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Ottawa vs. Columbus NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: January 19th 2017

Ottawa Senators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Betting Pick: Columbus -170 odds (January 19th 2017)
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The set-up: The 23-15-4 Ottawa Senators are on the road to take on the 30-9-4 Columbus blue Jackets on Thursday night. Ottawa opened a three-game road trip with a 6-4 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday and will be looking for its fourth win in five games.Columbus saw its 16-game run end with a shutout loss to the Washington Capitals back on Jan. 5 and has alternated wins and losses over its last six games.

Ottawa: The Senators have won five of their last seven games with Columbus but Ottawa defenseman Dion Phaneuf realizes this is not the same Blue Jackets team that has reached the playoffs only twice in franchise history. “They’re at the top of the standings for a reason,” he said. “They play hard, they play with speed, they play with structure.” The Senators have rediscovered their offense during the recent surge that’s come after a four-game skid from Dec. 27 to Jan. 7. Ottawa has 17 goals over the last four games, with 15 coming in the three wins. “We’ve asked our players to improve since Christmas at driving the net and paying the price around the net and we certainly did that with the goals that we had,” Senators head coach Guy Boucher said of the power surge.

Columbus: Jenner and Dubinsky scored 35 seconds apart late in the first period to erase a one-goal deficit and Columbus went on to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Tuesday. Jenner, a 30-goal scorer in 2015-16, has only nine in 43 games. However, he’s scored in each of his last three games and has three in his last three games versus Ottawa. With Jenner starting to come around, a more welcome sight for Columbus was goalie Sergei Bobrovsky’s return after missing three games because of an illness. He finished with 24 saves for his league-leading 27th win. If the Blue Jackets are indeed for real and plan to make a deep playoff run, they will lean on Bobrovsky to lead the way. Bobrovsky may have the inside track to win his second Vezina Trophy (27-6-2 on the season with a 1.97 GAA & .932 save percentage) and if so, his outstanding play at Nationwide Arena might be the key. He has won his last nine home games, allowing only 12 goals for a 1.33 goals-against average and .952 save percentage. Overall at home, he is 16-3-0 with a 1.79 GAA, .940 save percentage.

The pick: Bobrovsky’s back between the pipes and Columbus has won 10 of its last 11 games at Nationwide Arena to improve to 17-4-1 at home this season, outscoring opponents 3.77-to-2.09 GPG. The Blue Jackets are the play.

Ottawa Senators vs. St. Louis Blues Betting Odds & Pick: January 17th 2017

Ottawa Senators vs. St. Louis Blues
NHL Betting Pick: St. Louis -160 odds (January 17th 2017)
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The set-up:The 22-15-4 Ottawa Senators will be in St. Louis tonight, where the Senators will open a three-game road trip with a game against the Blues, which also represents the official start to the second half of Ottawa’s season. St. Louis (23-16-5) is off a 4-0 win Saturday in San Jose and a 2-1 overtime triumph in Anaheim on Sunday night, marking the first time the Blues have won back-to-back games since a three-game winning streak ended on Dec. 1.

Ottawa: Surprisingly, Ottawa is holding down a playoff spot at the halfway point of the season, despite the lengthy absence of No. 1 netminder Craig Anderson, who is away from the team to be with his wife as she receives treatment for cancer.  “The goal was to be in the mix at the middle of the season regardless if there was all these things happening to us and we did it,” head coach Guy Boucher. However, Ottawa is set to be tested, beginning with this three-game road trip, the Senators will play five times in an eight-day span, including a pair of dates with Columbus and one against Metropolitan-leading Washington.

St. Louis: After finally getting back-to-back wins, why stop there? That’s the Blues’ mentality as they try for a third consecutive win when they return home Tuesday night. “On the road, especially, it’s a good feeling,” said defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. “I think we not only found our game, but found our game on the road, which has obviously been a cause for concern for us.” Both wins came with backup Carter Hutton in goal, playing in place of struggling starter Jake Allen. Allen was pulled early in three of his last five starts but coach Ken Hitchcock has not said whether Allen or Hutton will get the start against the Senators.

The pick: Ottawa has won its last three visits to St. Louis, each in a shootout. However, regardless of who is in goal for St. Louis, the Blues are 16-5-4 on home ice this season and I’ll back them here.

Blackhawks vs. Capitals NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Ben Burns: January 13th 2017

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Washington Capitals
NHL Betting Pick: Under 5 goals -110 odds (January 13th 2017)
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A documented winner for two decades, Ben Burns is taking his game to new heights in 2017. Thursday saw him deliver a PERFECT 4-0 SWEEP with his top plays, a 4-1 effort overall. A 9-1 RECORD on the hardwood the past few days brings his basketball to 26-9 ATS ON THE YEAR, 14-3 in the pros & 12-6 in the college ranks.

Insiders know that’s just the tip of the iceberg. They know that Burns’ basketball program has been M-O-N-E-Y for years and that ALL basketball plays are now a REMARKABLE 294-209 ATS, all against unbiased lines, over the past 12 months. Thats better than 58% with a very high volume (more than 500) of plays. Ask around. That’s pretty good!

These teams both check in off a couple of “overs.” However, I expect goals to be at a premium tonight. Games here at Washington average a little less than five goals, the Caps holding visiting teams to just 1.9 goals per game here. While they’re a capable offensive team, the Hawks are averaging only 2.3 goals per game on the road this season.

This season’s earlier meeting landed right on the number, a 3-2 Washington win. That’s always a fairly high possibility when playing an NHL total with an O/U line of five. However, if we exclude all the ‘pushes,’ we find that the Hawks have long had a tendency to play low-scoring games against teams from the East. Over the past few seasons, the “under” is 43-24 in their “non-conference” games. Going back over the years finds the “under” at a lucrative 224-163.

Looking at some more recent history reveals that the Hawks have seen the ‘under’ go 10-4-5 the last 19 times that they attempted to avenge an earlier loss, the ‘under’ going 50-29-22 when the Hawks have been in that situation the past few seasons. Don’t be surprised when those stats improve this evening.