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NHL Pick: Ness betting the Blue Jackets -135 odds over the Flyers on February 16th 2018

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Betting Pick: Columbus -135 odds (February 16th 2018)

Philadelphia enters off a 5-4 shootout loss to the Devils, while Columbus comes in off a 6-3 road setback to Toronto.

The Flyers average 2.95 GPG and they concedes 2.84. Goaltender Michael Neuvirth is 7-10 with a 2.58 GAA this season, including 3-3 with a 2.55 GAA on the road.

The Blue Jackets average 2.60 GPG and they concede 2.77. Sergei Bobrovsky is expected between the pipes tonight and he’s 24-22 with a 2.45 GAA on the year, including 13-9 with a 2.10 GAA in front of the home town crowd.

I’ll point out though that Philadelphia is just 1-5 in its last six when playing on two days rest, while Columbus is 5-1 in its last six after allowing five goals or more in its previous outing.

The Blue Jackets have struggled all year with offensive consistency, but they’ve been much better of late with 13 goals tallied in their last three games.

I give Bobrovsky the big nod in net over his inconsistent counterpart as well.

All of the above factors combine with what I feel to be a very reasonable line to make the home side a very enticing investment option on Friday night.

Consider Columbus in this matchup.

Anaheim vs. Chicago NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: February 15th 2018

Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Pick: Anaheim -115 odds (February 15th 2018)

The set-up: The Anaheim Ducks opened a four-game road trip with a 2-1 Tuesday loss in Detroit and continue their four-game road trip Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks, who are enduring their longest losing streak in six years. Anaheim’s loss left it tied for fourth in the Pacific Division (27-20-11, 65 points) with Los Angeles and one point behind third-place Calgary after losing five of its last seven games (2-3-2). The 24-25-8 Chicago Blackhawks have now lost a season-high seven straight (0-6-1), the team’s longest losing streak since dropping nine in a row (0-8-1) from Jan. 21-Feb. 14, 2012.

Anaheim: “The last week or so has been frustrating, because we’re not competing at the level that we’re capable,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf told reporters. “We have to push for the playoffs right now. We don’t have time to wait.” Adam Henrique continues to pay dividends with 13 goals and 20 points in 33 games after coming over from New Jersey, scoring twice in the last four games and serving as a key member of the penalty-killing unit since his arrival. Jakob Silfverberg (12 goals, 26 points) has only one assist in seven February games, as he continues to struggle validating his career 2016-17 season in which he recorded 23 goals and 49 points.

Chicago: The Blackhawks, who won the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015, are last in the Central Division and barring a miracle will miss the postseason for the first time since 2007-08. “This is probably as tough as I’ve seen, it’s not fun,” Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville told reporters after the Blackhawks fell to 7-13-3 in their last 23 games. Patrick Kane (team-high 53 points) hasn’t hit the scoresheet in four games. Kane shares the club scoring lead with Alex DeBrincat, whose 21 goals are third among NHL rookies after scoring in each of the last two contests. Two-time Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith (25 assists) hasn’t recorded a point in six games and has yet to score this season while a team-worst minus-13.

The pick: The Blackhawks have outscored 29-12 during their 0-6-1 slide and will have to face Anaheim goalie John Gibson (19-15-6, 2.58 GAA & .922 SP), who is 1-1-1, 1.97 GAA & .931 SP in three games since returning from a lower-body injury. Chicago’s No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford hasn’t played since Dec. 23trd because of an upper-body injury. Chicago’s backup netminders have been Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass, who have split time in Crawford’s place. However, the team placed Glass on waivers Wednesday afternoon, so Forsberg (5-10-3 with a 3.05 goals-against average and .907 save percentage this season) will face the Ducks for the first time in his career. Take Anaheim.

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