When reviewing the betting odds on today’s four games, let call this – Elimination Friday – trying to figure which game to take off the docket to come up with three hockey picks two days before SB50.
Quite frankly, I would like to eliminate three games, because beyond my top choice, the other two required quite a bit more research just to determine a winner against the NHL odds. I will definitely be giving my best shot coming off back to back 3-0 days for just the second time this season and I’m in a really great groove right now for NHL picks, winning 15 of the last 19 days.
Anaheim (24-25 SU) still remains last in scoring in the NHL in scoring at 2.16 goals a game, but they making real progress to escape the basement and in turn moving up in the standings. In winning seven of eight, the Ducks have averaged 3.6 GAG, which included impressive 4-2 drubbing at Los Angeles last night. Contributions are coming from everywhere, but center Ryan Getzlaf has been the most sizzling Anaheim player with 11 points in past 10 contests (eight wins). David Perron and Rysan Garbutt’s name have been on the scoresheets frequently also.
Arizona (24-27 SU) thought they fixed part of their defensive problems with the fine play of rookie goaltender Louis Domingue, but even he’s been breaking down with defensemen in front o him not doing their jobs, allowing 16 goals in the last three tilts.
Anaheim was released as -190 favorite over the Coyotes at home and looks to go up to 29-13 after their opponent allows five goals or more in their previous game.
Free Pick – Anaheim wins
For my money, the side in the Carolina and Winnipeg matchup offered no value. Instead, started looking into the total. Both teams have shown tendencies towards the Over. For example, in the Hurricanes past four contests, they have either scored five goals (twice) or surrendered four scores (two different games). In that same period, the Jets have lit the lamp 10 times when conceding 14 goals. Sure looks like an Over right?
Well, not exactly. Carolina has played 10 straight times in which the closing total was five, juiced either way for Over or Under and they are 2-1-7 OVER. Winnipeg has played with total mostly at 5.5 and they are 6-4-2 UNDER in their last dozen ventures to the rink.