<![CDATA[NHL RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Las Vegas Golden Knights vs. Buffalo Sabres - 10/17/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/10/17/las-vegas-golden-knights-vs-buffalo-sabres-10/17/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Buffalo Sabres are on the road to face the Vegas Golden Knights in a Tuesday NHL tilt.

The Buffalo Sabres have struggled mightily in the early stages of the season and look a positive step when the team visits the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday. Buffalo had dropped four in a row before gaining win number one in a 3-1 win at the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

The Sabres played well at both ends of the ice with a 31-26 advantage in shots with  Justin Bailey, Benoit Pouliot and Johan Larsson each scoring while Larsson also added an assist. Chad Johnson recorded 25 saves to even his…

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The Buffalo Sabres are on the road to face the Vegas Golden Knights in a Tuesday NHL tilt.

The Buffalo Sabres have struggled mightily in the early stages of the season and look a positive step when the team visits the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday. Buffalo had dropped four in a row before gaining win number one in a 3-1 win at the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

The Sabres played well at both ends of the ice with a 31-26 advantage in shots with  Justin Bailey, Benoit Pouliot and Johan Larsson each scoring while Larsson also added an assist. Chad Johnson recorded 25 saves to even his record at 1-1 and help Buffalo to a 1-4-1 record.

Chris Wagner tallied a shorthanded goal in the second on assists from Antoine Vermette and Josh  Manson that temporarily evened the score at 1-1. Anaheim goalie John Gibson was on his lonesome with little support to work with two goals given up on 30 shots ending up in the loss column.

The Vegas Golden Knights are not expected to do much in their first season in existence but they have surprised at 4-1. Vegas will try to keep things rolling when the Buffalo Sabres come to town for the first time on Tuesday. 

The Golden Knights bounced back from their first defeat to upend the visiting Boston Bruins 3-2 on Sunday night. Vegas took a 2-0 lead on second period goals from Alex Tuch and Vadim Shipachyov before David Pastrnak tallied for the Bruins in the third.

Oscar Lindberg  added an empty netter with 14 seconds left to seal the deal for Vegas and make 21 saves from Malcolm Subban hold up. Tuukka Rask recorded 23 stop to absorb the loss for Boston. 

Over is 4-0 in Sabres last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and Sabres are 0-5 in their last 5 Tuesday games and under is 4-0-1 in Sabres last 5 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation. Golden Knights are 4-1 in their last 5 overall.

There are no trends to go on for the Golden Knights but  I’ll give them a look and hope the team does well for another night…

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:37:42 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97625
<![CDATA[New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 10/17/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/10/17/new-jersey-devils-vs-tampa-bay-lightning-10/17/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Tampa Bay Lighting and New Jersey Devils meet Tuesday in NHL action at the 

The Tampa Bay Lighting look for a fifth straight victory to build on their 5-1-0 start to the NHL season. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 28.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with four goals, Alex Killorn has six assists and Steven Stamkos has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy…

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The Tampa Bay Lighting and New Jersey Devils meet Tuesday in NHL action at the 

The Tampa Bay Lighting look for a fifth straight victory to build on their 5-1-0 start to the NHL season. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 28.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with four goals, Alex Killorn has six assists and Steven Stamkos has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 15 goals on 150 shots faced. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed three or more goals in four of their first six games.

The New Jersey Devils look for another solid victory to build on their impressive 4-1-0 record. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 4.2 goals per game and are scoring on 27.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jesper Bratt leads New Jersey with three goals, Will Butcher has eight assists and Taylor Hall has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 76 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 11 goals on 144 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed two goals on 31 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed two or less goals in three of their first five games.

The Lightning are 7-2 in their last 9 road games, 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-1 in their last 8 overall. The Devils are 1-7 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest, 7-20 in their last 27 home games and 23-49 in their last 72 overall. The Lightning are 5-14 in the last 19 meetings in New Jersey, 6-1 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 8-2-2 in the last 12 meetings.

I've been shying away from teams on the end of back to backs early in the season, which would make the Devils the pick in this spot. However, the Lighting are off to such a strong start, you have to make an exception here. Tampa Bay is scoring at will, has had no problem winning on the road and has beaten up on the Devils over the years. I'll gladly take the better team and the cheap price.

