Saturday is the busiest night in the NHL this week with 11 matches on the betting menu. We’ve got four games previewed on the card with three below and the Detroit-Toronto contest separated to give it a greater focus.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers
The Canadiens are hot right now, so this looks like a
good spot to add them to our NHL picks. They’ve won four straight and seven of
eight. They’ve given up just 18 goals in their last eight games. On the flip
side, Florida is a mess. They’ve lost four of five, eight of 11 and 16 of their
last 22. The challenge for them is putting pucks in the net as they’ve been
shut out twice in their last four games. They have scored just six goals in
their last five games.
This is a mismatch, so take the Habs.
-130 at BetMarathon
San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche
I’m happy to take a shot with the Avalanche as they’re a
home dog on Saturday. The Sharks have lost three of four and four of six, and
their performance has been a tad disconcerting. Their losses have come to
Washington, Calgary and Winnipeg, Florida and Calgary. None of those teams are
as good as Colorado.
The Sharks have been a coin flip on the road throughout
most of the season as they are just 21-17 on the road (compared to 26-11 at
home). Colorado does have a noticeable home-ice advantage, cashing 24 times
while only losing 14 at the Pepsi Center this season.
These two teams have squared off twice this year with the
home team holding serve. I’ll look for that to continue on Saturday afternoon.
+105 at Bovada
Dallas Stars vs. St.
I’ve been hammering away at the St. Louis Blues for the
last little while and I’ll add them to my sports picks once more on Saturday.
They’ll be hosting a Dallas Stars team that has lost five
of eight and has been particularly bad on the road. The Stars have lost six of
their last seven games on the road, although that one win did come in St.
Louis. Still, the Stars are in a tight back-to-back situation here and you can
bet that the Blues will want some revenge for what happened the last time these
two teams met. The difference in that meeting was that the Stars came into the
game on a two-game winning streak and that win proved to be their fourth in
five games. Now they’re in a big slump and have been outscored 20-7 in their
last four road games.
The Blues are on a roll as they’ve won 11 of their last
14. They’ve allowed two goals or less in 10 of those games. Combined with the
fact that Dallas allows the fourth-most goals per game on the road (3.23) and
we should see the Blues come away with another win here.
Pick: Blues -1.5
+135 at Bodog