Yesterday it was one of those days in sports where if you were fortunate enough to be on the right of the betting odds, you made a killing. It turns out I was not and paid the price for it.
In the Sweet 16 Thursday, all the favorites won and covered with ease and in the NBA, four of the five underdogs beat the spread. Yesterday I said if you prefer big underdogs in hockey, it set up to be your kind of day. And it turned out that four of the seven favorites who closed at -170 or higher lost, and some were blown out. Turns out three of the blowouts were on teams I picked, thus, my five day winning streak crashed in spectacular/horrible fashion and I will have work to do dig out of that hole the next several days with NHL picks.
With just three games on tap for today, the NHL odds have three medium to quite large favorites, how will I play it today, you will only find out by keep reading.
Dallas has the most points in the Western Conference with 97, but St. Louis (43-31 SU) can tie the Stars with a victory tonight over Vancouver (27-46 SU). The Blues are massive -300 money line favorites and it is justified, but it still comes with some uncertainty.
St. Louis allowed 17 goals in winning just one of three games, but have their No.1 goaltender back in Brian Elliott and he would make Clayton Kershaw proud with two consecutive shutouts since returning from injury. Elliott has been in the zone in recent starts with 11-2-2 record, a 1.57 goals-against average and .949 save percentage. The Canucks would seem to be the perfect foe for St. Louis as their six-game losing has a larger number than the number of goals they have scored in this horrendous stretch at five.
How this becomes a little skittish is Vancouver has won three straight at the Scottrade Center and St. Louis has a date at Washington tomorrow. We will bank on the Canucks ineffectiveness and their 2-15 record in road contests after scoring two goals or less in five consecutive games.
Free Pick – St. Louis wins
With only eight games remaining, New Jersey (36-38 SU) is six points out of the last playoff position and might need to win them all just to have a chance, but they are off to good start. The Devils has won their last two outings (five of seven) and last night’s was especially impressive, blanking Pittsburgh in their building 3-0.