November 2nd 2013 Free NHL Picks

A 2-1 night last night. The one loss last night was our first loss since Sunday. We picked up 2.38 units of profit last night, and look to pick up a few units tonight with these four picks which all pay more than even money:

Boston Bruins @ New York Islanders: Islanders 2.43 BetOnline

We will go with the Islanders tonight for a second night in a row. This is an exceptional price on the Islanders tonight. They managed to win against the Senators last night in a shootout, but don’t be fooled. The Islanders managed to get 57 shots on goal last night, compared to the Senators 31 shots. To put it into perspective for you, the 57 shots last night are the most by any NHL team this season. Robin Lehner received the second star of the game, as he should: he stopped 53 of 57 shots against him. Note that the Bruins may decide to start Chad Johnson tonight, as Tukka Rask has played 11 of 12 games this season. If they do decide to start Johnson and the Islanders can get off a lot of shots again tonight, there’s no telling what might happen. Johnson currently sits with a 2.00 GAA and a .875 SV%. The Bruins have gone 8-4-0 so far this season but some of their other numbers aren’t the greatest. The Bruins average only 2.83 Goals per game, (compare to the Islanders 3.08 G/G), they are going only 16.7% on the power play which is 20th in the entire League (10th worst). The Islanders have an exceptional power play percentage, at 23.3 PP% which is 6th in the League. The Bruins penalty kill is also lacking as they are 78.4 PK% which is even worse than their powerplay and is 23rd in the league (7th worst). The Bruins also take more penalties than the Isles, at 13.2 PIM/G and remeber that the Islanders have the 6th best power play in the League at 23.3%. The Islanders and Bruins both average a similar amount of shots per game, at 29.5 Bruins and 30.3 Isles. Lets not forget that the Bruins allowed the Devils to beat them at TD Garden, and they face an Islanders team that has home ice advantage tonight. We will gladly back the Islanders for a second straight night in a row for a fantastic price.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Vancouver Canucks: Maple Leafs 2.37 BetOnline
We receive yet another great price on the Maple Leafs tonight. The Maple Leafs power play is nearly three times more effective than the Cancuks power play. Right now the Leafs are converting on 25.5% on their power plays, which is 2nd in the leauge, behind only the St.Louis Blues who are 27.9 PP%. The Canucks are just 9.3% on the power play (tied for 2nd WORST in League with the Florida Panthers). The Maple Leafs also score more goals than the Canucks, at 3.36 G/G. The Canucks manage 2.73 G/G. When it comes to defense, the Leafs also allow less goals than the Canucks. The Leafs allow 2.29 GA/G and the Canucks allow 2.67 GA/G. These two teams are practically even on the penalty kill; the Leafs have a 86.8 PK% (3rd best in League) and the Canucks are not far behind with a 86.3 PK% which is 4th best in the League. In their last three games, the Leafs have managed to score 4 goals in every game, which also includes beating the Penguins 4-1. The Vancouver Canucks are 9-5-1 on the season but split their decisions at home going 3-3. The Leafs are 10-4 on the season and have gone 5-2 away from home.
Montreal Canadiens @ Colorado Avalanche: Under 5 Goals 2.28 BetOnline

Both of these teams know how to score goals, but they also know how to stop them. We have two goaltenders tonight who allow less than 1 goal per game on average. Peter Budaj (confirmed) has an absolutley incredible 0.50 GAA and a .982 SV%. He leads the League right now in GAA. At the other end of the ice we have a probable J.S. Giguere in goal. He is second place in the League (behind Budaj) for Goals Against Average. His record is also excellent, as he has gone 3-0-0 for a 0.67 GAA and a .981 SV%. Together, these two goaltenders lead the League in Goals Against Average and Save Percentage (Budaj 1st, Giguere 2nd). These two teams average 13+ PIM/G, but they both have a rock solid penalty kill. The Colorado Avalanche have the best PK unit in the league at 92.7 PK%. The Habs are not far behind, at 84.6% which is 6th in the League. When the Avalanche met the Penguins, who could score goals but also had a low GAA, there was only 1 goal in the game and the Avalanche won 1-0. Also take note to the fact that both of these clubs allow less than 2 goals per game, with the Habs at 1.93 GA/G and the Avs at 1.50 GA/G. The Avalanche actually lead the League in GA/G at 1.50. Montreal is 4th place. This one should stay under the total tonight and we will take it for yet another great price.
Florida Panthers @ Washington Capitals: Capitals -1.5 (Puck Line) 2.74 BetOnline
We have two teams here that played last night. For one club, the outcome was great. For the other, the outcome was not so great. The Capitals absolutley dominated the Flyers last night in Philadelphia, by a score of 7-0. The Panthers lost their 7th game of the season last night and were shut-out at home by the St.Louis Blues by a score of 4-0. Last night marked the 3rd time the Panthers have been shut-out this season (and the 2nd time at home). We have a Capitals offense that can score 3.00 Goals per game, and the Panthers allow 3.38 GA/G. The Washington Capitals have the 3rd best power play in the League, at 25.0 PP%. They face the 25th place Panthers PK unit that sits at 78.0 PK%. The Panthers power play unit is only successful 9.3% of the time, which is 29th (2nd worst) in the League. The Panthers average 13.8 PIM/G which means the Capitals should have a few power plays tonight where they should be able to score. The Caps scored on 2/7 tries last night and still won 7-0, and tonight they face the second worst penalty kill unit in the league. Lets go with the Capitals to cover the Puck Line tonight.

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