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:31:58 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97595
<![CDATA[Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Canucks - 10/17/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/10/17/ottawa-senators-vs-vancouver-canucks-10/17/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Vancouver Canucks visit the Canadian Tire Centre to take the ice with the Ottawa Senators in NHL action on Tuesday.

The Vancouver Canucks look for a change in momentum when the team travels to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. Vancouver ended their home stand with three consecutive defeats following a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Calgary broke a 1-1 tie with three straight goals and Vancouver never mounted a comeback. Dougie Hamilton paced the Flames offense with a pair of tallies with Travis Harmonic, Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano joining the scoring column…

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The Vancouver Canucks visit the Canadian Tire Centre to take the ice with the Ottawa Senators in NHL action on Tuesday.

The Vancouver Canucks look for a change in momentum when the team travels to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. Vancouver ended their home stand with three consecutive defeats following a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Calgary broke a 1-1 tie with three straight goals and Vancouver never mounted a comeback. Dougie Hamilton paced the Flames offense with a pair of tallies with Travis Harmonic, Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano joining the scoring column to support the 22 save effort of Mike Smith.

Derek Dorsett and Brock Boeser found the back of the net for the Canucks who have struggled at both ends of the ice in their last two games. Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom was charged with all five goals to fall to 1-2-1.  

The Ottawa Senators hope to continue their hot streak when the Vancouver Canucks take the ice on Tuesday night. Vancouver is in midseason form in winning three in a row following a 6-1 rout on the road versus the Edmonton Oilers.

The Senators offense have now scored 12 times in two games and the defense has been  just as impressive with three goals allowed in three games. The twosome of Kyle Turris and Mike Hoffman scored two times each for the Sens with Chris Wideman and Derick Brassard also scoring.

Mike Condon stopped 34 shots to pick up the win for Ottawa with Adam Larsson being the lone Oiler to score. Cam Talbot took the loss for Edmonton with four goals allowed on 23 shots before Laurent Brossoit took over in the nets and gave up two goals on eight shots.

Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Atlantic and over is 4-0-1 in Canucks last 5 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game and over is 4-0 in Canucks last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. Over is 4-0-2 in Senators last 6 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and over is 2-0-2 in Senators last 4 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and over is 2-0-2 in Senators last 4 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game. Canucks are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. 

The Canucks are in an early skid and Ottawa is playing well early so I’ll back the Senators…

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:22:59 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97589
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Flyers vs. Florida Panthers - 10/17/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/10/17/philadelphia-flyers-vs-florida-panthers-10/17/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The NHL comes to the Wells Fargo Center when the Philadelphia Flyers host the Florida Panthers Tuesday.

The Florida Panthers stay on the road when the team heads to the City of Brotherly Love to face the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. Florida saw a two game winning streak end in a 4-3 defeat at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

The Pittsburgh offense proved to be too much with Sydney Crosby leading the way with a pair of goals with Greg McKegg and Patric Hornqvist also joining the scoring column. Kris Letang gave the Penguins a pair of helpers and Matt Murray stopped 43 stops…

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The NHL comes to the Wells Fargo Center when the Philadelphia Flyers host the Florida Panthers Tuesday.

The Florida Panthers stay on the road when the team heads to the City of Brotherly Love to face the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. Florida saw a two game winning streak end in a 4-3 defeat at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

The Pittsburgh offense proved to be too much with Sydney Crosby leading the way with a pair of goals with Greg McKegg and Patric Hornqvist also joining the scoring column. Kris Letang gave the Penguins a pair of helpers and Matt Murray stopped 43 stops to up his record to 3-0-1.

The Panthers offense saw Jonathan Huberedau light the lamp twice with Aaron Ekblad also scoring. Evegenii Dadonov logged a pair of helpers but Florida netminder James Reimer was charged with all four goals on 33 shots to absorb the loss.

The Philadelphia Flyers need to keep winning in the early going when the Florida Panthers take the ice on Tuesday night. Philadelphia comes off one of their best performances in recent memory in a dominant 8-2 thrashing of the Washington Capitols on Saturday. 

