Excited for another week of reviewing the betting odds in the NHL. And why wouldn’t I be, winning in five of the last six days, including a clean sweep of the Sunday proceedings to complete the week.
However, I have been doing this a long time and understand how quickly everything change, like recently after winning 18 of 23 days, lost four in row and five of seven days against the NHL odds, it happens, the good and the bad. The idea is to be consistent as possible and because hockey is primarily, at least for me a money line wager, as opposed to baseball, for the most part if you have the better team and know who the goalie is and how he is playing, you have a shot at victory.
That is why I am passing on Nashville and Montreal today, not sure what to expect out of either club and for NHL picks will choose the three remaining other contests.
There is a lot of complaining about individuals in Washington (I swear that is 25 percent of Facebook posts), but none of are about local hockey team, the Capitals (43-14 SU). This is something everyone can agree on, Washington is the best team in the NHL and they have few weaknesses to exploit. Washington’s utter dominance is measured in the numbers, first in scoring (3.30 goals a game), second in scoring defense (2.28), first in power play percentage (23.2%) and fourth in killing penalties (84.2%).
After playing surprisingly well for the first half of the season, the Arizona (27-31 SU) youth and lack of defense is catching up with them. The Coyotes has slipped to 10th in the Western Conference by losing seven of 10 and they are last in goals allowed in the league at 3.07, which is not a good match tonight. Arizona plays nine of next 11 on the road and their power play has been as bankrupt as 50 Cent, at 1 for 16 in last four away games.
Heavily favored Washington is 23-6 against losing teams.
Free Pick – Washington wins
Off a 4-2 road trip, Boston (32-27 SU) is tied for second in the Atlantic Division, five points behind Florida. The Bruins would be in first place if they were even ordinary at home and if they have designs in being division champions, they have to play like the past over their 13 remaining games at TD Garden.
Having been one the best home teams over the past six seasons, Boston is uncharacteristic 12-17 SU on home ice, being the worst defensive crew in the league at 3.28 GAG. Overall, the Bruins are third in scoring and take on Columbus (23-36 SU), who is seventh among all road teams in goals surrendered.