Alright, I’m back from Mexico and ready to get going with my NHL picks again. Overall it was an awesome trip – a lot of fun and nice to get away from the computer and work for a week and recharge (I’ll post a picture at the bottom of this post). We finished off before my vacation with a 2-0 night nailing both the OVER in the Canes/Isles game and the UNDER in the Coyotes/Avs game.
I was pleased to have a great internet connection in my room at the resort so I was able to check NHL scores, and get all the updates I needed to stay in tuned with things each night.
Tonight there are three NHL games on the board and I’ve got two plays going…
2 UNIT = Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins – OVER 5.5 GOALS (-122)
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 1.70 units)
The Flyers are coming off a 7-0 win in New York against the Islanders and they’ve scored 14 goals over their last 4 games (over 3 goals per game during that span). The Penguins have won three straight games scoring 11 goals during that span (just under 4 goals per game). They’ve won 8 of their last 10 games and in those wins they’ve scored 34 goals (4.25 goals per game). These two teams met once this year and it was a 3-1 Pittsburgh win in Philadelphia, but they played very high scoring games last season. The OVER is 5-1-1 in their last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh (which included some totals of 6, 6.5 and even 7 in last years playoff series). The OVER is 20-8-1 in the Penguins last 29 home games and 35-15-2 in their last 52 overall. Take the OVER here tonight.
2 UNIT = St Louis Blues @ Colorado Avalanche – AVALANCHE TO WIN (+106)
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 2.12 units)
The St Louis Blues were stuck in Vancouver after a 4-3 shootout victory due to airplane troubles and went home to lose 2-1 against San Jose last night. They now have to head right to Colorado to play another game, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they come out slow tonight. The Blues are 3-1 in their last 4 games, but just 3-6 in their last 9 games. In those 6 losses they scored just 1 goal four times. The Avs are coming off a big 6-5 win against Nashville on Monday, and are 2-1 over their last three games. In those games they’ve scored 14 goals. The Avalanche are below .500, but are a solid 4-2-1 at home this year. This will be these two teams first meeting of the 2013 season, but the Avs are 9-3 in their last 12 meetings overall and 22-6-4 in their last 32 meetings in Colorado. Given that the Blues played three straight road games, got stuck in Vancouver, are playing in a back to back on the road, and haven’t had much success against the Avs, I like Colorado as home underdogs tonight.
Lets have a great first night back! Here is a picture of me and the girlfriend in Mexico after finishing up at the spa yesterday before our flight home…