Man, we’re disappointed to see the all-star break arrive, even if we’re excited for the new 3-on-3 format.
Both of our tips in yesterday’s email won easily. The Ducks cashed our Best Bet as they blew out the Bruins 6-2 in Boston, and the Panthers romped 5-1 over the Leafs.
We still turned a profit, even after an ill-advised bet on the Blackhawks -145 that we put out around 6:30 eastern on Facebook and Twitter. We had gone back and forth between whether or not to have concerns about Chicago looking past that game and to the all-star break, but thought we could trust the Stanley Cup champs. After a 5-0 loss to the Hurricanes, looks like we couldn’t.
There are just 4 games tonight, and we have 2 NHL betting tips today. We have the same concerns as yesterday about teams looking ahead to the break. If you’re thinking about betting on Washington tonight, don’t forget they’ve had 2 games recently postponed due to the east coast snowstorm so they haven’t played in more than a week.
Speaking of the all-star break, we’re planning to send out an email about all the All-Star props and game odds once they’re posted, so be sure to look for that. It should be fun to bet on this year’s events.
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Philly has goaltending issues tonight, with Mason scratched due to injury. Neuvirth will get the start instead, and he’s not entirely healthy either (groin). His backup will be Jason LaBarbera, so may God have mercy on the Flyers tonight if Neuvirth aggravates anything.
Like we said earlier, Washington hasn’t played in more than a week so we’re in no rush to bet on them at -210 odds or higher. But whether they’re rusty or not, we think the chances are strong for a high-scoring game tonight. The Capitals have been playing a few high-scoring games lately (7-1-3 Over/Under in their last 11), and Holtby’s struggled in his career versus Philly (3.26 GAA in 11 games). Doesn’t seem too much to ask for both teams to get at least 2 goals tonight.
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If the Flyers have goaltending issues, then the Avs have a goaltending crisis. Varlamov is out again tonight because of legal problems, so it’s Calvin Pickard and Roman Will to handle the netminding chores tonight. Last night, they were sieved for 5 goals on 23 shots against the Sharks. Colorado’s also dealing with a flu going through the team.
The Kings are coming off a come-from-behind win over the Sharks, when they tied the game in the final seconds of regulation and then won in OT. We’ll look for them to carry that momentum into tonight and jump on the Avs early, then play their usual suffocating defence. We didn’t take the Kings on the -1.5 puck line because so many of their wins (17 of 30) have come by 1 goal, so we feel the regulation win is a safer play.
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