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Carolina vs. Detroit NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Ben Burns: October 25th 2016

CAROLINA VS. DETROIT Carolina Hurricanes vs. Detroit Red Wings
NHL Betting Pick: Detroit -154 odds (October 25th 2016)

Given the venue and current play of these teams, the price could easily be higher. After a strong preseason, the Wings dropped their first two games, both losses coming in the state of Florida. However, they’ve since responded with four straight victories, outscoring opponents by a 15-5 margin. With the last three victories coming against the likes of SJ, NYR and Nashville, they’eve been beating some decent teams, too. Now, they step down in class to take on a struggling Carolina team which is playing the final leg of a season-opening 6-game road trip. Through five games, the Canes have allowed 20 goals. No other team in the East has allowed more. While the Canes have managed a couple of wins here lately, the Wings have dominated them here throughout the years, generally laying a much steeper price than they are here. I like their chances of staying hot for another night. Consider laying the wood with the Wings.

Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets NHL Odds & Prediction from Sean Murphy: October 21st 2016

BLACKHAWKS VS. BLUE JACKETSChicago Blackhawks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Betting Prediction: Blue Jackets +127 odds (October 21st 2016)

Few will give the Blue Jackets much of a chance in this game as they’re off to an 0-2 start while the Blackhawks are rolling off back-to-back wins, outscoring the opposition 12-7 in those two games.However, I’m expecting a strong effort from the Jackets on home ice, knowing that they’ll need to pick up a win here or things could get ugly, with each of their next four games coming on the road against Western Conference opposition.

Chicago certainly didn’t look invincible in its lone previous road game, suffering a 3-2 loss in Nashville. While it has picked up back-to-back wins, it remains just an even 2-2 on the season so far.
Also note that the Blue Jackets have taken three of the last four meetings in this series. The one game the Blackhawks won over that stretch came at home as a -240 favorite.

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Columbus has been in each of its first two games, collapsing in the third period against the Bruins and falling just short following a late rally against the Sharks. I look for them to do a better job of finishing on Friday night. Take Columbus (8*).

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Anaheim Ducks vs. Philadelphia Flyers Betting Prediction from Larry Ness: October 20th 2016

DUCKS VS. FLYERS NHL PICKAnaheim Ducks vs. Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Betting Prediction: Philadelphia -111 odds (October 20th 2016)

5th straight road game for the Ducks, who have opened 0-3-1…My free play is on the Phi Flyers at 7:05 ET.5

The Anaheim Ducks knew it would be no walk in the park to begin their season, as the schedule opened with a five-game road trip. The good news is this trip finally ends with a stop in Philadelphia on Thursday but the bad news is that the Ducks are still looking for their first win (0-3-1). Sami Vatanen gave Anaheim its first lead of the season on Tuesday with a power-play goal for his 100th career point but the team never scored again in a 2-1 loss. “We just can’t put the puck in the net,” Vatanen said. “When we open the ketchup bottle, it will start to go in.”

Meanwhile, Philadelphia (1-1-1) has scored 3.7 GPG but that impressive number is not good enough when the club has yielded 4.3 GPG, to rank 28th in the league. Michal Neuvirth allowed four goals on 16 shots to earn an early exit Tuesday in a 7-4 setback in Chicago (Philly lost 4-3 in OT at Arizona last Saturday night). Like Anaheim, Philadelphia has opened on the road but after a three-game trip, returns for its home opener. It should be an emotional night, as the Flyers play their first-ever season opener at Wells Fargo Center without their late founder, Ed Snider, who died in April after a long battle with bladder cancer. A banner will be raised and a video tribute played before the game.

More good news comes Philly’s way with the return of Brayden Schenn, who finished serving his three-game suspension for his hit on Washington’s T.J. Oshie in the playoffs. “It’s never fun to be out of the lineup. You always want to be out there, trying to help your team,” said Schenn. He was the Flyers’ second-leading scorer with 26 goals last season. The Ducks will be playing their fifth consecutive road game to start the year and many of their problems have self-inflicted. Anaheim committed seven penalties, including five in the second period, to drop their fourth straight game on Tuesday. “We talked about it from the start of the season, that discipline was going to have to be a focal point for our group,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said, according to the Orange County Register. “And if we weren’t going to be more disciplined — and our history has been that we’ve been one of the most penalized or a majority of this group has been one of the most penalized teams minor-wise in the league — you’re not going to be a quality team, a playoff team if you’re going to continue to do that.”

No reason to expect Anaheim’s fortunes to change here. Philly wins one for Ed Snider.

