NHL Week 10 Picks, Odds and Live Scores
National Hockey League 2016-17 Week 10 Preview
Our NHL Week 9 picks produced a winning 2-1 record and we are now 13-6 on the season. We began the week with a well-earned win when the Devils clipped the Canucks 3-2 in a nail biter in New Jersey. An unexpected goaltender change threw a wrench into our plans and we should have backed off our Los Angeles pick as the Carolina Hurricanes posted a 3-1 win over the LA Kings in SoCal. Our week ended with a victory when the Canadians buried the Avalanche 10-1 at the Bell Centre. Looking to improve on our winning ways, let’s get to the NHL Week 10 picks and previews.
NHL Week 10 Predictions
Arizona Coyotes @ Pittsburgh Penguins – Bet Pittsburgh -1.5 (-110) ATS at Bodog (Pittsburgh 7-0 Final)
PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 7:00 PM ET Monday, December 12, 2016
In a group of very hot teams, that includes the Flyers, Blue Jackets and Flames, Pittsburgh is on a roll as they have won five straight contests by a combined 28-13 margin. Apart from the Penguins 4-3 come from behind win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, during their last action on Saturday, Sidney Crosby and Crew have been a puck line covering machine recently. The Pens 39 points is tied for second in the Metropolitan Division with Philadelphia who have played three additional games.
Tied for last with Colorado, Arizona heads into the Steel City with a 9-13-5 record. After reaching a season best mark of 5-7-0 on November 8, the Coyotes have posted a 4-6-5 recent record. While a 4-1 home win over Nashville on Saturday is a positive step, Arizona went 0-3-3 and was outscored by a 19-8 margin in their previous six games. Max Domi, the ‘Yotes second leading scorer, is out for six weeks after he broke his hand during a fight with the Fames Garnet Hathaway on Thursday.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: ARI G Mike Smith (5-3-4 GAA 2.56) faces PIT G Matt Murray (10-2-0 GAA 2.01) in the goaltenders duel here. Playing on the offensively challenged Coyotes, Smith is doing all he can to keep his team in games but he faces a lot of rubber almost every night. Starting and winning two straight games, Murray is challenging Marc-Andre Fleury as the Pens top netminder. Arizona is averaging 2.22 goals per game while the Penguins are scoring at a 3.39 GPG clip. Soar with the Penguins and lay the -1.5 (-110) puck line at the Bodog sportsbook.
Pittsburgh Pounds Arizona: There’s no shame in picking low hanging fruit. That’s why we jumped on the Pittsburgh vs Arizona contest and it turned out to be sweet fruit as the Penguins crushed the Coyotes 7-0 at the Paint Can. The Pens pounded 15 shots at Mike Smith but only came away with a 1-0 lead after the first. Three unassisted goals in four minutes opened the floodgates and the Pens added one more late to take a 5-0 lead 40 minutes in. NHL Fantasy players must feel cheated, as there was just one assist on the Pens first four goals. Pittsburgh kept the pedal to the metal in the third and Matt Murray stopped 31 shots to earn a 7-0 shutout win. Our record moves to 14-6 and we’ll be back on 14/12/16 with our call on the Philadelphia Flyers @ Colorado Avalanche contest.
Philadelphia Flyers @ Colorado Avalanche – Bet Philadelphia (-130) ML at SportsInteraction (Flyers 4-3 Final)
Pepsi Center Center Arena – Denver, Colorado 10:00 PM ET Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Hot meets cold when Philadelphia cruises into Colorado tonight. Following a mediocre 9-10-3 season start, the Flyers have reeled in nine straight wins and they are just two points out of first place in the Metropolitan Division. That is quite a race over in the Met as the top five squads are in the top seven overall in the National Hockey League and they have posted a 27-1 recent record. Philadelphia has outscored their opponents by a 32-19 combined count during their resurgence.
Colorado is at the other end of the spectrum as the Avalanche are 11-15-1 and their 23 points is the lowest total in the NHL. Struggling at both ends of the ice, Colorado’s -25 GF/GA differential is the worst in the league and their 60 goals scored equates to a 2.22 goals per game. The Avalanche have won two of their last three games as they sandwiched a 10-1 blowout loss in Montreal with a 4-2 win in Boston and a 3-1 victory in Toronto over the Leafs in their last contest on Sunday night.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: PHI G Steve Mason (12-8-3 GAA 2.78) vs Calvin Pickard (10-5-3 GAA 2.72) is the goaltending matchup tonight. The Flyers have won Mason’s last seven starts and he allowed two goals or less in six of those contests. Pickard gave up three goals during the first 7:12 of the Montreal game and was pulled but he returned for the third period and stopped nine of ten Montreal shots. The Flyers are brimming with confidence while there are trade talks percolating in Denver. Not big fans of giving up pucks on the road, we are jumping on the early odds posted at SportsInteraction and backing Philadelphia with the -130 money line price.
