A solid night with the Game of the Week WINNER. The Canadiens tied the game up late with the goalie pulled, but the Sens finished them off in a shootout. Just under 2 units of profit last night, and we’re going to come back Sunday with two winners with 6 games on the board…
A little shorter write ups this afternoon as I want to channel flip between this NFL game and this afternoons NHL game.
New York Rangers @ Montreal Canadiens – RANGERS TO WIN (-125)
(Note: I’m risking 1.25 units to win 1 unit)
The Rangers had a great performance in Toronto last night winning 3-0, giving them their 6th win in 7 games. The Rangers are now 28-10-4 on the season, and a solid 15-6-2 on the road. The Canadiens lost in shootout last night, and have just 3 wins in their last 13 games. Montreal is just 7-8-7 at home this year. Peter Budaj will get the start tonight, and he is just 1-4 on the season with a 2.81 GAA and .902 SV%. Henrik Lundqvust should be in net after a night off and he is 19-8-4 on the year with a 1.89 GAA and .937 SV%. Take note that New York is 4-0 in their last 4 road games, 7-0 in their last 7 as a road favorite, and a stellar 25-8 in their last 33 overall. Although New York hasn’t had recent success against Montreal they are playing much better hockey than the Canadiens. Although they are on a back-to-back I look for the Rangers to come out hard tonight in front of their number one goalie. Take New York laying a bit of chalk.
Los Angeles Kings @ Edmonton Oilers – KINGS TO WIN (-129)
(Note: I’m risking 1.29 units to win 1 unit)
No goalie has been announced for the Kings, but I am handicapping it thinking that they will start their back up Jonathan Bernier (if they start Quick that is even better for us). Bernier is 3-4-1 on the season with a 2.73 GAA and .895 SV%. The Kings are coming off a 4-1 win in Calgary last night and didn’t have to travel far after a big win. The Oilers lost 5-0 at home on Friday night to the Ducks and have now lost 5 straight games and 8 of their last 9. Although the Oilers didn’t have a game last night they did have their own team skills competition. Edmonton is really hurting from a handful of injuries to some key players, including rookie Ryan Nugen-Hopkins who had 35 points before separating his shoulder. Take note that the Oilers are just 2-5 in their last 7 home games. Although Edmonton took their only meeting this season the Kings have won 6 straight in Edmonton and 4 of their last 5 meetings overall. Again I’ll lay a little bit of chalk on the road team as I expect Edmonton’s struggles to continue.