We went 1-3 yesterday, cashing with the underdog Penguins winning at home over the Sharks. Pittsburgh overcame a 2-0 third-period deficit with a gritty effort.
In our other picks, the Bruins beat the Devils 2-1 in a snoozer to spoil our Over 5 bet; the Wild beat the Leafs but not by enough to cover the -1.5 puck line (why can you never get an empty netter when you need one?); and the Kings upset the Stars, who we had picked to win in regulation time.
Only 3 games tonight, and we have 1 bet. Good luck if you’re tailing along.
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The Blackhawks and Blue Jackets are both well-rested going into this one, with the Hawks not having played since Tuesday while the Jackets haven’t seen action since Saturday. Hopefully fresh legs leads to a fast pace between two teams that have a history of playing high-scoring games against each other (Over is 21-6 last 27 meetings in Columbus; 37-16 last 53 meetings overall).
Chicago’s scored 12 goals in its last 2 games and has actually been an Over machine for quite a while now. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the Hawks have gone Under in just 5 of their last 36 games (18-5-13), even if a lot of those pushes would have come against totals of 5.
Columbus gave up 3+ goals in each of its 2 games this year, and 37+ shots in both as well. They’ve had nearly a week of practice to work on their defence, but we read that a lot of the focus of John Tortorella has been on tinkering with his forward lines to generate more offence. The top line of Dubinsky, Jenner and Atkinson was broken up in the Jackets’ last game and it sounds like Columbus is searching for more offence, rather than tuning up in its own end.
This game is practically a pick ’em, suggesting a close game in which both teams contribute to the scoring. We hope to hear the cannons fire a few times in Nationwide Arena tonight, and feel pretty confident that the Blackhawks will get a few goals as well.
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