Despite only 3 games last night, it was an enjoyable night of hockey.
The Leafs battled well against the Washington Capitals and it was good to see these guys up for the game. They hammered 27 shots against Grubauer and while it was a loss – for the Leafs, that game was a victory and they will have a lot of confidence going into their next game.
In what was expected to be a tight game the Blackhawks pounded the Red Wings in Detroit with a 5-2 victory.
Montreal battled well with the Ducks and Galchenyuk managed to score twice. The game went to a shootout where the Ducks won.
We go from three games last night to twelve tonight with the majority of NHL teams in action. A lot of interesting games – the Rangers visit Pittsburgh hoping to pick up another win. Blackhawks got the big win last night but a tricky trip to Boston is going to make for a good game. Can the Ducks turn their streak into double figures with a win over the Coyotes?
Let’s get to the tips tonight:
Oilers vs Flyers Betting Tips:
Since Giroux came back the Flyers have been on fire. Some big wins in high scoring games. They have their defensive problems but their offense is clicking on all cylinders.
Oilers have tightened up a fair bit at the back lately and got a couple of wins out of it. Talbot has been stellar these last couple of games. These two however usually open each other up and it should be a good battle. I like both teams on the offense here and hopefully the Oilers offense gets it going as well.
Over 5 Goals.
Lightning vs Senators Betting Tips:
I’ve actually been impressed with Ottawa lately. I’ve mentioned it before on here but my daughter is a Sens fan so I end up watching all the games with her. Sens seem to be one of those teams playing without pressure at the moment. But I just can’t ignore the Tampa Bay Lightning at the moment. Since things have settled down with their roster and Stamkos etc they’ve been absolutely fantastic and the team chemistry there is huge.
Complacency shouldn’t be an issue. Ottawa beat them 5-1 here 3 weeks ago so I’d expect Lightning to be motivated for this one.
Lightning in regulation time.
Predators vs Devils Betting Tips:
I absolutely love everything about the Devils right now. They are playing some excellent hockey and playing very well. They’re going up against a Devils team who really struggle to score. Preds should shut the Devils out here or come close. Either way with the way both teams are playing it’s very hard to see the Devils hanging around with the Predators here.
Predators in regulation.
A Few Other Thoughts:
A lot of games today and it led to a lot of interesting discussions this morning between the two of us. A couple of other thoughts on todays games:
Leafs/Wild: Wild are such an odd team at the moment. The coaching change helped but then they started losing again. They look good enough to beat the weaker teams but that’s it. Leafs are a weaker team of course. However I liked a lot of what I saw against the Capitals and think the Leafs have some value today.
Islanders vs Jets: Islanders should win on this one and it was extremely close to becoming an official pick for us. We just weren’t super happy with the odds. Islanders have also faltered a little bit on this road trip. Jets are absolute trash at the moment and can’t seem to perform at home.
Rangers vs Penguins: In what I feel is a 50/50 game(even with home advantage for the Pens), I think the Rangers line has slight value as you can get it at least 2.25.
Experimental Betting Systems:
I’ve loosened things up a bit on the 1st period system and it’s requirements for a pick. I wasn’t happy with the quantity of the picks – over a week without a pick. I’ll be tracking it with a high confidence/medium confidence ratio below. I’d recommend however still flat betting 1 unit and not treating either as anything special at this time.
OHL Betting Tips: Hamilton/Peterborough Over 7 goals. Barrie Colts -1.5.
You can bet the OHL at:
1st Period System – High Confidence: Philadelphia Flyers 2.65, Tampa Bay Lightning 2.75,
1st Period System – Medium Confidence: Florida Panthers 3.05, New York Rangers 3.40, Anaheim Ducks 2.65.
Everyone Except Americans: Bet 1st periods at 888 Sports.