It is Leap Year Day and for those born on this day, every four years they can celebrate their actual birthday. For the rest of us we will take the time to study the betting odds in hockey and other sports.
Celebrities like Tony Robbins and Ja Rule are born on this day and just guessing but they probably do not know much at all about the NHL odds (If wrong I stand corrected) for today. Yesterday, home teams Chicago and Anaheim had a couple of big time victories and Tampa Bay was dominate in bouncing Boston on the road.
For Monday, I have three NHL picks and honestly could put these in any order because that is how I view them.
Whatever small chances Arizona (27-35 SU) had of making the playoffs have all but been diminished with five-game losing streak. The last four have been on Eastern road trip to fall to 11-19 SU and they finish up the sojourn with another game in the Keystone State, this time in western Pennsylvania at Pittsburgh.
The first three games of the trip were against the elite of the Eastern Conference, but losing 4-2 at Philadelphia Saturday, understanding that was a great chance to get back in the win column against a struggling offense without a couple of its top players, just pointed out why the Coyotes are the league’s most feeble defensive team.
Pittsburgh’s (31-29 SU) is no longer a fearsome offensive force, ranked 16th in scoring at 2.62 goals a game but they are better than Philadelphia (23rd). The Penguins currently have the final playoff spot and are in the unusual situation of being five points out of tied for second place or five points from being tied for 11th. With Pittsburgh a -230 home favorite, they have defeated last seven losing teams, while Arizona has lost 47 of past 60 versus winning clubs.
Free Pick – Pittsburgh wins
Dallas (38-25 SU) has hit another dry patch in losing five of six and has fallen out of first place in the Central. As has been chronicled here, the slumping Stars defense gets most of the blame, permitting 4.5 GAG in this stretch, lowering them to 23rd in goals allowed at 2.84. However, a new development has been in the works and not everyone is aware of it.
The Dallas numbers still look good at home, scoring 3.2 GAG, leading to 20-10 SU mark. Nonetheless, the Stars have lost three straight on home ice and four of five has its offense has plummeted to 2.1 GAG in their last 10 outings compared to 3.8 GAG in their initial 20 contests at American Airlines Arena.