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NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Colorado Avalanche at Washington Capitals

10.18.2016     09:38 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alex Smith blog entry.
Colorado +180 at Washington O/U 5.5
Recommendation: Colorado

The Colorado Avalanche look to stay perfect as they head to Washington to take on the Capitals. The Avs are coming off a 4-3 overtime win over defending Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh thanks to a late goal by Gabriel Landeskog to send the contest to an extra frame, and another score to win it less than 90 seconds into OT. The Capitals have split their first two games on the year, losing to the aforementioned Penguins in a shootout and defeating the New York Islanders on Saturday in a tight 2-1 battle backed by a strong performance by goaltender Braden Holtby. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner has picked right up where he left off last year, stopping 49 of the 52 shots he's faced in his pair of starts.

Under new coach Jared Bednar, the Avalanche aren't trying to do more than they are capable of. When Patrick Roy was the bench boss, Colorado was looking to play very fast at both ends of the ice, and their defense just simply wasn't up to the task over the previous couple of seasons. Nowadays, the Avs still play up-tempo at times, but they know when to dial it back, especially Read more

Tags: NHL Colorado Avalanche Washington Capitals Alex B. Smith

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Preview: New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

04.13.2016     08:22 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC blog entry.
New York Rangers (M3) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (M2)
Series Price: Pittsburgh -175/New York +155
Game 1 Price: Pittsburgh -145 O/U 5

The injury list is long for both squads entering this series. The New York Rangers have several key players listed as questionable including Eric Staal, Mats Zuccarello, Dan Girardi and captain Ryan McDonagh. None of them are a sure thing to be in the lineup for Game 1 tonight. The Pittsburgh Penguins also have multiple players listed as questionable too including both of their goalies Marc-Andre Fleury and Matthew Murray. It appears Fleury (concussion) has been upgraded to probable.

Pittsburgh closed the regular season as the hottest team in the NHL going 14-2 in its last 16 games. The run was impressive considering they were without Evgeni Malkin who will remain out for the beginning of the postseason. The Penguins put together a strong second line with Nick Bonino, Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin late in the season. It was a nice compliment to the first-line trio of Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist and Chris Kunitz.

New York knocked off Pittsburgh in five games in the first round of the playoffs Read more

Tags: NHL New York Rangers Pittsburgh Penguins Ian Cameron

NHL Handicapper Free Play: Chicago Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Penguins

01.05.2016     08:39 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alex Smith blog entry.
Chicago +100 at Pittsburgh O/U 5
Recommendation: Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks open up a home-and-home series at Pittsburgh this evening. Chicago has heated up as of late with a current three-game winning streak and victories in 10 of its last 14 overall. Patrick Kane has continued to light up the scoreboard with 12 points in his last 10 games. Along with his linemates Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin, the trio have combined for 49 goals this season. Corey Crawford has been outstanding between the pipes, recording his league-leading sixth shutout in a 26-save effort over Ottawa on Sunday night. The 31-year old netminder has won nine of his last 12 starts and allowed two or fewer goals in nine of those contests. The Penguins are trying to turn things around on their season having won four of their last six games after suffering a five-game losing streak. The return of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from a mild concussion means an obvious upgrade to what had been a very unstable tandem of backups Jeff Zatkoff and call-up Matt Murray. Zatkoff lost three of his last four starts and was demoted to the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton upon Fleury's Read more

Tags: NHL Chicago Blackhawks Pittsburgh Penguins Alex B. Smith

NHL Handicapper Free Play: Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild

02.09.2015     08:19 AM     Sammy P Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Sammy P Sports blog entry.
Vancouver at Minnesota -145 O/U 5
Recommendation: Minnesota

The Minnesota Wild have strung together five straight wins and are making a push at just the right time.  They’ve gotten back to tough defensive hockey during this stretch having surrendered just three goals in those five wins. Even more impressive is the 26.6 shots per game allowed. All told, the Wild shutout three of those five opponents.  Tonight they face the Vancouver Canucks in what should be another stepping stone for this talented group.  Just last week they defeated the Canucks 4-2.  Now on their home ice the Wild look to dictate that play again as they've won five of the last six meetings between these two teams.  Vancouver is coming off of a dominating 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.  As strong as the Canucks look, they just don't match up well against the Wild.  Minnesota has killed 12 straight power plays and they will keep the dangerous Sedin brothers at bay tonight on the man advantage.  All signs point towards a strong push here from Minnesota.  When all pistons are firing on this team they are hard to Read more

Tags: NHL Vancouver Canucks Minnesota Wild Sammy P

NHL Handicapper Free Play: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders

01.16.2015     11:10 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC blog entry.
Pittsburgh +100 at NY Islanders O/U 5.5
Recommendation: Pittsburgh

This should be a terrific Eastern Conference showdown here as the Penguins and Islanders, two of the top three teams in the East, do battle with temporary possession of 1st place in the Metropolitan Division at stake. Pittsburgh has won two straight against Montreal and Minnesota while they’ve collected at least a point in five of their last six games. The Penguins have dropped two straight to the NY Islanders this season and I think this is a circled game of sorts for Pittsburgh to prove the Eastern Conference still goes through them as they sit just 1 point behind the Islanders. New York has been a major surprise this season and they have won six of their last eight games by getting timely goals, dramatically improving their defensive play in their own zone, while also getting solid goaltending from Jaroslav Halak. But the Islanders are coming off a monster statement victory against the defending Eastern Conference champion NY Rangers in a 3-0 shutout win and they may not find it all that easy getting themselves fired up once again for another big game. This Penguins team will Read more

