January 17 2014 Expert NHL Picks

January 17 2014 Expert NHL Picks

Another perfect night last night as we went 2-0 with our picks. The Jets had no problem emerging victorious against the struggling Calgary club, while the Devils/Avalanche game stayed under the total with ease. We add 4.06 more units to the bankroll. It’s a quiet night in the NHL tonight with just two games on the board; we have one pick going that provides excellent value:

Anaheim Ducks @ Chicago Blackhawks: DUCKS 2.22

Wow, what tremendous value we have here, receiving the number 1 team in the NHL (1st overall, 77 points) at a big underdog price. The Anaheim Ducks lead the NHL in points with 77 points, while the Blackhawks are 4th overall with 71 points. Games played is no excuse here, as both the Ducks and Blackhawks have played 49 games each. The last game for the Ducks was a 9-1 blowout against the Vancouver Canucks, where they managed 44 shots on goal and cashed in on 6 of 11 power plays. With that victory the Ducks are now 36-8-5 on the season, (16-8-3 Away) and are still the only team in the NHL undefeated at Home in regulation time. The Anaheim offense ranks 3rd overall, scoring 3.43 goals per game while the Blackhawks sit in the 1st place spot with 3.53 goals per game. The Ducks have managed to score an average of 4.30 goals per game over their last 10 games, 9 of those 10 games were victories for the Ducks, as they haven’t lost a game since December 29 against the San Jose Sharks in a 3-1 loss, however two days later the Ducks came right back with a 6-3 victory over the Sharks. Since then the Ducks have played 2 games on the road winning them both, a 5-3 victory over Phoenix and a 4-3 victory over the Predators. The Blackhawks club wishes they could say the same, as they have lost 6 of their last 10 games, their most recent loss coming at Home against the Colorado Avalanche. Scoring has been down for the Blackhawks recently, as they have scored just 3.20 goals per game over their last 10 games. Both of these teams know how to find the back of the net, now we must look at defense. The Anaheim defense allows 2.37 goals per game overall (currently 8th) while the Chicago defense is 15th overall allowing 2.63 goals against per game. Over their last 10 games, the Ducks have allowed just 2.20 GA/G while the Blackhawks allowed 2.60. Also note the Anaheim penalty kill is 16th overall (81.2%) while the Blackhawks are struggling on the penalty kill: they have the 2nd worst in the League at 76.4%. The Ducks power play has been exceptional over their last 10 games, going 30.2% on the power play (they are 13th overall at 18.8%) while the Blackhawks power play numbers are down as they have been successful just 20.8% of the time over their last 10 games and are 23.4% overall (4th). Corey Crawford is confirmed as the starter tonight for the Blackhawks an is 17-7-7 on the season with a 2.48 GAA and a .911 SV%, while the Ducks will likely turn to Jonas Hiller or Frederik Anderson. Hiller is 23-4-4 on the season, has a 2.34 GAA and a .914 SV%, while Anderson (in goal for the 9-1 victory against Vancouver, he finished the game with a .969 SV%) is a near perfect 11-2, has a 1.98 GAA and a .927 SV%. You can’t ask for much better value than getting the best team in the NHL as fairly large underdogs, we will gladly take the Ducks for a great price tonight against Chicago.

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