Today’s NHL features two hockey picks, one from the Blue Jackets at Flames and another play from the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals ‘Around the Boards’
The Columbus Blue Jackets were blown away 7-0 last night in Edmonton but there is no rest for this crew as they get set to lace em up on no rest against the Calgary Flames. NHL odds favor Calgary -135 which is quite steep considering the team’s sub-.500 home record (4-7-1) but Columbus has never shaken the moniker of ‘perennial underachiever’ that comes with so many consecutive losing seasons and playing in the tough western division, perhaps they never will.
Sports betting shops are showing more than 60-percent action on the Flames and we are tempted by a shot at this “live” dog to bounce back but there are several systems lining up on the “Under” including this one that is collecting at an 87-percent rate since 2010:
This system has produced 2 overs, 13 unders and 2 pushes the past three years with the beat up road squad averaging just 1.6 goals per game (GPG). Neither of these teams rank well in first period scoring and although the Flames have given up their fair share (23), they catch a break with the Jobbies in the second-half of a back-to-back. Reto Berra stopped 43 of 47 shots against the Jets in Calgary’s recent win and he’s gaining confidence from his team mates. We like the Flames to protect the home front in a lower scoring game.
Pick: Take the UNDER 5.5 (-105) for 1.5 units
AROUND THE BOARDS
Our ATB picks are 1-0 so far this season. The first play was from Saturday, Oct. 12, Dallas at Minnesota when we took the Wild -.5 goal (+108) to win in regulation; the Wild won 5-1. These plays are always for 1-unit and we’ve had great success with them since launching the hockey betting platform in 2010. Most, if not all of the ATB hockey picks are small favorites, dogs or alternate wagering options such as puck line picks or 60 minute betting like that Wild winner.
Tonight’s play is from the Penguins at Capitals game where we are getting back +105 on the hot home team. Pittsburgh is coming off a 3-1 win over the Ducks where Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots. The Pens looked alright that night but the Ducks were at the end of a road trip and after skating to a 0-0 draw through two just seemed to run out of gas. Pittsburgh’s power play was kept off the board again and in their past five road games is 2 for 18. Overall the team has just 11 goals its past six games and against Washington that’s usually not enough. The Caps are 7th in scoring at 3.0 goals per game and have scored three or more goals in three of their past nine.
ATB Play: Take the Capitals