This week’s NHL card starts with seven huge games and as the countdown to the final month of the regular season begins, every point counts!
Four of the top six teams in the Eastern Conference standings hail from the Northeast division and despite a rash of injuries to key starters, the Ottawa Senators continue to hold down their spot in fifth place.
The Senators (-133) host New Jersey tonight and Ben Bishop will get the nod against Devils’ No. 1 netminder Martin Brodeur. One of the game’s all-time greats, Brodeur hasn’t skipped a beat since returning from injury (2-0, 1.00 GAA and .944 SV) and his two starts against Florida and Carolina resulted in an “Under” and a push.
New Jersey has been a slow road starter with just three first period goals this season but they’ve only allowed seven, which explains why sportsbooks are asking more than -145 on the first period under. The Devils are without Ilya Kovalchuk and even with him in the lineup average just 2.13 goals per game (GPG) away from home. These teams have combined for just 2 overs, 7 unders and a push in the past 10 meetings and our projection for this game is on the Under 5 (-115) goals.
EDMONTON AT NASHVILLE
The Oilers couldn’t score against St. Louis Saturday, making it the third time in eight games Edmonton has finished with a goose egg. The loss completes a 1-1-2 home stand for the young Oil squad and now its back out on the road starting with tonight’s game in the Music City.
NHL odds makers are listing the Preds at -145 and our scoring metrics have them winning this game in regulation, a betting option some bookmakers offer at plus-money (Preds -.5 +115). Edmonton has lost seven of its past 10 games and although they are digging hard and limiting chances, Nashville wrote the book on that style of play.
Take the Preds in 60 minute betting
DETROIT AT PHOENIX
The Wings are ‘hot’ and tonight in the desert they’ll look to continue this storied road trip against the Phoenix Coyotes. Detroit’s power play has clicked in five-consecutive road games are failing to register a goal in its first 10 outings this season. They have outscored those five hosts 17-11 overall and improved their road mark to 7-6-2 in the process.
Phoenix has lost five-straight and been outscored 13-3 but tonight the Wings fit a 3-in-4 road spot that has produced just six wins for the visitor in 21 tries this month. The totals are 10-3-8 when the posted total is five and given that tonight’s starters are Jonas Gustavsson and Jason LaBarbera, we feel that the “Over” is worth a shot.
Take the Red Wings and Yotes Over 5 goals
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