Time to look at the betting odds on the ice for Tuesday. Have to admit, one of the more interesting cards I have seen lately, with some real thought having to be put in to determine best side to play.
Top teams like Dallas and Washington would appear to easy choices for NHL picks, but both have been a little off their game of late and are on the road facing teams which should have better records than they presently do. Is Pittsburgh finally starting to turn season around? We find out tonight when they host Chicago and this is another contest which could go either way against the NHL odds, thus I will pass.
Instead, a trio of other games that make more sense to me and I will now explain why.
This happens in sports frequently, yet when it occurs, it makes people stand up and take notice. Columbus (15-25 SU) had just lost 11 of 14 games and had two home games with the best two clubs in the NHL in Dallas and Washington. Prospects were definitely not bright for taking on those two powerhouses, yet somehow the Blue Jackets knocked off both goliaths and have to be brimming with confidence.
This could be a very another great opportunity for Columbus today, taking on Minnesota (20-18 SU). The Blue Jackets might be +120 home underdogs but they are facing Wild team which has not been playing all that wild of late at 3-5 SU and is dismal 6-12 SU on the road. The Blue Jackets also have a solid history of success against Minnesota, with a 16-7-1 home record against them. The Wild can be tamed as 1-8 road record off a road game proves.
Free Pick – Columbus wins
Been picking up cash backing Florida (23-16 SU), as the Panthers have really been on the prowl with nine consecutive victories and taking 15 of past 18. Florida begins a six-game road trek and they almost certainly will lose, but I do not believe it will be in Buffalo (15-24 SU) tonight. Here are the reasons why.
Florida has won eight of nine versus the Sabres, with only loss coming in OT. At the First Niagara Center, they are 6-0-2 in their past eight meetings, which should only enhance their confidence. One player for the Panthers who will feel virtually unbeatable is goalie Roberto Luongo. The netminder has a streak of three consecutive shutouts at Buffalo. He has a 1.62 goal-against average in last eight starts versus the Sabres (7-1 record) and right now he’s in the zone with a 1.26 GAA, winning seven starts in a row.