February 3rd 2014 Expert NHL Picks

February 3rd 2014 Expert NHL Picks

We split our system picks 1-1 yesterday and picked up .54 units. The play on the Jets was alerted about a half hour before game time, hopefully you all got the email in time. We have one pick going for tonight, and there are two system plays:

Chicago Blackhawks @ LA Kings: BLACKHAWKS 1.97

The LA Kings continue to lose hockey games, yet they are the favorite against one of the best teams in the NHL (2nd place with 80 points). The Kings have lost three in a row, and it looks like they have lost their ability to score goals, as they have put just one goal on the board during their 3 game losing streak. That isn’t where the offensive embarrassment ends though, the Kings have scored just 1.40 goals per game over their last 10 games, while their defense has allowed 2.50 goals against per game during that span. The Blackhawks still remain the highest scoring team in the NHL, scoring an average of 3.42 goals per game. Chicago has scored 2.90 goals per game over their last 10 games, while allowing 2.70 GA/G. When playing on the road, the Blackhawks score an average of 3.36 goals per game, while the Kings have been kept to just 2.46 G/G when playing at the Staples Center. When it comes to special teams, the Blackhawks have the 5th best power play in the NHL (22.6%), while Los Angeles has the 2nd worst penalty kill in the League, an embarrassing 13.9%. The Chicago penalty kill ranks 26th overall (79.6%) while the Kings are 83.3% on the penalty kill (9th), however note that the Blackhawks have had a rock-solid penalty kill successful 92.9% of the time over their last 10 games, while the Los Angeles club stopped just 75.8% of their penalty kills successfully, over their last 10 games. The Blackhawks will win as long as they can keep goals out of their own net. That shouldn’t be difficult though as the Kings are having a hard time scoring goals. We’ll take the Blackhawks as underdogs tonight in Los Angeles for a very generous price.


System Picks:

System: Visiting Dogs
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Anaheim Ducks: BLUE JACKETS  2.59

Philadelphia Flyers @ Anaheim Ducks: FLYERS  2.59