NHL Picks for February 18th

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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.

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  1. Thanks Cheeko!

    I don’t like giving out much advice on games I didn’t pick… but given the odds I was leaning more towards NYR and MIN. I think the other two are live dogs tonight and may be good picks.

    Again I didn’t take these picks as I don’t see enough value in them so don’t let my opinion sway you one way or another too heavily!

    Any one else have picks for tonight?

  2. I do sports actionso I have to pair up, I think min couldn’t beat van but duck could so thAt should hopefully pan out, isn’t rangers missing one of there main guys too!? I thing ranger used up the energy avaunt la lol

  3. Welcome home,

    Detroit and Bruins looks like good picks today and i might trow abit on ducks to what you think about that Kevin?

  4. I’ve been getting my money in on good places with the Ducks lately, but not sure I like them tonight in Minnesota.

  5. Welcome back Kevin.

    I think Detroit are a good pick. They were hot at Tampa and look like they could get on a roll.

    I lost a bit on the ducks at home to the Caps the other night in that ridiculous 13 goal game. Laid down the bet before I realised Hiller was out. Anyway, the ducks have been kind to me lately and I was again tempted by their winning record at Minnesota. Not sure with the change in goalie so I think I will leave them tonight.

    I had liked the look of the Devils at home. I think the Rangers were lucky to have Lundqvist in the SO against the Kings and the Devils have been playing good hockey. Was wanting to get your thoughts on why you aren’t so sure.

    Also, I liked Columbus’ away record but might just be tempted to bet against the huge favorite tag going towards Chicago.