Buffalo Sabres vs. Florida Panthers
NHL Pick: Under 5 goals (February 28th 2015)
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Free NHL Hockey Prediction From Doc’s Sports : Take ‘Under’ 5 Buffalo at Florida (3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28)
There’s no question that the Buffalo Sabres are the worst team in hockey, and it’s not really that close. In fact, they are probably the worst club to take the ice in quite some time based on their advanced statistics. They have horrible puck possession numbers, and that has translated into the worst offense in the league. The Sabres are averaging just 1.72 goals per contest, and the only way they can generally win is to limit their opponent’s chances. That’s one of the reasons why we’ve seen more unders hit than overs in Sabres games this season. The Panthers don’t have a particularly dangerous offense and are ranked 25th in the league. They won’t mind playing a slowed down game, and I see a 2-0 or 2-1 type of affair. Play the under as our free play selection. Click Here and Bovada will give you a $250 free play to use this weekend on the any of my plays.
New York Rangers vs. Buffalo Sabres
NHL Prediction: Rangers -1.5 +105 (February 20th 2015)
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Give credit to the Sabres for keeping their games close recently as they have endured some tough losses along the way. They dropped four straight one goal games before winning last night in Philadelphia by way of a shootout and now they head back home trying to win consecutive games for the first time in over two months. Overall, this was Buffalo’s fourth win since mid-December so these victories have been few and far between. The Sabres have allowed three goals or less in eight straight games but with Anders Lindback likely to make his Buffalo debut tonight in goal, that should change due to his 3.71 GAA in 10 games with the Stars. The Rangers have scored 26 goals over their last five games and had their four-game winning streak snapped last night with a shootout loss against Vancouver. They have won five straight in this series, four coming by two or more goals and with the hefty moneyline, the puckline is a solid value play. The Rangers are 11-3 in their last 14 games when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous game while the Sabres are 13-41 in their last 54 games after allowing two goals or less in their previous game. Play (55) New York Rangers PL -1.5 Goals
Florida Panthers vs. Montreal Canadiens
NHL Pick: Montreal -150 odds (February 19th 2015)
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The Montreal Canadiens will host the Florida Panthers at the Bell Center tonight, and the Habs are looking to bounce back from a loss to the Sens in Canada’s capital last night. Florida is just three points back of Boston for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, but they have just two wins over their last six games. The “Price” is right to back Montreal on home ice.
Here are my keys to the game:
1. Home Cookin’ – The Habs boast a home record of 20-7-3, and they are 3-0-1 in their last four at the Bell Center. Carey Price is 19-6-1 with a 1.95 GAA at home this season.
2. Special Teams – The Panthers rank near the bottom of the league on special teams, and their power play is particularly pathetic, with a conversion rate of just 15.6%. They aren’t likely to improve on those numbers against Montreal’s #5 ranked penalty kill.
3. X-Factor – Price has been almost unbeatable of late, going 5-0 with a 1.00 GAA in his last five starts.
Selection: This is a play on the Montreal Canadiens