nine matchups versus sub .500 opponents and are 1-4 during its past five visits to Philadelphia. Backup Blues goalie Jordan Binnington will make his first career start. He has an unispiring 3.51 GAA and .840 save percentage in three relief appearances. The Flyers are going with Carter Hart in net. He has been the Flyers' best goalie.
|01-06-19||Blackhawks v. Penguins OVER 6||5-3||Win||100||5 h 58 m||Show|
The Blackhawks give up the second-most goals and are last in stopping power plays. The Penguins are hot on the power play scoring 69 percent of the time on their last 13 attempts. Pittsburgh has scored at least 3 goals in six straight games. The Blackhawks have a respectable offense and can contribute their share of goals. The Penguins have been putting up good defensive numbers, but haven't faced many good offenses recently. The Over is 13-6-3 in Chicago's last 20 games.
|01-06-19||Hurricanes v. Senators UNDER 6.5||5-4||Loss||-110||9 h 23 m||Show|
Carolina is playing for the third time in four days. Note this is a day game with an early start. So the Hurricanes are likely to have heavy legs, which should mean more of a slow tempo, defensive-minded effort. The Hurricanes haven't given up more than three goals during their last seven games. They have been a strong Under team on the road, too, going below the total in 69 percent of their past 16 away matchups. The Senators haven't broken the three-goal barrier during regulation in their last nine games. The under has cashed five of the past six times these two teams have met.
|01-05-19||Lightning -115 v. Sharks||2-5||Loss||-115||21 h 36 m||Show|
I'll take my chances at this low lay price with the Lightning, winners of 18 of their past 20 games including the last seven. Tampa Bay has scored at least four goals in 10 of its past 11 games. San Jose just lost two defensemen to injuries in their last game, steady Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun. San Jose has allowed four or more goals in five of its last seven games. The Lightning lead the NHL in goals averaging 4.2 per game. The Lightning have been on the West Coast for nearly a week, while the Sharks just finished a three-game road trip. San Jose has lost in three of its last four home games.
|01-05-19||Lightning v. Sharks OVER 6.5||2-5||Win||100||21 h 35 m||Show|
I'll take my chances at this low lay price with the Lightning, winners of 18 of their past 20 games including the last seven. Tampa Bay has scored at least four goals in 10 of its past 11 games. San Jose just lost two defensemen to injuries in their last game, steady Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun. San Jose has allowed four or more goals in five of its last seven games. The Lightning lead the NHL in goals averaging 4.2 per game. The Lightning have been on the West Coast for nearly a week, while the Sharks just finished a three-game road trip. San Jose has lost in three of its last four home games.
|01-03-19||Hurricanes v. Flyers -109||5-3||Loss||-109||16 h 59 m||Show|
The Flyers are really pointing to this game, having lost 3-1 to the Hurricanes on the road Monday. It's the Flyers' first home game since Dec. 22. Philadelphia is 3-5 in its last eight games with four of those defeats occurring on the road. The Flyers have played better than their recent 3-5 record indicates losing by one goal to Columbus, by one goal to Tampa Bay in overtime and by one goal to Florida after leading most of the game. Carolina is 4-10 in its last 14 games. The Hurricanes have scored one or fewer goals in four of their last six games. They also have lost in five of their last seven visits to Philadelphia.
|01-02-19||Canucks v. Senators +118||4-3||Loss||-100||19 h 47 m||Show|
Ottawa is far more respectable when playing at home going 11-7-3. The Senators begin a three-game homestand against the Canucks attempting to halt a five-game losing streak. However, three of those defeats occurred on the road and the other two were at home to the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals, including a one-goal loss. The Senators' last game was a 6-3 road loss to the Blue Jackets on Monday. That game was far closer, though, than the final score. The game was tied with 2:01 left. Columbus scored three goals during the last 2:01, including two empy-netters. Vancouver is playing its fourth road game in seven days. The Cancuks aren't a great road club having lost 36 of their past 53 away matchups and are 2-5 in their last seven games versus the Senators.
|12-29-18||Blackhawks v. Avalanche -1.5||3-2||Loss||-100||19 h 25 m||Show|
Not only are the Avalanche in circle-the-wagons mode, but they are in a big revenge spot, too, after the Blackhawks surprised them, 2-1, at Colorado eight days ago. Blackhawks third-string rookie goalie Collin Delia made 35 saves in his season debut to thwart the Avalanche. The Avalanche were minus $2.45 favorites against the Blackhawks. Stunned by that loss, Colorado went on the road and lost to the Coyotes and Golden Knights. Now they are back home for the rematch against Chicago and heavy favorites once again. So I'm laying the 1 1/2 goals to knock off the heavy juice and get a plus price in what I envision as a kill spot for the superior Avalanche. Colorado is sixth in the NHL in goals per game. The Blackhawks have the worst defense in the league. The Avalanche have film and first-hand scouting reports now on Delia. The Blackhawks are traveling after beating the Wild at home on Thursday, 5-2. The Wild have lost five in a row so the Blackhawks hosted them at a good time. Chicago is 8-23 following a victory and 2-7 the past nine times when playing on one day rest.
|12-27-18||Canucks v. Oilers UNDER 6||4-2||Push||0||10 h 45 m||Show|
Look for some rust with both teams coming off Christmas break. The Under is 16-6-3 the past 25 times the Canucks have played after being idle for three or more days. The Canucks have been strong defensively lately. If you discount the five goals they gave to the Lightning, the Canucks have held their previous four foes to a combined five goals. Edmonton is overrated offensively because it has Connor McDavid. The Oilers rank 25th in goals. They went into break averaging two goals per game during their last three games. There is an Under bias to this series. Only twice has the Over won the past 10 times these teams have met.
|12-22-18||Lightning v. Oilers +131||6-3||Loss||-100||21 h 3 m||Show|
Edmonton was riding a six-game home winning streak entering its current homestand. But the Oilers were stunned, 4-1, by the Blues in the first game of the homestand. That was back on Tuesday. The Oilers have had four days to contemplate that embarrassing loss. Look for the rested Oilers to unleash their frustration on Tampa Bay, a team they have beaten six of the past seven times hosting them. The Lightning are playing in their fourth road game in six days.
|12-21-18||Blackhawks v. Avalanche -1.5||Top||2-1||Loss||-100||13 h 0 m||Show|
This is a tremendous kill spot for the Avalanche and I have no hesitation backing this view with a puck line play in order to greatly reduce the juice. Colorado is by far the superior team. The Avalanche are rested and draw the Blackhawks in a super letdown spot and with no rest carrying a huge fatigue rating. Chicago defeated the Predators, 2-1, at home Tuesday and then upset the Stars, 5-2, on Thursday in Dallas. This marks their third game in four days - all at different venues - and fourth game in six days. Making this worse for the Blackhawks is playing in Denver, which is high altitude. The Avalanche are 10-6 in their last 16 games. They are the No. 5 scoring team in the NHL with the league's third-best power play. The Blackhawks are in the bottom two both in allowing goals and in killing off power plays. The Blackhawks are without their top goalie, Corey Crawford. They either will have journeyman Cam Ward in net, or rookie Collin Delia.
|12-20-18||Wild v. Penguins -115||1-2||Win||100||15 h 22 m||Show|
The price is lower than it should be based in large part on the Penguins scoring a huge 2-1 road win against the Capitals on Wednesday in a very physical, tight game, while Minnesota was idle. But I choose to lay this low price with the Penguins in the belief they are not going to just give back that hard-earned victory against the defending Stanley Cup champions by losing at home to the Wild, who are not in good form. Minnesota has scored one goal during its past two games, home losses to the Flames and Sharks. The Wild are 1-4 during their past five away matchups. All of those losses were by multiple goals. The lone road win during this span occurred versus the Canucks. Pittsburgh has won four of its past five times hosting the Wild, too.
