Other than one contest, today’s betting odds contain a number of teams that are unlikely to reach the postseason. This requires a little more drill down action to hopefully dig up the right choice.
Having won three consecutive days with our NHL picks, we are feeling more confident about our chances to come up with a top trio for today. One of our losses yesterday was with Dallas and it brought up yet again why the Stars just do not have the right makeup to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. Dallas gave up six goals in Arizona in the final two periods of 6-3 setback and the utter lack of defense was full display, permitting 42 shots to a team ranked 29th in attempts this season. This unacceptable for what should be elite club.
Here is what we have on tap against the NHL odds.
After an outlandish three-game stretch in which San Jose’s defense allowed six, zero and six goals, the Sharks defense has settled down in winning three in a row, permitting four scores. San Jose (31-25 SU) is now within three points of laboring Los Angeles in the Pacific Division for first place, with Anaheim between them.
The Sharks have opened five-game road trip in style, with impressive victories over Florida and Tampa Bay last evening and plays third time in four days at Carolina (25-32 SU). Those triumph’s moved San Jose to 20-8-2 on the road, second only to Washington away from home. “No doubt, (on) the road, we’re just committed to a pretty disciplined game,” said Joe Pavelski.
After winning seven of 10 from Jan. 8 to 26, the Hurricanes have dropped four of seven, including at Ottawa Thursday 4-2. Carolina is a middling defensive team which has to play well most nights to cover up for 24th rated offense. The Hurricanes have won five of seven over San Jose in Raleigh, but are 16-36 versus winning clubs.
Free Pick – San Jose wins
No, Joonas Korpisalo is not a 5-star recruit that Urban Meyer signed for Ohio State that all of Columbus needs to know about, but those living in Ohio’s largest city should be aware of him. The rookie goaltender has 1.76 goals-against average of late, which has propelled the Blue Jackets (23-35 SU) to 4-0-2 stretch and they have looked like a real hockey team. Though Buffalo has the exact same record as Columbus, oddsmakers have taken notice. The Jackets were released as -145 home favorites, which is their largest such figure since Dec. 2 against Florida, when their money line was -165.