The last weekend of February is here and it is getting to be crunch time in the NHL for playoff positioning. Oddsmakers understand this and are beginning to alter the betting odds accordingly.
Today, three of the five games will feature heavy chalk favorites starting at -260 on top teams facing inferior opponents. This could offer value on the puck line, however, that is an individual decision and would only recommend if this is something you wager on regularly, which I do not.
Pulled off another winning day Thursday, taking the latest winning streak to seven of nine days and when checking out the latest NHL odds, like our chances to help you make it eight of 10.
Sometimes in life, you just need a break, which can give you a fresh perspective, a different way of looking at something. This week reports have emerged from various Anaheim Ducks (32-27 SU) websites that several players said the four-day Christmas break did them wonders. After being one game from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals last year, Anaheim was lacking its usual offensive mindset and there was off-ice issues, which recently have come to light, that was reportedly causing problems in the locker room.
After that 12-21 SU start, Anaheim is 20-4-2 since the holidays. The Ducks offense has gone from last in scoring to 20th in the league and is still climbing with Ryan Kesler (21 points in 23 games) and Ryan Getzlaf (17 points in 13 games) leading the charge. Anaheim is a big -260 favorite over Edmonton (22-40 SU), who has lost six straight and is 1-13-2 in prior 16 matchups with the Ducks. For NHL picks, Anaheim is top choice.
Free Pick - Anaheim wins
Though Washington (44-15 SU) is clearly the best team in the league to this point, they are not perfect, nor should they be. The Capitals players realize this and after losing on home ice to Montreal on Wednesday, they went on the record saying they have to return to playing with purpose for all three periods.
Though Washington has won four of past six contests, in each of those the opponent has scored first, which was like a wakeup call in the victories. In the losses to Dallas and the Canadiens, they dug even bigger holes and came back to make it a one goal outcome. However, Capitals aspirations are not to be competitive, they are about winning and allowing 3.1 goals a game like they have in last seven is not a winning formula.