<![CDATA[NHL RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Chicago Blackhawks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 1/24/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2018/01/24/chicago-blackhawks-vs-toronto-maple-leafs-1/24/18-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The United Center and the Chicago Blackhawks host the Toronto Maple Leafs in Wednesday NHL.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are still searching for that elusive spark that will ignite the team to a much needed hot streak. Toronto has dropped five of six after a 4-2 loss to the red hot Colorado Avalanche on Monday. The Maple Leafs saw Patrick Marleau and Auston Matthews score in the second period with Frederik Andersen making 23 saves in the loss.

The Avalanche received goals from Gabriel Bourque, Nail Yakupov and Blake Comeau before Gabriel Landeskog secured the win with an empty net…

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The United Center and the Chicago Blackhawks host the Toronto Maple Leafs in Wednesday NHL.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are still searching for that elusive spark that will ignite the team to a much needed hot streak. Toronto has dropped five of six after a 4-2 loss to the red hot Colorado Avalanche on Monday. The Maple Leafs saw Patrick Marleau and Auston Matthews score in the second period with Frederik Andersen making 23 saves in the loss.

The Avalanche received goals from Gabriel Bourque, Nail Yakupov and Blake Comeau before Gabriel Landeskog secured the win with an empty net tally with 54 seconds remaining. Jonathan Bernier improved to 14-7-4 with a 29 save performance as Colorado won a league high 10th consecutive game. 

The Chicago Blackhawks are looking for some momentum heading in to the All Star break which means winning their last two game before the schedule resumes on Tuesday. Chicago remains 7th in the Central following a 2-0 loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday offense ran in to a hot goalie and Jeff Glass with 29 stops was not enough. 

Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead at 17:14 of the second period on a shorthanded goal off the stick of Chris Kunitz on assists from Jake Dotchin and Brayden Point. Yanni Gourde scored an unassisted goal with 1:34 remaining and the defense secured the win with Lightning goalie Andrei Vasileviskiy recording his 7yh shutout with 40 saves.

Under is 3-0-1 in Maple Leafs last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 3-0-1 in Maple Leafs last 4 vs. Western Conference and Maple Leafs are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Central. Blackhawks are 0-4 in their last 4 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 8-1 in Blackhawks last 9 vs. Atlantic and under is 10-2 in Blackhawks last 12 home games. Maple Leafs are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago and Maple Leafs are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings and home team is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. 

Neither team has been at their best so I’m looking at the Blackhawks who have had success in this matchup…

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:00:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111598
<![CDATA[Edmonton Oilers vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/23/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2018/01/23/edmonton-oilers-vs-buffalo-sabres-1/23/18-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Buffalo Sabers and Edmonton Oilers meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Rogers Place.

The Buffalo Sabers have a chance to win back-to-back games since October 21-24. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 18 goals, Evander Kane has 20 assists and Ryan O'Reilly has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 87 goals on 964 shots faced…

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The Buffalo Sabers and Edmonton Oilers meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Rogers Place.

The Buffalo Sabers have a chance to win back-to-back games since October 21-24. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 18 goals, Evander Kane has 20 assists and Ryan O'Reilly has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 87 goals on 964 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 50 goals on 420 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 12 games.

The Edmonton Oilers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leads Edmonton with 16 goals, Connor McDavid has 38 assists and Leon Draisaitl has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 72.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 104 goals on 1,065 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 38 goals on 334 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed two or less goals in five of their last seven games.

The Sabres are 4-10 in their last 14 Tuesday games, 25-75 in their last 100 games playing on 0 days rest and 14-45 in their last 59 road games. The Oilers are 4-11 in their last 15 games playing on 2 days rest and 16-44 in their last 60 Tuesday games. The Sabres are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Edmonton. The under is 5-2 in Oilers last 7 home games and the over is 4-1 in Sabres last 5 road games.

