11/12/2008 12:00:00 AM
The NHL slate includes a Veteran's Day afternoon special in New York between two of the bottom-feeders in the Atlantic Division when the Isles host the Philadelphia Flyers.
Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders (+139)
Tuesday, Nov 11, 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Hard to believe, but the Flyers are 0-7 SU when Daniel Briere is in the lineup this season, and they are currently on a three-game losing streak.
The Islanders are a Jekyll and Hyde team during a game. They can get up by three or four goals and turn into a charity fund in the third period and give it all back. Numbers says the Islanders by 0.60 goals, so let’s ride the computer forecast on this one, because either team can be reliable at this point of the season.
Prediction: NY Islanders-4 Philadelphia-3
Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings (-185)
Tuesday, Nov 11, 7:00 p.m. (ET) VERSUS
The Red Wings are 5-2 in their last seven games and their strength of schedule in those games is 57% whileand the Pens are 4-3 with a SOS of 48%. Both teams are riding high, but the Pens are in a tough spot on the road vs. a Detroit team that is 18-3-4 SU at home when the total is 5½, they scored three goals in their last game and coming off a home win as a Favorite.
Prediction: Detroit-3 Pittsburgh-2
Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens (-157)
Tuesday, Nov 11, 7:00 p.m. (ET) TSN
Although the Canadiens are 8-4 SU on the season, they seem to have a lack of chemistry on their lines, but to their credit, they still find a way to win. The Kovalev and Plekanec line was one of the top lines last season and they’ve yet to gel this season and if it wasn’t for the Koivu Tanguay line, Montreal would be a .500 club or maybe 6-8 like Ottawa.
I keep waiting for the Senators to explode offensively game after game and continue to expect high scoring contest, but the Craig Hartsburgh system is not giving into the program. When you think Ottawa, you think goals and high scoring games, but the Under is 7-3-0 in their last 10 and they don’t have the secondary scoring from past seasons.
Prediction: Ottawa-3 Montreal-2
Toronto Maple Leafs at Calgary Flames (-136)
Tuesday, Nov 11, 9:30 p.m. (ET)
Here’s the road trip where Cliff Fletcher will get his wake up call and will be forced to get an enforcer. People who are expected to play this role in Toronto aren’t good at it right now and they don’t have a chance against the big boys like Laracque and Brashear.
So, what’s going to happen to the team chemistry once the current so called “enforcers” gets their lunch handed to them? I have a feeling it’s going to bring down team confidence and its going make it harder for the current role players to look their buddies in the eyes. Fletcher must get somebody to help out guys like Jamaal Mayer and you can’t let a 19-year-old like Luke Schenn play this role.
As for tonight, Calgary is in a nasty mood, they’ve lost two in a row and the Leafs are in a good letdown spot after their 6-3 win over Montreal. Calgary has won the last four meetings at the Pengrowth Saddledome and it looks like five tonight. Wake up Cliff, do the right thing here!
Prediction: Calgary-4 Toronto-1
Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks (-220)
Tuesday, Nov 11, 10:30 p.m. (ET)
Jonathan Cheechoo is a listed as questionable and the Sharks have yet to lose at home this season. The Preds are 1-7 SU on the road this season and they need some goaltending help, as they are allowing 4.25 goals against on the road this season.
Prediction: San Jose-3 Nashville-2
Dallas Stars at Los Angeles Kings (+105)
Tuesday, Nov 11, 10:30 p.m. (ET)
Sort of a law of average play here, as the Stars are coming off a lost and the Kings a win and both of these clubs have played in the inconsistent card this season. The Stars have seen the Over in five out of six games at the Staples Centre and will be looking to put an end to the Kings' two-game winning streak. When Los Angeles plays at home the last two years coming off a two-goal win, the Kings are 2-9 SU in this role.
Prediction: Dallas-3 LA Kings-2