January 30th, 2013

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Another 1-1 night last night as the Bruins win in a shootout, but the Isles and Penguins didn’t go over the 5.5 total.  The Islanders did their job scoring 4 goals, but the Penguins managed just 1 goal in a 4-1 loss at home despite putting 38 shots on goal.

Tonight I’ve got 2 picks going…

2 UNIT = Montreal Canadiens @ Ottawa Senators – CANADIENS TO WIN (+138)
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 2.76 units)

The Montreal Canadiens are winners of 4 straight games since an opening night loss vs Toronto, and are now 4-1 on the season.  They’ve played just once on the road beating Washington 4-1.  Last night the Canadiens beat Winnipeg 4-3 in Montreal.  The Senators also played last night winning 3-2 at home vs Washington to break up their 2 game losing streak.  The Sens are also off to a good 4-1-1 start to the year.  Peter Budaj will get the start for Montreal tonight and he was 5-7-5 last year, but had a pretty solid 2.55 GAA and .913 SV%. Craig Anderson will get the start tonight after stopping 31 of 33 shots last night.  Note that the Canadiens went 4-2 against the Senators last year including 2-1 and 6-2 wins in Ottawa and also a 2-1 overtime loss in Ottawa.  Montreal is hot right now winning 4 straight games and their young players have looked good so far this year.  I like the value on the Canadiens tonight at +138 for a possible upset.

2 UNIT = Colorado Avalanche @ Vancouver Canucks – CANUCKS TO WIN (-163)
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 1.23 units)

Colorado is 2-3 on the season, but 0-3 on the road this year losing in Minnesota, San Jose and Edmonton.  They haven’t done much on the road scoring just 3 goals over 3 road games and losing by 2 or more in each.  They will now go into Vancouver where they’ve struggled in the past.  The Canucks are 2-2-2 to start the year and are coming off a tough 3-2 shootout loss in Los Angeles.  Vancouver  will be playing their 3rd game in 4 days but they are 26-10 in their last 36 games in that position.  The Canucks are 37-16 in their last 53 home games vs a team with a road winning % of less than .400, and 38-13 in their last 51 vs divisional opponents.  The Canucks are just 16-39 in their last 55 against Northwest divisional opponents.  Also take note that the Canucks have won 6 straight meetings between these two in Vancouver and 18 of their last 22 meetings overall.  It will be interesting to see how Vancouver responds to their tough loss vs the Kings on Monday night, but I think they are in a good spot coming home to a team they’ve had a ton of success over the last few years who will most likely be without their captain,Gabriel Landeskog, again tonight.  We’re laying a lot of chalk here, but I still think it is a good price for Vancouver tonight.

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