Happy New Year to everyone, hope you had a fun time last night. In the NHL today, we only have betting odds for two games, but one is most popular attractions in the league since it was introduced.
Talking about the ‘Winter Classic’, which has been played on Jan. 1st or 2nd every year since 2008 (no game in 2013 because of strike) and it is held at an outdoor venue, be it a baseball or football stadium.
What makes this unique is still most players grew up playing in cold weather areas and learned to play outside and in the elements. The uniqueness has also caught the attention of the most casual fan, not only seeing games outdoors, but in venues that are known for other sports. This makes it more interesting, having to deal with the varying types of ice (sometimes in the same period), wind, snow, cold and sun (both glare or following puck from light to shadows).
For NHL picks, we have a classic rivalry with ample deep-seated hatred in Montreal and Boston and later tonight, Anaheim at Vancouver in traditional setting of hockey rink. Here is how I view the NHL odds for these two conflicts.
The Bruins hosted 2010 Winter Classic, which was held at Fenway Park. This time they head south to Gillette Stadium, home the Patriots, which should be another electric venue, heighted by facing Montreal (21-18 SU), who is glad to see December in the rearview mirror after 3-11 SU month. The Canadiens completely fell out of first place and if there slump continues, they might be sinking even lower in the Atlantic Division.
No doubt not having Carey Price between the pipes has hurt Montreal, but he does not shoot the puck at the net. In last month’s 14 contests, the Canadiens managed to score only 23 goals. Head coach Michel Therrien has done everything imaginable, changed lines, benched players and questioned their mental toughness, largely to no avail and they come in 10-10 SU on the road.
It has been a very weird year for Boston (20-16 SU). They started out looking like one of the worst teams in the NHL, got hot and turned everything around, then settled back into mediocrity . After being the best home team over the past five seasons, the Bruins are mystifying 9-11 SU on home ice and realistically will have edge reduced except for crowd.