|12-18-18||Ducks v. Rangers -120||1-3||Win||100||10 h 32 m||Show|
Anaheim is hot, but I want the Rangers going for me in this spot. The Rangers are in circle-the-wagons mode having lost the first two games of their three-game homestand that ends here. Both of those losses occurred in overtime. New York last played on Sunday afternoon, while the Ducks upset the Penguins, 4-2, Monday night. The Rangers won't play again until Sunday. Expect a maximum effort from them. Both teams are slated to go with backup goalies. The Ducks, however, are expected to use journeyman Chad Johnson, whose career appears close to finished. He was cut loose by the Blues a week ago. The Rangers have dominated the Ducks winning seven of the past nine times. New York also is 4-0 the past four times hosting the Ducks.
|12-17-18||Bruins +125 v. Canadiens||4-0||Win||125||10 h 49 m||Show|
The teams just met in Montreal on Nov. 24 and the Bruins won, 3-2. It was the seventh time in the last eight meetings the Bruins have defeated the Canadiens. It also was the fourth straight time the Bruins won in Montreal.I like the Bruins to do it again. The Canadiens have won the first two games of their homestand. The Bruins are coming off a 4-2 home loss to the Sabres. I believe the Bruins will respond well off that loss even though they will be playing without rest and on the ice for the third time in four days. Boston has won each of the past four times it has played without rest and is 5-1 the past six times when playing in a 3-in-4 spot. Montreal is 8-20 following a victory.
|12-16-18||Sharks v. Blackhawks OVER 6||7-3||Win||100||9 h 47 m||Show|
Only twice has the Under won in the Blackhawks' last 13 games. Chicago has scored 3 or more goals in four of its last five games. However, the Blackhawks have the second-worst defense in the league. They have allowed 4 or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games. They gave up 3 goals in the other three games during this span. The Sharks have scored 3 or more goals in five of their last six games. The Over has cashed 15 of the past 20 times the Sharks have played on two days rest. The oddsmaker opened this total short at 6 instead of 6 1/2.
|12-15-18||Flyers +115 v. Canucks||1-5||Loss||-100||12 h 37 m||Show|
The Flyers are in circle-the-wagons mode having lost three straight games - all on the road. Philadelphia concludes its five-game road swing here. The Flyers draw the Canucks returning home after a week on the road. So it's not a great spot for Vancouver.Vancovuer is just 1-6 in its last seven homes. The Flyers have beaten the Canucks in four of the past five meetings. They also are 9-3 in their last 12 visits to Vancouver.
|12-14-18||Avalanche v. Blues UNDER 6.5||3-4||Loss||-119||10 h 48 m||Show|
The teams just met two weeks ago and there were four goals scored in regulation with the Blues winning, 3-2, in overtime. I don't see this matchup reaching six goals either.The Avalanche stressed defense in practice after giving up 13 goals in their last two games. They've had two full days to work on things. Note, too, the 13 goals they gave up occurred against the Lightning and Oilers, both of whom have better offenses than the Blues. St. Louis has failed in 10 of its last 11 power play attempts spanning five games. However, the Blues have killed 18 penalties in a row. Their penalty kill rate of 84.8 precent ranks fourth in the NHL. The Under is on a 90 percent run when Colorado plays opponents from the Central Division with the Under cashing nine of the past 10 times in those situations.
|12-13-18||Hurricanes v. Canadiens -108||Top||4-6||Win||100||10 h 47 m||Show|
Montreal is much improved this season. However, the Canadiens are coming off their worst loss of the season. They were buried 7-1 on the road by the Wild this past Tuesday. That was the finale of a three-game road trip. Montreal had defeated the Senators and Blackhawks during the first two legs of the trip.The Canadiens are really pointing to this matchup following that humiliating defeat to Minnesota. They also have revenge for a 2-1 home loss suffered to Carolina on Nov. 27. The Canadiens also had backup goalie Antti Niemi in net during that loss to the Wild. Carey Price will be back in goal for Montreal today. Price is having a good comeback season. The Canadiens are far from an elite team. But neither are the Hurricanes, who rank last in scoring. The Hurricanes have scored more than two goals only once in their last seven games. They have scored one goal or fewer in five of their last seven games. Carolina also is banged-up. The spot and opponent set up for Montreal to gain back its self-respect.
|12-12-18||Penguins v. Blackhawks OVER 5.5||Top||3-6||Win||100||10 h 15 m||Show|
The Blackhawks are the worst defensive team in the NHL. They have have given up four or more goals in nine of their last 11 games. A coaching change has failed to get their defense going. The Over has cashed in seven of Chicago's past nine games. The Penguins rank eighth in the league in scoring. They are averaging 3.7 goals in their last four games. Pittsburgh, however, is 20th defensively. There is a good chance Matt Murray returns to be Pittsburgh's goalie in this game. He has missed the past 11 games with a lower-body injury. Murray has not had a good season and figures to be rusty.
|12-11-18||Panthers v. Blues -115||Top||3-4||Win||100||19 h 16 m||Show|
Florida has been enjoying home cooking for nearly 2 1/2 weeks. The Panthers' last road game was Nov. 23. That's a good thing for the Panthers since they are 1-4 in their past five away matchups. Their lone road win during this span was against Ottawa, a sub .500 team. The Panthers' four road losses during this time frame have been by a combined 13 goals. The Blues are not a strong team, but this spot sets up well for them. St. Louis should be fired up after an embarrassing 6-1 home loss to the Canucks on Sunday. The Blues don't play again until Friday. So there's no excuse for them not to give a full effort. Florida is just a .500 team so it's not like the Blues have to step up in class. Vladimir Tarasenko is one of the more dangerous scorers in the league. He's due to score for the Blues having failed to produce a goal during the last four games.
|12-10-18||Kings v. Red Wings -110||1-3||Win||100||12 h 51 m||Show|
I like the Red Wings in a bounce back spot here after they blew a 2-0 lead and lost 3-2 to the Islanders at home on Saturday. Detroit is tougher and much improved this season. The Red Wings are 3-3 in their last six games with one of the losses coming in a shootout to Tampa Bay after they leading 5-3. The Kings are tied with the Blackhawks for the fewest points in the NHL. They are last in scoring averaging 2.2 goals a game. Yet the Kings are coming off an impressive 5-1 home victory against the Golden Knights this past Saturday. Now, though, the Kings go back on the road where they have lost 12 of the past 16 times. The Red Wings have added incentive having lost 4-2 to the Kings in LA during their first road game of the season.
|12-09-18||Flames v. Oilers -115||0-1||Win||100||19 h 14 m||Show|
Calgary is playing well. But I really like how the Oilers are playing, too. Edmonton has revenge for a 4-2 road loss suffered to the Flames on Nov. 17 and has defeated the Flames four straight times at home. The Oilers have given up two goals or fewer in five of their last six games. Edmonton has won five of those games. Edmonton also catches a break in that the Flames are going to be without their team captain and best defensive player, veteran Mark Giordano. He's sitting out the second of a two-game suspension.
|12-08-18||Sharks -120 v. Coyotes||5-3||Win||100||10 h 40 m||Show|
OK, I get it San Jose stinks on the road having lost seven of its past eight away games. I expect that to change here, though. The Sharks are a better road club than they've showed and they've dominated in these type of matchups going 31-15 away from home against opponents with a losing home record. The Coyotes were hot for a while with four consecutive victories, but they've fallen back down after a 4-2 home loss to the Capitals on Thursday. Arizona has lost five of its past six home games. The Sharks are the more talented team. They have defeated the Coyotes in four of the past five meetings and won't lack motivation after a one-goal road loss to the Stars on Friday. Backup goalie Aaron Dell is likely to be in the net for San Jose. I'm fine with that.
