NHL Week 11 Picks, Odds and Live Scores
National Hockey League 2016-17 Week 10 Review
A strong beginning, but a disappointing finish, delivered us a 2-1 record during our NHL Week 10 Picks. Our Pittsburgh puck line pick opened the week and the Penguins pummelled Arizona 7-0 on Monday. Philadelphia won their tenth straight contest and our money line ticket cashed when the Flyers edged Colorado 3-2 in Denver on Wednesday. Feeling the red-hot Rangers would roll against a deflated Devils squad, we lost our New York ATS wager when the Blueshirts posted a 3-2 SO win versus New Jersey. We are now 15-7 overall as we head into our Week 11 previews and predictions.
NHL Week 11 Predictions
Calgary Flames @ Phoenix Coyotes – Bet Calgary (-135) Money Line at Bodog (Flames 4-2 Final)
Gila River Arena – Glendale, Arizona 9:00 PM ET Monday, December 19, 2016
Calgary makes a quick trip to Arizona and then to California before returning home face Vancouver prior to the break. The Flames opened the year with a 5-10-1 record and then got hot as they went 11-3-1 to get back into the West playoff race. Calgary has come back to earth some as they just dropped 6-3 and 4-1 decisions to Tampa Bay and Columbus respectively. Backup goaltender Chad Johnson was stellar during the Flames winning run but he faltered in the last two contests. The Flames have won three straight versus the Coyotes including a pair of 2-1 OT contests this season.
Arizona will be home for the holidays as they enter the Christmas break with home matches against Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto. The Coyotes have had trouble stringing victories together as their longest winning streak is two games – they have done that three times. Following a decent 3-1-3 run, Arizona is 3-4-2 over their last nine contests and they lost a 4-1 decision to Minnesota during their last match on Saturday. The Yotes have seven players with double-digit points (six if you don’t count injured star forward Max Domi) and by comparison – a team like New York has fourteen.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: ARI G Mike Smith (7-5-4 GAA 2.62) faces CAL G Brian Elliott (3-9-1 GAA 3.31) in the netminder matchup tonight. As Smith goes, so do the Coyotes as Arizona is last in the NHL with a 2.16 goals per game average. Elliott hasn’t been the “saviour” Flames fans hoped he would be when he arrived during the offseason as his tenure in Calgary is off to the very rocky start. Going with the more offensively charged team, but not willing to give up pucks with a road squad, we are backing Calgary with the (-135) money line posted at Bodog.
Flames Burn Coyotes: Lots of late scoring turned a close contest into a two-goal Calgary victory tonight. The Flames went into the Arizona desert and looked like they were skating in sand though the first twelve minutes of the game and went down 1-0 after getting outshot 15-7 in the first period. Calgary turned the table as the Coyotes didn’t register a shot during the first 18 minutes and Calgary scored to tie the game at 1-1 after the second frame. The teams swapped goals early in the third before Sam Bennett restored the lead and Deryk Engelland potted an empty net goal as Calgary earned a 4-2 win. Our money line ticket as a winner and our record moves to 16-7 on the season. Check back here at around 5:00 PM ET on Tuesday for our Avalanche vs Wild prediction.
Colorado Avalanche @ Minnesota Wild – Bet Minnesota -1.5 (+120) ATS at SportsInteraction (Wild 2-0 Final)
Xcel Energy Center - Saint Paul, Minnesota 8:00 PM ET Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Backed by rock star style goaltending, Minnesota is the hottest team in the West as the Wild have won seven straight contests by a 25-10 combined final count. On top of that, Minnesota has earned 21 of a possible 26 points with a 9-1-3 mark over their last 13 matches. The Wild’s +29 GF/GA differential is third best in the league, behind the Rangers and Blue Jackets, and their 60 goals allowed is the lowest total in the NHL. Minnesota is 11-3-0 at home and they trail Chicago by eight points in the Western Conference – the Wild do have four games in hand though.
Looking at the opposite end of the spectrum – Colorado has struggled to an 11-18-1 record and their 23 points is the lowest total in the National Hockey League. The Avalanche are mirror opposite of Minnesota with a league worst -32 GF/GA differential. Sporting a meager 2.16 goals per game team average – Colorado has lit the lamp a league low 65 times during 30 contests this season. The ‘Lanche have earned five of a possible 24 points as they are 2-9-1 over their last twelve matches. Colorado has been strong versus the Wild as they earned 1-0 and 3-2 wins back in November.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: MIN G Devan Dubnyk (15-6-3 GAA 1.62) battles COL G Semyon Varlamov (6-12-0 GAA 3.21) in the goaltending duel here. Dubnyk has won six straight starts and has been a wall for the Wild as his 1.62 GAA and .947 save percentage are both league best marks. Varlamov may be a little rusty as he returns to action after sitting out the last three games with a groin injury. Colorado is a very unsettled squad right now as they are moving players in and out of their lineup and up and down between the NHL and AHL. Minnesota is the superior squad so we are laying the 1.5 (+120) SportsInteraction puck line and backing the Wild.
