<![CDATA[NHL RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 12/15/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/12/15/detroit-red-wings-vs-toronto-maple-leafs-12/15/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings meet Friday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. James van Riemsdyk leads Toronto with 15 goals, Mitch Marner has 18 assists and Auston Matthews has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik…

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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings meet Friday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. James van Riemsdyk leads Toronto with 15 goals, Mitch Marner has 18 assists and Auston Matthews has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 73 goals on 934 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 12 goals on 161 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games. 

The Detroit Red Wings need a feel good victory after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 12 goals, Dylan Larkin has 19 assists and Mike Green has 61 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 68 goals on 727 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed 29 goals on 260 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 11 games.

The Maple Leafs are 16-34 in their last 50 games playing on 0 days rest, 6-2 in their last 8 Friday games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Red Wings are 17-35 in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest, 14-37 in their last 51 vs. Atlantic and 7-19 in their last 26 overall. The Maple Leafs are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Detroit, 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings.

The Red Wings are tough to back during this losing stretch, as they find creative way to lose after creative way to lose, and the defense isn't getting better. The Toronto Maple Leafs have issues of their own, but they continue to be solid on the offensive end and have won five of their last seven, which is a sign of things coming together. Give me the road team as more of a fade from the Red Wings.

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:11:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105587
<![CDATA[Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks - 12/15/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/12/15/vancouver-canucks-vs-san-jose-sharks-12/15/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks meet Friday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.

The San Jose Sharks look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 15 goals, Joe Thornton has 16 assists and Joe Pavelski has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 86.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 16 goals on…

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The San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks meet Friday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.

The San Jose Sharks look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 15 goals, Joe Thornton has 16 assists and Joe Pavelski has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 86.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 16 goals on 263 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 49 goals on 579 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed four or more goals in five of their last 10 games.

The Vancouver Canucks need a win here to snap a rough four-game losing streak. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Boeser leads Vancouver with 13 goals, Henrik Sedin has 15 assists and Bo Horvat has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 48 goals on 581 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 22 goals on 281 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed a combined 20 goals during their four-game losing streak.

The Sharks are 36-17 in their last 53 vs. a team with a losing record and 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest. The Canucks are 5-22 in their last 27 home games, 18-47 in their last 65 games playing on 1 days rest and 21-44 in their last 65 overall. The Sharks are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Vancouver, 21-6 in the last 27 meetings and the road team is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.

Not only has the road team dominated when these two teams meet, but the Canucks are simply unbackable during their losing streak, as they're getting destroyed on the defensive end, allowing an average of five goals per game. The Sharks are playing consistent hockey and have feated on losing teams. Give me San Jose and the reasonable juice.

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:06:42 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105584
<![CDATA[Buffalo Sabres vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 12/15/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/12/15/buffalo-sabres-vs-carolina-hurricanes-12/15/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Carolina Hurricanes visit KeyBank Center to oppose the Buffalo Sabres in Friday NHL action.

The Carolina Hurricanes have been struggling for weeks with just three wins in the last ten contests as the team finishes a grueling six game road trip with a stop to face the Buffalo Sabres. Carolina ended a four game slide with a 3-2, shootout win versus the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday in their typical grind it out fashion which was their 8th one goal decision in ten games.

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The Carolina Hurricanes visit KeyBank Center to oppose the Buffalo Sabres in Friday NHL action.

The Carolina Hurricanes have been struggling for weeks with just three wins in the last ten contests as the team finishes a grueling six game road trip with a stop to face the Buffalo Sabres. Carolina ended a four game slide with a 3-2, shootout win versus the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday in their typical grind it out fashion which was their 8th one goal decision in ten games.

The dangerous Golden Knight offense was held in check with Deryk Engelland and Reilly Smith scoring. The Hurricanes saw Marcus Kruger and Trevor van Riemsdyk score in regulation before Phillip Di Giuseppe scored the deciding goal in round five of the shootout. Cam Ward secured the two points for Carolina with 22 stops while Marc-Andre Fleury recorded 35 saves for Vegas.

The Buffalo Sabres need a quick reversal of fortune as the season is slowly slipping away. Buffalo saw their opportunity at consecutive victories go by the wayside in a 2-1 defeat at the Philadelphia Flyers where a strong defensive performance wasn’t enough against suddenly hot Philly squad. The game couldn’t have started better for the Sabres with Ryan O’Reilly scoring just 1:29 in to the first off a misplayed puck by Flyers goalie Brian Elliott.