|12-07-18||Sharks v. Stars +109||2-3||Win||109||19 h 19 m||Show|
I'm not buying the Sharks as an opening road favorite against the Stars. San Jose isn't playing that well, has been bad on the road and Dallas is hot and tough at home. San Jose has a losing away mark. The Sharks are 1-6 during their past seven road games. In their last six overall games, the Sharks are 2-4. During their two victories, the Sharks were outshot by a combined margin of 81-52 by the Hurricanes and Canadiens. Dallas is 9-3-1 at home, including winnings its past three at American Airlines Center. The Stars will get a boost with the expected season debut of veteran Martin Hanzal, who has been out all season following spinal fusion surgery. The Stars have dominated Pacific Division foes going 8-0-1 the past nine times against them. They also are 5-0 the past five times hosting the Sharks, including beating them, 4-3, on Nov. 8.
|12-06-18||Capitals -110 v. Coyotes||4-2||Win||100||20 h 49 m||Show|
I'll get involved with the Capitals at this low price with Washington in stop-the-pain mode and in a revenge spot. The Coyotes defeated the Capitals, 4-1, in Washington on Nov. 11. The Capitals outshot the Coyotes, 39-22, in the loss. The Capitals had won seven in a row before blowing leads in their last two games against the Ducks and Golden Knights. Only once all season have the defending Stanley Cup champions lost three in a row. Washington has scored three or more goals in nine straight games. Only three teams average more goals per game than Washington. Arizona, by contrast, ranks 28th in scoring
|12-05-18||Blackhawks v. Ducks OVER 5.5||2-4||Win||100||22 h 43 m||Show|
The Ducks are the lowest-scoring team in the league. But lately they haven't played that way. Anaheim is coming off scoring five goals in the last two periods to beat Washington, 6-5, in its last game this past Sunday. The Ducks draw the Blackhawks, who have the worst defense in the NHL. Chicago has permitted an average of 4.8 goals in its last seven games. The Blackhawks, though, are averaging 3.4 goals during their last five games. Bottom line here is the Blackhawks can not have a total of less than 6 in their games.
|12-04-18||Wild v. Canucks UNDER 6||Top||3-2||Win||100||21 h 26 m||Show|
Vancouver has scored 22 goals in its last 11 games, an average of two a game. I'm not expecting the Canucks to score much here because their offense is cold and because I believe the Wild will have a serious defensive commitment. Minnesota has lost five of its last seven, including the past three. This is the start of a three-game Western Canada road swing for the Wild. Minnesota has a good goalie in Devan Dubnyk and its coach, Bruce Boudreau, was stressing shoring up his team's defense. The Wild lost 5-3 to the high-flying Maple Leafs in their last game this past Saturday. But they held Toronto to 23 shots on goal. The Maple Leafs scored two of their goals in flue fashion where shots deflected off Minnesota defenseman Nick Seeler. So the five goals scored by the Maple Leafs is deceiving.
|12-04-18||Capitals v. Golden Knights -140||3-5||Win||100||21 h 25 m||Show|
This price is higher than I normally like to lay when backing a favorite, but I want the Golden Knights in this spot. This is the first time the Capitals have returned to Vegas since beating the Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup finals. Las Vegas also has strong revenge for a 5-2 road loss to Washington on Oct. 10. Sure the Capitals just may be the superior team. But the Golden Knights are playing well - 5-1 in their last six games - have been idle since Saturday and have been pointing to this home game all season. Las Vegas has yielded just 10 goals in its last six games, an average of 1.6. Washington is traveling to the West Coast following its Sunday home game against Anaheim. The Capitals haven't been on West Coast time since October.
|12-02-18||Sharks -115 v. Canadiens||3-1||Win||100||8 h 45 m||Show|
The Sharks are in stop-the-pain mode failing to post a victory in the first four games of their current five-game road trip, which ends after this matchup. San Jose isn't playing well. The Sharks are overdue to start turning things around. They should be fired up following a 6-2 loss to the Senators on Saturday. The Canadiens also played yesterday, beating the Rangers, 5-2, at home. Montreal has lost 21 of the last 28 times following a victory. San Jose has enjoyed good recent success at Montreal winning there in four its past five visits.
|12-01-18||Golden Knights v. Oilers +106||1-2||Win||106||10 h 7 m||Show|
Las Vegas is back playing well winning five in a row. But this is the tail end of the Golden Knights' three-game road trip. Up next for Las Vegas is its most anticipated home game - a rematch of the Stanley Cup Finals against Washington. The Golden Knights were fortunate to get past Vancouver, 4-3, in their last game. This marks Las Vegas' fifth game in eight days and third in five days. The Oilers have won their past two home games. Their last home defeat occurred to Las Vegas two weeks ago so there is short revenge. Discounting a 5-2 loss to the Kings, the Oilers have allowed only four goals in their last three games. Connor McDavid always makes them worthy of respect offensively.
|11-30-18||Devils v. Capitals OVER 6||3-6||Win||100||6 h 35 m||Show|
Both teams have below average defenses and each has been on at least three days rest. So expect fresh legs and a lot of attacking. The expected return of Evgeny Kuznetsov to Washington's lineup is a plus, too, for the Over. The Capitals have gone Over 75 percent of the past 22 times they've been idle for at least three days. The Over has cashed in all three instances this season for Washington when that situation has come up. The Devils have been a strong Over road team going above the total in eight of their 11 road games. There has been six or more goals scored in each of the last five games between the two teams.
|11-27-18||Sharks -120 v. Sabres||2-3||Loss||-120||10 h 7 m||Show|
The Sabres are on an amazing nine-game win streak. Kudos to Buffalo on a great season so far. It must be noted, though, that eight of Buffalo's nine wins during its streak have been by one goal with six of those victories occurring either in overtime or in a shootout. I believe the Sabres' luck runs out today against the superior Sharks. San Jose is in a foul mood after its last game, a 6-0 road loss to the Golden Knights on Saturday. There is zero chance the Sharks take Buffalo lightly. The Sharks expect to have No. 1 netminder Martin Jones in goal. Jones is well rested having not played in the last two games. He is 4-1-1 lifetime versus Buffalo with a 1.98 GAA and .925 save percentage. Buffalo has lost the past four times to San Jose.
|11-23-18||Canucks v. Sharks OVER 6||0-4||Loss||-100||5 h 32 m||Show|
Vancouver's defense has really slipped. The Canucks are giving up an average of 35 shots per game during their last seven games. The Canucks have surrendered at least three goals in nine of their past 10 games. The Sharks should be able to take advantage. They have scored three or more goals in eight of their last nine games. The Over has cashed in 10 of San Jose's past 14 games. Note, too. Vancouver is going to start backup goalie Anders Nilsson.
|11-21-18||Avalanche -115 v. Kings||Top||7-3||Win||100||28 h 11 m||Show|
LA has the worst record in the NHL at 7-12. The Kings have dropped 10 of their last 14 home games going back to last season. Colorado is the superior team and in a better situational spot. The Avalanche last played on Sunday in Anaheim. They have been in Southern California ever since awaiting this matchup. They should be fresh, prepared and rested. Colorado has won three of its last four games. The Avalance are the third-highest scoring team in the league at 3.6 goals. The Kings are coming off a road underdog victory Monday night against the Blues. This marks their fourth game in six days and first home game in nearly a week coming a day before Thanksgiving after three road games in a row. So focus could be an issue for the Kings. LA ranks 31st in scoring and allows more goals per game than Colorado. The Kings also are down their first two goalies with Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell injured. LA is 3-13 following a victory. The Kings also have lost 12 of the past 15 times versus Western Conference opponents.
