Couldn’t come through last night with another underdog winner.
I have an underdog pick already locked in for Saturday, and wanted to get it out there in case the line moves.
Winnipeg Jets @ Columbus Blue Jackets – JETS TO WIN (+121)
(Note: I’m risking 1 unit to win 1.21 units)
Neither of these two teams have had a hot start to the season, but at least the Jets have been somewhat respectable for their Winnipeg fan base with a 5-8-3 record. The Columbus Blue Jackets have gotten off to a brutal 2-12-1 start to the season. Part of the problem for both teams is goaltending. Ondrej Pavelec for Winnipeg is 4-6-3 with a 3.45 GAA and .890 SV%, but there is a chance Chris Mason will get the nod tonight as he returns from the injured list. Mason is 1-2 with a 2.68 GAA and .893 SV%. For Columbus Steve Mason is having a season to forget about, with a 2-11-1 record, 3.88 GAA and .866 SV%. The Jets have won just 4 of their last 10 games, but 2 of their losses were overtime losses and two more were one goal losses that could have gone either way. On the other hand the Blue Jackets have won just two games all season, and are coming off of three losses where they have been outscored 19-6. Columbus is averaging 5 goals against per game over the their last 5 while scoring just 2.2 per game. Columbus may get some much needed help from the return of Jeff Carter tonight, but I don’t think that is enough to make them favorites tonight. Winnipeg is the better all around team, and have played much better than the Blue Jackets this season. Take Winnipeg as a nice size underdog tonight.
Minnesota Wild @ Los Angeles Kings – UNDER 5 (-102)
(Note: I’m risking 1.02 units to win 1 unit)
The Minnesota Wild come into tonight’s game after a loss in San Jose Thursday night, which snapped their 5 game winning streak. As a team the Wild have been playing solid lately, but their goaltending has been outstanding. Back up Josh Harding, who will get the start tonight, is 4-0-1 on the year with a 1.18 GAA and .965 SV%. The Los Angeles Kings are slumping right now, with another loss on Thursday at home to Vancouver. The Kings have now lost 6 of their last 7 games. Although not confirmed, I expect Quick to make the start for LA. he is 6-4-3 with a 1.96 GAA and .934 SV% on the season. Take note that the Wild are averaging just 2.1 goals per game and 1.86 on the road, while the Kings are averaging just 2.3 goals per game and 2.11 at home. Also note that the Wild are allowing under 2 goals against per game at 1.87, while the Kings are allowing just 2.25 goals against per game. With numbers like those you can expect a lot of UNDER games, and that is what these two teams have been doing. The UNDER is 7-1-1 in the Wild’s last 9 overall, and 15-5-2 in their last 22 road games. The UNDER is also 8-1 in the Wild last 9 games playing on 1 days rest, and 7-0 in their last 7 road games vs a team with a losing home record. The UNDER is 4-1-2 in the Kings last 7 home games, and 35-1-6-6 in their lat 57 games as a home favorite. The UNDER is 20-7-4 in these two teams last 13 meetings. Two teams that don’t score much and also don’t give up many goals deserves a look at the UNDER, and we’ve got a great price on it tonight. Take the UNDER.