Almost always in the NHL, a small slate of games is followed by a larger grouping, which is what we have today with betting odds on two-thirds of the teams in action on Tuesday.
Having made up my mind on other contests for NHL picks, I am still be very intrigued to follow Dallas at Chicago, Los Angeles at Minnesota and St. Louis at San Jose, all encounters with playoff implications and excellent matchups for tonight.
When breaking down the NHL odds, the idea is to win and my style is to find the best teams or situations which I really think that can produce winners and help build bankrolls. Having shown a profit the last four days, let’s go after No. 5.
After reaching the first place summit of the Atlantic Division, Tampa Bay (41-31 SU) turned around and lost five of six and fell back to second. The Lightning wrapped up road trip with 2-0 win at Arizona Saturday and returns to action with a huge six-game homestand. Detroit (36-36 SU) will provide the opposition and they have work to do themselves.
The Red Wings hold a mere one point lead over Philadelphia for the last playoff position in the East and it is extremely important they win tonight because the Flyers will have played one fewer game, thus can potentially gain ground.
Tampa Bay has been assigned as -160 home favorite and they would seem to be in comfort zone, having won seven of nine over the Red Wings at Amalie Arena, including the past five in a row. The Detroit offense has been percolating with 11 goals in past three games, but like Tampa Bay is playing with two days off, yet is just 10-17 with that amount of rest the last two seasons.
Free Pick – Tampa Bay wins
Anaheim Cashes on Canadiens Defensive Woes
After dropping three in a row, Anaheim (40-31 SU) has stabilized it’s situation in taking three of four and continues five-game north of the border road trip at Montreal (33-40 SU). The Ducks trail Los Angeles by four points in the Pacific. Having struggled with scoring all season, after tallying three goals in three games during losing streak, Anaheim has bounced back by finding the back of the net 15 times in next four contests.
With Montreal’s continued struggles in stopping the puck and ranked 22nd in goals against at 2.82, the Ducks should be able to keep offensive flowing. Rookie goalie Mike Condon was placed in an impossible situation having to replace Carey Price and while he did a good job at first, he has been really struggling.