Hey guys, I am back from vacation and ready to go with my NHL picks. The vacation was great despite some rainy days (I went to Punta Cana). I managed to hop on the laptop each day to follow the NHL games and stay up to date with what was going on. There seemed to be lots of good action throughout the week.
I’ve got 3 plays going tonight, and one of the plays is going off at 2:00 PM EST.
Because of the early game and a ton of things I have to do today I won’t be writing full write ups for each pick, but I will give out some quick stats.
Minnesota Wild @ St Louis Blues – UNDER 5 GOALS (-115) **EARLY GAME**
(Note: I’m risking 1.15 units to win 1 unit)
Elliot in net for the Blues and has a 1.61 GAA and .940 SV% this season. These two teams have met three times this season, with 2 of the games being a “push” at 5 because they both ended regulation 2-2 and went into shootout. The other game went UNDER with a 2-1 final score. The Wild have lost 6 straight scoring just 9 goals over those 6 games. The Blues are holding opponents to 1.59 goals per game on home ice.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Vancouver Canucks – CANUCKS TO WIN (-168)
(Note: I’m risking 1.68 units to win 1 unit)
Despite their top players not playing their best the Canucks have managed to get points in 11 straight games (winning 8 of those). The Canucks have won 2 straight home games, and like we can expect they are solid this year at home with a 17-6-4 record. The Maple Leafs have won just 3 of their last 11 road games, and are 1-4 in their last 5 games with a OT win against the Oilers in their latest game. Reimer vs Luongo tonight – edge Luongo. The Canucks have beat Toronto in 9 straight meetings, including earlier this season in Toronto by a score of 5-3.
Dallas Stars @ Phoenix Coyotes – COYOTES TO WIN (-144)
(Note: I’m risking 1.44 units to win 1 unit)
Dallas had lost three straight before a home win against Calgary on Thursday. The Coyotes have gotten back on track winning 6 of their last 7 games (and even getting a point in a shootout loss in Vancouver in the game they didn’t win). Mike Smith should get the start tonight and he has won 6 straight starts, allowing just 6 goals (1.00 GAA) in those starts. The Stars have won just 2 of their last 7 road games, while Phoenix has won 4 straight at home. Phoenix is 7-3 in their last 10 at home vs the Stars.
Lets come back with a winning night tonight and then keep going from there with 10 games on the NHL board Sunday!