Hit a bit of a rough patch against the betting odds from the NHL, but when making picks every day, this will happen and I will do everything possible to rectify the situation starting today.
We have not been Toronto terrible, just off the game a bit, yet at least our top plays have flourished in winning five of last seven.
Not sure what is up, but we have seen some big scores the past 10 days in individual contests. Though the totals were only 4-3 to the OVER side last evening, three of those games saw two 6’s and one 7 in goals tallied, which has been a familiar theme of late. It appears when a particular team starts feeling confident, the opponent has been seemingly powerless to stop them.
Today for NHL picks, backing three clubs in a good groove starting with top choice first.
Having seen parts of three New Jersey (29-28 SU) jousts the last couple of week and there are two undeniable facts about this team, they cannot score and they give up no easy goals. The Devils are kind of like fruit on pizza, it makes no sense but if baked right, better than you might expect. New Jersey is last in the league in scoring at 2.19 goals a game and they really struggle to even generate offense, also being last in shot attempts at 24.4 per contest. However, on defense, the goalie Cory Schneider has moved to the front of the line in fewest goals allowed at 1.98 and is third in save percentage at .931. Schneider’s body language in the front of cage oozes confidence and his fellow defenders are feeding off him.
New Jersey has won three straight and in a manner fitting of their play by scores of 2-1, 2-1 and 1-0 and they are -125 home favorite over Philadelphia (24-31 SU) to keep this continuing. The Flyers have lost five of six, which includes a 3-1 loss at the New York Rangers Sunday and they are 0-7 in road games after allowing two goals or more in the third period of last game this season.
Free Pick – New Jersey wins
The Dallas Stars (37-20 SU) have won seven of eight and have moved into first place with Chicago and are actually in a good position to overtake the Blackhawks, since they have played three fewer times. In a post All-Star article written here, we speculated Dallas might not play well to start the second half, having to play seven of next nine on the road and they were on an eight-game away losing streak.