Philadelphia evened the score at 4:02 on a Travis Sanheim tally before Valtteri Filppula scored the game winner with only 2:33 remaining in the second period. Elliott improved to 11-6-6 with 19 stops that lifted Philadelphia to win number five straight. Robin Lehner fell to 7-13-4 for the Sabers despite a solid 25 save performance.

Hurricanes are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and under is 6-1-1 in Hurricanes last 8 road games and under is 6-1 in Hurricanes last 7 vs. a team with a losing record. Under is 3-0-1 in Sabres last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and under is 3-0-1 in Sabres last 4 vs. Metropolitan and Sabres are 0-5 in their last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation. Under is 2-0-2 in the last 4 meetings in Buffalo and Hurricanes are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and under is 3-1-3 in the last 7 meetings. 

I’m leaning to the under here although I expect Buffalo to cut loose at the offensive end one of these days…

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:00:27 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105581
<![CDATA[New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings - 12/15/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/12/15/new-york-rangers-vs-los-angeles-kings-12/15/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Kings visit the New York Rangers in a Friday night NHL matchup.

The Los Angeles Kings continue their east coast road swing looking to begin another hot streak. Los Angeles had won eight in a row before the good times ended in a 5-1 defeat at the New Jersey Devils where nothing went favorably. The surging LA Kings trailed 4-0 before Torrey Mitchell scored in the third period to avoid getting shutout. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick absorbed the loss with five goals allowed on 26 shots.

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The Los Angeles Kings visit the New York Rangers in a Friday night NHL matchup.

The Los Angeles Kings continue their east coast road swing looking to begin another hot streak. Los Angeles had won eight in a row before the good times ended in a 5-1 defeat at the New Jersey Devils where nothing went favorably. The surging LA Kings trailed 4-0 before Torrey Mitchell scored in the third period to avoid getting shutout. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick absorbed the loss with five goals allowed on 26 shots.

The New Jersey offense received a pair of goals from Taylor Hall, one on the power play in the first and an unassisted tally in the second. Travis Zajac, Brian Boyle and Brian Gibbons also lit the lamp for the Devils while Gibbons also posted an assist to make a winner of Cory Schneider and his 16 save performance.

The New York Rangers know losing streaks have to be avoided in a competitive Metropolitan and the team needs to get back in the win column after dropping three of four. New York comes in off of a 3-2 loss at the Ottawa Senators where a 3-1 deficit just eight seconds in to the third entering period was too much to overcome.

The Rangers scoring came from Michael Grabner and Pavel Buchnevich with Bobby Ryan, Cody Ceci and Zack Smith finding the back of the net for the Senators. Henrik Lundqvist absorbed the loss for New York with 30 stops as he fell to 14-8-2. Ottawa received an assist from Bobby Ryan to complete a two point night and help Craig Anderson and his 27 saves end a five game skid.

Kings are 0-4 in their last 4 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game and under is 6-0 in Kings last 6 Friday games and under is 3-0-1 in Kings last 4 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game. Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600 and over is 4-0 in Rangers last 4 vs. Pacific and over is 5-1 in Rangers last 6 vs. Western Conference.  

There aren’t many  trends to lean on because these teams to see each other often so perhaps a small play on the over…

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:49:42 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105539
<![CDATA[Montreal Canadiens vs. New Jersey Devils - 12/14/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/12/14/montreal-canadiens-vs-new-jersey-devils-12/14/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Montreal Canadiens welcome the New Jersey Devils to town for a Thursday NHL tilt.

The New Jersey Devils had struggled at both ends of the ice in losing three of four before putting those issues behind them in a dominating 5-1 rout of the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.  The Surging LA Kings trailed 4-0 before Torrey Mitchell scored in the third period to avoid getting shutout. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick absorbed the loss with five goals allowed on 26 shots.

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The Montreal Canadiens welcome the New Jersey Devils to town for a Thursday NHL tilt.

The New Jersey Devils had struggled at both ends of the ice in losing three of four before putting those issues behind them in a dominating 5-1 rout of the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.  The Surging LA Kings trailed 4-0 before Torrey Mitchell scored in the third period to avoid getting shutout. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick absorbed the loss with five goals allowed on 26 shots.

The New Jersey offense received a pair of goals from Taylor Hall, one on the power play in the first and an unassisted tally in the second. Travis Zajac, Brian Boyle and Brian Gibbons also lit the lamp for the Devils while Gibbons also posted an assist to make a winner of Cory Schneider and his 16 save performance.