Wild Shutout Avalanche: Colorado continues to struggle on offense as they were shutout 2-0 in Minnesota tonight. The final score doesn’t fully indicate how this match went as the Wild outshot the Avalanche by a 33-18 margin. The Wild opened the scoring with a power play goal by Charlie Coyle 14:14 into the first period. Minnesota outshot Colorado 17-9 in the second frame and Mikko Koviu scored his eighth goal of the season to give the Wild a 2-0 advantage after 40 minutes. It was a quiet third period as Minnesota clamped down on defense and allowed the Avalanche three shots while registering six of their own. In Devan we trust and Dubnyk recorded his league leading fifth shutout of the season. Our puck line wager was a winner and pushed our record to 17-7 overall. We will wrap up our winning week on Friday with our final pick prior to the Christmas break.
Los Angeles Kings @ Dallas Stars – Bet Dallas (-135) Money Line at Bet 365 (Stars 3-2 OT Final)
American Airlines Center – Dallas, Texas 8:30 PM ET Friday, December 23, 2016
Happy Festivus Everyone! Our final look at the NHL, prior to the pause for Santa Claus, has Dallas hosting Los Angeles. After a stellar 50-23-9 run through the NHL 2015-16 season, Dallas has been dismal as their 13-14-7 record is good for sixth place in the Central Division standings. After leading the league with a 3.23 GPG average last season, scoring has been a problem for the Stars as that number has dropped to 2.53 GPG (19th) while their goals allowed has jumped from 2.78 to 3.06 GPG. Dallas has been off for two days following a 3-2 OT loss to St. Louis at home on Tuesday.
Finishing off a monster road trip, seven matches over eleven nights, Los Angeles rolls into the Lone Star State after posting a 4-0 win in Nashville last night. Despite being without All-Star G Jonathan Quick, since Game 1 of the season, the Kings are holding their own as they are four points behind San Jose in the Pacific Division and currently own the first Western Conference Wild Card position. Los Angeles is 3-2-1 during this road trip and 7-9-2 overall as visitors this season. Prior to their win in Music City on Thusday, the Kings dropped 3-2 (SO) and 1-0 decisions in Columbus and Boston.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: LAK G Jeff Zatkoff (2-5-0 GAA 2.81) duels DAL G Kari Lehtonen (6-10-3 GAA 2.92) in the netminder matchup tonight. Neither goaltender can be trusted here but Dallas does have a slight edge with the veteran Lehtonen in net. Prior to their OT loss to the Blues three nights ago, the Stars snapped the Flyers ten-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory on Saturday. The Kings are 3-0 during the second of their last three back-to-back matches but this is their third game in four nights. The Stars have been enjoying home cooking for twelve days now and we hope that has helped spread out the Christmas distractions. Expecting a close contest here – we are backing a fresher Dallas squad with the Bet365 (-135) money line price.
Stars Sneak Past Kings: Not exactly a Festivus Miracle, we are very pleased to post our first perfect week during the unofficial first half of the 2016-17 NHL season. Feeling the Kings would give it a Texas try early on, Jeff Carter scored a power play goal at 3:03 and LA had a 1-0 lead after the first period. The Kings stayed strong and outshot Dallas 16-11 in the second frame but the Stars tied the contest 0:43 in and the score was tied after two periods. The Stars and Kings exchanged goals in the third period prior to Dallas potting the winner 1:07 into overtime. Our money line prediction turned out to be perfect and our overall records moves to 18-7 as we enjoy a welcomed Christmas break. May there be Peace on Earth - Wishing Everyone Health, Hope and Happiness. Cheers!
NHL Futures Update: Since Daryl Sutter took over behind the bench in 2011; Los Angeles has been one of our betting favorites. With Quick expected back in late February, we like the Kings current +1000 Western Conference Championship futures price posted at the Bet365 sportsbook. Los Angeles has a fairly soft post-Christmas schedule and we suggest the Kings as West Stanley Cup Finals representatives deserves consideration. Stay tuned for NHL 2016-17 futures updates!
NHL Live Scores Week 11
While USA Thanksgiving offers the first glimpse into the NHL playoff future, the Christmas break normally provides a somewhat clearer postseason picture. That’s the case in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference as Carolina, Tampa Bay and Florida are all seven points out of the Wild Card race. New York leads the fight in the East but the top four teams are within three points each other. That includes the Columbus Blue Jackets – our 2016-17 Stanley Cup futures underdog pick.
Apart from Chicago leading the way in the Western Conference, with an eight-point gap on the Wild who have played four less matches, the West race is a little closer. Los Angeles and Calgary currently own the two Wild Card playoff spots but seven teams are within seven points of each other in that battle. Colorado is in NHL cellar, with just 23 points, and may occupy the basement for the remainder of the season. Get LIVE continuously updated lines and follow match results with our LIVE odds and score tracker below. Then wager on the NHL at any of our top rated bookmakers
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