I’m back! After being on vacation for a little over a week I am back and ready to start up with my NHL picks again. Mexico was awesome, despite two cloudy (and one rainy) days. Got some good sun on the other days and just had a nice relaxing time at a beautiful resort. Below is a picture of me and the girlfriend on the beach (she did some cool effect to the color to brighten it).
Anyways I am ready to get back into my NHL handicapping mode. I was following the NHL results while on vacation by doing some reading on the Internet, but it is nothing like actually watching all of the games like I do nightly while at home. For that reason I am slowly creeping back into things here with just one pick tonight.
NHL Betting Picks for Friday, February 18th:
Detroit Red Wings @ Florida Panthers – RED WINGS TO WIN (-125) – Look out for the Red Wings for the remainder of the season heading into the playoffs as they start becoming healthy. The Wings have won 4 of their last 5 games, and have averaged 4 goals per game in those contests. That includes last night’s big 6-2 in Tampa Bay as underdogs. Joey MacDonald gets the start tonight in net but we can put aside his 1-3-1 record on the year, as he has a respectable 2.39 GAA and .911 SV%. The Florida Panthers have dropped 10 of their last 13 games and 3 of their last 4 (which were all home games). The Panthers are scoring almost a goal per game less than the Red Wings at 2.6 per game on the year, and just 2.40 goals per game in their last 5. Detroit is a perfect 6-0 in their last 6 vs Eastern Conference teams, and 6-1 in their last 7 games as a road favorite between -110 to -150. Florida is just 1-6 in their last 7 home games, and 1-4 in their last 5 home games vs a team with a road winning % greater than .600. The Red Wings are clearly a more dominant team and are rolling right now. Feeling good about themselves I don’t think the no days rest will hurt them (5-3-1 this year on 0 days rest) and they will be confident with any of their goalies between the pipes. Take the Red Wings tonight against the struggling Panthers.