Last Updated: 2019-01-19
Even though we have a huge slate of games on the ice tonight, it’s not the greatest schedule from a handicapping perspective as there are plenty of games with conflicting trends. Too many games to go down the entire list, especially with the large number of games in the NBA and the dreaded Saturday college hoops, so we’ll take a look at several of them even though just one play tonight.
Anaheim at New Jersey: The Ducks ended their skid last time out and have been pretty decent playing after a win, going 11-8 and 5-13-1 in totals, while the Devils are 10-18 after a loss and 17-9-2 in totals. The Ducks are 10-13 on the road, while the Devils are 13-9 at home and have gone 9-6 as a favorite this season.
LA Kings at Colorado: Los Angeles is just 5-13 after a win and 4-13-1 in totals, while the Avalanche have gone 11-14 after a loss and 16-9 in totals.
San Jose at Tampa Bay: The Sharks won in San Jose and now the Lightning will look to repay the favor, although Tampa is just 7-5 avenging a prior loss. The Sharks are 12-8 after a loss, but Tampa is 10-1 after a setback and 19-5 at home.
Winnipeg at Dallas: Decent game here, where the Jets are 16-14 after a win and 14-13-3 in totals, while the Stars have gone 12-12 and 8-15-1 in totals after a loss. Winnipeg is a pretty good road team, going 13-8, while the Stars are 14-10 in front of the home fans.
Columbus at Minnesota: The Wild opened -135 and the line is holding steady with 52% of the early wagers coming in on Minnesota. The total has also held steady at 6 with a large number of under wagers coming in. Bobrovsky is expected to get the start for Columbus, who have gone 14-4 after a loss and 14-8 on the road. The Wild also lost last time and are 12-11 following a setback and 12-12 at home. The Bobrovsky ordeal has probably been blown out of proportion a little bit and things should begin to settle down a little bit. The best way for the Blue Jackets to put it to an end is to pick up a win with Bob in the net, so will take the Jackets +115 in this one.
Pittsburgh at Las Vegas: Another pretty good one here, as Fleury goes against his former team and the Knights are -155 and getting two-thirds of the wagers. The Pens are 14-11 after a win and Vegas is 14-6 after a loss and 15-7 at home this season.
Season: 40-32-2 +5.73
END OF JAN. 19 PICKS
A 2-1 day in the NHL on Thursday, which was really about all we were hoping for, as we layed a little extra juice on all three of the under plays. So no complaints there and seven games on the slate for Friday.
Toronto at Florida: The Maple Leafs opened -160 and the line is down to Toronto -145 and the total is 6.5-over (-120) in what appears to be a definite letdown situation for the Leafs, but teams who knocked off the Lightning their previous game have gone 9-2 their following game and 1-10 in totals. Toronto is 18-10 after a win and 14-12-2 in totals, while the Panthers have gone 10-17 after a loss and 14-10-3 in totals. The Panthers are 9-7 in totals when the number is 6.5 and Toronto is 11-12.
Montreal at Columbus: The Blue Jackets opened -165 and the line is now Columbus -150 with Montreal getting 60% of the early wagers. Both teams are a little below .500 after a win and show slight under tendencies, with the Habs going 12-13 in totals and Columbus is 9-15-3. Would normally look at the under, but Bobrovsky not playing well lately with all of the trade talk.
Ottawa at Carolina: The Hurricanes opened -230 and the line is still there, while the total has held at 6.5. The Sens are just 6-11 after a win, although the ‘Canes are 11-12 after a loss. Carolina is 7-16 in totals after a loss, although Ottawa is 10-7 in totals after a win.
NY Islanders at Washington: The Caps came out at -185 earlier this morning with a total of 6 and Washington is 10-8 after a loss and 10-7-1 in totals, although the Islanders are 15-11 and 9-16-1 in totals after a win.
Pittsburgh at Arizona: The Pens are -150 with a total of 6-over (-120) and both teams are 10-10 in their respective situations, with conflicing totals trends.
Detroit at Calgary: The Flames opened -250 and are holding pretty steady, while we’ve seen a slight shift in the total from 6.5 to 6.5-under (-115). Detroit is 8-9 after a win and 7-10 in totals, while the Flames are 12-5 after a loss and 7-9-1 in totals, but the Flames are 9-2 in totals when the number is 6.5.
Buffalo at Vancouver: The Cancucks are -125 with a total of 5.5-over (-115) and Buffalo is 13-10 after a win and 12-11 in totals, while the Canucks are 12-14 after a loss and 12-11-3 in totals. The Sabres are 11-9 with a total of 5.5 and Vancouver is 10-7, so will take the over 5.5 (-115) here.
Season: 39-32-2 +4.73
END OF JAN. 18 PICKS
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