The Montreal Canadiens are trying to iron out the highs and lows with the team following a five game winning streak with a three game skid. Montreal is coming off of a 6-2 defeat at the hands of the visiting Edmonton Oilers were the team struggled in most areas. The Canadiens offense came off the sticks of Alex Galchenyuk and Oscar Klefbom Carey Price gave up four goals on 14 shots before Antti Niemi came on and stopped 24-26 shots.

The explosive Oilers attack featured a pair of tallies from Jujhar Khaira with Milan Lucic, Oscar Klefbom, Michael Cammallri and Yohann Auvito all joining the scoring column. Connor McDavid logged a pair of helpers  for Edmonton with Laurent Brossoit recording 22 saves to pick up the win. 

Devils are 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win and Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and under is 4-1 in Devils last 5 vs. Atlantic. Canadiens are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and under is 6-1-1 in Canadiens last 8 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 5-1-1 in Canadiens last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. Devils are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and under is 18-7-5 in the last 30 meetings in Montreal and over is 5-2-6 in the last 13 meetings. 

Montreal has not played well recently but they do seem to crank it up against New Jersey which has me leaning their way right now…

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Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:32:11 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105473
<![CDATA[New Jersey Devils vs. Dallas Stars - 12/15/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/12/15/new-jersey-devils-vs-dallas-stars-12/15/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Dallas Stars look to stay red hot and earn their sixth win in their last seven tries on the road as they head into New Jersey to face off with the Devils on Friday night.

The Stars have hit their stride and are starting to look like the team many expected to see in contention for top spot in the Western Conference as they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games overall and 9-2 in their last 11 Friday games, but they haven’t faired particularly well in New Jersey lately and will need a big effort to snap that streak. The Stars have ridden the play of their high octane offense to success…

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The Dallas Stars look to stay red hot and earn their sixth win in their last seven tries on the road as they head into New Jersey to face off with the Devils on Friday night.

The Stars have hit their stride and are starting to look like the team many expected to see in contention for top spot in the Western Conference as they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games overall and 9-2 in their last 11 Friday games, but they haven’t faired particularly well in New Jersey lately and will need a big effort to snap that streak. The Stars have ridden the play of their high octane offense to success over the last two weeks as the likes of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Alex Radulov are starting to heat up and with some pivotal road victories on their resume of late they should be more than capable of getting it done here. Dallas is expected to send Ben Bishop to the crease here as he will face off against Corey Schneider in a show down of two serviceable goaltenders who can win a game single handily.

The Devils meanwhile look for their eighth win at home this season but they haven’t done too well playing in a back to back of late as they have dropped nine of their last 13 without a day off and coming back home from Montreal after an overtime loss may not be the easiest transition. The Devils have just 18 wins in their last 67 Friday games which is an alarming trend as they seem to back their way into most weekends but they have done well against the Western Conference lately as they have four wins in their last five. New Jersey is a tough team to figure out as they have a decent amount of skill at both ends of the rink but just don’t seem to have the same swagger that most of the league’s elite have and it is tough to imagine them going on a deep playoff run.

The Stars are 7-1 in their last eight against the Metro and 9-2 in their last 11 Friday games while the Devils are 17-36 in their last 53 in their third game in a 3-4 set and have played to the under in six of their last eight at home. This one should feature defense and goaltending and as such the under is a safe play here.

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Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:05:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105575
<![CDATA[Edmonton Oilers vs. Nashville Predators - 12/14/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/12/14/edmonton-oilers-vs-nashville-predators-12/14/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers meet Thursday in NHL action at the Rogers Centre. 

The Nashville Predators look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 26.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 14 goals, P.K. Subban has 14 assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne…

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The Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers meet Thursday in NHL action at the Rogers Centre. 

The Nashville Predators look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 26.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 14 goals, P.K. Subban has 14 assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 56 goals on 756 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 21 goals on 191 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 12 games.

The Edmonton Oilers look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 12 games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with 12 goals, Leon Draisaitl has 14 assists and Milan Lucic has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 73.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 61 goals on 629 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 34 goals on 311 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed two or less goals in five of their last eight games.

The Predators are 2-5 in their last 7 Thursday games, 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 13-4 in their last 17 overall. The Oilers are 4-9 in their last 13 home games, 20-8 in their last 28 Thursday games and 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Predators are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Edmonton, 28-11 in the last 39 meetings and the under is 5-1-3 in the last 9 meetings.