|11-19-18||Stars v. Rangers -104||1-2||Win||100||9 h 41 m||Show|
This is a tough spot for Dallas. The Stars are playing for the third time in four days. They are coming off a 6-2 Sunday road victory against the Islanders. The Stars have lost 14 of their last 20 road games. They are 6-13 the past 19 times following a victory. Dallas is 0-2 this season when playing without rest losing each of those games by three goals each. The Rangers have won five in a row at Madison Square Garden. They are 7-2 in their last nine games overall.
|11-17-18||Panthers v. Rangers +122||2-4||Win||122||17 h 55 m||Show|
Both the Panthers and Rangers had winning streaks snapped in their last games. Florida had won five in a row. But the Panthers were outscored, 7-1, during the final two periods by the Blue Jackets on Thursday. I don't see the Panthers snapping back so fast against the Rangers, who are 6-2 in their last eight games. New York is 4-0 in its last four home games. The Panthers have lost during nine of their last 13 away games to the Rangers. Florida also carries a high fatigue rating as this marks its fifth game in eight days. So I'll go ahead and take a plus price with the Rangers.
|11-16-18||Capitals +130 v. Avalanche||3-2||Win||130||9 h 16 m||Show|
The Capitals are dealing with some injuries, but I like the defending Stanley Cup champions at this nice 'dog price in a rebound position following a 3-1 road loss to the Jets on Wednesday. There is no disputing Washington's talent and the Capitals showed their mental toughness in winning the Cup last season. Colorado is a bit fat and happy having won two in a row, including posting an impressive 6-3 victory against the Bruins at home this past Wednesday. Washington has defeated Colorado in seven of the past eight meetings. The Capitals also catch a break as the Avalanche have announced backup Phillpp Grubauer will be in net today. The Capitals know their former goalie well. Grubauer is not one of the better backups with a 3.55 GAA and .892 save percentage.
|11-15-18||Devils v. Flyers -128||3-0||Loss||-128||16 h 24 m||Show|
The Flyers had won three in a row until losing at home to the Panthers, 2-1, on Tuesday. Look for the Flyers to bounce back hosting the Devils, who are 1-7 on the road this season. Going back to last season, New Jersey is 3-13 in its past 16 away contests. Philadelphia had scored 3 or more goals in six straight games before losing to the Panthers. The Devils rank 29th defensively. The spot and matchup both favor the Flyers enough to lay this juice.
|11-13-18||Maple Leafs -125 v. Kings||5-1||Win||100||20 h 12 m||Show|
I'm not reluctant to lay this road price with the Maple Leafs. Toronto is 11-6 and proven on the road going 6-1 in its away matchups. The Maple Leafs just lost their first road game, 5-1, to the Bruins this past Saturday. I like their chances of rebounding against the Kings. The Maple Leafs rank sixth in scoring and also have the sixth-best power play. The Kings are 5-10-1. They are scoring a league-worst 2.06 goals per game. So the Kings must play effective defense. Unfortunately their first two goalies are hurt leaving either third-stringer Peter Budaj or just recalled Cal Petersen from the American Hockey League to be in net. Petersen's AHL numbers were a 4.29 goals against average and .881 save percentage. So not only will the Maple Leafs have a huge offensive edge, but also a strong goalie advantage, too, with Frederik Andersen in net.
|11-11-18||Wild v. Blues -108||3-2||Loss||-108||4 h 49 m||Show|
The Blues are in short revenge mode after the Wild beat them in St. Louis, 5-1, eight days ago. Minnesota is playing well. But so are the Blues and the spot sets up well for St. Louis. This marks the Wild's seventh road game in a row. Minnesota is in action for the third time in four days and fourth in six days. If it weren't for that loss to the Wild, the Blues would be riding a five-game win streak.
|11-10-18||Senators v. Lightning OVER 6||6-4||Win||100||5 h 47 m||Show|
Tampa Bay is the No. 1 scoring team in the NHL. The Lightning have scored four or more goals in each of their last four games. Ottawa gives up the most goals in the league. The Senators, though, are sixth in the NHL in scoring. They have produced 13 goals in their last three games. The Over has cashed in the Senators' last seven road games. The Over also has cashed the past five times these teams have met.
|11-08-18||Oilers +118 v. Panthers||1-4||Loss||-100||18 h 16 m||Show|
The wrong team opened as the favorite here. Yes, Florida is the home team. But the Panthers are 3-8 in their last 11 games. They are 0-3 at BB&T Center where they play their home games. The Oilers have dominated the Panthers in Florida winning in their last nine visits! Edmonton is off losses in its last two games. But those defeats came to the Capitals and Lightning. Now they are stepping down in class. It's a weird spot, too, for the Panthers. They were in Finland last week as part of the NHL Global Series. Their last game was on Friday. So there could be a jet lag and rust factor.
|11-07-18||Predators v. Avalanche +104||4-1||Loss||-100||22 h 50 m||Show|
Call it a due factor. But Nashville is due to lose a road game after winning its first six away matchups. The Predators won half of those games by one goal with a fourth road win coming by two goals due to an empty net score with less than a minute left.The Avalanche have been pointing to this matchup ever since the Predators eliminated them in six games during the playoffs last season. Colorado has had plenty of time to focus and prepare having been idle the last four days. Colorado ranks No. 2 behind Washington in goals per game. The Avalanche have won 22 of their past 31 home games. The Predators are likely to still be without their third-leading scorer, Viktor Arvidsson. He's missed the past two games with a lower body injury. Nashville hasn't been a team to go against this season, but this is the spot to do it.
|11-06-18||Canadiens v. Rangers -110||3-5||Win||100||7 h 44 m||Show|
The home team has won the past four times. I see that pattern continuing here. The Rangers have won three in a row, including knocking off a hot Sabres team, 3-1, at home this past Sunday. New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist is in excellent form going 4-0 with a 0.94 GAA and .967 save percentage during his past four games. This isn't just a play on the Rangers, but a fade on Montreal. The Canadiens just nipped the Islanders, 4-3, in a shootout on the road last night. Montreal came back from a 3-1 deficit to pull out the win. The Canadiens are 5-16 following a victory. This marks their third game in four days. They are 1-6 the past seven times under those circumstances.
|11-05-18||Canadiens +105 v. Islanders||4-3||Win||105||9 h 6 m||Show|
Montreal is improved this season and has shown an ability to win on the road going 2-3 with impressive victories against the Penguins and Bruins. All three of Montreal's road defeats were by one goal, with two occurring in overtime.The Canadiens won't lack motivation coming off a disappointing 1-2 homestand. They played tough competition, though, beating the Capitals and losing to the Stars and Lightning. The Islanders are fat and happy winning five in a row, including a rivalry winner against New Jersey this past Saturday. The Islanders head off to Florida for a pair of games following this matchup. So their focus might not be all there. The Canadiens have dominated the Islanders on the road winning seven of the last eight times.
|11-03-18||Lightning -118 v. Canadiens||4-1||Win||100||18 h 11 m||Show|
Montreal is much improved this season. Because of that this becomes a big early game that Tampa Bay is sure to be up for especially after losing 4-1 at home to Nashville on Thursday. The Lightning outshot the Predators, 43-24, in that frustrating loss. Tampa Bay leads Montreal by just one point for the top spot in the East. The Lightning still are superior to the Canadiens even if Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Victor Hedman has to miss another game due to an upper body injury. The Lightning have won eight of their last 11 road games. The Canadiens are coming off a huge 6-4 home victory against the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals on Thursday. Montreal is 2-9 the past 11 times following a victory and aren't likely to turn in another "A" game type of performance so soon.
