Wow. It’s all I can say is wow. I know I’m not this good at picking NHL games, but so far, so very good! 4-1 last week, 11-4 on the season thus far. All I do is look for value with these picks. It would be easy for me to sit there and take the five biggest favourites every Saturday night, but you won’t win any money that way because if one of those five lose (and extremely likely they would), then all you’ll do is break even or perhaps lose a bit. I want picks that come close to doubling your money or more. That way, even these picks go 2-3, you could still end up breaking even or perhaps even winning a little depending on which two win. So at 11-4, I would have won you a nice chunk of change so far this season. Hopefully, that continues tonight.
L.A. at Boston
I’m a little leery of this pick, because the Kings are going to start losing before too long, and they’ve been on the road now for over a week. But I just don’t like the Bruins this season. Two of their four wins are against teams that I don’t see making the playoffs. Meanwhile the Kings look back to their 2014 form. I just think the Kings are that much better, so with the same odds for both, take the Kings.
NY Rangers at Montreal
This is just purely a value play here. Really…all of these picks are. I look for the best value plays every week. But to be honest, I don’t have a good reason for picking the Rangers. I don’t like the Rangers at all this season! But how are the Habs favourites against any team in any location at the moment? With Price not playing up to his normal standards, the Habs really don’t have an edge anywhere, and they have trouble with speedy teams which the Rangers are. In their first matchup this season, the Rangers took it 2-0. At +125, it’s just the smart play to take the Rangers.
Philadelphia at Toronto
Over 6 (-115)
Oh, the Leafs are playing? ALWAYS. TAKE. THE. OVER.
Pittsburgh at Minnesota
This simply comes down to the fact that the Pens are a better team then the Wild right now, and it’s decent value at -120. Did you know that Matt Murray hasn’t lost this season? All the Pens loses thus far are in games which Antti Niemi started in goal. Matt Murray is going for them again tonight. Mind you, Niemi is never starting for them again now that the Panthers acquired him off waivers, but the point is that Murray has been great for the Pens. Especially of late, allowing just two goals in his last two games.
Chicago at Colorado
Blackhawks -1.5 (+225)
It’s expected to be a battle of the backups in Denver tonight. Have you seen Anton Forsberg play this season? I’ll take Forsberg. The Hawks played last night, but so did the Avs. And have you noticed that the Avs have come back to earth after an ok start? They’ve lost four of their last five. If you’re thinking the Avs will come out flying and pissed after last night’s 7-0 beat down to the Golden Knights…they’re playing a team which is much better who are coming in pissed themselves having lost back to back games. I just love the Hawks here, and to win by two it triples your money. Huge value.
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