Cashed in on a nice +145 underdog last night, with the Panthers winning 7-4. They looked in control most of the game, and their powerplay continues to be red hot.
Coming back today with two side plays and a total play…
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Minnesota Wild – WILD TO WIN (-113)
(Note: I’m risking 1.13 units to win 1 unit)
The Penguins are playing in the back end of a back to back, as they lost in Winnipeg last night (2-1). The Penguins are 3-2-2 on the season, and will be without Malkin, Tyler Kennedy, and of course Crosby for tonight’s game with the Wild. The Wild are 2-1-2 on the season, but 2-0-1 on home ice. The Wild offense hasn’t been clicking yet, but new additions Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi should get it going soon and become a dangerous duo. Niklas Backstrom has looked great to start the season with a 1.93 GAA and .928 SV%. Take note that the Penguins see themselves in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation and are 3-7 in their last 10 times in that spot. Also note that Minnesota has had Pittsburgh’s number beating them in 4 straight meetings. On home ice against against a Penguins team missing some key players who are on a back-to-back I like the Wild to get things done tonight. Take Minnesota as short favorites.
Chicago Blackhawks @ Phoenix Coyotes – COYOTES TO WIN (+120)
(Note: I’m risking 1 unit to win 1.20 units)
Both the Blackhawks and the Coyotes enter the season with a 2-1-1 record. The Blackhawks are 0-1 in their lone road game against the Stars, while the Coyotes are 1-0 in their lone home game against the Jets. Chicago has lost to the Stars and Boston (in shootout) and has enjoyed wins over the Jets and Stars. The Coyotes opened the season with losses in San Jose and Dallas (shootout), but then went on to beat Nashville and Winnipeg by a combined score of 9-3. The Coyotes come into tonight’s game feeling good off of the two straight wins, which included an impressive performance in their homeopener against the Jets where they outshot their opponents 34-19. We don’t have a confirmed starter for the Coyotes in tonight’s game, but whoever is in net should give Phoenix a chance to win. LaBrabera is 1-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .920 SV% in his lone start, and Mike Smith is 1-1-1 with a 2.63 GAA and .917 SV%. Phoenix has taken 5 of their last 8 meetings with the Blackhawks, and I think we have value on them getting them +120 at home against a team that the public loves to bet on.
New York Rangers @ Vancouver Canucks – UNDER 5.5 GOALS (-140)
(Note: I’m risking 1.40 units to win 1 unit)
The Rangers continue their road trip in Vancouver tonight, as they look to get their first win of the season. The Rangers are 0-1-2 on the season, which has included 2 games in Europe. The Canucks have started 2-2-1, but four of those games were played on the road. Vancouver fans will be happy to see Ryan Kesler return tonight, but I don’t expect him to look 100% out there, and he is expected to start on a line with Higgins and Hodgson to let him ease back into the roster. The Rangers have scored just 5 goals in their first 3 games, but have kept two of their three games within a goal due to the play of Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist is 0-1-2 but has a 2.23 GAA and .923 SV%. Although not confirmed, I expect Luongo to start tonight at home, and although he his numbers aren’t good to date I expect him to play well tonight. The UNDER is 18-6-2 in the Canucks last 26 home games, 20-7-3 in their last 30 games as a favorite, and 37-18-5 in their last 60 games as a big favorite of -151 to -200. The UNDER is 45-19-7 in the Rangers last 71 road games, and 7-2-1 in their last 10 vs Western Conference opponents. The UNDER is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 meetings, which includes a 1-0 New York win last season. Value here on the UNDER 5.5.