|11-01-18||Jets v. Panthers UNDER 6||4-2||Push||0||12 h 21 m||Show|
Both the Jets and Panthers will be playing for the first time in five days. The reason is this game is being played in Helsinki, Finland as part of the 2018 NHL Global Series.Strange place, strange start time of 2 p.m. Florida time. All of this is a plus for the Under. So is the Jets failing to score more than two goals in each of their past three games. The Panthers haven't broken the three-goal barrier in any of their last four games.
|10-30-18||Senators v. Coyotes OVER 5.5||1-5||Win||100||9 h 7 m||Show|
Arizona is averaging five goals per game during its last last three games. The Coyotes get to face the league's worst defense as Ottawa ranks in the bottom-two in many of the major defensive categories. Ottawa also is shorthanded on the blue line with Mark Borowiecki suspended. The Senators, though, rank sixth in goals scored per game. They have gone Over in each of their last five road games.
|10-29-18||Wild v. Canucks +135||2-5||Win||135||14 h 6 m||Show|
The Canucks are far more dangerous when they have star goal scorers Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson in the lineup. Both are back healthy. Vancouver's power play is much more deadlier with those two on the ice.Minnesota is a road favorite based in part on a five-game win streak. Note, though, that four of those victories came at home for the Wild. They have a losing road record this season. Vancouver has an overall winning record. However, the Canucks are coming off a 5-0 home loss to Pittsburgh. The Canucks shouldn't lack for motivation here while the Wild is playing the first of seven away matchups. The Canucks will be minus goalie Andres Nilsson becaused of a broken finger. Luckily for the Canucks they have another solid goalie, Jacob Markstrom, who has been playing well.
|10-27-18||Panthers v. Devils -129||2-3||Win||100||10 h 31 m||Show|
The Devils are primed to halt their three-game losing streak after falling in overtime to the Predators on Thursday. New Jersey should have a lot of focus knowing they go on the road for seven straight away games following this one. The Devils have the better offense and goalie. They are 8-3 in their last 11 home games.
|10-27-18||Panthers v. Devils UNDER 6||2-3||Win||100||10 h 30 m||Show|
Given the Devils' offense and Panthers' lack of defense, the oddsmaker has to lable this matchup with a total of 6. But there are circumstances that point to an Under. Note the starting time: It's noon East Coast time. So this is an early start day game. That often means a sluggish performance for the offenses. It's a plus for the Under. The Devils have a cluster injury problem. Among those out are forwards Jesper Bratt and Drew Stafford with the possibility that Marcus Johansson also could be missing. He's questionable because of illness having missed Friday's practice. The two teams met three times last season. None of those games resulted in more than a combined five goals being scored. The Under, in fact, has cashed the past four times they've met.
|10-25-18||Capitals v. Oilers +121||1-4||Win||121||21 h 59 m||Show|
Washington has struggled in Edmonton losing in nine of its last 13 visits there. The Oilers are coming off a tough 6-5 home loss to the Penguins where they fired 46 shots on goal. Washington opened its current four-game road trip with a 5-2 victory against the Canucks. The Capitals are giving up an average of five goals per game during their last six six games. Edmonton has the offense to take advantage. Connor McDavid has scored nine points in his last five games. This is Edmonton's finale of a four-game homestand. Look for the Oilers to play with the greater sense of urgency and pull out the upset win.
|10-25-18||Canadiens +104 v. Sabres||Top||3-4||Loss||-100||19 h 58 m||Show|
Both the Canadiens and Sabres appear much improved. This spot, though, sets up well for Montreal. Buffalo just went a surprising 3-2 on its five-game Western road trip that lasted for 10 days. The Sabres concluded their journey by beating the Kings, 5-1 on Saturday, and the Ducks, 4-2, on Sunday. This is their first game back home. Buffalo is 0-6 the past six times when not having played for three or more days. Montreal is playing well, too. Only once have the Canadiens lost in regulation in their eight games. Backup goalie Antti Niemi is scheduled to get the start. I'm fine with that. Montreal is 2-0 the two times Niemi has been in goal. The Canadiens swept all four meetings with the Sabres last season and are 4-1 during their last five visits to Buffalo.
|10-25-18||Flyers v. Bruins OVER 5.5||0-3||Loss||-110||7 h 43 m||Show|
Philadelphia is a strong Over road team. Boston is a strong Over home team. The Flyers have not gone below the total during their last eight away matchups. The Over is 14-4-2 in the Bruins' last 20 home contests. The Flyers are averaging 3.7 goals in their last four games. They have the worst defense in the league so offense is a priority for them. The Bruins have multiple injuries to their defensive units.
|10-24-18||Canucks v. Golden Knights -1.5||3-2||Loss||-100||13 h 47 m||Show|
Now that the Golden Knights have settled in back home they are playing much better. Las Vegas had to go on a brutal five-game road trip early in the season. But the Knights have been back in Las Vegas for its past two games. They are riding a three-game winning streak where they have outscored their foes, 8-2. The Knights' power play has picked up, their fourth line remains solid and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has stopped 69 of 71 shots during the win streak. Vancouver has been missing its two best scorers with Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson both out. The rookie Pettersson was really providing a spark, but is doubtful to play here as he continues to rest from a concussion. The Canucks have managed only four goals in regulation during their last three games. Vegas swept all four meetings against Vancouver last season winning each of its two home games by three goals.
|10-23-18||Penguins -121 v. Oilers||6-5||Win||100||19 h 40 m||Show|
The Penguins are coming off their best defensive game of the year, a 3-0 road victory against Toronto. The Maple Leafs were averaging 5.4 goals a game during their previous five games going into that matchup against the Penguins. Pittsburgh defeated Toronto this past Thursday. The Penguins haven't played since. So they should have a lot of energy. Pittsburgh has won 78 percent of its games the past 27 times when playing on three or more days rest. The Penguins, and especially Sidney Crosby, get up to play the Oilers because of Edmonton superstar Connor McDavid. Pittsburgh has dominated the Oilers winning 16 of the past 21 meetings, including the past four in Edmonton. The Oilers have been held to two goals or fewer in four of their six games.
|10-22-18||Hurricanes v. Red Wings +150||3-1||Loss||-100||6 h 17 m||Show|
The Red Wings opened the season with seven straight losses. Detroit ended its losing streak in its last game, beating Florida, 4-3, in overtime on the road. That should prove a confidence boost for the Red Wings. This is just their third home game of the season. They lost in overtime to the Blue Jackets in their home opener and lost by two goals to Toronto, with the Maple Leafs' last goal coming via an empty net, in their other home matchup. So I find value in taking Detroit as a home 'dog at this mid-sized price. Carolina isn't playing well. The Hurricanes are on a three-game losing streak, scoring only four goals during this span. The Red Wings are very familiar with Carolina's goalie, Petr Mrazek. He played for Detroit for six seasons before leaving last year. Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard has a .916 save percentage in nine all-time matchups against the Hurricanes. Carolina is 5-14-1 in its last 20 visits to Detroit.
|10-18-18||Coyotes +130 v. Blackhawks||4-1||Win||130||18 h 13 m||Show|
Defense matters. It's one factor why I like the Coyotes to upset the Blackhawks. Chicago has played five games. All five have gone into overtime. Arizona is a top-five defensive team. Yet the Coyotes are 1-4 because they've had problems putting the puck in the net. Their latest loss was 2-1 to the Wild at Minnesota on Tuesday. The Coyotes, though, had 32 shots on goal in that loss. They rank fourth in the NHL in shots per goal. So it's just a matter of time before the Coyotes get goals. I believe that time will come in this game. The Blackhawks have the second-worst defense in the NHL permitting 4.2 goals per game. Corey Crawford is set to make his season debut. Crawford figures to be rusty. He hasn't started in net since last December. Chicago also hasn't played since Saturday. That's too long to go between games.
