March 14th, 2013

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The Red Wings outshot Calgary 38-22 but gave up three goals in just over 4 minutes in the third period to lose 5-2.

Tonight we have a full board of games and I’m going with two 2 unit plays..

2 UNIT = Colorado Avalanche @ Minnesota Wild – WILD TO WIN (-140)
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 1.42 units)

The Avalanche are 10-11-4 on the season, but an awful 2-8-3 on the road.  Minnesota is 13-10-2 on the season and a solid 9-3-1 at home.  These two teams have met twice already in Minnesota, with the Wild winning 4-2 in the first meeting and then the Avs winning 4-3 in a shootout their last time out.  I think Colorado beating the Wild in Minnesota for one of the 2 road wins may help here tonight, as the Wild won’t be taking Colorado lightly.  Minnesota is 5-1-1 in their last 7 home games, and their lone regulation loss was on Tuesday vs Anaheim.  The Wild outplayed Anaheim for most of the game, but ran into a hot goalie in Hiller and could only get one by him on 31 shots.  Colorado is coming off of a 4-0 home loss vs the last place Oilers, and they have won just 3 of their last 10 games.  Minnesota is a much better home team, while Colorado has only won 2 games in 13 tries on the road.  I will lay a bit of chalk with Minnesota tonight.

2 UNIT = Anaheim Ducks @ Dallas Stars – DUCKS TO WIN (+102)
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 2.04 units)

The second pick of the night is going on one of the top teams in the NHL right now as underdogs.  Dallas did beat Anaheim 3-1 back on February 8th in Dallas, which is why we see the Stars as slight favorites, but remembering back that was a Friday night game and it was a bad spot for the Ducks.  Anaheim is 19-3-3 on the season and a solid 8-2-3 on the road this year.  They have won 4 straight games, including a 2-1 victory in Minnesota on Tuesday night and have outscored opponents 12-3 over those 4 games.  Jonas Hiller is red hot right now in net, allowing just 3 goals over his last 3 games.  Dallas is 12-11-2 on the season and 5-5-1 at home, but are coming off two straight losses.  Dallas lost 4-0 at home vs Nashville on Tuesday and 2-1 in Phoenix on Saturday.  Take note that the Ducks are 9-2 in their last 11 games following a win. Anaheim is also 8th in the league in goals against per game and 3rd in goals scored per game.  This should be a good game, but I will take the Ducks who are looking for revenge and riding a hot goalie as small underdogs.

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