NHL Week 12 Picks, Odds and Live Scores
National Hockey League 2016-17 Week 11 Review
We cruised into the holiday break with a 3-0 record on our NHL Week 11 picks. The week opened with a money line win as Calgary posted a 4-2 win in Arizona on Monday. Then we laid the puck line and banked a winner when Minnesota shutout Colorado 2-0 on Tuesday. We finished off the week when Dallas squeaked past a road weary LA Kings crew with a 3-2 overtime victory on Friday. The hat-trick pushed our overall record to 18-7 as we head into the second half of the season.
NHL Week 12 Predictions
Dallas Stars @ Phoenix Coyotes – Bet Dallas (-140) Money Line at Bodog (Stars 3-2 Final)
Gila River Arena – Glendale, Arizona 9:00 PM ET Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Underachievers during the unofficial first half of the 2016-17 NHL schedule – we see much bigger and better things on the horizon for Dallas. Sitting with a mediocre 14-14-7 record, the Stars are showing signs of life as they went 3-1-1 during their last five matches prior to the holiday break. Those games were against teams that are a combined 95-61-20 and currently sitting in a playoff spot. Dallas needs to a solid post-Christmas start as they are currently three points out of a Wild Card playoff spot and another six back of St. Louis who sit third in the Central Division race.
An extended homestand continues for the Coyotes as they have not been out of Arizona since dropping a 4-1 decision in Minnesota on December 17. Home cooking hasn’t helped much as the Yotes lost three straight to Calgary (4-2) Edmonton (3-2) and Toronto (4-1) prior to the break. Two points ahead of NHL cellar dwelling Colorado, with one more game played, the Coyotes (11-18-5) are eleven points out of a Western Conference Wild Card spot and 13 points behind Anaheim who sit third in the Pacific Division. The Yotes -33 GF/GA differential is second worst in the league.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: DAL G Kari Lehtonen (7-10-3 GAA 2.87) battles ARI G Mike Smith (7-8-4 GAA 2.74) in the goaltender duel. Lehtonen, who is looking for a much stronger second half, snapped a personal two-game losing streak during the Stars 3-2 OT victory over the Kings. Arizona is averaging just 2.12 goals scored per game so Smith is the quintessential “last line of defence” and he has been shaky allowing 15 goals during the Yotes four-game losing skid. This is the first of three meetings this season and Dallas lost two matches (3-1 and 6-3) in the desert last year so they won’t be taking Arizona lightly. We need to see more out of the Stars before we lay pucks with them so we’ll back Dallas with the (-140) Bodog money line price here.
Stars Survive Desert Duel: Dallas posted a narrow 3-2 win over Arizona during their first trip to the desert this season. The Stars outshoot the Coyotes 7-5 but a quiet first period ended scoreless. Dallas opened the second with a Jason Spezza shorthanded goal 2:48 in but Arizona responded less than a minute later as Anthony Duclair tied the contest. Jamie Benn tickled the twine, with a power play tally at the 12:03 mark, to give the Stars a 3-2 lead after forty minutes. Lehtonen was the star of the second period as the Yotes had a 17-7 shot advantage. The teams traded goals with under two minutes left in the third period, Dallas got the first to go up 3-1, and the Stars hung on for the win. Our record moves to 19-7 and we’ll be back on 29/12/16 with our Devils vs Capitals call.
New Jersey Devils @ Washington Capitals – Capitals -1.5 (+145) ATS at SportsInteraction (Devils 2-1 SO Final)
Verizon Center Arena – Washington, D.C. 7:00 PM ET Thursday, December 29, 2016
Slightly behind the torrid pace being set in the Metropolitan Division, despite a 7-2-1 run recently, Washington is back in the District after a tough 4-3 loss in Brooklyn to the Islanders on Tuesday. Though they have games in hand (4) on two of three teams they are chasing, the Capitals (20-9-4) sit fourth in the Metro – nine points behind Pittsburgh. We like that the Caps lost their first post holiday match as that should provide a little extra motivation here. Washington is 4-1-0 over their last five home battles and 12-5-0 during their first seventeen contests at the Verizon Center.
