Things were looking bleak after the 1st period as the Capitals and Canucks were playing to a 0-0 tie. It picked up, quite substantially, in the 2nd period when they combined for 5 goals, giving the Canucks a 3-2 lead heading into the 3rd period. However, with less than 5 minutes remaining in the contest, we need another goal. Luckily we found that goal and we’re able to cash the OVER 5.5 ticket. Wagering on hockey can be a roller coaster, and right there definitely proves it. I stated that both teams combined for just over 6 goals a game, and what we got is 6 goals, so in the end everything ended up lining up perfectly. Yesterday was a light card without much action on the NHL schedule, giving way for MNF to take the limelight. It was a big weekend for me overall combined in all sports. When I’m in a stride it is often difficult to slow me down. Hopefully that holds true as we enter another week of NHL action.
If you like making decisions based on numbers and statistics, you are surely going to like what we have for our NHL pick tonight. The Minnesota Wild and Boston Bruins face off, in what should be an otherwise dull game for the casual observer. Both teams don’t give in an inch on the ice, which should lead to a classic tight, close affair in Boston between the Wild and Bruins. The Bruins were a force on the defensive last season, and are again this year, but Minnesota is taking it to another level this year, thus far. With that said, lets look into this one a little deeper and justify why this should be a close matchup.
Minnesota Wild @ Boston Bruins
I always thought as a Leafs fan they were making a mistake parting ways with the Tuuka Rask. I believe the franchise was torn between Rask and Justin Pogge at the time. Pogge is probably selling cars at the moment, and Rask is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL. To this day the Leafs are still tinkering with the goalie position. Anyways, enough babbling on about the Leafs, because my blood pressure is going to go up. Needless to say though, the Bruins got a pretty good deal acquiring Rask. This season the Bruins are allowing only 2.20 goals so far. They are 12th in the NHL in that regard, but as the season progresses, I expect them to be in the top 3 once again. Last season they finished 2nd in the NHL behind the LA Kings, giving up just 2.08 goals. That is the kind of formula that gave them the best record during the regular season. This season it will be more of the same.
The Wild are on a torrid pace defensively. Giving up only 1 goal per game puts them 1st in the NHL. The Bruins are scoring 2.5 goals a game, which puts them 21st in the league. It could be the kind of matchup that the Wild feast on. Their style of play really matches up well with a Bruins’ offense that is less finesse and more grind it out in the corners having to work for goals. The Wild played a similar defensive team last night (writing this early), and as it is now it is 0-0. If this is to go on to hit, the Wild will be 6-1 to the UNDER. The Bruins are currently 7-2 to the UNDER. I thought the UNDER 5 would be juiced a little more than it is. I like this price on this bet at -108 regardless. Let’s cash in another winner tonight.
Pick – UNDER 5 GOALS (-108) @ 5dimes.eu (Best Odds)