The Buffalo Sabers actually won a road game on Monday night, but they're on the end of a back to back and continue to lose an insane percentage of games on the road that one victory doesn't change much. Also, the Sabres haven't won back to back games in about three months. Forget the Edmonton Oilers and their struggles, I'm going to continue fading the Sabres until they give me a reason not to. 

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:09:22 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111589
<![CDATA[Nashville Predators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 1/23/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2018/01/23/nashville-predators-vs-tampa-bay-lightning-1/23/18-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Tampa Bay Lighting and Nashville Predators meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Tampa Bay Lighting look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 24.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 27 goals, Steven Stamkos has 37 assists and Brayden Point has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy…

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The Tampa Bay Lighting and Nashville Predators meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Tampa Bay Lighting look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 24.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 27 goals, Steven Stamkos has 37 assists and Brayden Point has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 87 goals on 1,195 shots faced and Peter Budaj has allowed 26 goals on 213 shots. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed four or more goals in five of their last seven games.

The Nashville Predators look for another victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Nashville Predators are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 15 goals, P.K. Subban has 24 assists and Kevin Fiala has 106 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 81 goals on 1,076 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 27 goals on 388 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or less goals in their last eight games.

The Lightning are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 21-10 in their last 31 road games and 6-1 in their last 7 Tuesday games. The Predators are 37-14 in their last 51 home games, 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 10-3 in their last 13 Tuesday games. The Lightning are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Nashville, 1-6 in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

The Tampa Bay Lighting are still probably the best team in hockey, but they have struggled with their defense recently and are on the end of a back to back. We know the Nashville Predators are one of the tougher home teams in the league, and they've outscored the Lightning 9-2 in the last two meetings. I like the rested team and more consistent defensively to get the job done in this spot. 

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:08:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111586
<![CDATA[St. Louis Blues vs. Ottawa Senators - 1/23/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2018/01/23/st-louis-blues-vs-ottawa-senators-1/23/18-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Blues meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Scottrade Center.

The Ottawa Senators need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 18 goals, Erik Karlsson has 27 assists and Mike Hoffman has 143 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 103 goals on 1,021 shots…

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The Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Blues meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Scottrade Center.

The Ottawa Senators need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 18 goals, Erik Karlsson has 27 assists and Mike Hoffman has 143 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 103 goals on 1,021 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed 43 goals on 405 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in their last seven games.

The St. Louis Blues look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 20 goals, Brayden Schenn has 28 assists and Jaden Schwartz has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 93 goals on 1,022 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed 29 goals on 465 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed four or more goals in four of their last six games.

The Senators are 1-8 in their last 9 vs. Western Conference, 3-14 in their last 17 road games and 7-21 in their last 28 overall. The Blues are 39-18 in their last 57 games playing on 2 days rest, 22-10 in their last 32 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-2 in their last 8 Tuesday games. The Senators are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in St. Louis, the road team is 8-0 in the last 8 meetings and the under is 13-6-4 in the last 23 meetings.

The Ottawa Senators continue to fall apart defensively and continue to stink up the joint on the road. I'm not sure playing on the end of a back to back against a rested and tough St. Louis Blues squad is going to help matters. The Blues thrive on extended rest and are due for a breakthrough performance after some spotty recent play. I like the Blues to get the job done on their home ice.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:51:48 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111583
<![CDATA[Detroit Red Wings vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 1/23/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2018/01/23/detroit-red-wings-vs-philadelphia-flyers-1/23/18-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Philadelphia Flyers look for another victory after winning seven of their last eight games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 26 goals, Jakub Voracek has 45 assists and Claude Giroux has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 74.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian…

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The Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Philadelphia Flyers look for another victory after winning seven of their last eight games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 26 goals, Jakub Voracek has 45 assists and Claude Giroux has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 74.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 100 goals on 1,085 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed 25 goals on 346 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.

The Detroit Red Wings could use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 15 goals, Dylan Larkin has 29 assists and Henrik Zetterberg has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 94 goals on 1,083 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed 37 goals on 348 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 12 games.

