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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. San Jose Sharks NHL Playoffs Over-Under Pick: June 4th 2016


Pittsburgh Penguins vs. San Jose Sharks
NHL Playoffs Over-Under Pick: Under 5.5 goals (June 4th 2016)

The Pittsburgh Penguins made the most of their home ice advantage in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals as they enter the Shark Tank Friday night with a 2-0 lead in the series. While this isn’t exactly an elimination game, the Sharks will likely treat it as such. With the stakes being so high, expect scoring chances to be few and far between.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Previous History – We saw the Blackhawks and the Lightning fail to score more than five goals in five of six games in last year’s Stanley Cup Finals, and so far both games in this series have failed to reach the total. Another low scoring game is likely here in Game 3.

2. Special Teams – The Penguins may have a below average power-play (16th during the regular season), but their penalty killing unit ranks among the league’s best. Pittsburgh is 0-for-5 on the power-play so far in this series.

3. X-Factor – The under is 5-1 in the last six meetings between the two teams.

Selection: This is a play on the Pens@Sharks to go UNDER the total (Free)

NHL Playoffs: St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: May 21st 2016


St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks
NHL Playoffs Betting Pick: San Jose -149 odds (May 21st 2016)

The San Jose Sharks have had a long history of playoff disappointments, but things appear to be different this year. The Sharks took a commanding 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Final with a 3-0 win on home ice in Game 3. They’ve out-scored the Blues 7-0 in the last two games, and I don’t think St. Louis has much of a chance in Game 4 at the Shark Tank.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Goaltending – Martin Jones let in a bad goal (for the first time this post-season) that cost the Sharks in Game 1. He’s since stopped all 48 shots he’s faced in the next two games, registering back-to-back shutouts. Jones now has three shutouts in his last four starts.

2. No Ordinary Joe – The Sharks Joe Pavelski leads all scorers with nine goals in the playoffs so far, and he’s one of three sharks that are 1,2 and 3 overall in points scored this post-season. Joe Thornton has been dominant as well, and he had two points in Game 3. Thornton is not showing any signs of slowing down at the age of 36, and he’s been one of the Shark’s best players in this series.

3. X-Factor – Thomas Hertl had been awful quiet prior to Game 3, but the 22 year old found the net twice in San Jose’s 3-0 win. He’s as dangerous as they come, giving the Blues just one more sniper to have to worry about.

Selection: This is a play on the San Jose Sharks (Free)

Predators vs. Ducks NHL Playoffs Odds & Pick from Jesse Schule: April 27th 2016


Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks
NHL Playoffs Pick: Anaheim -162 odds (April 27th 2016)

The Ducks got off on the wrong foot losing both Games 1 & 2 on home ice. A change between the pipes has flipped this series on it’s head though, as Frederick Andersen has come in and stymied the Preds in three straight games. He was great again in Game 6, giving up just two goals on 25 shots.

There’s a lot to like about the Nashville Predators, and if it wasn’t for the fact that they play the Ducks in the first round, they might have been primed for a long playoff run. The Ducks finished with five more wins in the regular season, which doesn’t make a bit of difference here in the playoffs. What does make a difference though is that Anaheim allowed fewer goals than any other team in the league, and had by far the best special teams unit with the league’s #1 ranked power play and top penalty kill.

The Preds are 1-for-23 on the power-play in the series, and it’s hard to win games in this league when you can’t compete in special teams play. Nashville is 0-8 when losing three of the first five games in a playoff series, and this will be the first Game 7 in Nashville’s franchise history.

I’ll take the more experienced, more talented team at home.

Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild NHL Over-Under Betting Pick: March 24th 2016

FLAMES VS. WILD BETTINGCalgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild
NHL Hockey Pick: Under 5.5 goals (March 24th 2016)

The Calgary Flames are off a 5-2 loss at Toronto Monday, but I don’t expect to see quite as many goals tonight when they visit the Minnesota Wild.

Minnesota is off three consecutive victories, the most recent a 2-1 win against the Kings Tuesday. The under is 3-1-3 in the Wild’s last seven overall so I really like the fact that we get the hook to avoid a push here.

We’ll see Devan Dubnyk between the pipes for Minny and he has posted a 1.58 GAA in the last three games and owns a 1.74 GAA over a four-game win streak against Calgary. The Flames will turn to former Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom, and the veteran was sharp in his first start this season when he made 21 saves in a 2-1 win against the Habs Sunday.

Note that:
– The action starts early Thursday with Mike’s Thursday Soccer *Euro Friendly* and it’s followed by two NBA and a NHL selection. Mike’s taking a day off from the NCAA Tournament but is firing off a BIG PLAY Friday with his NCAA Tourney Sweet 16 *GAME OF THE YEAR* – 69-50 Run!

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Arizona Coyotes vs. Edmonton Oilers NHL Betting Prediction from Larry Ness: March 22nd 2016

COYOTES VS. OILERSArizona Coyotes vs. Edmonton Oilers
NHL Betting Prediction: Arizona -118 odds (March 22nd 2016)

Arizona was blanked in back-to-back games by Tampa Bay (Saturday) and San Jose (Sunday), with those two shutout losses just about dooming any realistic chance the Coyotes have at making the postseason. Arizona now finds itself 11 points behind Colorado for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, having gone 9-18-3 in its last 30 games. Edmonton has won SEVEN of 12 but its record of 29-39-7 is even worse than Arizona’s, with the Oilers just trying to avoid finishing in the basement of the Western Conference (currently holds a a one-point edge over Winnipeg).

Tonight’s game is the the first of a four-game Arizona homestand and Edmonton, as it has so often for quite awhile now, should play the perfect foil. Arizona is 3-0-1 in the season series with Edmonton and the Coyotes are 23-1-4 in 28 meetings with the Oilers since January 2010 (Arizona is 18-0-4 vs Edmonton in the last 22 games). As Archie Bunker used to opine, “Case Closed!”
Good luck…Larry

Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks Over-Under Betting Pick: March 16th 2016

AVALANCHE VS. CANUCKSColorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks
NHL Hockey Pick: Under 5 goals -110 odds (March 16th 2016)

Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach NHL *1* Wednesday Night Free Pick UNDER 5 goals +130 in Vancouver vs Colorado @ 10:05 PM ET – The Avalanche know this road trip is critical to their post-season chances. The Canucks know they aren’t officially dead yet. That said, this game may play out like it is “playoff hockey” and that means there is tremendous value on the under in this match-up. Sure it would be nice to have the under at 5.5 goals but even though this one is at a 5 the fact that the under is available at +130 is offering great line value. The Avalanche have been held to just ONE goal in each of their two meetings with the Canucks so far this season. Also, the Avs are getting some stellar goaltending of their own right now as Semyon Varlamov has allowed a total of just 4 goals in his last 3 games! The Canucks are expected to have Ryan Miller between the pipes and he’s allowed a total of just 3 goals in his last 2 games against the Avalanche. Don’t tell the Canucks they are out of the playoff race yet either! Vancouver is 8 points behind Colorado but the Canucks have two games in hand. They aren’t dead yet and they have confidence heading into this match-up based on shutting down the Avalanche in the first two meetings this season. Colorado enters this one on a 3-game under streak. Also, when entering a game with three or more days off between games, the under has cashed in 3 of 4 times in Colorado games this season. The Canucks have been held to two goals or less in five of their last eight games. Consider a small play on the UNDER 5 goals in Vancouver as it is my Free Pick for Wednesday Night. Best of luck always, Scott