Tonight’s NHL Picks- March 18 2014

Sorry for not getting the write-ups out in time for the games last night. The picks were sent out early morning but we didn’t get the write-ups out in time because of some technical issues.

We received a push on the Bruins while the Phoenix/LA game ended with 7 goals. If the Bruins game would’ve been a winner instead of a push we would’ve made a small profit of .08 units , instead we take a 2 unit loss on the night.

We have an underdog selection for tonight, as well as a system pick on a huge dog sent to members only (click here to sign up):

Colorado Avalanche @ Montreal Canadiens: AVALANCHE 2.06

Great value here on the Avalanche as dogs. The Avalanche are 2nd overall in the Central Division with 93 points (68 games played) and are ranked 4th overall in the tough Western Conference. The Canadiens also rank 4th in their conference, (Eastern Conference), and are 3rd in the Atlantic Division with 81 points. The Colorado offense have scored an average of 3.50 goals per game over their last 10 games, and rank 6th overall for scoring with 3.03 goals per game. The Habs have scored just 2.40 goals per game over their last 10, and sit 21st in the scoring department with a mere 2.45 G/G. The Canadiens defense was one of the toughest for most of the season, however they rank just 10th overall today allowing 2.48 goals against per game, and 3.20 GA/G over their last 10 games. The Avalanche have allowed 2.80 GA/G over their last 10 and are 13th overall with 2.62 goals against per game. The Habs have put together a two game winning streak, (their first since Feb.27/March.1st) defeating the Sabres 2-0 on Sunday and Ottawa 5-4 on Saturday in an over time victory. The Habs were awarded 7 power play opportunities against Ottawa and were able to convert on just 1 of those, and have been successful just 14.3% of the time over their last 10 games. Overall the Canadiens are 15th on the power play (18.2%) while the Avalanche have the 4th best power play in the League, and impressive 20.8%. Note that the Avs have gone 29.7% on the power play over their last 10 games and have hit 4 of 10 power plays (40%) over their last three games. The Habs are one of the least disciplined teams (24th) taking 12.7 penalty minutes per game on average, they will want to ensure they don’t give the surging Avalanche power play unit too many opportunities tonight or it could spell trouble for the Habs. The Montreal penalty kill unit ranks 4th overall (85.1%) but have gone just 80% over their last 10 games. Both starting goaltenders have been confirmed this evening, we will see JS Giguere vs Carey Price. Giguere is 10-5-0 on the season with a 2.56 GAA and a .914 SV%. Price allowed 4 goals against Ottawa on Saturday (his first game back) finishing the game with a .882 SV%. Overall price has a .924 SV% (9th) and a 2.36 GAA (13th) and has gone 27-17-5 this season. This will likely be a great battle by both clubs, but the Habs are not worthy of the juice against them tonight. We’ll back the superior team as dogs tonight.