Red Wings vs. Rangers NHL Betting Prediction from Larry Ness: October 19th 2016

RANGERS VS. RED WINGS PICKDetroit Red Wings vs. New York Rangers
NHL Prediction: Rangers -145 odds (October 19th 2016)

The Rangers picked up their second win of the season (2-1-0) with a 7-4 victory Monday night at Madison Square Garden over the San Jose Sharks. Seven different players scored in the 7-4 win as LW Chris Kreider, a 20-plus goal scorer the last three seasons, has recorded a goal and an assist in each of the first three games. Kreider is the first Ranger to notch six points in the season’s first three games since Brian Leetch in 1992-93 and the first to open with three straight multi-point games since Bernie Nicholls (1990-91).

The Red Wings reached the playoffs for the 25th consecutive time last year, which is the longest active streak in the NHL. However, Detroit was eliminated in the first round of the NHL playoffs by the Tampa Lightning in five games. Detroit suffered a YUGE loss over the summer when center Pavel Datsyuk decided to return home to Russia. The Red Wings opened the new season losing 6-4 at Tampa Bay and then 4-1 at Florida, before winning 5-1 at home against Ottawa. Nine players had points in Monday’s win, led by defenseman Mike Green’s hat trick (the first of his career) and new acquisition LW Thomas Vanek, who contributed three assists.

However, the Red Wings are back on the road tonight (0-2, getting outscored 10-5) to face the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, where New York has won both games played there since the start of the season. The Rangers enter this game with 18 different players having contributed at least one point and here at “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” the Rangers have scored 12 goals in two games. Meanwhile, the Red Wings come in having allowed 10 goals in losing their first two road games of the new season and the home team HAS to be the bet in this one.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Over-Under Odds & Pick: October 17th 2016

AVALANCHE VS. PENGUINS BETTINGColorado Avalanche vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Over-Under Prediction: Under 5.5 goals -110 odds (October 17th 2016)

We won with the ‘over’ in the Avs home opener on Saturday night – a game they won by a 6-5 score over the Stars, but I won’t hesitate to switch gears and back the ‘under’ on Monday as they head to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins.

Colorado knows that it’s not going to win consistently in this league playing the style it employed on Saturday. The Avs can ill afford to play such a loose game against a well-structured defending champion Pens squad on Monday.

Colorado is expected to turn to Calvin Pickard between the pipes after Semyon Varlamov struggled on Saturday. Pickard allowed just two goals on 50 shots in two preseason appearances and gave up two goals or less in three of four road starts last season. Expect to see the Avs play a more responsible defensive game in front of Pickard here.

Pittsburgh has been involved in back-to-back 3-2 affairs, winning both, with Marc-Andre Fleury performing exceptionally well in place of an injured Matt Murray. The Pens could suffer a bit of a letdown in this non-conference matchup, and I belive that lends itself to a relatively low-scoring game on Monday. Take the under (8*).

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Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks NHL Odds & Pick from Larry Ness: October 12th 2016

KINGS VS. SHARKS BETTINGLos Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks
NHL Hockey Pick: Los Angeles +120 odds (October 12th 2016)

The LA Kings (2015-16: 48-28-6, 2nd in Pacific) visit the San Jose Sharks (2015-16: 46-30-6, 3rd in Pacific) in a rematch of last year’s first round Western Conference series. The Sharks beat the Kings 4-1 in that series, jump starting a playoff run that didn’t end until San Jose lost 4-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Sharks now open the season attempting to defend their first-ever Western Conference title, while the Kings hope to spoil the home opener against the team that ended their season in last year’s opening round.

The Kings lost LW Milan Lucic (20 goals, 55 points) to free agency, RW Marian Gaborik (12 goals, 22 points) to a broken foot during the World Cup of Hockey tournament and Tanner Pearson (15 goals, 36 points) is suspended for the first two regular-season games for a preseason infraction. Center Anze Kopitar (25 goals, 74 points) will be surrounded by Dustin Brown (11 goals, 28 points) and Devin Setoguchi on the Kings’ “new-look” first line. Setoguchi is a compelling story, as he is trying to resurrect a career that got sidetracked due to substance abuse. Goaltender Jonathan Quick will again be a key to the Kings season. He has led the Kings to two Stanley Cup titles in his career (in 2012 and 2014) and comes off a season in which his 40 wins were a franchise-record (2.22 GAA / .918 save percentage).

The Sharks made two key signings on the first day of free agency, inking Arizona LW Mikkel Boedker (13 goals, 39 points) and New Jersey defenseman David Schlemko to four-year deals. Veteran center Joe Thornton (team-leading 63 assists, 82 points) and center Joe Pavelski (team-high 38 goals) are back, as is goalie Martin Jones (37-23-4 with a 2.27 GAA). The Sharks open the season with arguably the best depth in franchise history (first NHL season was back in 1991-92).

San Jose struggled at home last season (18-20-3) but in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the team went 8-4 at the Shark Tank. However, I’m buying into some “playoff revenge” here for the Kings, backing Jonathan Quick over Martin Jones.

Good luck…Larry