Season Record: 30-31-3 (-4.28u)
Devils/Penguins over 6 (-115). This matchup has two of the more high scoring teams square off against one another. The Devils at home have been great, as they have scored atleast 3 goals in every home game this season. They may be without Nico Hischier, but they draw Zacha into the lineup, who has play-making capabilities but has yet to reach his potential. Pittsburgh on the other hand just snapped a 5-game losing streak. A losing streak that had them score 7 goals in 5 games. A terrible stretch, but hopefully they will get out of the slump, especially after scoring 4 goals at home vs. Arizona. I originally leaned Penguins ML with the news of Hischier out, but seeing DeSmith in net & the Devils TT stats at home, the over is a hard bet to pass up on. Edmonton and Montreal over 5.5 (-120) is a bet i really like today. I have mentioned before that I will be discussing trends more often now. One of the trends I like is Montreal away TT. Their TT on the road has been automatic after the regular season opener. TT Over 2.5 has hit in 6 straight road games. But you may be wondering, why not bet the TT over 2.5 at (-138), well how I see this game, based off the ML lines, Edmonton is favoured for a reason and the price keeps dropping. As it opened at -140 and is now -150, a slight indication of public $$, but it may be something interesting to consider as they are on a 4 game losing streak. I look for this losing streak to end, and this game to be a high-scoring game. Expect montreal to score atleast 2 goals on Koskinen and the Oilers to rip apart Niemi tonight. Finally, The Toronto Maple Leafs ML (-135). I missed the boat on the opening line, but this is a great spot for the Leafs. Especially with the Kings now having to use 3rd string goalie, Peter Budaj, who is a NHL veteran and should not be taken lightly. The Leafs on the road have been a stellar team, outshining opponents, scoring a minimum of 3 goals and winning every game except last vs. Boston which was on a B2B with backup, Garret Sparks in net. Today we have Frederik Andersen, and he holds a 6-1-2 record vs the LA Kings in his career. The LA Kings do have a lot to work on, as they just scored 24 goals at home this season, and hiring Adam Oates will help them here but it can be interpreted what was said on Spittin’Chiclets, that it takes time for him to help a player figure out what needs to be worked on and for results to show. I do expect the Kings to come out, but with the fast-paced NHL that is now, I think they will struggle against the Leafs and lose here.