The Flyers are 1-6 in their last 7 Tuesday games, 16-33 in their last 49 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The Red Wings are 5-15 in their last 20 Tuesday games, 16-38 in their last 54 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Flyers are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings in Detroit, 9-3 in the last 12 meetings and the home team is 25-5 in the last 30 meetings.

The Flyers are playing the better and more consistent hockey as of late and they're catching the Detroit Red Wings on the end of a back to back. However, the Flyers haven't had their best results on the road, and the home team has simply dominated whenever the Flyers and Red Wings have played. The home team has won seven of the last 10 meetings and 25 of the last 30 meetings. Trends like that are hard to explain but are worth supporting. Give me the Detroit Red Wings.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:47:34 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111580
<![CDATA[Montreal Canadiens vs. Colorado Avalanche - 1/23/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2018/01/23/montreal-canadiens-vs-colorado-avalanche-1/23/18-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.

The Colorado Avalanche look to keep the pick rolling, as they haven’t lost a game since December 27. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 23 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 29 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon…

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The Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.

The Colorado Avalanche look to keep the pick rolling, as they haven’t lost a game since December 27. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 23 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 29 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 72 goals on 814 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 52 goals on 641 shots. The Colorado Avalanche haven’t allowed more than three goals in their last 14 games.

The Montreal Canadiens need a victory here after losing four of their last five games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 16 goals, Phillip Danault has 16 assists and Max Pacioretty has 178 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 94 goals on 1,018 shots faced and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 19 goals on 250 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed four or more goals in five of their last eight games.

The Avalanche are 29-68 in their last 97 games playing on 0 days rest, 14-41 in their last 55 road games and 10-1 in their last 11 overall. The Canadiens are 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games, 3-7 in their last 10 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal.

The Colorado Avalanche haven't had much success playing on the end of a back to back, and they haven't been great on the road the past couple of seasons. However, I'm not sure how you bet against the Colorado Avalanche with them riding this winning streak and improved defense. The Avalanche have been a money machine since Christmas, and it may be wise to ride that streak until it ends. Not to mention the Canadiens have issues of their own and playing at home hasn't helped. I'm riding Colorado until those tickets stop cashing.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:43:15 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111577
<![CDATA[Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings - 1/23/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2018/01/23/vancouver-canucks-vs-los-angeles-kings-1/23/18-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Tuesday night NHL action features the Los Angeles Kings visiting the Vancouver Canucks.

The Los Angeles Kings know it’s never too early to fight for playoff position and that’s what the team is doing now. Los Angeles is 4th in the Pacific and hoping a long hot streak is in the making after a 4-2 win versus the New York Rangers snapped six game slide. New York began the game well with a 2-0 lead after one with goals from David Deshanais and Jimmy Vesey but nothing went favorably the rest of the way.

The struggling Kings attack finally showed life with a three goal burst in the…

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Tuesday night NHL action features the Los Angeles Kings visiting the Vancouver Canucks.

The Los Angeles Kings know it’s never too early to fight for playoff position and that’s what the team is doing now. Los Angeles is 4th in the Pacific and hoping a long hot streak is in the making after a 4-2 win versus the New York Rangers snapped six game slide. New York began the game well with a 2-0 lead after one with goals from David Deshanais and Jimmy Vesey but nothing went favorably the rest of the way.

The struggling Kings attack finally showed life with a three goal burst in the second period with Jake Muzzin, Michael Amadio and Tanner Pearson each scoring on the power play before Trevor Lewis hit the empty net. Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez each added a pair of assists and Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots for the Kings. Henrik Lundqvist took the loss for New York with 26 saves.

The Vancouver Canucks need a dramatic reversal of fortunes if the team is to challenge for the postseason. Vancouver is 7th in the Pacific defeats in seven of ten where both their scoring and defense have been struggling. The Canucks come off of a 1-0 loss at the Winnipeg Jets in a winnable game thanks to their defense.