|10-17-18||Bruins -100 v. Flames||2-5||Loss||-100||21 h 37 m||Show|
I'm going to ride the Bruins at this price. Boston has won four in a row averaging 5.5 goals a game during its win streak. No line in the NHL has been playing better than Boston's No. 1 line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand. The Flames have a below average defense and have broken the three-goal barrier just once in their first five games. Calgary has not enjoyed much of a home ice advantage either losing 13 of its last 19 at Saddledome. The Flames also have dropped four of their last five versus the Bruins.
|10-13-18||Maple Leafs v. Capitals -115||4-2||Loss||-115||19 h 29 m||Show|
The Maple Leafs just may be ready to be a legitimate Stanley Cup contender this season. But this is the wrong spot for them. It's Toronto's fourth road game in seven days. The Maple Leafs also are catching the Capitals off an embarrassing 6-0 road loss to the Devils on Thursday. Before that loss, the defending Stanley Cup champions had just beaten Las Vegas, 5-2, at home on Wednesday in an emotional matchup of last season's Cup finalists. The Capitals were averaging six goals a game during their first three games until their flat spot loss to the Devils. Toronto is 1-5 in its last six games versus Washington. Maybe the Maple Leafs are ready to overtake the Capitals when they play in Toronto, but not on the road carrying a fatigue rating and drawing what is sure to be a fired-up Capitals group.
|10-11-18||Avalanche -108 v. Sabres||6-1||Win||100||10 h 16 m||Show|
Buffalo won just 11 home games last season, fewest in the NHL. The Sabres, though, are trying to make it three consecutive home wins today against Colorado off victories against the Rangers on Saturday and Las Vegas on Monday. I don't see the Sabres getting it. Colorado is the better team and won't lack motivation after skating poorly in a 5-2 loss to Columbus on Tuesday. The Avalanche are likely to have defenseman Patrik Nemeth back along with center Vladislav Kamenev making his season debut. The Avalanche had backup Philipp Grubauer in net against the Blue Jackets. Semyon Varlamov is expected to be back in goal for Colorado today. He has a strong history against the Sabres with a 6-2-1 record and 2.46 goals-against average in nine starts. Carter Hutton has started all three of Buffalo's games. Hutton has stopped 78 of 81 shots in the last two games. But I consider him more backup quality than starter. Colorado has defeated Buffalo in 12 of the past 15 meetings, including going 6-2 the past eight times in Buffalo.
|10-10-18||Coyotes +145 v. Ducks||Top||3-2||Win||145||20 h 2 m||Show|
Anaheim is flying high at 3-0. One of those victories was against Arizona. The Ducks beat the Coyotes, 1-0, this past Saturday in Phoenix. The Coyotes, though, outshot the Ducks, 41-20. Tremendous goalie play from John Gibson saved the Ducks. Gibson is hot. But the Ducks are due for a loss. They've been getting away with playing five rookie forwards due to injuries and nearly lost to the Red Wings at home in their last game prevailing in a shootout this past Monday. The Coyotes should have won the first meeting between the teams. This is short revenge for them. Their goalie, Antti Raanta, has a good history against Anaheim with a 1.66 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage in six starts.
|10-09-18||Sharks -105 v. Flyers||Top||8-2||Win||100||17 h 9 m||Show|
I want the better team going for me off a loss and at a very reasonable price. Yes, the Sharks are going through an adjustment period with new talent. But so are the Flyers, who just switched up their first and second lines only two games into the season. Philadelphia already has suffered a key injury with James van Riemsdyk out five-to-six weeks with a lower body injury suffered in a road loss to the Avalanche this past Saturday. The Sharks aren't going to lack motivation after an embarrassing 4-0 road loss to the Islanders on Monday. This is a back-to-back game for them, but it's so early in the season that fatigue won't factor. This is Philadelphia's first home game. That could prove a distraction, though, as the Flyers opened their season posting an upset road win against Las Vegas this past Thursday before losing to Colorado on Saturday. San Jose has dominated the Flyers, too, in Philadelphia winning nine of the past 10 meetings there.
|10-06-18||Oilers v. Devils UNDER 6||2-5||Loss||-105||12 h 21 m||Show|
It's easy to see why the oddsmaker put out a total this high when Connor McDavid and Taylor Hall are playing. But there are key circumstances to this matchup that point to an Under. This game is being played in Gothenberg, Sweden. It's part of the NHL Global Series. It is the season-opener for both teams. Edmonton last played a preseason game on Wednesday - and that was in Germany. New Jersey's last preseason game was back on Monday. So these teams figure to be rusty and out of sync. I'm expecting a sloppy game without crisp passing and stickhandling. That should favor the defense.
|10-04-18||Bruins -125 v. Sabres||4-0||Win||100||18 h 30 m||Show|
The Bruins were 50 points better than the Sabres last season. Boston has beaten the Sabres in seven of its last eight visits to Buffalo. The Bruins should do it again here especially off an embarrassing 7-0 humiliating opening loss to Washington on Wednesday. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy ripped his team with full justification saying they lacked competitive spirit. The Bruins' top line of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand all had horrible games. They are one of the best lines in hockey. Expect the Bruins to be far more fired-up and to play a lot better in this game. The Sabres haven't reached the playoffs during the last seven years. Buffalo has lost 37 of its last 53 home games.
|10-03-18||Canadiens v. Maple Leafs OVER 6||2-3||Loss||-106||5 h 46 m||Show|
Despite high totals like this one, the Maple Leafs still are a strong Over team going 18-7-2 to the Over in their last 27 games heading into this season's opener. Expect more high-scoring games involving the Maple Leafs. Toronto's top-five offense of last season is even more potent with the addition of John Tavares. Toronto could easily exceed it's 3.3 goals per game average of last season. What makes Toronto such a great Over team is its defense remains a work in progress with a lot of youth. The Canadiens can take advantage because they have gotten faster and are switching to a more up-tempo style. The Canadiens are weak defensively. Their best defenseman. Shea Weber, is out indefinitely. Carey Price had a horrible season last year in goal. He's handicapped by a bad defense and his confidence could be lacking.
|06-07-18||Capitals v. Golden Knights -126||Top||4-3||Loss||-126||54 h 10 m||Show|
The Golden Knights have not lost four games in a row all season. I'm not expecting that to happen either in this must-win spot for Vegas, down 3-to-1 in this championship series. I express this opinion with the confidence that the Golden Knights will be revitalized returning home. Las Vegas had the fourth-best home mark during the regular season and is 7-2 at home during the Stanley Cup playoffs with the lone losses occurring to the Sharks in overtime and to the Capitals, 3-2, in Game 2. All together, the Golden Knights have won 73 percent of their past 48 games at T-Mobile Arena. Las Vegas beat Washington, 6-4, in Game 1 of this series at home. The Golden Knights were stopped, 3-2, in Game 2 when Braden Holtby made a miracle stick save that might have been the best save of the season. That save turned the series around. Washington outplayed Las Vegas, 3-1, at home in Game 3. The Capitals then defeated the Golden Knights, 6-2, at home in Game 4 this past Monday. That score was misleading, though. The Golden Knights attacked well, but didn't get breaks and just missed on their shots on goal. The Capitals took advanage of Las Vegas' aggressiveness to built an early insurmountable 3-0 lead. But I liked how well the Golden Knights attacked the Capitals' 1-1-3 neutral zone trap defense that had been so effective in Game 3. The Golden Knights are going to get their goals in Game 5. They go four lines deep and were the fifth-highest scoring team during the regular season. The Capitals have blown more 3-1 postseason leads than any team. The Capitals have led after four games in the Stanley Cup four times during the Alex Ovechkin era. They lost Game 5 on three of those occasions. I wouldn't trust the Capitals to close out the Golden Knights on the road. This matchup is Las Vegas' time to win.