The Flyers offense was overwhelming with Scott Laughton, Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier each tallied twice with Valtteri Filppula and Wayne Simmons also scoring. Shayne Gostisbehere and Jakub Voracek each posted a trio of helpers to make the 21 stops of Brian Elliott an easy winner.  

The Washington attack produced goals off the sticks of Nicklas Backstrom and Jakub Vrana but the defense needed much more help with goaltender Philip Grubauer allowing all eight goals on 37 shots to take the loss.

Over is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 overall and over is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and under is 3-0-1 in Panthers last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. Over is 4-0 in Flyers last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and Flyers are 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win and Flyers are 7-1 in their last 8 home games. Panthers are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Philadelphia and home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and Panthers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. 

The Flyers have enjoyed some success in this matchup and following the big win versus Washington I look for the momentum to carry over…

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:58:43 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97583
<![CDATA[San Jose Sharks vs. Montreal Canadiens - 10/17/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/10/17/san-jose-sharks-vs-montreal-canadiens-10/17/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Montreal Canadiens and San Jose Sharks meet Tuesday in NHL action at the SAP Center.

The Montreal Canadiens could use a feel good victory here that would snap a four-game losing streak. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 1.4 goals per game and are scoring on 6.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Drouin leads Montreal with one goal, Karl Alzner has two assists and Brendan Gallagher has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price…

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The Montreal Canadiens and San Jose Sharks meet Tuesday in NHL action at the SAP Center.

The Montreal Canadiens could use a feel good victory here that would snap a four-game losing streak. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 1.4 goals per game and are scoring on 6.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Drouin leads Montreal with one goal, Karl Alzner has two assists and Brendan Gallagher has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 15 goals on 131 shots faced and Al Montoya has allowed two goals on nine shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed two or more goals in eight straight regular season games. David Schlemko is questionable with a hand injury. 

The San Jose Sharks could also use a victory here to rebound from a slow 1-3-1 start to the season. The San Jose Sharks are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 28.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Kevin Labanc leads San Jose with three goals, Mikkel Boedker has two assists and Logan Couture has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up two goals on 31 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 10 goals on 84 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 regular season games.

The Canadiens are 8-0 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Sharks are 1-4 in their last 5 home games, 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Canadiens are 1-10 in the last 11 meetings in San Jose, 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.

Both of these teams have had struggles on the offensive end out of the gate, and the under is a popular trend when these teams meet. The under has also hit in 21 of Montreal's last 36 games and three times in the Sharks five games this season. Instead of trying to figure out which squad is going to show up to get a much needed victory, I predict a low-scoring game that will make it under the total. It's a strong trend between the Canadiens and Sharks.

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97571
<![CDATA[Winnipeg Jets vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 10/17/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/10/17/winnipeg-jets-vs-columbus-blue-jackets-10/17/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Columbus Blue Jackets and Winnipeg Jets meet Tuesday in NHL action at the MTS Centre.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for their third road victory of the season to build on their impressive 4-1-0 start. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 7.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Sonny Milano leads Columbus with four goals, Artemi Panarin has six assists and Matt Calvert has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 76.9 percent of their opponents power…

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Winnipeg Jets meet Tuesday in NHL action at the MTS Centre.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for their third road victory of the season to build on their impressive 4-1-0 start. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 7.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Sonny Milano leads Columbus with four goals, Artemi Panarin has six assists and Matt Calvert has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 76.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up six goals on 126 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed five goals on 29 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed one or less goals in three of their last five games.

The Winnipeg Jets look to keep the puck rolling while building on their three-game winning streak. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 10.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikolaj Ehlers leads Winnipeg with five goals, Blake Wheeler has five assists and Mark Scheifele has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 71.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up seven goals on 111 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed 11 goals on 65 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed two or less goals in six of their last nine games. Adam Lowry is out with an upper-body injury.