Canucks goaltender Anders Nilsson was outstanding in defeat with 35 saves to fall to 6-8-1. Patrik Laine scored the only goal of the game at 11:45 of the first period on assists from Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor while Connor Hellebuyck earned the win for Winnipeg with 29 saves for his 4th shutout. 

Kings are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and Kings are 8-1 in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400 and Kings are 1-6 in their last 7 overall. Over is 7-1 in Canucks last 8 vs. Pacific and under is 4-1 in Canucks last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. Road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and under is 5-1-4 in the last 10 meetings in Vancouver and under is 19-9-9 in the last 37 meetings.  

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 5-4 game here but the way both have been scoring the under is the play…

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:15:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111502
<![CDATA[Dallas Stars vs. Florida Panthers - 1/23/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2018/01/23/dallas-stars-vs-florida-panthers-1/23/18-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments NHL action comes to the American Airlines Center where the Dallas Stars host the Florida Panthers.

The Florida Panthers have time to right the ship but the postseason has been inching further away with points in high demand. Florida has dropped five of seven after a 4-3 loss at the Nashville Predators on Saturday where Vincent Trocheck, Derek MacKenzie and Keith Yandle supplying the offense with Evegnii Dadonov adding two assists.

The Predators received a pair of goals from Kevin Fiala with Nick Bonino, and PK Subban also lighting the lamp. Bonino and Calle Jarnkrok gave Nashville…

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NHL action comes to the American Airlines Center where the Dallas Stars host the Florida Panthers.

The Florida Panthers have time to right the ship but the postseason has been inching further away with points in high demand. Florida has dropped five of seven after a 4-3 loss at the Nashville Predators on Saturday where Vincent Trocheck, Derek MacKenzie and Keith Yandle supplying the offense with Evegnii Dadonov adding two assists.

The Predators received a pair of goals from Kevin Fiala with Nick Bonino, and PK Subban also lighting the lamp. Bonino and Calle Jarnkrok gave Nashville a pair of helpers each and Pekka Rinne recorded 37 saves in the win while Harri Sateri stopped 25 shots to absorb the loss for the Panthers.

The Dallas Stars objective is to improve upon their current number four position in the Central for a better seed in the postseason. Dallas has been moving in the right direction with wins in three of four following a 7-1 victory at the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Sam Reinhart scored on the power play for the Sabres with Robin Lehner allowing four goals on 19 shots with Chad Johnson coming in to give up three goals on 13 shots.

Mattias Janmark paced an explosive Stars attack with a pair of goals with Remi Elie, Jaime Benn, Esa Lindell, Radek Faksa and Tyler Pitlick all finding the back of the net. John Klingberg gave Dallas three assists with Jason Spezza and Lindell logging two helpers each to make an easy winner of Kaei Lehtonen and his 26 saves. 

Over is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 overall and over is 6-0 in Panthers last 6 vs. Western Conference and over is 8-0 in Panthers last 8 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game. Stars are 0-4 in their last 4 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game and Stars are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Atlantic and Stars are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record. Panthers are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Dallas and road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Dallas.  

Goals are generally scored when these two teams take the ice so I’m leaning over until I see goalies…

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:15:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111505
<![CDATA[Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 1/23/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2018/01/23/pittsburgh-penguins-vs-carolina-hurricanes-1/23/18-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Carolina Hurricanes travel to PPG PAINTS Arena to oppose the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Tuesday NHL tilt.

The Carolina Hurricanes need to get hot and stay that way with the team in 8th place in the Metropolitan. Carolina is heading in the wrong direction with losses in three of four after a 5-1 defeat to the visiting Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday. The Hurricanes only goal came off the stick of Jacob Slavin on the PP with 45 seconds remaining in the first.

The Golden Knights exploded in the opening period on goals from Edouard Bellemare, Colin Miller and Jonathan Marchessault…

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The Carolina Hurricanes travel to PPG PAINTS Arena to oppose the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Tuesday NHL tilt.

