February 2nd, 2013

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A great night on Friday to kick off a great weekend.  We had the Under in the Sens/Hurricanes game which finished with just one goal in a 1-0 Hurricanes win.  We also had a nice +175 price on the Lightning puck line that cashed in an easy 8-3 victory.

I’ve locked in Saturday’s picks and they are listed below.  We get to enjoy some early games on the schedule but I’ve got no plays in those.  I’m also waiting on two games to finish up tonight and it’s possible I will add another play for Saturday, but not expected.  Ok here we go…

2 UNIT = Boston Bruins @ Toronto Maple Leafs – OVER 5.5 GOALS (+100)
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 2.00 units)

The Bruins won all 6 meetings between these two teams last year.  In those games we saw totals of 8, 9, 5, 9, 7, and 8 with the OVER going 5-1.  The Bruins have scored 15 goals over their last 4 games, and are coming off a game where they gave up 7 goals against Buffalo.  The Leafs have scored 18 goals over their last 5 games for a little over 3 goals per game during that span.  They gave up 19 during that span, also putting them a little over 3 goals against per game during those games.  The OVER is 25-9-2 in the Bruins last 36 road games.  The OVER is 20-7-1 in these two teams last 28 meetings and 4-0 in their last 4 meetings in Toronto.  I see no reason why this one won’t be a higher scoring game and get over today’s total.

2 UNIT = New York Rangers @ Tampa Bay Lightning – LIGHTNING TO WIN (-109)
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 1.84 units)

The Rangers enter tonight’s game with a 3-4 record with their last game being a 3-0 loss at home vs Pittsburgh.  The Rangers have scored 2 or fewer goals in 4 of their 7 games.  Tampa Bay on the other hand is 6-1 on the season and they’ve been on a very impressive run lately.  Tampa Bay scored 8 goals in an 8-3 victory last night at home, and have now scored an average of 5.29 goals per game to easily lead the league in that category.  They are also 12th in goals against per game, and their power play is 3rd in the league.  The Lightning split their 4 meetings with New York last year, but are 6-2 in their last 8 games vs the Rangers.  In my opinion we get a very good price here today on maybe the NHL’s hottest team right now.

2 UNIT = Detroit Red Wings @ Columbus Blue Jackets – RED WINGS TO WIN (-128)
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 1.56 units)

The Red Wings beat a solid St Louis Blues team at home last night to improve to 4-2-1 on the year.  They’ve won their past two games and 3 of 4.  The Blue Jackets have lost 2 straight games and are 2-5-1 on the season.  Columbus has scored just 11 goals this year and sit 29th in the NHL with just 1.62 goals per game.  The Red Wings already beat the Blue Jackets in Columbus this year, although it was a tight 4-3 shootout victory.  The Red Wings went 4-2 against Columbus last year and are 9-4 in their last 13 meetings in Columbus.  Detroit has scored 4+ goals in three of their last four games and if they can find the net tonight they should be able to take care of a Blue Jackets team that is struggling to score.  Take the Red Wings.

2 UNIT = Nashville Predators @ San Jose Sharks – SHARKS -1.5 [Puck Line] (+195)
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 3.90 units)

The Nashville Predators enter this game 2-2-3 on the year, somehow finding ways to get points although they’ve struggled offensively.  The San Jose Sharks on the other hand have had no problems offensively helping them to a 7-0 start to the year.  San Jose is ranked 2nd in the league behind Tampa Bay averaging 3.86 goals per game, compared to the Predators who are dead last in the NHL with 1.57 goals per game.  The Sharks sit second with just 1.71 goals against per game.  The Sharks are 16-7 in their last 23 meetings with Nashville and 20-7-1 in their last 28 home games vs the Preds.  Also note that 5 of the Sharks 7 wins have been by 2 or more goals.  I like San Jose on the puck line here.

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