NHL Picks for February 22nd (GOW!)

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The Winnipeg Jets give up a last second goal and then go on to lose in overtime, which just seems to be my luck right now.  Felt like I was on the right side of that one with the underdog.  Instead of a 2-2 night we go 1-3 with that tough break.

Today is rare for me – 3 NHL games on board and I have a play in every game.  And one of these plays is a “Game of the Week” pick sent to clients only.  Check your emails!

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1 Unit = Washington Capitals @ Ottawa Senators – SENATORS TO WIN (-135)
(Note: I’m risking 1.35 units to win 1 unit)

The Washington Capitals were pretty much embarrassed on Monday night in what most people would call a must win for Washington against the last place Hurricanes.  The Caps were shutout with Canes back up Justin Peters in net, and it wasn’t like the Caps were robbed of a win – they barely got any shots on net in a 5-0 loss.  Washington has now lost 5 of their last 6 games.  They are a just 10-17-3 on the road this season, and have only won 3 of their last 12 on the road.  Overall the Caps are sitting outside of the playoff picture at 29-25-5.  The Senators are winners of 3 straight and 4 of 5 after a bad losing streak. The Sens are comfortably in a playoff spot though with a 31-22-8 record and 15-11-3 record on home ice.  Ottawa has been impressive in their last 3 wins, outscoring their opponents 16-2 with Anderson recording 2 shutouts.  The Caps are averaging just 1.60 goals per game over their last 5 (giving up 3.20 against), while the Sens are averaging 4.60 over their last 5 while giving up just 1.80 against.  Washington is on their way down, while the Sens seem to be on the rise.  It is going to be extremely hard for Washington to get up for tonight’s game after a huge letdown on Monday.  I like Ottawa in this one.

1 Unit = Boston Bruins @ St Louis Blues – BLUES TO WIN (-124)
(Note: I’m risking 1.24 units to win 1 unit)

The Bruins have lost two straight coming into tonight’s game, and are just 3-6 in their last 9 games overall.  Despite the recent losing the Bruins are still a solid 35-20-2 on the season, and 17-10 on the road.  Recent losses have come @Minnesota (2-0 in a game which they should have won but stellar goaltending got in the way) and @ Winnipeg (4-2).  In their last win it took a shootout against the Canadiens to win, and that followed being shutout by the Rangers.  Boston is struggling, scoring just 15 goals in their last 9 games overall.  The Blues are coming off of a Sunday loss in Chicago (3-1 with empty net goal), but had won two straight and 6 of 7 before that loss.  St Louis looked good in Chicago and were leading for a lot of that game before the Blackhawks went ahead in the third.  The Blues are one of the NHL’s best home teams, winners of 5 straight at home brining their record up to 26-3-4 there.  Overall they are 36-16-7.  Brian Elliot is the confirmed starter for tonight in the first of a back to back for the Blues.  Elliot is 20-6-2 on the season with a 1.56 GAA and .940 SV%.  He has been stellar as of late as well, allowing just 6 goals against in his last 5 starts (mixed in there was a half game shutout and win vs New Jersey).  One of the best home teams hosting the defending Stanley Cup champions who are in a bit of a funk right now.  Elliot is always a good goalie to bet on.  I will lay the short price to get St Louis at home.

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  1. Another winner last night as the Avalanche (-110) took care of the Kings with a 4-1 Victory. I have two plays going for today and will be posting them once Kevin posts his picks for tonight.