|06-02-18||Golden Knights +111 v. Capitals||Top||1-3||Loss||-100||25 h 12 m||Show|
If anything these Stanley Cup playoffs have shown that home ice is overrated. The scene shifts to Washington's Capital One Arena for Game 3. But the Capitals are 4-5 at home during the playoffs. Las Vegas is 6-2 on the road in this postseason. The Capitals survived a 3-2 victory against the Golden Knights this past Wednesday. The Knights outshot Washington, 39-26. Braden Holtby made the save of the playoffs to keep the game from being tied. Las Vegas was the aggressor and nearly won despite not being overly sharp. Look for the Golden Knights to bounce back and for Marc-Andre Fleury to have his best game of the series. Las Vegas is 16-4 when Fleury has been in net following a loss, including 14-2 during the last 16 instances. I'm not sold on the Capitals. They have a history of not winning clutch games in their bid to win the Stanley Cup. The Capitals might also be without their leading scorer in the playoffs, Evgeny Kuznetsov. He's questionable due to an arm injury.
|05-30-18||Capitals v. Golden Knights OVER 5.5||Top||3-2||Loss||-114||29 h 20 m||Show|
I'm surprised to see that the oddsmakers didn't open this Game 2 with an over/under of 6 instead of 5 1/2. I liked going Over 5 1/2 in Game 1 and there's no reason to not play Over again in Game 2.There were 10 goals scored in Monday's Game 1. The total went Over before the middle of the second period. Both teams skated at a fast pace and there were many high-caliber shots on goals. Las Vegas plays fast and is relentless. One of its major strengths was on full display in Game 1 - its fourth line scoring three goals in the third period. A strong scoring fourth line is rare and a huge plus for the Over. The Capitals produced four goals. They accomplished this with superstars Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov combining for just two assists. Neither had a goal. I can't envision those two not scoring a goal for a second straight game. Marc-Andre Fleury has been brilliant in the playoffs, but he wasn't that sharp in Game 1. Probably a nine-day layoff between games made Fleury rusty. But he did not look invincible. Capitals goalie Braden Holtby has a history of playing better at home than on the road. There were plenty of scoring opportunities in Game 1 even with 10 goals scored. This was during 5-on-5 hockey, too, as each team only had one power play opportunity. There likley is going to be more penalties called in Game 2 leading to more power play chances especially after Tom Wilson decked Jonathan Marchessault with a blindsided hit that was late and cheap.
|05-28-18||Capitals v. Golden Knights OVER 5.5||Top||4-6||Win||110||73 h 12 m||Show|
It's not often teams receive such a long break before beginning the Stanley Cup Finals. But that's certainly the case for the Golden Knights, who haven't played in eight days. The Capitals last played this past Wednesday. Washington happens to be 10-1-1 to the Over when playing on three or more days rest. This extended layoff ensures fresh legs. That's a huge plus for the offense. Both teams are well above average in scoring. The Golden Knights ranked fifth in goals at 3.3 per game. The Capitals rated ninth at 3.1. They have the league's top goal scorer in Alex Ovechkin, who scored 49 goals. The Capitals also have Evgeny Kuznetsov, who is the playoff leader with 24 postseason points. Tom Wilson is back from suspension joining those two to give the Capitals a very dangerous first line that should play a lot due to the extra rest. The Capitals scored three, four and four goals during the first road game in each of their past three playoff series leading up to these finals. Washington is averaging four goals per game during its past four away matchups. Las Vegas is averaging four goals a game during its first home contest in each of its three playoff series. The Golden Knights have scored three or more goals in eight of their last 11 games. Yet the linesmaker didn't assign a total of 6 on this game because of the hot goalies. Braden Holtby is riding a scoreless streak of 159 minuts, 27 seconds. Marc-Andre Fleury has been absolutely brilliant. The long layoff, though, isn't going to help these goaltenders. Fleury had his worst game of the playoffs in Game 1 of the Golden Knights' last series against Winnipeg surrendering four goals, posting an 84.6 save percentage. The Golden Knights had been idle for six days leading into that game. Holtby entered this season without a strong reputation of being a great road goalie especially in the playoffs. The Golden Knights can't match the Capitals' superstars, but they go four lines deep and their speedy forwards and creative playmaking can cause problems for goalies. I think that will be the case here.
|05-23-18||Capitals v. Lightning OVER 5.5||4-0||Loss||-100||6 h 28 m||Show|
Now that we have the first total of less than 6 in this Eastern Conference Stanley Cup final, I'm going to get involved and go Over. The Capitals were a top-10 scoring team averaging 3.1 goals. The Lightning led the NHL in scoring at 3.5 goals per game. These two teams have gone Over 75 percent of the time during the past 17 games played in Tampa. So far Game 7's have been high scoring. There were 11 goals scored in the Maple Leafs-Bruins Game 7 and six goals scored in the Jets-Predators Game 7. Those are the two instances this season. I expect this Game 7 to produce at least six goals, too, because of the strong sense of urgency and aggressive play. The trailing team has nothing to lose and must go in full attack mode. This can offer the bonus of not one but two empty net goals. It's hard to believe that both goalies, Braden Holtby and Andrei Vasilevskiy, can continue to play at such high levels. Holtby normally is less effective on the road and Vasilevskiy can become vulnerable when overworked.
|05-20-18||Golden Knights v. Jets -137||2-1||Loss||-137||6 h 6 m||Show|
This isn't a play against the Golden Knights. They've proven too good for that. But it is a play on the Jets. Winnipeg should have beaten Las Vegas on the road in Game 4 on Friday and I see the Jets winning at home today. Winnipeg has won 78 percent of its last 55 home games. The Jets outshot the Golden Knights, 37-29, in Game 4 and dominated time possession with 26 more shot attempts. The Jets normally would win 90 percent of the time with those statistics especially since some of their shots on goal were tough to stop. But Marc-Andre Fleury continued his super human goaltending. Fleury was good for the Penguins, but never this great. It's hard to believe he can stay this magnificent now that he'll be on the road.
|05-20-18||Golden Knights v. Jets OVER 5.5||Top||2-1||Loss||-122||6 h 5 m||Show|
I have tremendous respect for Marc-Andre Fleury. He has kept the Jets from winning during each of the last two games by making great save after great save. But now the series shifts back to Winnipeg and I see the Jets producing more goals. They have the star power with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler, both of whom are playing at high levels. There have been six combined goals scored in three of Winnipeg's last five games and there should have been at least six goals in Las Vegas' 3-2 home win this past Friday. The Jets had 37 shots on goal during Game 4 with Fleury making countless great saves. The Golden Knights have an easier task facing goalie Connor Hellebuyuck, who is not having a good series. The Golden Knights have a strong fourth line - unlike other teams - and third-leading scorer David Perron is back in action. Las Vegas' top line of William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith are playing well, too.
|05-18-18||Jets +100 v. Golden Knights||Top||2-3||Loss||-100||11 h 45 m||Show|
The Golden Knights hold a 2-1 series lead on the Jets, but I'm not convinced Las Vegas is the better team.Winnipeg didn't play well early in Game 3 and couldn't recover. The Jets, though, did nearly tie the game while firing 33 shots on goal. It took super human goaltending by Marc-Andre Fleury to hold off the Jets. Winnipeg is road tested having won seven of its last 10 away matchups. They Jets have a 7-0 record when playing on Friday. Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler give Winnipeg the two best offensive players on the ice. The Jets are fully capable of playing a better all-around game. They can take their game up a notch while Fleury can't continue to be this super human.
