NHL isn’t (all) abut fighting so rather than bet on the KOs and lost teeth when Calgary next take to the ice, against the San Jose Sharks why not spin some money from the hockey score with these top tips from your Humble Handicapper.
Without any preamble, much like Calgary when they went at it sans gloves with Vancouver; let’s have a look at the last ten for each of these sides. Calgary are 2-7-1 and San Jose are 6-4-0. It’s the third of five games between the Flames and Sharks and the Sharks are 2-for-2 so far, but they won the most recent game in Calgary 3-2, thanks to an overtime goal by defenseman Brad Stuart.
Enough with recent history…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
At time of press the best hockey odds on this match have the Sharks at -275 and the Flames at 260. Those sorts of odds speak volumes, and your Humble Handicapper can hear them loud and clear.
This is the start of a four-game homestand for the Sharks who are 16-2-3 so far at home, but the best thing for the home side is forward Joe Pavelski has two goals (and five points) against Calgary this season, and if the Flames want to beat the Sharks, they need to put some restriction on Pavelski. This guy has 16 goals in his past 19 games and sits amongst the NHL's top scorers with 25 goals, that’s just six off his career high, which he set two seasons ago.
More than one man in a team (or is there)
Tampa were looking good against the Sharks in their last away game and San Jose were trailing 4-2 until Pavelski took over, he nailed two goals (just 21 seconds apart) to even the score and then made a hat trick (in the span of 6:12) for the 5-4 win.
Calgary had no such luck last time out, and after their much talked about on ice scarp with the Canucks they went down 3-2 in a shootout loss. They’d love to get people talking about them winning one the ice – but I don’t see it. Calgary will be looking to Giordano, who has goals in consecutive games for the Flames and a three-game point streak overall. Your Humble Handicapper reckons that there will be goals in this game (but not thanks to the Calgary forwards). Don’t forget, Calgary will be missing forward Mike Cammalleri, sidelined indefinitely with concussion while David Jones is day-to-day with his eye and at the back they’re missing Kris Russell.
I’ll go further…
So back the Over 2.5 at -1600 and not Under at +1200. One reason we will see goals is that the Flames (16-26-7) are on a 2-9-1 stretch, and are now +50,000 to lift the Stanley cup this term, no surprise as they are just three points better than the last-place Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference.
Through some money behind Over 405 goals at -275 (the Under is at +212) and maybe even Over 6.5 at -200 as well but I’d stop short of Over 8.5 at +650. Take the San Jose Sharks for your free NHL picks.
NHL Prediction: It’ll be all about San Jose, 3-1 at +3000 with bwin