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NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings

02.15.2017     09:23 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alex Smith

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St. Louis -110 at Detroit O/U 5.5
Recommendation: St. Louis


Two former Central Division rivals clash in the Motor City tonight as the Detroit Red Wings host the St. Louis Blues. Detroit has fallen on hard times as of late, dropping nine of its last 11 contests. They currently sit dead last in the Eastern Conference with 54 points and could be skating without two of their best forwards as veteran Thomas Vanek is out indefinitely with a lower body injury and Gustav Nyquist could miss a few games after a high-sticking incident in Sunday's 6-3 loss at Minnesota. The 27-year-old winger hit Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face, drawing blood with the blade of his stick and served a 4-minute double minor. Nyquist will have an in-person hearing in New York soon, which suggests he could miss as many as six games. As for Vanek, the club's leading goal-scorer with 14 and second in points with 36, this further handcuffs a Detroit offense that has scored three goals or fewer in 10 of its last 11 games. The Blues have started to get back on the right track under new coach Mike Yeo with wins in five of their last six. Wingers Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Read more



Tags: NHL St. Louis Blues Detroit Red Wings Alex B. Smith




NHL Handicapping: Recent rule change results in more games going over the total

02.13.2017     11:11 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Earlier this month, the NHL introduced a mandatory equipment change for goalies. They now must wear streamlined pants which are tighter, rounder, and more form-fitting. It supposed to be more comfortable for goalies but also opens up the possibility for more goals. The league's overall totals record this season is currently 362-361 O/U. But since the equipment change was implemented last Saturday, games have gone 32-25-6 O/U which comes out to 56% "overs." It’s not a jaw dropping number by any stretch but it does point to the NHL’s attempt to give fans more offense. More changes are reportedly on the horizon and expected to be introduced prior to the start of the 2017-18 campaign. The recent trend towards the “over” is something worth monitoring in the weeks to come as goalies around the league continue to adjust.

Let's also discuss a trio of teams that have been strong to "over" in recent weeks. The Minnesota Wild have been on one of the longest running totals streaks I’ve seen during my near decade run of betting the NHL. Since December 13, the Wild have gone a remarkable 21-4-3 O/U. This is a talented offensive group Read more



Tags: NHL Ian Cameron




NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Minnesota Wild at Toronto Maple Leafs

12.07.2016     09:01 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alex Smith

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Minnesota at Toronto -115 O/U 5.5
Recommendation: Toronto


The Minnesota Wild wrap up a five-game road trip tonight as they head into Toronto to hook up with the Maple Leafs. Both clubs have been trending downward as of late with the Leafs losing their last two game as part of a quick three-game road swing. Expanding even further, Toronto has now dropped five of their last its last contests overall. The Wild have lost four of their last five road games with the lone victory coming in a 2-1 overtime decision at Edmonton. Minnesota's inconsistent special teams has once again been on display during this trip with their penalty-killing unit yielding four goals while being held scoreless on the man-advantage. This after they netted six power play goals over their previous four games. While Toronto has lost five consecutive meetings in the series, including a tight 3-2 loss in St. Paul back on October 20, the Leafs have been stout at home with wins in eight of their 11 contests at the Air Canada Centre this season. In addition, Toronto has cashed in six of their last eight games as a favorite while Minnesota is just 2-5 as an underdog. Price is right to Read more



Tags: NHL Minnesota Wild Toronto Maple Leafs Alex B. Smith




NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins at Minnesota Wild

11.25.2016     09:31 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Pittsburgh -120 at Minnesota O/U 5
Recommendation: Pittsburgh


My clients and I cashed a winning ticket on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday as they snapped a two-game losing streak in decisive fashion with a dominant 6-1 blowout over the New York Rangers. I think the Pens are worth backing once again today as they travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild in late afternoon action here on Black Friday. Pittsburgh had struggled offensively scoring two goals or less in three of its last four games prior to the outburst against the Rangers. Sidney Crosby score twice and Phil Kessel score as well to end what had been a recent offensive funk. When the big guns start finding the back of the net for the Penguins, they are a tough team to beat and I expect them to have an added bit of focus and intensity for this game. Note that Minnesota defeated the Penguins 4-2 just a couple weeks ago in Pittsburgh. Minnesota has been horrific offensively as they’ve scored a combined 12 goals in their last seven games. They are relying almost exclusively right now on their defense, penalty kill and goaltender Devan Dubnyk to win them games but shutting down the Read more



Tags: NHL Pittsburgh Penguins Minnesota Wild Ian Cameron




NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Colorado Avalanche at Nashville Predators

04.05.2016     08:48 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alex Smith

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Colorado at Nashville O/U 5.5
Recommendation: Nashville -1.5 +140


Two Central Division foes will clash for the last time tonight as the Nashville Predators host the Colorado Avalanche. Nashville has already punched its ticket to the Stanley Cup Playoffs despite their current four-game losing streak, which continued over the weekend when the Preds blew a 2-0 lead and lost in a 3-2 shootout to San Jose on Saturday night. Colorado is fighting to stay alive to grab the last Wild Card spot in the Western Conference as they trail Minnesota by five points with only three contests remaining. They have lost five of their last six games and head coach Patrick Roy lit into his club after their 5-1 loss to St. Louis on Sunday. He called out forward Matt Duchene for celebrating his 30th goal of the season when they were down 4-0. The celebration wasn't anything over the top but for Roy to make that a focal point shows that this team is clearly frustrated. As for the Preds, they need to build some positive momentum heading into what will be a tough postseason as they will be in the Pacific Division quadrant for at least the first two rounds. The Preds are 5-4 this Read more



