Tonights NHL Picks- March 13 2014

We hit our sixth winner in a row last night with the Bruins defeating the Canadiens, and add another 1.44 units to the bankroll. It’s been a sensational week! Here are two picks for tonight, we apologize for getting them out later than usual:

New York Rangers @ Minnesota Wild: UNDER 5 Goals 2.00

The Rangers and Wild will meet tonight for the second time this season, the Rangers won 4-1 back on Dec.22. The Wild are one of the lowest scoring teams in the NHL, scoring 2.37 goals per game on average, while their defense is the 5th best in the League allowing just 2.38 goals against per game. The Rangers aren’t offensive power houses by any means, sitting 19th in the scoring department with 2.54 goals per game. Cam Talbot is confirmed to start for the Rangers tonight. Talbot is 11-5-0 on the season, and has a very impressive .938 save percentage, and also an impressive 1.75 goals against average. Note that Cam allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots against in his last outing, a 2-1 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks, finishing the game with a .969 SV% against the highest scoring team in the League. In his last start prior to the meeting with the Blackhawks, Talbot met the Oilers stopping 29 of 31 shots for an impressive .935 SV%. Talbot has allowed just 1 goal in 3 of his last 5 starts. We have another confirmed goaltender for this evening, Darcy Kuemper whom also has an impressive record of 11-4-3, a 2.32 GAA, and a .920 SV%. Both clubs have had some of the strongest penalty kill numbers in the League recently, as the Rangers have gone 85.7% on the penalty kill over their last 10 games, while the Wild managed an 89.7% success rate on the penalty kill over their last 10 games. The Rangers are 8th overall on the penalty kill (84.0%) while the Wild are 21st overall with 80.8%. The New York club suffered a tough loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, allowing the Canes to out-shoot them 35-25, losing the game 3-1. The Minnesota Wild have gone 19-30 over/under this season (61% of Wild games stay under the total) while the Rangers are 26-31 over/under (54% stayed under). We’ll take a generous even money price on the under tonight.

Phoenix Coyotes @ Boston Bruins: BRUINS in Regulation 1.83

The Bruins won their sixth in a row last night, and show no signs of slowing down any time soon. The Boston offense is one that should be feared, as they have put a blistering 4.00 goals per game on the board over their last 10 games, and have scored 26 goals in their 6 game win streak, an average of 4.33 goals per game. Defense has also been fantastic for the Boston club, having allowed just 2.40 goals against per game over their last 10 games, and are the 2nd best defensive club in the League overall, allowing a mere 2.17 GA/G overall. The Bruins have been pounding their opponents with shots, as they haven’t taken less than 32 shots per game in any of their last 10 games, while managing to take 42 or more shots in three of those games. Boston ranks 5th overall in the shot department with 32.3 shots per game. The Coyotes managed a 3-1 victory over Florida on Tuesday, although they actually allowed the Panthers to out-shoot them 32-26. The Coyotes defense sits 18th overall (2.79 GA/G), while their offense is 16th overall with 2.71 goals per game. The Coyotes defense has tightened up as of late, allowing just 2.10 goals against per game over their last 10 games, however their offense has suffered, scoring just 2.30 G/G over their L10 games. The Phoenix penalty kill is the 4th worst in the NHL (79.6%) while the Bruins power play is the 4th best, at 20.9%. Alternatively, the Bruins PK unit is 11th overall (83.2%) while the Coyotes have the 3rd place power play unit, 0.1% higher than the Bruins at 21%. Chad Johnson will likely start for the Bruins in goal tonight, as Rask faced the Canadiens last evening. Chad is a sensational backup going 13-3-1 on the season, with a .919 SV% and 2.22 GAA. Mike Smith is confirmed for Phoenix and has a record of 24-19-10, a 2.69 GAA (28th) and a .914 SV% (22nd). Note that the Bruins are playing on no rest, however they are 9-2 in such a situation, and 6-2 on no rest after a win. Lets stick with the Bruins for a second night in a row, and look for them to extend their streak to 7 games tonight.

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