Philadelphia – Perfect Ten: Make it ten straight wins for the Flyers as they soared into Denver and posted a 4-3 victory. Philly came out flying as they outshot the ‘Lanche 12-5 during a scoreless first frame. Following a quick goal by the visitors, 4:01 into the second, Colorado tickled the twine twice in just over four minutes before Wayne Simmonds drew the Flyers even at 2-2 after two periods. Philadelphia scored twice on their first three shots in the third period before Avalanche stud Matt Duchene closed of the scoring with under five minutes to play. We made a solid decision to pass on the spread price here as our money line win pushes our record to 15-6 overall. Our next scheduled prediction is the Devils vs Rangers contest on Sunday (18/12/16) but we may sneak in a bonus pick on Friday/Saturday. Bookmark this page and check back each afternoon (3:00 PM ET) for updates.
New Jersey Devils @ New York Rangers – Bet New York -1.5 (+165) Puck Line Bet365 (Rangers 3-2 SO Final)
Madison Square Garden Arena – New York, NY 7:30 PM ET Sunday, December 18, 2016
Teams headed in opposite directions, and playing on consecutive days, meet as New York hosts New Jersey tonight. The Rangers are on a roll with a 5-1 recent run, that includes three shutouts, and have outscored their opponents by a 13-4 margin in those matches. Except for Mika Zibanejad, who expects to be out another month, the Rangers are healthy as Rick Nash returned to the lineup and scored a goal last night in the Blueshirts 2-1 SO win in Nashville. New York has outscored their opponents 17-7 and posted a 5-0 record in back-to-back games with travel so far this season.
Opposite to New York, New Jersey has hit the skids with five straight losses by a 22-6 count. The Devils 3-1 loss in Ottawa last night was the first time they had allowed less than four goals during their slide. New Jersey now trails New York and Pittsburgh by 15 points in the Metropolitan Division and they are eleven points out of the Wild Card playoff race in the Eastern Conference. Scoring is a problem for the Devils as their 72 goals is the fourth lowest mark in the NHL. New Jersey has also been fairly consistent when playing on consecutive nights as the Devils are 3-1-1 in that dynamic.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: NYR G Antti Raanta (8-2-0 GAA 1.67) opposes Cory Schneider (9-9-4 GAA 2.88) in goal tonight. When we circled this game on Monday we were expecting Keith Kincaid would be in net for New Jersey here but he started last night in Ottawa. Schneider allowed five goals, while facing 31 shots, and Raanta posted a 19 save shutout in the Rangers 5-0 dousing of the Devils in the Big Apple a week ago. New Jersey is 4-11-4 on the road while New York is 11-5-1 at home and the Rangers are 4-0-1 in their last five matches against the Devils at Madison Square Garden. New York has been lights out on defense and are due for a breakout on offense. Lay the -1.5 (+165) puck line price at Bet365 and back the Blueshirts here.
Rangers Shootout The Devils: Backing the correct team, but on the wrong wagering line, our weekly record dropped to 2-1 after New York posted a 3-2 shootout win over New Jersey. For the first time this year we had a starting goaltender wrong but Henrik Lundqvist getting the call did not change our opinion as the Rangers have the best 1 and 1A combo in the NHL. New York came out flat here as they were outshot during the first two periods (21-16) and trailed 1-0 after 40 minutes of play. The Blueshirts finally got on the board eight minutes into the third but the Devils quickly regained the lead before Derek Stapan scored with Lundqvist on the bench and 73 second left in the game. New Jersey outshot New York in the five minute overtime (4-2) but King Henry stopped three of Devils four shots in the shootout to earn the Rangers a 3-2 SO victory. Our record slips to 15-7 overall and we’ll be back early next week with our NHL Week 11 picks, odds and LIVE scores.
NHL Live Scores Week 10
Things have gotten a lot tighter in the NHL Eastern Conference as the top six teams are separated by just four points. Montreal and New York are tied at the top with 41 points but four teams that are on fire are challenging them. Pittsburgh (5) Philadelphia (9) Columbus (6) and Washington (4) are all on winning runs. The Western Conference is also getting very tight as the top six teams are separated by six points. Chicago continues to lead the way in the West with 40 points while St. Louis is second with 36 points and a game in hand. Anaheim and Edmonton are tied with 35 points while the Calgary Flames have 34 points and have fought back into the mix with six straight wins. The scores of every NHL match are always LIVE and up to date on our handy results widget below.
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