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Dallas vs. New York NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: December 13th 2017

Dallas Stars vs. New York Islanders
NHL Betting Pick: NYI -111 odds (December 13th 2017)
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The set-up: The New York Islanders snapped their season-high three-game losing streak with a 3-1 home win over the Washington Capitals on Monday. The 17-10-3 Islanders are battling for first-place in the top-heavy Metropolitan Division with 37 points (Blue Jackets and the Caps have 39 points and the Devils, 38). All this, despite playing only 12 of their first 30 games at home. New York will remain home in Barclays Center for tonight’s game with the visiting Dallas Stars on Wednesday, who check in at 17-13-1. The Stars had also dropped three in a row before opening their four-game road trip through the Metropolitan Division with a 2-1 shootout win at the New York Rangers, also on Monday.

Dallas: Captain Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov formed a potent top line to open the season but head coach Ken Hitchcock decided to put his top three scorers on separate lines against the Rangers. Dallas responded with 45 shots on goal to end the three-game slide, with Benn, Seguin and Radulov combining for 17 of those shots. “We are starting to really play strong 5-on-5 hockey right now,” Hitchcock said. “We are getting a lot of scoring chances and we’re not giving up a lot, which is a really good sign.” Kari Lehtonen notched the 299th win of his career by recording 24 saves against the Rangers and tied Miikka Kiprusoff for the most games played by a Finnish-born goaltender (623). Lehtonen opened the season as the backup to Ben Bishop, though the two have alternated starts over the last six games. Not sure which one plays, tonight.

NY Islanders: New York had allowed the opening goal in five straight games (losing four), before scoring first against Washington to improve to 11-0-0 when netting the initial goal. “The great thing is we always have the belief, whether it’s 2-0, 3-1, 3-2, we can come back with any amount of time left,” head coach Doug Weight said. “But the last three weeks it’s a little disheartening, it’s 1-0 more than not against us. For a team like ours, it’s big to get the lead.” Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss opened the season in a 50/50 timeshare for the Islanders but Halak (31 saves Monday night) has started three straight games and seven of the last eight overall. New York is 4-2-1 under Halak in that span.

The pick: Dallas hammered the visiting Islanders 5-0 back on Nov. 10 but the Stars have been outscored 23-13 in dropping their last four trips to New York. No reason for that to change here, as the Islanders have lost just once in regulation at Barclays Center this season (9-1-2), outscoring opponents 4.50-to-3.00 GPG. Play the Isles.

Boston vs. Nashville NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: December 4th 2017

Boston Bruins vs. Nashville Predators
NHL Betting Pick: NAS -129 odds (December 4th 2017)
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The set-up: The Boston Bruins won 3-0 Saturday night at Philadelphia, extending the team’s current road winning streak to four. Boston is 12-8-4 overall as it visits Nashville on Monday. The Predators hopes to conclude their four-game homestand with a winning record after improving to 2-1-0 with Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win over Anaheim. The victory gives Nashville an 11-2-1 record over its last 14 games, improving to 16-7-3, after a 5-5-2 start to the season.

Boston: The Bruins are thrilled to have Brad Marchand back from undisclosed ailment, as he’s recording a pair of two-point performances after missing six contests. He is second on the team with 19 points and is seven shy of 400 for his career. David Pastrnak scored his team-leading 13th goal and added an assist in the shutout, giving him three tallies and as many assists during his five-game point streak. Boston continues to get healthier, as David Krejci (upper body) and Anders Bjork (undisclosed) followed Marchand and David Backes back into the lineup Saturday after missing one and seven games, respectively. This game is part of Boston’s annual fathers’ trip and No. 1 goalie Tukka Rask will get the night off (he’s been in the crease for three straight games) in favor of backup Anton Khudobin.

Nashville: Kevin Fiala opened the scoring against the Ducks in the second period with his first career power-play goal and netted the decisive tally in the bonus format as the Predators posted their 11th win in 14 games. Fiala has registered 12 assists in 25 games this season. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 27 points and has landed on the scoresheet in 10 of his last 11 contests. Nashville is hoping that Calle Jarnkrok is beginning to heat up, as the 26-year-old Swede has recorded a point in back-to-back contests after going seven games without one.

The pick: Pekka Rinne (15-4-2, 2.35 goals-against average, .926 save percentage) probably will make his 12th start in 13 games for Nashville. He is hoping for a different result than he got when the Predators saw Boston in each team’s season opener on Oct. 5, a 4-3 defeat. Up agisnst Boston’s backup goalie Anton Khudobin, I like his(and Nashville’s) chances!