The Blue Jackets are 3-9 in their last 12 road games, 16-5 in their last 21 Tuesday games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Jets are 7-1 in their last 8 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 10-2 in their last 12 overall. The Blue Jackets are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Winnipeg, 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

Neither one of these teams have had trouble putting the puck in the back of the net this season, and the last three meetings between the Blue Jackets and Jets have produced at least eight combined goals. In fact, the last eight meetings have produced at least four goals. There's fireworks when these teams meet, and it's why the over has hit five of the last eight times. The over has also hit in 34 of the Jets last 53 games overall. Give me the over. 

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97574
<![CDATA[Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 10/17/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/10/17/washington-capitals-vs-toronto-maple-leafs-10/17/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals and meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for their third road victory of the season to add to their impressive 4-1-0 start to the year. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 5.2 goals per game and are scoring on 30.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with five goals, William Nylander has four assists and Patrick Marleau has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent…

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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals and meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for their third road victory of the season to add to their impressive 4-1-0 start to the year. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 5.2 goals per game and are scoring on 30.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with five goals, William Nylander has four assists and Patrick Marleau has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 19 goals on 158 shots faced. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in four straight games.

The Washington Capitals could use a strong bounce back victory after losing three of their last four games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 31.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with nine goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 11 assists and John Carlson has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 76.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 10 goals on 130 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 12 goals on 77 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed a combined 13 goals in their last three games. Lars Eller is questionable with an illness.

The Maple Leafs are 6-2 in their last 8 road games, 9-3 in their last 12 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Capitals are 37-14 in their last 51 home games, 20-6 in their last 26 games playing on 2 days rest and 45-22 in their last 67 overall. The Maple Leafs are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Washington, 3-11 in the last 14 meetings and home team is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings.

I know the Capitals have owned the Maple Leafs over the years, but six of the last eight meetings have gone into overtime, so these games have been much closer than the record would indicate. The Mapple Leafs have proven to be one of the best offensive teams in the league and the Capitals have been a little shaky on the defensive end so far this season. This seems like a good spot to take a chance with the road underdog. I'll side with Toronto given the value in this spot.

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97577
<![CDATA[New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 10/17/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/10/17/new-york-rangers-vs-pittsburgh-penguins-10/17/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Pittsburgh Penguins look continue their domination of division opponents as they head into MSG to face off with the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

The Penguins look to extend New York’s misery to start the season as the two Metro division rivals face off at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night in a place that is usually quite friendly to the Blue Shirts but has been anything but to start this campaign. Pittsburgh are the two time defending Cup champions and have had a decent start to the season as they have resume wins and a few tough losses but overall they are looking like…

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The Pittsburgh Penguins look continue their domination of division opponents as they head into MSG to face off with the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

The Penguins look to extend New York’s misery to start the season as the two Metro division rivals face off at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night in a place that is usually quite friendly to the Blue Shirts but has been anything but to start this campaign. Pittsburgh are the two time defending Cup champions and have had a decent start to the season as they have resume wins and a few tough losses but overall they are looking like a group that is capable of going on another deep playoff run, and if they can add another body at the trade deadline to push them over the edge they will be tough to slow down. Matt Murray is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Henrik Lundqvist who has looked like anything but “the King” lately as he and the Rangers have lost five of their first six games.

The Rangers’ struggles extend back to last season as they are a paltry 2-9 in their last 11 games against divisional foes and while the Metro remains one of the toughest divisions in hockey with some of the league’s best teams, including the Pens, good teams need to find a way to win against teams in their division. New York has dropped seven of their last eight games and while they did bring in some key pieces in the offseason they aren’t looking like a group capable of staying in the discussion as one of the league’s elite and until they can play out of this funk they may not even stay in the discussion as a playoff threat.

The Pens are 2-5 in their last seven road games and 47-19 in their last 66 against the Metro while the Rangers are 1-5 in their last six against the East and 5-12 in their last 17 Tuesday games. Pittsburgh is the better team here and are getting a nice price and while New York will turn it around soon I don’t like this as the spot to do so.

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97586
<![CDATA[Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche - 10/17/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/10/17/nashville-predators-vs-colorado-avalanche-10/17/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Colorado Avalanche look to keep their strong start afloat as they head into the Music City to face off against the Nashville Predators.

