January 16 2014 Expert NHL Picks

January 16 2014 Expert NHL Picks

We bounce right back with an easy winner last night as the Ducks absolutely embarrassed the Canucks in a 9-1 victory cashing our Ducks in regulation play with ease, and we add 1.88 units to the bankroll. There’s lots of action in the League tonight and we’ve got two plays going:

Winnipeg Jets @ Calgary Flames: JETS 1.99

*Risk: 2 Units | Win: 1.98 Units (Members Only Pick)*

The Calgary Flames recent playing can be summed up in one word: terrible. The Flames scoring has practically ceased, as they have scored just 1.00 goal per game on average over their last 10 games. The Flames were scoreless in 50% of their last 10 games, and have scored just 10 total goals in the other 5 games (4 of those goals came in one game). The Calgary offense is the 2nd worst in the NHL with 2.17 goals per game, the only team worse is still the Buffalo Sabres with 1.64 goals per game. If things weren’t bad enough for the Flames, they have allowed an average of 3.00 goals against per game over their last 10 games. The struggling Flames have lost 8 of their last 10 games, and are just 16-25-6 on the season, and 7-13-3 at Home. The Flames have lost 6 straight games at the Saddledome, and have scored just 2 goals in those 6 games, while allowing 17 goals against. The Jets are riding high off a 5-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes, managing 38 shots on goal while keeping the ‘Yotes to just 19 shots. The Jets are scoring 2.67 goals per game overall (14th) and have scored 3.20 goals per game over their last 10 games. The Jets defense could be better as they allow 2.96 goals against per game (23rd overall) but luckily for them the Flames can’t seem to find the back of the net. Things aren’t looking good for Calgary and they don’t appear to be getting better any time soon. If the victory over the Coyotes is any indication of things to come, the Jets should have no problem defeating Calgary tonight. There’s great value on the Jets as underdogs against the Flames and we are going to take them for 2 units.

 New Jersey Devils @ Colorado Avalanche: UNDER 5 Goals 2.04

The New Jersey Devils defense has been astounding as of late, allowing just 1.70 goals against per game over their last 10 games, which is not to much surprise considering the Devils defense is ranked 5th overall, allowing 2.31 goals against per game. Although the Devils have an excellent defense, their offense hasn’t done much this season, they are currently sitting 26th for scoring, with a mere 2.33 goals per game overall and have scored just 2.00 goals per game over their last 10 games. Cory Schneider has been confirmed in goal for the Devils and has the 8th best goals against average in the NHL, an impressive 1.96 GAA and has a .921 save percentage, 24th overall. In their most recent 10 games, the Devils have had just one game go over the total, a 5-3 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks, and have had 6 stay under the total while 3 games resulted in a “push”. The Colorado Avalanche managed to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime on Monday, even though the Avalanche allowed 48 shots on goal: 22 more shots than they were able to take on Chicago. Semyon Varlamov (probable against New Jersey) allowed just 2 goals on 48 shots to achieve a .958 SV%. Semyon Varlamov has a 2.33 GAA (27th) and a .927 SV%, ranked 13th overall. The Colorado defense allows 2.48 goals against per game overall and have allowed just 2.36 GA/G across their 25 Home games this season. The Avalanche offense is more active than the Devils, as the Avs are scoring 2.89 goals per game overall, and have scored 2.90 G/G over their last 10 games. Scoring will not come as easily against the Devils though, as they have a rock solid defense accompanied by a great goalie. Lets not forget that the Devils allow the fewest shots of any team in the League, 25.1 shots against per game. The New Jersey penalty kill is 3rd overall at 86.4%, and an impressive 88.2% over their last 10 games. We’ll take the UNDER in Colorado for a nice price.