October 25th 2013 Free NHL Pick

Did you watch the Sharks and Bruins game last night? More importantly, the last second of the game? The Bruins scored with 8/10ths of a second left in the third period and stole the game from the Sharks. It was unbelievable to watch. Just when we though it was going to overtime…

We had a WINNER with the Flames and Stars OVER, and the Ducks and Habs game was one goal away from going over the total. The Habs did their part, scoring 4 goals, but the Ducks could only score 1. We came very close to a 3-0 night last night but ended up going 1-2. We have two picks for tonight, which are both 4-unit picks, which means 4% of your bankroll, as opposed to our usual 2% or 2 units. The odds are sure to drop for these selections so get them at a good price while you can.

(4 Units) Toronto Maple Leafs @ Columbus Blue Jackets : Maple Leafs 2.08 BetOnline

The Toronto-born David Clarkson will make his regular season debut for the Maple Leafs tonight in Columbus. He is coming off of a 10-game suspension he received in the preseason. The Maple Leafs offense is doing great for themselves, scoring an average of 3.30 Goals per Game, which is currently 5th in the league in G/G. The Blue Jackets offense are not even close: they sit 21st in the league for goals per game, at 2.44 G/G. The Leafs are 7-3-0 on the season, (3-1-0 on the Road). The Blue Jackets are 4-5-0 overall, and have split their decisions at home, going 2-2. When it comes to Defense and Special Teams, the Leafs also have the advantage. The Leafs allow 2.40 Goals Against/Game and the Blue Jackets allow 2.56 GA/G. The Leafs excel on both the Powerplay and Penalty Kill. The Leafs are second best in the league on the Powerplay, with a  28.2 PP% (compered to Blue Jackets 21.2 PP% : 12th in league), and a 86.8PK% which is the 4th Best in the League. The Blue Jackets penalty kill is awful, as they sit 25th for PK%, at 75.9 PK% (5th worst in league). The Toronto Maple Leafs are Number 1 in the league for OS%, at 1.00% (winning percentage when out-shooting their opponent). The Leafs are currently averaging less shots per game than the Blue Jackets, but not to worry: the Leafs also sit 10th in the League for OSB% (winning percentage when being out-shot) and even if the Blue Jackets do outs-hoot the Leafs, the Blue Jackets are 23rd in the league for OS% at .333%. For the goaltenders tonight we have two probable starters: Jonathan Bernier (Leafs) and Sergei Bobrovsky (Blue Jackets). These two goaltenders share the opposite records: Bernier is 5-3-0 and Bobrovsky is 3-5-0. Bernier has a 2.12 GAA and a .936 SV%, and Sergi has a 2.49 GAA and a .921 SV%. The Leafs are the better team on paper, and they are anticipating the return of David Clarkson tonight. Lets stick with this visiting underdog tonight for 4 units at an excellent price.

(4 Units) Carolina Hurricanes @ Colorado Avalanche: Avalanche -1.5 (Puck Line) 2.65

The Carolina Hurricanes will play again tonight, after losing to the Minnesota Wild by a score of 3-1 last evening. We have a situation here where the Avalanche have two red hot goaltenders, and the Hurricanes who are without two of theirs. Cam Ward ( 2-2-3, 2.81 GAA, .912 SV%) left the game last night with an injury and is expected to be out for three to four weeks. Anton Khudobin is also out as he was placed on injured reserve October 14th and has a similar injury. This leaves Justin Peters as the probable starter for tonight, he took over for Cam Ward last night as Cam left with the injury. Peters faced  21 shots in a little over 55 minutes on the ice, and allowed 2 goals in the first two shots against him, for a .905 SV%. He managed to stop the other 19 shots after the two goals.  The Hurricanes are also without their point leader, Jeff Skinner (3 G, 6 A : 9 Points) who also sustained an injury last night against Minnesota. The Colorado Avalanche are currently 2nd in the entire National Hockey League, behind only the San Jose Sharks (the Sharks have 1 more Game Played though). The Avalanche offense is doing great, at an average of 3.11 G/G. Compare this to the Hurricanes average of a mere 2.30 G/G. The Colorado defense as a team are very impressive, as they lead the NHL in Goals Against/Game, at only 1.33 GA/G. Very impressive. The Hurricanes are 15th in the league for GA/G, at 2.70 GA/G. Speaking of Number 1 in the league, the Avs are also #1 in Penalty Kill %, at  90.3 PK%. Again, compare this to the Carolina Penalty Kill unit, which is 22nd in the League, at 79%. On the Powerplay, the Avs are 9th in the league at 21.9PP% and they face the Hurricanes Penalty Kill squad who is 22nd in the league. The Avalanche have two options in goal tonight but it really doesn’t matter who starts as both goaltenders have been doing amazing. Varlamov has a 1.68 GAA and a .950 SV%, and Giguere has a .67 GAA  and a .981 SV%. Lets take the Avs to cover the Puck Line tonight for 4 units. They should have no problem taking care of the exhausted and injury plagued Hurricanes tonight in Colorado.    

 

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