Another Sunday with no football means another Sunday that the NHL and NBA take center stage. Not only is there a wealth of NHL and NBA today, the NASCAR schedule kicks off with the Daytona 500. There are plenty of story lines surrounding this years Daytona 500, so it appears to be shaping up to be a good race. If you aren’t into motor sports much that is okay, because I have you covered with some more NHL action for today. What we have on the docket today is a game featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning who are coming off three nights rest to play the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs have more than taken a step back after a stellar campaign last season which saw Patrick Roy take over as head coach in Colorado. They couldn’t get past game 7 of the first round though, as the Minnesota Wild were able to oust them. It came rather easily to the Avalanche in the regular season. The Avs were playing out of their minds, and perhaps even peaked too early. A main player in their success from a year ago, Paul Stastny, bolted for St. Louis in the off-season. They haven’t played up to their success from that season, but with a good finish will be able to find themselves back in the playoffs. And who knows, maybe they can play spoiler and be a surprise to some without much pressure on their backs.
They have a tall order on their backs tonight, as the talented Lightning squad make an appearance in Colorado tonight. The Lightning are coming off three nights rest after their latest win over the Anaheim Ducks. This is their fourth game on the road in a row so composure and focus will be the name of the game for them against the Avs tonight. The Lightning are the far superior team, however, if they take their eyes off the prize tonight they will be on the losing side. Last night the Kings were able to edge the Sharks out by a score of 2-1 at Levi Stadium home of the San Francisco 49ers. A good win for the Kings and a good win for us. Let’s add to the profits with a winning NHL pick this Sunday afternoon.
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Colorado Avalanche
If we were to crown an NHL team by statistics alone then the Lightning make a good case for being that team. They are tops in the NHL in scoring averaging 3.22 goals per game. Despite going 5-5 in their last ten games, the Lightning still own one of the most dangerous offenses in the NHL. They are also one of the most dangerous teams in the league. If they can put it together in the playoffs is another story, but as it stands now they can beat anybody. During those ten games they lost to good teams such as the L.A. Kings and Blues, but they righted the ship in their last matchup against the Ducks, where they looked great in a commanding 4-1 victory.
Offensively the Avalanche are missing the kind of fire-power they had at their disposal a year ago. A top 10 offense last season, the Avs are scoring at a rate of only 2.49 goals per game. That equates to the Avalanche being the 24th best offense in the NHL. The defense hasn’t helped the cause much either, they are only 21st in the league allowing 2.75 goals per game. I have been taking advantage of prices I think are off lately. I took the Lightning in their last game against the Ducks and I like to take them here again, where the books are giving them a good price of -110. I thought we were going to get something in the -125 range. This isn’t the same Avalanche from last season, no way. Sign me up for the Lightning to add another winner to the resume.
Pick – LIGHTNING TO WIN (-110) 5dimes.eu (Best Odds)