After a night off due to a lack of choices as far as the NHL betting board was concerned, we return tonight to find some winning picks with 11 games on the NHL schedule. On Tuesday we split our picks at 1-1, with the Red Wings losing on the road to the lowly Florida Panthers, however the Phoenix Coyotes were able to go into Colorado and end their four-game road trip on a positive note with a 3-1 victory as underdogs. We will continue to look for value this evening as we skim through the action that the NHL has to provide.
Montreal Canadiens @ Philadelphia Flyers
My Pick – FLYERS (+115) @ 5Dimes ($520 free)
Two Eastern Conference foes clash tonight from the City of Brotherly Love as the Montreal Canadiens, fresh off of a thrashing they received from the LA Kings, will take on the Philadelphia Flyers, also fresh off of a beat down thanks to the Chicago Blackhawks. The 6-0 blasting the Habs took at the hands of the LA Kings on Tuesday night ended a 9-0-1 streak Montreal had going, shooting them up the standings all the way to the 2nd place in the Atlantic Division and 3rd in the Eastern Conference.
The Flyers were crushed 7-2 by the Chicago Blackhawks last night in Chicago, a loss that ended a six-game road trip and the Flyers will be happy to return home. Philly lost four of their last five games on the trip, and also lost their top goal scorer in Vinny Lecavalier to an injury that will keep him out for a couple more weeks. However, some home cooking is just what this Flyers team might need. In their last 4 home games against the Canadiens, Philadelphia has scored 5,4,3, and 5 goals respectively and are a perfect 5-0 in their last five home games against Montreal. The Flyers are also a perfect 5-0 in their last five games on home ice, and are 8-3 in their last 11 games overall when playing the Canadiens. Philly averages 3.6 goals per game over their last 10 games against montreal and holds a 22.2%-12.5% advantage with the powerplay. I like the Flyers tonight as a home underdog to bounce right back after last night’s defeat.
Boston Bruins @ Edmonton Oilers
My Pick – BRUINS (-150) @ 5Dimes ($520 free)
The streaking Boston Bruins will continue a Western Canada swing tonight as they visit the Edmonton Oilers who currently sit 15th in the Western Conference. The Bruins were lucky to get out of Calgary with a victory in Jarome Iginla’s return to the Saddledome as Boston scored two third period goals 98 seconds apart to lift themselves to a 2-1 victory. Edmonton has won three of their last five games and seven of their past eleven, which is their best streak to date this season. However, the big difference between these two teams lays on the play of their back ends. The Bruins are the best defensive team in the NHL and only give up 1.94 goals per game, and their goaltending has been nothing but superb this season. It is unclear who will start tonight for the Bruins but I’m not sure it matters who is in net for this Boston team. Tuukka Rask has 16 wins on the season with an incredible 1.85 goals against average and a .935 save percentage. Not to be outdone, backup Chad Johnson is boasting some impressive numbers himself with a 1.98 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. It is not solely goaltending that Boston relies on to keep the puck out of their net. Players like David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron are 200 foot players who are extremely effective at both ends of the ice. Chris Kelly, Carl Soderberg and Jordan Caron are the only players on the Boston roster who are in the minus category for plus/minus, and two of them are just -1.
Bottom line, Boston does not give up much what so ever to the opposition. The Edmonton Oilers are a completely different story as they manage to give up 3.38 goals per game and their top 2 netminders at the moment both have save percentages under the .900 mark. Over their last 10 head-to-head matchups, the Bruins score 3.5 goals per game as opposed to Edmonton’s 1.6, and the Bruins are 5-0 in their last five games against the Oilers. Furthermore, the Bruins are 5-1 in their last six games overall, 4-2 in their last six games on the road, and 4-1 in their last five games at Edmonton. Take the much better team to win this evening.