If going after the betting odds in hockey ends up being anything like last night, another wild ride is in store. Five of the six games went beyond regulation, which was incredible and painful.
As I have often expressed here, me and OT in sports are not chums. In having rare losing day, two of the three contests went against us and is the case with money line, overtime is essentially a coin flip and I and now 16-29 here. I digress and move ahead to today and admit this is a pretty stiff card, with not a lot of choices with Boston a big favorite at home despite so-so record and Detroit far from trustworthy for NHL picks.
Here is what I have lined up against the odds today.
San Jose (37-29 SU) knew the start after the All-Star break was not going to be easy, playing nine 12 away from home. The Sharks being a determined road club, ended up winning eight times in all and they will be home the next three contests, which will see fantastic since they have not played consecutive home games in over a month.
However, the Shark Tank has not been kind to San Jose at only 12-17 SU this season. But they are taking on a New Jersey (31-36 SU) club that is struggling in all areas. In losing eight of 10, the Devils defense has completely broken down, permitting four goals a game and offensively, they have not been able to generate many answers, with 10 goals in dropping five of six. With New Jersey big underdogs, they are 2-12 in road games after allowing six goals or more since 1996, making the Sharks the pick.
Free Pick – San Jose wins
Having lost 4-2 to St. Louis at home Sunday, Minnesota (31-36 SU) will attempt to prevent another streak. That setback ended a four-game win streak for the Wild, who since Jan.21st have been quite good or very bad, with positive and negative runs. With three road games on tap, there is two points waiting to be had by Minnesota if the they put in the work.
Edmonton (26-43 SU) is just a bad squad and though they have won four of six, this looks and feels like an aberration. The Oilers special teams have not been doing their part, with one goal on the power play in last 24 tries.