January 28th, 2013

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Yesterday we had an unfortunate 1-2 night with our two losing picks coming in extra time. The first loss came in a shootout with Pittsburgh beating Ottawa 2-1. And then we had the Devils come back to tie the Canadiens and then lose in overtime 4-3. Our winner was an easy 5-1 victory by the Lightning over Philadelphia. A different result in either extra time game and we have a winning night – tough luck.

Tonight we have a pretty small NHL betting board, but I’ve two plays I like…

2 UNIT = Boston Bruins @ Carolina Hurricanes – HURRICANES to win (+116)
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 2.32 units)

The Bruins enter tonight’s game 3-0-1 and coming off a 4-2 victory over the Islanders on Friday night. Their lone loss of the season came in their only road game in New York against the Rangers. They now head to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes who are 2-2 on the year. Carolina dropped their first two games, but then swept Buffalo in a home and home series winning 6-3 at home and 3-1 in Buffalo. Carolina won all four meetings between these two teams last year with margins of victory of 3, 2, 3, and 1. The Hurricanes are expected to be a playoff team this year, and are on a roll right now winning their first two games of the season against a solid Sabres team. I like Carolina as underdogs here at home against the Bruins who look for their first road win of the season.

2 UNIT = Nashville Predators @ Phoenix Coyotes – COYOTES to win (-104)
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 1.92 units)

Neither of these two Western Conference playoff teams from a year ago have had the starts to the season they were looking for. The Predators are 1-1-3 on the year with those three extra time losses coming via the shootout. The Coyotes are 1-4 on the year with their lone win a 5-1 victory over Columbus at home. Other home games were a 6-4 loss against Chicago and a 4-2 loss against the Kings. Phoenix has had their chances in all games they’ve played this year, with 29+ shots in each and 3+ goals in 4 of their 5 games. The Predators on the other hand haven’t shown much offense, averaging 2 goals per game and just 24 shots per game. Phoenix beat the Predators 4-1 in a playoff series last season winning all three games in Phoenix. They split their 4 regular season meetings last year, but the Coyotes are 11-5 in their last 16 meetings in Phoenix. At pretty much a pick’em price I like the Coyotes at home.

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