Yesterday was obviously not the start we were hoping for. The Penguins and Flyers had a lot of opportunities to score and it was a very high paced game, but they couldn’t find the back of the net enough to get us 6 or more goals. Columbus surprisingly played well in Nashville last night and came out with a shootout win.
Today we’ve got 6 games on the NHL betting board and I have two more picks going including an early play..
2 UNIT = Philadelphia Flyers @ Buffalo Sabres – SABRES TO WIN (-120) *12:30 PM EST START*
(Note: I’m risking 2.40 units to win 2.00 units)
The Flyers got off to a slow start in a 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh yesterday afternoon. They did manage to have better 2nd and 3rd periods but could only get one goal past Marc-Andre Fleury. Ilya Bryzgalov looked shaky to start the game, but seemed to settle in. This game is being played at 12:30 in Buffalo making it a very tough spot for Philadelphia who comes in on no days rest. Note dating back to last year they are 2-5 in their last 7 games played on 0 days rest. The Sabres missed the postseason last year by 3 points, but they were a solid home team going 21-12-8 on home ice. Philadelphia has had Buffalo’s number lately, but given that Philadelphia didn’t do much offensively yesterday and are on short rest with travel I like Buffalo to come out and win their home opener.
2 UNIT = Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks – OILERS TO WIN (+135)
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 2.70 units)
The Vancouver Canucks opened their season up with a surprising 7-3 loss at home vs the Anaheim Ducks. Canucks goalie Cory Schneider didn’t fare well in his first start as the Canucks starting goalie allowing 5 goals against on just 14 shots before giving way to now back up Roberto Luongo. The Canucks are going to miss two key forwards in Booth and Kesler to start the year, and I think it may be a good time of the year to be betting against them as they are often over valued. The Oilers on the other hand might be under valued to start the season if their young team can play a bit of defense. Their offense will be there with a number of young guns who can put up points, but they will need to buckle down defensively in front of Devan Dubnyk to win games. In recent years Edmonton hasn’t had much success in Vancouver but I think this team is the best they’ve had in a number of years. With i top players playing together in the AHL this season I think they will be ready to go tonight in Vancouver and take advantage of a Canucks team that dropped their opener last night 7-3. Take the Oilers at +135.