Don’t look now, but the All-Star break is just a few short days away. The NHL season, just like the NFL did, is flying by. I of course like all sports, and make a decent ROI on them, so I’m not to sad about seeing baseball season right on the horizon. Can you believe that the Super Bowl is all set? The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will vie for the chance to be called Super Bowl Champions. Meanwhile, we’ll watch the NHL play out and see what transpires. The NHL always tantalizes and excites in the playoffs, which makes for one of the most, if not the best playoffs in sports. We hope to cash the dollars in all the way up to the playoffs and beyond. Last night was an easy trip to the cashier for us, hitting the Capitals for an easy 6-1 victory over the Hurricanes. The Caps just keep on rolling and making it look easy out there. The only thing they’re concerned about at this point is keeping it going come playoff time, though.
With regards to Tuesday night, we head to Nashville where the Blues and Predators do battle. It’s a little difficult to ascertain where the Predators are heading exactly. They own a record of 23-17-4, so they are one of those teams bunched up with a whole lot of other teams trying to reach the playoffs. As it stands now, the Preds have some work to do if they want that to become a reality. My thoughts? No, the Predators are not going to make the playoffs, and they will be watching Shea Weber in the playoffs with the Canadiens. Sorry, Subban, you’ve been injured and haven’t contributed as much as Weber this season. To add insult to injury, you’ll have to watch the Canadiens make a run at the Stanley Cup. The Preds don’t have to worry about them tonight, as they welcome the Buffalo Sabres who are trying to make up for lost time. Get our exclusive NHL pick below, and as always, good luck.
The Predators got P.K. Subban back on Friday night against the Edmonton Oilers. It resulted in a hard fought overtime win, 3-2. The Preds added another win their following time out, defeating the Minnesota Wild by a score of 4-2. Note that both efforts came on the road, as they went 4-1 on a five-game trip on the road. So, the Predators come home with some momentum on their side, and with the Sabres looking to give them a rude welcome home. The Sabres have been playing nicely on offence of late. No surprise there really. When the Sabres are healthy they can turn it up. However, without one or two of their key cogs, they look like one of the worst offences in the NHL.
Jack Eichel started off on the shelf, but has rebounded nicely in 25 games. He has 10 goals and 9 assists, despite starting later than everyone else. Eichel gave the offence an immediate boost. The Sabres have averaged 2.37 goals per game on the season, but the number has risen as their offence got healthy. They averaged 3.20 goals per game in their last ten games. Buffalo haven’t scored less than 3 goals since January 13th. Likewise, the Preds have scored 3.6 goals in their last three games, on average. I think this is a nice spot to take a piece of the OVER in Nashville on Tuesday night.
PICK: OVER 5 GOALS (-110)