The Carolina Hurricanes need to get hot and stay that way with the team in 8th place in the Metropolitan. Carolina is heading in the wrong direction with losses in three of four after a 5-1 defeat to the visiting Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday. The Hurricanes only goal came off the stick of Jacob Slavin on the PP with 45 seconds remaining in the first.

The Golden Knights exploded in the opening period on goals from Edouard Bellemare, Colin Miller and Jonathan Marchessault for a 3-1 lead with James Neal scoring in the second and with Brendan Leipsic scoring in the third. Miller gave Vegas two assists and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots while Scott Darling was pulled after the first with Cam Ward allowing two goals on 28 shots.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been inconsistent over the first half of the season which is the reason the two time Stanley cup winners are 6th in the Metropolitan. Pittsburgh has been playing better with wins in six of nine but the team is coming off of a 2-1 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

Conor Sheary scored the first goal of the game at 3:18 of the first but the Penguins offense was silent the rest of the night. The Sharks scored the equalizer on a Timo Meier tally in the first with Tomas Hertl lighting the lamp at 1:53 of the third. Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns added two assists each and Aaron Dell got the win with 31 saves while Casey DeSmith stopped 34 shots in defeat.

Hurricanes are 1-7 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record and Hurricanes are 1-5 in their last 6 Tuesday games and under is 4-1 in Hurricanes last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. Under is 4-1-1 in Penguins last 6 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and Penguins are 9-3 in their last 12 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and Penguins are 5-15 in their last 20 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and Hurricanes are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh.  

I would have to see more of the Penguins before saying the team is more consistent but they are the choice here…

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:15:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111508
<![CDATA[Anaheim Ducks vs. New York Rangers - 1/23/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2018/01/23/anaheim-ducks-vs-new-york-rangers-1/23/18-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Rangers continue their west coast road swing with a visit at the Anaheim Ducks in late Tuesday NHL action.

The New York Rangers haven’t been able to piece things together the past few weeks with some inconsistent play at both ends of the ice leading to losses in five of seven. New York comes in off of a 4-2 defeat at the Los Angeles Kings were a 2-0 disappeared. New York began the game well with a 2-0 lead after one with goals from David Deshanais and Jimmy Vesey but nothing went favorably the rest of the way.

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The New York Rangers continue their west coast road swing with a visit at the Anaheim Ducks in late Tuesday NHL action.

The New York Rangers haven’t been able to piece things together the past few weeks with some inconsistent play at both ends of the ice leading to losses in five of seven. New York comes in off of a 4-2 defeat at the Los Angeles Kings were a 2-0 disappeared. New York began the game well with a 2-0 lead after one with goals from David Deshanais and Jimmy Vesey but nothing went favorably the rest of the way.

The struggling Kings attack finally showed life with a three goal burst in the second period with Jake Muzzin, Michael Amadio and Tanner Pearson each scoring on the power play before Trevor Lewis hit the empty net. Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez each added a pair of assists and Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots for the Kings. Henrik Lundqvist took the loss for New York with 26 saves.

The Anaheim Ducks have spent a large chunk of the first half with several stars on the disabled list and the team appears to be getting healthy both injury wise and record wise. Anaheim did see a two game winning streak end in a 6-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks with the offense mustering goals from Richard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf which wasn’t enough support for John Gibson who gave up five goals on 22 shots. 

Mikkel Boedker led the Sharks scoring parade with a pair of goals with Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Kevin Labanc, Joe Thornton and Melker Karlsson joining the scoring column. Chris Tierney gave San Jose a pair of helpers and Aaron Dell improved to 12-3-2 with 33 stops.

Over is 4-0 in Rangers last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and Rangers are 0-4 in their last 4 road games and over is 5-1 in Rangers last 6 Tuesday games. Under is 10-1-1 in Ducks last 12 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game and under is 12-2 in Ducks last 14 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and Ducks are 6-1 in their last 7 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals. Rangers are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings and home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.  

The Rangers have enjoyed the bulk of the success here but I prefer Anaheim who is playing better…

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:10:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111499