December 5th 2013 Free NHL Picks

December 5th 2013 Free NHL Picks

We suffered a heart breaking loss last night as our 6 game winning streak came to an end with the Devils losing in a shootout. What an exciting finale to the game; anyone watching was surely on the edge of their seat! In case you missed last night’s game, the 3rd period started with the Canadiens in the lead 1-0. By 9:50 in the 3rd, the Devils lead the game 2-1. At 16:10 of the 3rd, Lars Eller scored on a backhand shot for Montreal, tying the game (2-2) yet again. With almost a minute left in play, Patrik Elias put a wrist shot past Budaj. The Devils lead 3-2 with about a minute left, when David Desharnais scored at 19:23 of the 3rd sending the game to overtime, where the Devils basically controlled the play the entire overtime period. The Devils had a few opportunities but couldn’t score, and the game went to a shootout. 20 Yr old Reid Boucher stepped up as the Devils’ first shooter. He shoots, he scores! The atmosphere was electric in New Jersey! Unfortunately for us, Boucher scored the only shootout goal for the Devils, and Eller and Desharnais both scored against Schneider ending the game in a Montreal victory. The Devils played great hockey near the end and had plenty of scoring chances in both the 3rd and overtime but couldn’t sneak another one past Budaj. Last nights upset ended our 6-0 streak, but it had to happen eventually.

San Jose Sharks @ Pittsburgh Penguins: OVER 5.5 Goals 2.20

This game will feature the top two NHL point leaders on the same team. The other team is the 2nd highest scoring team in the NHL. Sidney Crosby leads the League in points with 15 goals and 23 assists for a combined total of 38 points. Evgeni Malkin is just 1 point shy of Crosby, with 7 goals and 30 assists for a total of 37 points. The San Jose Sharks are the 2nd highest scoring team in the NHL right now with 3.44 goals per game. The Penguins offense isn’t shy. The Pens offense are scoring 3.00 goals per game, which is 6th overall. When the Penguins play at Home, they are scoring 3.21 goals per game which is slightly higher than their overall goals per game. Over their last 10 games, the Penguins have scored 3.30 goals per game, but have allowed 2.30 goals against per game which is higher than their overall goals against of 2.28 GA/G. In that 10 game span, the Penguins met 3 strong defensive teams, the Bruins, Canadiens, and Devils (Devils have strong defense when playing at home) and the Penguins still managed to score as many goals as they did. The San Jose Sharks penalty kill when playing Away are stopping only 74.1% of their opponents power plays, and the Penguins have a red hot 34.4 PP% when playing at Home. A situation like this should allow for some goals. The Penguins have the BEST (overall) power play in the NHL right now at 26% and they face a 74.1% Sharks Road Penalty Kill unit. We have two high scoring teams competing against each other tonight (and two of the NHL’s point leaders on the same side) and at this price we will take the OVER here tonight in Pittsburgh.

 

Colorado Avalanche @ Edmonton Oilers: AVALANCHE 1.80

The Avalanche are 19-6-0 on the season and an almost perfect 9-2 on the road. The Oilers are struggling to find wins; they have a 9-18-2 record and have gone 3-9-0 at Home, and have lost 4 of their last 6 games at home. The Edmonton Oilers still allow the most goals against per game in the League, with 3.45 goals against per game. They are struggling to score goals, scoring only 2.52 goals per game which is 20th overall. The Avalanche have the 7th best offense in the League, with 3.00 goals per game, and have the 4th best defense in the League, allowing only 2.08 goals against per game. Note that when the Avalanche play Away, they allow 1.73 goals against per game and when the Oilers play at home they allow 3.67 goals against per game. Semyon Varlamov is the confirmed starter for the Avs tonight, and has the 6th best save percentage in the NHL (.933 SV%) and a 2.13 goals against average. He has gone 13-6-0 this season, while the probable starter for the Oilers (Devan Dubnyk) has gone 7-12-1 and has a 3.38 GAA and a .889 SV%. The Avalanche are easily the better team tonight and we will take them for a decent price tonight against a struggling Oilers team.

 

 

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