Tags: NHL Pittsburgh Penguins New York Islanders Ian Cameron

NHL Handicapper Free Play: Pittsburgh Penguins at Florida Panthers

12.22.2014     09:50 AM     Sammy P Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Sammy P Sports blog entry.
Pittsburgh -140 at Florida O/U 5
Recommendation: Under

The Pittsburgh Penguins head to South Florida to face a scrappy Panthers team tonight.  I mentioned before the season started to not buy into what the Penguins were preaching in terms of wanting to play a more fast and up-tempo style.  Everyone was excited for what new coach Mike Johnston would bring to the table and people were lining up to bet this team over the total on a nightly basis.  The truth is they don't have the personal anymore on the back end to make this style possible.  This was a dead nuts under team in the preseason and they continue to be an under squad so far this season, going 13-19 O/U.  Florida has been in the same boat all season as they continually play a gritty style where they struggle to score goals but are tough in their own end.  Florida has managed just 2.1 gpg, but they are giving up a respectable 2.4 gpg.  This has resulted in a 10-16 O/U mark.  We are currently seeing a total of 5 with the Under getting a healthy +120 comeback number.  I am more than happy supporting the total at this price, and even more so if it ticks Read more

Tags: NHL Pittsburgh Penguins Florida Panthers Sammy P

NHL Handicapper Free Play: Vancouver Canucks at Pittsburgh Penguins

12.04.2014     10:44 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC blog entry.
Vancouver +125 at Pittsburgh O/U 5.5
Recommendation: Vancouver

The Vancouver Canucks have been on my NHL card multiple times this season including in their most recent game when I cashed a 20* in their 4-3 road win against Washington. The Canucks are surging and playing with tons of confidence under new head coach Willie Desjardins who has loosened the reins on this team and allowed them to get back to playing a more speed driven attack. Vancouver has also been road warriors notching a truly impressive 10-4 record. They will be catching the Pittsburgh Penguins at perhaps their most vulnerable time. The Penguins are dealing with a rash of key injuries as defenseman Kris Letang has been placed on the IR with a groin injury, forward Chris Kunitz is out with a fractured foot and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo will be serving the first game of his two-game suspension. Those recent absences don’t even include Beau Bennett and Pascal Dupuis; two very good offensive weapons for the Penguins who remain out due to injury. That puts more pressure on the shoulders of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to keep the offense humming despite the losses of some key Read more

Tags: NHL Vancouver Canucks Pittsburgh Penguins Ian Cameron

NHL Handicapper Free Play: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins

05.13.2014     08:02 AM     Sammy P Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Sammy P Sports blog entry.
NY Rangers at Pittsburgh -165 O/U 5
Recommendation: Under

Game 7 tonight in the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins should be a dogfight.  The Rangers have battled back and won the last two games after falling behind 3-1 in the series.  Momentum seems to be on the Rangers side as they head into Pittsburgh as +140 underdogs.  Game 7's have been particularly kind to the New York Rangers as they have won their last four series deciders with the O/U going 0-3-1 as well.  This is however one of the toughest Game 7 scenarios they’ve faced in recent memory. The Penguins have been in this situation before and have the experience to get back on their horse and put together an elite effort tonight.  Pittsburgh hasn't played many Game 7's in recent years, but their three most recent has seen them go 2-1 with both wins going under the total. This has been a tale of two series as the NY Rangers really turned things around and rallied behind Martin St. Louis for Game 5 and Game 6 right after his mother had passed away. Overall I am expecting a very low scoring game. We will see very Read more

Tags: NHL New York Rangers Pittsburgh Penguins Sammy P

NHL Gambling: Current Stanley Cup Playoff series odds

04.15.2014     08:30 AM     Printer Friendly
Below are the Stanley Cup Playoff series prices according to Pinnacle Sports. Be sure to tune into the Sportsmemo Podcast today and Wednesday for our playoff previews.

Eastern Conference
Atlantic #1 - Boston Bruins -283
Wild Card - Detroit Red Wings +250

Atlantic #2 - Tampa Bay Lightning -110
Atlantic #2 - Montreal Canadiens +100

Metro #1 - Pittsburgh Penguins -231
Wild Card - Columbus Blue Jackets +206

Metro #2 - NY Rangers -145
Metro #3 - Philadelphia Flyers +131

Western Conference
Central #1 - Colorado Avalanche -134
Wild Card - Minnesota Wild +121

Central #2 - St. Louis Blues -105
Central #3 - Chicago Blackhawks -105

Pacific #1 - Anaheim Ducks -186
Wild Card - Dallas Stars +167

Pacific #2 - San Jose Sharks -140
Pacific #3 - Los Angeles Kings +127

Tags: NHL

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Free Play: Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins

06.07.2013     03:02 PM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC blog entry.
Pittsburgh +100 at Boston O/U 5.5
Recommendation: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh faces a near impossible hole trailing Boston 3-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals. However, I’m willing to make a smaller wager and recommendation on the Penguins tonight if for no other reason than pride. The Penguins have a roster filled with intense competitors including Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow and I highly doubt any of them want their amazing season to end in a sweep considering the Penguins were the best team in the Eastern Conference throughout the regular season. There is no doubt it was a crushing, gut-wrenching double overtime loss for Pittsburgh in Game 3. The Penguins outshot the Bruins 54-40 but couldn’t find a way to put enough pucks behind Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask who was phenomenal in the win. Pittsburgh could be completely demoralized but I think there is enough veteran players and leadership to keep them in a positive frame of mind for Game 4.

Pittsburgh’s power play simply MUST get going after being held scoreless in the first three games. The reason Pittsburgh might finally break out of their Read more

Tags: NHL Pittsburgh Penguins Boston Bruins Ian Cameron


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