The Avalanche have been one of the surprise teams in the early going as they have turned last season’s dismal campaign into a rejuvenated start to this season and while they are likely to regress a bit they still have some high end talent led by the trio of Matt Duchene, Nathan Mackinnon, and Gabriel Landeskog. However, the impending departure of Duchene who has been verbally upset with his role in Colorado has the team on egg shells a bit right…

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The Colorado Avalanche look to keep their strong start afloat as they head into the Music City to face off against the Nashville Predators.

The Avalanche have been one of the surprise teams in the early going as they have turned last season’s dismal campaign into a rejuvenated start to this season and while they are likely to regress a bit they still have some high end talent led by the trio of Matt Duchene, Nathan Mackinnon, and Gabriel Landeskog. However, the impending departure of Duchene who has been verbally upset with his role in Colorado has the team on egg shells a bit right now and the uncertainty surrounding when his void will occur has to be unsettling but until that point they will ride those three in the offensive zone and hope that goaltender Semyon Varlamov can continue his strong play. Varlamov is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Pekka Rinne who will look to get the Preds on a roll after a big of a sluggish start.

The Predators are sitting at .500 on the season but they have won both games at home this season and that is par for the course for one of the league’s best teams in their own arena and against an Avs team here who has just 17 wins in their last 70 games it makes sense the Preds are such a big favourite here. Nashville is coming off a Western Conference title and a trip to the Stanley Cup final but they have had a bit of a hangover but they have the personnel to rebound and at home here you can bet they will have a game plan in place to keep the Colorado offense under wraps and allow their special teams to take over.

The Avalanche are 15-40 in their last 55 road games and 15-36 in their last 51 against the Central while the Preds are 9-3 in their last 12 against the Central and 2-5 in their last seven overall. The Avs are heavy underdogs here but there is no value on the Preds so the best play is on the total and in Nashville I think this one stays under.

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97592
<![CDATA[Edmonton Oilers vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 10/17/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/10/17/edmonton-oilers-vs-carolina-hurricanes-10/17/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Edmonton Oilers look to play out of their early season funk as they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to Rogers Place on Tuesday night.

The Hurricanes are off to a tough start as they have been away from home it seems like for most of the season and with a 2-7 stretch in their last nine games dating back to last season it is tough to find any sort of confidence in them at the moment. Carolina is still a young group that will be back in the playoff mix in the next few seasons and could very well jump into that picture this season if they can turn things around but they are in a tough…

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The Edmonton Oilers look to play out of their early season funk as they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to Rogers Place on Tuesday night.

The Hurricanes are off to a tough start as they have been away from home it seems like for most of the season and with a 2-7 stretch in their last nine games dating back to last season it is tough to find any sort of confidence in them at the moment. Carolina is still a young group that will be back in the playoff mix in the next few seasons and could very well jump into that picture this season if they can turn things around but they are in a tough division where other teams are on the rise and it could be tough sledding for them. Carolina has just 17 wins in their last 56 road games and while Edmonton hasn’t been particularly strong this season as they have lost four games in a row, they are usually a tough out playing on home ice and have 13 wins in their last 18 tires playing at Rogers Place. Scott Darling is expected to make the start as he will face off against Cam Talbot who will be out to regain his form from a season ago.

The Oilers came into this season with high expectations and were among a small collection of teams considered a legitimate threat to win the Stanley Cup thanks in large part to the presence of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Edmonton though has dropped four games in a row after opening the season with a 3-0 shutout win over the Calgary Flames and they need better play out of their goaltender in Talbot who was brilliant a season ago but hasn’t quite had the same pop we saw last year, despite not receiving a ton of support from his defensive comrades. Edmonton has beaten up on the league’s doormats over the last season plus though and this game certainly fits that criteria as the Canes have just a single win to their name this season.

The Canes are 2-7 in their last nine overall and 1-4 in their last five against the West while the Oilers are 1-4 in their last five and 23-9 in their last 32 when their opponent scores two or fewer in their previous game. Carolina is in tough here as the Oilers need a statement win and in this spot it looks like this the chance to do it.

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97601