Congrats to the Denver in becoming Super Bowl champions, thanks to a dominating defense. When reviewing the betting odds today in the NHL, we attempt to match what the Broncos did.
More specifically, beat the sportsbooks like Denver’s defense did Cam Newton and Carolina’s offensive line. Not sure we can be that complete but can certainly give it a shoot with our plan.
With four games, the plan is skip Florida at Detroit, because the Red Wings are playing into four day old revenge, which should be very fresh on their minds and they just defeated the New York Islanders in very similar fashion on Saturday, but where I lose confidence in them is having lost five in a row at home to the Panthers, making this unplayable for me for NHL picks.
Here are my plays versus the NHL odds starting with the best one first.
The New York Rangers (29-23 SU) are starting to resemble the club we saw in the beginning of the season, having won five of seven and goes after longest winning streak of three since mid-November. What has keyed the Rangers resurgence is the offense. Discard the shutout at Ottawa and New York has scored 3.6 goals a game in the other six outings.
New Jersey’s four-game winning streak in the middle stage of last month is beginning to look like an abomination, having dropped three of four since and five of six before it occurred. The Devils (26-27 SU) are as good as there is in the NHL, ranked third at 2.26 goals allowed behind division leaders Florida and Washington, but with Anaheim’s offense rounding into form, New Jersey could slip the No. 30 in the league in scoring by the end of the week.
The Blueshirts are up to -175 home favorites and with the better offense and on home ice where they are 19-7, have to like squad which is 14-2 home off a road win against a division rival the last three seasons.
Free Pick – New York wins
Anaheim is still the lowest scoring team in hockey at 2.22 GAG, but they will not be for long, having average 3.8 GAG in their past nine contests. Pittsburgh has produced similar production in the same time span at 3.5 GAG and this has me thinking we could see more of the same from both teams tonight with total at 5.
Checking out a few sportsbooks, I am seeing the 5 juiced to the OVER side as -120 and only see this going up as the day wears on. These opponents are a combined 12-2-4 OVER in this stretch and having a hard time not thinking the worst case scenario is a Push.