We pushed our Best bet last night on the Flames/Hurricanes Over 5, but it felt like a loss.
There were 4 goals by the 12 minute mark of the second period, and the 5th was scored less than 3 minutes into the third. However, neither team could manage another goal in the final 17 minutes as Calgary won 4-1.
We still haven’t lost a Best Bet in our last 10 picks, going 7-0-3.
Looking forward to things getting back to normal tonight in NHL as many teams are playing their second game since the all-star break.
One game to keep an eye on is the Blue Jackets/Canucks game in Vancouver. The Canucks haven’t played since the break while the Blue Jackets shook the rust off two nights ago in Edmonton. Gotta think this favours Columbus, at least in the early going, and we’d recommend a first period bet on the Blue Jackets. You can get them to win the first period at +116 odds.
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Did you guys see that McDavid goal Tuesday night? It didn’t take him long to make his presence felt again, and it seemed to energize his teammates as well. We can see that momentum carrying into tonight.
There’s more frustration than enthusiasm in Ottawa these days, where the Sens have lost 6 of 9 and are struggling defensively (4.1 goals against per game in those 9 games). That’s a dangerous way to be against a young team playing with lots of energy and nothing to lose.
Bounceback night for the Capitals who got thumped 5-2 by the Panthers Tuesday, just Washington’s 4th loss at home this year. The Caps obviously missed Ovechkin in that one, going 0-for-8 on the power play and scoring just twice on 38 shots.
Many Washington players commented after the game that they were a bit rusty, not just from the all-star break but also because they had a few games postponed before the break because of the storm on the east coast. Holtby also wasn’t in net against Florida, but he returns to the Washington crease tonight.
The Islanders somehow beat the Wild with their third-string goalie Tuesday night, but they have been pretty up and down lately, losing 4 of their last 5 when coming off a win. They’ve also struggled in Washington for a long time, winning just 10 of their last 39 visits.
We expected the Panthers to come back to earth after their 12 game winning streak, but it hasn’t happened. They did go 0-3-1 after that streak, but they’ve followed that up with 4 straight wins, scoring 19 goals in that span. And it’s not like they’re beating up on lightweights – 3 of those wins came against Chicago, Tampa Bay and Washington. Still, they seem to be flying under the oddsmakers’ radar a bit.
Howard gets the call in net for the Wings, and he hasn’t won a game in more than 2 months. His goals against average is 5.19 in his last 6 games. That’s hardly the kind of netminding you want when you’re trying to beat a team that has lost just once in its last 11 home games.
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