The Nashville Predators are on the end of a back to back, but this is a team that's playing lights out hockey as of late, which includes destroying the Vancouver Canucks last night. Nashville has also beat up the Edmonton Oilers over the years, which includes winning each of the last nine meetings. I'll take the Predators in this spot.

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Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:52:21 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105515
<![CDATA[Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals - 12/14/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/12/14/boston-bruins-vs-washington-capitals-12/14/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins meet Thursday in NHL action at the TD Garden.

The Washington Capitals look for another victory here after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 21 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 24 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 53 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby…

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The Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins meet Thursday in NHL action at the TD Garden.

The Washington Capitals look for another victory here after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 21 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 24 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 53 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 60 goals on 732 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 28 goals on 278 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in six straight games.

The Boston Bruins look fr another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 14 goals, Torey Krug has 12 assists and Brad Marchand has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 42 goals on 477 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 25 goals on 322 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 11 games.

The Capitals are 47-15 in their last 62 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Bruins are 5-14 in their last 19 games playing on 0 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 6-0 in their last 6 Thursday games. The Capitals are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Boston, 20-7 in the last 27 meetings and the under is 34-16-1 in the last 51 meetings.

The Boston Bruins are playing some really good hockey right now, but they're on the end of a back to back, something they haven't had much success this season. The Washington Capitals are also on fire at the moment and have simply owned the Bruins recently, winning each of the last 10 meetings and scoring at least three goals in seven of the last eight games. I can't turn down the plus money with Washington in this spot.

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Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:02:43 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105509
<![CDATA[Las Vegas Golden Knights vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 12/14/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/12/14/las-vegas-golden-knights-vs-pittsburgh-penguins-12/14/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Pittsburgh Penguins and Vegas Golden Knights meet Thursday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins could use a feel good victory here after losing three of their last four games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 26.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Phil Kessel leads Pittsburgh with 15 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 19 assists and Sidney Crosby has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays.…

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Vegas Golden Knights meet Thursday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins could use a feel good victory here after losing three of their last four games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 26.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Phil Kessel leads Pittsburgh with 15 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 19 assists and Sidney Crosby has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 58 goals on 617 shots faced and Casey DeSmith has allowed four goals on 24 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 10 games.

The Vegas Golden Knights look to keep the puck rolling after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power play opportunities. William Karlsson leads Vegas with 15 goals, Jonathan Marchessault has 16 assists and James Neal has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Maxime Lagace has given up 49 goals on 383 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 22 goals on 290 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.

The Penguins are 8-2 in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest, 8-3 in their last 11 Thursday games and 3-8 in their last 11 road games. The Golden Knights are 10-2 in their last 12 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The over is 19-7-2 in Golden Knights last 28 overall and the over is 7-2-1 in Penguins last 10 overall.

It's likely only a matter of time before the Pittsburgh Penguins get back on track, but they haven't been good on the road lately and have had holes defensively. The Vegas Golden Knights have been lights out at home all season long and find ways to win even when they probably shouldn't. We've been backing Vegas all season long at home and I think it would be stupid to stop now considering we're getting even money. Give me the Golden Knights yet again. 

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Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:18:46 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105500
<![CDATA[Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Islanders - 12/14/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/12/14/columbus-blue-jackets-vs-new-york-islanders-12/14/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Thursday in NHL action at the 

The New York Islanders could use a big road win here after losing five of their last seven games. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads New York with 18 goals, Josh Bailey has 28 assists and Anders Lee has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 73.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 48…

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The New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Thursday in NHL action at the 

The New York Islanders could use a big road win here after losing five of their last seven games. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads New York with 18 goals, Josh Bailey has 28 assists and Anders Lee has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 73.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 48 goals on 528 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 50 goals on 456 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in six of their last seven games.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 9.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Anderson leads Columbus with 11 goals, Artemi Panarin has 19 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 55 goals on 745 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 19 goals on 195 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.

The Blue Jackets are 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games, 5-12 in their last 17 games playing on 1 days rest and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The Islanders are 5-12 in the last 17 meetings in Columbus, 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 11-5 in Blue Jackets last 16 overall and the over is 18-7-1 in Islanders last 26 overall.

The Islanders have hit a cold patch and are on the end of a back to back, having to play a Blue Jackets squad on the road that they've had little to no success against over the years. Columbus hasn't been the most consistent team recently, but the defense has been solid and that's a lot more we can say about the Islanders right now. I'll lay the reasonable price with the Blue Jackets on their home ice.

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Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:09:40 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105497