Monday was a productive day as our two puckline picks came through while our two unders failed to oblige. However, let’s try to keep the profits piling up. We’ve got three games previewed below as well as the Toronto-Detroit matchup in its own article.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Montreal Canadiens
It will be a special night in Montreal on Tuesday when the Colorado Avalanche visit the Montreal Canadiens. Avs head coach Patrick Roy was a legendary player for the Canadiens, so there’s that element but there’s also the factor that the Habs passed on Roy – multiple times – as a head coach. Now he leads the Avs, who have had a massive turnaround this season. He’s likely to have a chip on his shoulder here.
But beyond the intangibles of this matchup, the Avs have dominated this series with four straight wins. Backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere will be in net for the Avs and he’s got a 7-1-0 record with a 2.25 GAA in his last eight against them. As for Carey Price, the Avs are the only NHL franchise he’s never beaten. He’s 0-2-1 against them with a 3.61 GAA and .864 save percentage.
On top of that, the Avs 21-11 on the road this season and are getting good value on the NHL odds here. I’ll take a shot with them.
Hockey Pick: Avalanche +122 at Pinnacle
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers have been hot since the start of February, going 9-2-1 in their last 12 games. While they’ve been playing well, the Chicago Blackhawks have been little more than an average team in 2014, so I’m going to go against them in this spot. The Blackhawks have just four wins in their last nine games and they’ve been costly for your NHL picks if you’ve been taking them on the road. They’ve lost three of four away games, falling in places like New York (Rangers), Phoenix and Colorado. They are just 6-8 in their last 14 against teams with a winning record.
Philadelphia is on a roll right now and I look for them to hand the defending Stanley Cup champs yet another loss. They’re especially enticing since they’re a home dog.
Hockey Pick: Flyers +115 at Matchbook
Florida Panthers vs. San Jose Sharks
I’m a little bit surprised to see that the San Jose Sharks are faced with a total of 5.5 given how well they’ve played defense at home. They allow just 1.94 goals per game at home, which is the second-lowest amount in the NHL. Antti Niemi is an impressive 22-3-3 at home with a 2.02 GAA and a .922 save percentage (compared to 2.67 GAA and .908 save percentage on the road).
10 of the last 14 Sharks games against teams with a losing record have stayed under the number and although the Panthers have been giving up goals aplenty on the road, I think the Sharks keep them quiet tonight, which helps keep this low scoring. Take the under with your hockey picks.
Hockey Pick: Under 5.5 at Bodog