February 11th, 2013

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1-1 last night, as the Blackhawks won pretty easily 3-0 in Nashville but the Bruins and Sabres couldn’t bury their opportunities.  Boston had 39 shots on net and a lot of quality scoring chances but only got two by Ryan Miller and then added an empty net goal.

Tonight we have 6 games on the NHL board and I’ve got two picks I like.

Just another reminded that I am gone from tomorrow until next Wednesday.  I may be checking up on my email once or twice while away, but there will be NO NHL PICKS for the next week.  I hate to go away in the middle of the NHL season, but I definitely need a break from the computer for a bit.   I will also be heading to the Flyers/Leafs game tonight before I fly out of Toronto in the morning. I took a long hard look at the Maple Leafs again tonight as small underdogs but couldn’t pull the trigger with the recent succses Philly has had over Toronto. Anyways have a good week and talk to you in a week!

2 UNIT = Carolina Hurricanes @ New York Islanders – OVER 5.5 GOALS (-110)
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 1.82 units)

The Carolina Hurricanes are 5-4-1 on the season and come into this game off a 4-3 loss in Philadelphia on Saturday.  The Hurricanes have scored 3+ goals in their last 4 games.  The Islanders are 4-6-1 on the year and just 1-4 at home.   They’ve scored just 5 goals over their last 4 games, but they’ve had their chances with 28+ shots in their last three games.  They had 43 shots on goal in their game vs Buffalo on Saturday but only managed to get 2 pucks by a hot Ryan Miller.  Despite the recent scoring slump the Islanders are still 8th in the NHL with 2.91 goals per game.  Carolina is 12th with 2.80 goals per game.  The Hurricanes are 22nd in the league in goals against per game, while the Islanders are 26th.  Also take note that the Hurricanes lead the league in shots per game with 36.5 but are giving up a league worst 34.1 shots against per game.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see b0th teams have plenty of chances to score tonight.  We aren’t sure who is net for either team, but both of their starters have a GAA of 3.00 or higher.  Take note that the OVER is 14-6-1 in the Islanders last 21 overall.  The OVER is also 4-1 in their last 5 meetings and 6-2 in their last 8 meetings in New York. I’m on the OVER.

2 UNIT = Phoenix Coyotes @ Colorado Avalanche – UNDER 5.5 GOALS (-150)
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 1.33 units)

The Coyotes are coming off a 1-0 shootout victory yesterday in San Jose with Mike Smith recording the shutout.  Phoenix has won 3 of their last 4 games despite only scoring 7 goals over that 4 game span.  The Avalanche are losers of 2 straight games, and are coming off a 3-0 shutout loss vs Anaheim.  The Avs have lost 5 of their last 7 games and in those 5 losses they have just 3 goals.  Colorado is 25th in the league with just 2.10 goals per game, while the Coyotes are 20th with 2.58.  The Avs are giving up just 2.60 goals per game which is good for 13th in the NHL, while the Coyotes are 17th with 2.67 goals against per game.  Take note that the UNDER is 5-2 in the Coyotes last 7 games overall, and 8-3-2 in their last 13 road games including last season.  The UNDER is 7-1-1 in the Avalanche’s last 9 overall and 4-0-1 in their last 5 home games.  The UNDER is 9-4-1 in these two teams last 14 meetings overall and 6-1 in their last 7 meetings in Colorado.  Semyon Varlamov is confirmed for Colorado and he has a solid 2.55 GAA and .910 SV%.  The Coyotes might go back to Mike Smith even on a back to back, and he is coming off a shutout win yesterday.  We are going to lay a bit of chalk getting the UNDER at 5.5.

Good luck.

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