It was a great night for us last night as we had 2 wins and 1 push on our 3 NHL tips.
What was really nice about it was that the 2 wins were no doubters. The Oilers and Panthers both jumped out to 3-0 first-period leads and though their opponents both rallied to make the scores 3-2 in the second period, the Oilers and Panthers each pulled away again to win comfortably.
The Edmonton winner made it 8 straight Best Bet winners for us, with 3 pushes mixed in. We’ve said that if you’re going to pick just 1 tip to follow on a given day, you should pick the Best Bet. That seems to be good advice. They won’t go undefeated forever, obviously, but we’re happy to see that our strongest plays are being just that.
To be honest, it’s a crappy betting board tonight with just 4 games. We really want to keep riding the Anaheim train but they’re huge favourites against Arizona, so we’ll pass on that and limit the tips to just 1 for today. Fortunately, we feel it’s a really strong one.
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At first glance, Columbus looks to be a great value play tonight. They’ve won 3 of their last 4 and have also won their last 5 trips to Calgary, yet they’re +155 underdogs?
Well, that’s because this is a horrible scheduling spot for the Blue Jackets. This is their 3rd game in 4 nights through western Canada, known to be one of the toughest road trips in the NHL. Making matters worse, they had to play an extra 5 minutes last night to beat the Canucks in a shootout. Factor in the elevation of Calgary, where the air is a bit thinner, and the Jackets should be sucking wind by the end of this one.
The Flames have been a disappointment this year but most teams treat the all-star break as a chance for a fresh start, and Calgary started the second half with a solid 4-1 win over the Hurricanes Wednesday. The Flames are also 14-5 in their last 19 home games, obviously playing with more confidence when they’re at the Saddledome. We expect Calgary to take advantage of a tired opponent tonight, and the puck line (-1.5, +170) is worth a shot as well.
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