Tags: NHL Colorado Avalanche Nashville Predators Alex B. Smith




NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks

02.25.2016     07:51 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alex Smith

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Nashville at Chicago O/U 5
Recommendation: Chicago -1.5 +210


The Chicago Blackhawks will battle their division rivals the Nashville Predators tonight at the United Center. The Blackhawks should be refocused and ready to take out some anger after Sunday's embarrassing 6-1 loss to Minnesota in the Stadium Series game held outside at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Despite losing three of their last four games at the "Madhouse on Madison", Chicago sports a stellar 22-7-2 overall home record. They also hold a 6-3-1 record against Central Division opponents including a pair of wins against Nashville this season. The Predators come into this contest winners of four of their last six games and 3-0-1 in their last four road games. Nashville currently holds the top Wild Card spot in the Western Conference with 69 points with fellow division foe Colorado trailing by only three points. These two teams always play each other tough, and while the Hawks have turned in some lackluster efforts since the All-Star Break, this club knows that they’ll have to bring their A-game versus a division rival. Chicago has covered the puck-line in six of their Read more



Tags: NHL Nashville Perdators Chicago Blackhawks Alex B. Smith




NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Minnesota Wild at Edmonton Oilers

02.18.2016     12:05 PM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Minnesota -110 Edmonton O/U 5.5
Recommendation: See analysis


My clients and I cashed a pair of tickets with Minnesota and the over last night in its 5-3 win over Calgary and that is the same route I will take tonight as the Wild look to make it three straight wins since their coaching change. Minnesota has responded in a big way in its first two games under interim head coach John Torchetti having notched back-to-back wins over Vancouver and Calgary following a brutal 1-13 slide. They have played with a lot more energy and have been employing a more aggressive, attack minded style of hockey as they have burst out for 10 goals in their last two games. That is trouble for an Edmonton team that has struggled defensively most of the season especially of late as the Oilers have yielded 24 goals during their current 1-5 skid. It also doesn’t help that they’ve seen another defenseman go down with an injury as Eric Gryba suffered a knee injury in Edmonton’s last game against Anaheim and will be out for at least a month. That's not good for an Oilers team lacking quality depth on the blue line. This is not an optimal spot for Minnesota Read more



Tags: NHL Minnesota Wild Edmonton Oilers Ian Cameron




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Evaluating the health of the remaining eight NFL playoff teams

01.11.2016     10:19 AM     Printer Friendly
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Wild Card weekend is in the rear view mirror, with all four road teams emerging victorious on the opening weekend of the NFL Playoffs.  One game was a blowout, with the Chiefs destroying the Texans.  Two games were coin flips that came down to last second field goals, with the Steelers making their field goal while the Vikings missed theirs, allowing Seattle to survive and advance.  And the fourth game was a close contest that turned into a blowout by the end of the fourth quarter thanks to a performance from Green Bay that was as good as anything that we’ve seen from the Packers since October.

The mainstream media will focus on the quarterbacks and the head coaches, because that’s what the mainstream media does.  In the mainstream world, Andy Reid; noted for a decade worth of playoff failures in Philadelphia, is now a genius because his team is on an 11-game winning streak.  Aaron Rodgers, off the worst statistical season of his career, is now back to his elite self; thanks to one playoff win against a banged up defense. 

Serious bettors know one thing about the NFL Playoffs – health matters!  Do the Read more



Tags: NFL Kansas City Chiefs New England Patriots Green Bay Packers Arizona Cardinals Seattle Seahawks Carolina Panthers Pittsburgh Steelers Denver Broncos Teddy Covers




NFL Gambling Update: Wild Card SOS betting trend goes 3-1 ATS

01.11.2016     09:04 AM     Printer Friendly
UPDATE

Looks like the NFL Wild Card strength of schedule trend held up yet another season. The "stronger" SOS teams (Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and Green Bay) went 3-1 SU and 3-1 ATS. That improved the overall record of the trend to 40-16 SU and 40-15-1 ATS dating back to 2002.





Using Strength of Schedule to Handicap the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs

01.05.2016     07:57 AM     View Original Blog


The theory is actually quite simple; since 2002, teams with a higher Strength of Schedule (using Sagarin’s Ratings) are a remarkable 37-15 straight up and 37-14-1 against the spread (73% winners) regardless of price and location. Even more amazing is that Read more



Tags: NFL




NFL Handicapping: Super cold temps expected for Seahawks-Vikings

01.08.2016     08:53 AM     Printer Friendly
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So it's going to be cold in Minneapolis for Sunday's Seahawks-Vikings Wild Card matchup. Like, really cold. Like, around zero with a "Real Feel" of -20. The wind isn’t expected to be that bad at less than 10 mph. And it's an afternoon start with sunny skies. That said, the bettings markets have taken a strong whack at the under. The game opened 42.5 and was bet down to 39.5.




Tags: NFL Minnesota Vikings Seattle Seahawks



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