|05-17-18||Lightning v. Capitals -110||Top||4-2||Loss||-110||13 h 54 m||Show|
It's very hard to beat the Capitals at Capital One Arena. Washington has won 70 percent of its last 133 home games. The Lightning have lost in 37 of their past 54 visits to Washington. Sharp coaching by Jon Cooper in changing up his lines. The combination of that and the Capitals being flat helped the Lightning defeat Washington, 4-2, on the road in Game 3 two days ago. The Capitals may have let up and been overconfident returning home after winning the first two games of the series at Tampa Bay. Expect a much more focused and stronger effort from the Capitals. They will be better prepared and could get an additional boost with the strong possibility star center Nicklas Backstrom returns after missing the last four games with a hand injury. He practiced on Wednesday.
|05-16-18||Jets +124 v. Golden Knights||2-4||Loss||-100||12 h 16 m||Show|
The Golden Knights have thrived all season because they were playing on house money. The pressure always was on the other team knowing they were taking on an expansion club. But now all the pressure is on Las Vegas to win this home game. Expectations have never been higher. Winnipeg has more star power and is a strong road club going 4-1 in its five away playoff games. The lone loss occurred in overtime to the Predators. The Jets have solidly won on the road, too, outscoring their foes, 21-9, during their five away Stanley Cup matchups. Las Vegas upset Winnipeg at Bell MTS Centre, 3-1, two days ago. The Jets outshot the Golden Knights, but didn't play well. Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Dustin Byfuglien all had off-nights. That's not likely to happen again as these are all top-30 players. Las Vegas could be without underrated David Perron, its third-leading scorer. The past six times the Jets have lost they have come back to win in their following game. Look for that pattern to continue here.
|05-14-18||Golden Knights +135 v. Jets||3-1||Win||135||11 h 60 m||Show|
A combination of the Jets riding the adrenalin after winning their series against the Predators in seven games and the Golden Knights starting flat following being idle for five days helped result in Winnipeg winning the opening game of this Western Conference Finals, 4-2, this past Saturday. Fresh off eliminating the defending Western Conference champion Predators, the Jets scored 65 seconds into Game 1 against Las Vegas then scored a power play goal and another goal in which goalie interference was reversed after being initially ruled. The Golden Knights couldn't come back from a 3-0 deficit. It's more than obvious by now that Las Vegas isn't your typical expansion team, though. I believe the Golden Knights are nearly as good - if not just as good - as Winnipeg. So there's value taking this price with the Golden Knights, who should be more ready in Game 2. The Golden Knights are resilient and have proven themselves on the road going 30-18-3, including 4-2 in the postseason. They have underrated goal scorers, a solid defense and a big goalie edge with Marc-Andre Fleury against Connor Hellebuyck. The Golden Knights eliminated the Kings and Sharks as part of going 8-3 in the playoffs proving their regular-season success certainly wasn't a fluke. The Jets are strong at home. However, they had lost their prevous two games at Bell MTS Centre before defeating the Golden Knights. The Jets could subconsciously letdown, too, having won a Game 7 against Nashville and Game 1 against Las Vegas all in the span of three days.
|05-11-18||Capitals v. Lightning UNDER 6||4-2||Push||0||16 h 8 m||Show|
It's difficult not to think offense with these two teams involved. But I'm projecting a lower-scoring game than anticipated in the opener of this Eastern Conference final.Tampa Bay hasn't played in five days. It's going to take a while for the Lightning to rev up their offense and they need to be careful given the offensive firepower of Washington defenseman John Carlson. The Lightning led the NHL in scoring averaging 3.5 goals per game. Tampa Bay, though, also has been playing outstanding defense giving up two goals or fewer in five of its last seven games. When having ample rest - which is the case here - Andrei Vasilevskiy may be the best goalie in hockey. Vasilevskiy has been sharp in the playoffs with a 2.2 goals-against average and .927 save percentage. He had a .930 save percentage against Washington in three regular season games this season. Vasilevskiy may not have to deal with Nicklas Backstrom either. The Capitals' star center is dealing with an upper body injury that prevented him from playing in the last game. Goalie Braden Holtby has stepped up in the postseason for the Capitals giving up 2.04 goals per game. The Capitals haven't surrendered more than three goals per game during their last 10 games.
|05-10-18||Jets v. Predators OVER 5.5||Top||5-1||Win||125||14 h 41 m||Show|
The Predators had their defensive game of the year in shutting out the Jets, 4-0, in Game 6 of their Western Conference Stanley Cup series this past Monday. I don't see it happening again. Pekka Rinne can't be that good again. He's been inconsistent in the series. The Jets are the No. 2 scoring team in the NHL because they have star scorers and play a speed, full-attack style. Only once in their last 23 games have the Jets failed to produce at least three goals in consecutive games. Discount that last game and the Jets are averaging 4.5 goals per game versus Nashville. The Jets aren't changing their method of operation either. That's according to their coach, Paul Maurice. He said, "There's no big speech or departure from our game. The important one (message) that was delivered all year is to enjoy what we do. Have the confidence that you're going to go out and perform at your best. You can't be on pins and needles." So if the Jets lose they are going to lose playing their aggressive game. The Over is 13-5-1 when the Jets have been in action following two days of rest. The extra day should ensure fresh legs and a strong resolve to break through. Nashville is no slouch offensively with excellent offensive-minded defensemen. The Predators are a top-seven scoring team. The Over has cashed in seven of their last nine home games. In the last 10 meetings between these two teams, there have been at least eight goals scored in six of the games. This being a Game 7, too, there exists the strong possibility of one or two open net goals being scored if the game is close.
|05-07-18||Predators v. Jets -145||4-0||Loss||-145||11 h 32 m||Show|
The Jets have looked better than the Predators for much of this series and I see them getting it done here at home where they have won 13 of the last 14 times at Bell MTS Palce. Long-term, the Jets have won won 81 percent of their last 52 home games. The Jets really took control scoring four goals in the second period on their way to blasting the Predators, 6-2, this past Saturday in Nashville. Winnipeg is healthy, which is huge at this late juncture. I like the way the Jets are clamping down defensively and the production they're getting from their first line of Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor. Scheifele has scored nine goals in 10 playoff games.
|05-06-18||Bruins v. Lightning -1.5||1-3||Win||178||9 h 16 m||Show|
I don't see the Bruins rallying from a 3-1 series deficit. I don't see them beating the Lightning in Tampa. So I'd rather go for the big payoff by laying 1 1/2 goals on the puck line instead of laying heavy juice on the money line. Boston surprised Tampa Bay by upsetting the Lightning on the road in Game 1. That served as a wake-up call for the Lightning. They've won the past three games since then outscoring the Burins by a combined 12-6 goals. The Bruins have lost in seven of their last nine away matchups. Tampa Bay has won 73 percent of its last 51 home contests. The Lightning's last six home victories all have been by more than one goal. Boston's task is made more difficult having lost defeseman Torey Krug for the series. He suffered an ankle injury in the last game. Not only is Krug huge defensively, but he was part of the Bruins' power-play unit. The Bruins' strength had been their power-play. They haven't scored an even-strength goal during the past two games. The Bruins have given up the first goal in each of the last three games. That's likely to prove fatal again. If the Bruins happen to be trailing by just one goal with several minutes left, it's likely they would pull their goalie giving the Lightning extra opportunities to score an open net goal and thus win by multiple goals.