It was not that long ago (6/12/16) that New Jersey was finally healthy and looked like they may get on a roll. That hasn’t materialized however as the Devils have posted a dismal 1-8-1 record over their last ten contests. Losing is one thing – getting blown out is another. New Jersey went 0-8 against the spread and they were outscored by a 36-10 margin during the eight losses. The Devils have scored more than two goals just once during their recent losing skid. New Jersey took a 2-1 first period lead before falling 5-2 in Pittsburgh during their first post-Christmas match on Tuesday.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: WAS G Braden Holtby (15-8-3 GAA 2.06) versus NJD G Keith Kinkaid (3-3-2 GAA 2.70) is tonight’s netminder matchup. Holtby is one loss away from matching his NHL 2015-16 total but his current 2.06 GAA is actually slightly better than the 2.20 mark he posted to go along with his 48-9-7 record last season. Kinkaid (0-1 GAA 4.17 vs WAS) steps in for Cory Schneider who gave up four goals during a back-to-back series vs Pittsburgh. Meeting in the first of four contests, Washington has won seven straight in this series. That said, four of the last five contests were decide by just one goal and three of them went into extra time. The Caps and Minnesota Wild are the only teams in the NHL showing zero players on the injury report. Going against the recent trend between these teams, we are laying the -1.5 (+145) puck line price posted on the SportsInteraction betting board and wagering on Washington here.
Devils Deny Capital Gains: Playing well above his backup role, New Jersey rode Keith Kinkaid to a 2-1 SO win over Washington. The story of this match begins and ends with Kinkaid as he was under attack all night and he stopped 43 of the 44 shots he faced. We had reasons to be nervous after a scoreless first period as the Capitals outshot the Devils 14-8 during the first 20 minutes. The second frame was more of the same as New Jersey took a 1-0 lead 1:05 into the period and Kinkaid again stood on his head as the Caps pounded another 15 shots at him. A shorthanded Washington goal 3:50 into the third period gave us a glimmer of hope but Kinkaid held the fort the rest of the way. New Jersey scored on their first two shots in the shootout and it was lights out in the District. Our record drops to 19-8 and we’ll look to get back on track with our New Year’s Eve call on 31/12/16.
Vancouver Canucks @ Edmonton Oilers – Bet Edmonton -1.5 (+130) ATS at Bet 365 (Canucks 3-2 SO Final)
Rogers Place Arena – Edmonton, Alberta 10:00 PM ET Saturday, December 31, 2016
Happy New Year Everyone! We usher out 2016 and ring 2017 with a preview and prediction of the Vancouver vs Edmonton rivalry duel tonight. Five games short of the halfway point of their season, the Oilers have to be fairly satisfied as they are 19-12-6 and sit second in the Pacific Division. That is a giant leap as Edmonton has not made the the playoffs since 2007. In their first post-Christmas action, the Oilers posted a 3-1 win vs the Los Angeles Kings at home on Thursday. The Oil need to pick up the pace at home as they are just 9-7-1 during their first season at Rogers Place Arena.
Playing their third post-Holiday match, Vancouver has been strong out of the break as they posted home wins over Los Angeles (2-1) on Wednesday and Anaheim (3-2 OT) last night. That said, the Canucks are happy to put the 2016 portion of their schedule behind them as they are 16-18-3 and trail first place San Jose by twelve points in the Pacific. Despite their sub-500 record, a Wild Card spot is still within reach as Vancouver is just four points behind Dallas in that race. Scoring is still a problem for the West Coast Crew as the Nucks are 23rd with a 2.38 goals per game average.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: EDM G Cam Talbot (18-10-5 GAA 2.47) faces VAN G Jacob Markstrom (7-8-2 GAA 2.65) in the goaltender matchup. Talbot, who has allowed three goals or less during his last eight outings, is making a ninth straight start and Edmonton is 5-1-2 during that stretch. Markstrom, who was tagged with a 4-1 loss in Calgary during his last start on 23/12/16, steps in for starter Ryan Miller who was between the pipes last night. Although the Oilers have been mediocre at home – the Canucks have crumbled on the road with a 4-12-1 record as visitors this season. Apart from their 4-0 season start, Vancouver is on just their second two-game winning run and their last “streak” was snapped with a 3-1 loss in Anaheim to open December. Edmonton posted a 2-0 win during the first meeting this season and we like them here as well. Lay the -1.5 (+130) puck line posted at Bet365 and back the Oilers. Happy New Year & Peace To All!
Canucks Crash Oilers Party: While no time is a good time to have a losing streak, the first of the season – on New Years Eve – flat out sucks. We closed the 2016 portion of the NHL schedule with a shootout loss as Vancouver escaped Edmonton with a 3-2 win tonight. For a second straight game a backup goaltender faced 44 shots, and beat us, as Jacob Markstrom was the difference maker. Markstrom was peppered with pucks all night but stood tall as he stopped 42 of the 44 shots he faced. Following a scoreless first, Alex Burrows and Drake Caggiula exchanged second period goals to tie the match at 1-1 after 40 minutes. Sven Baertschi score five minutes into the third before Connor McDavid knotted the score with 93 seconds left in the game. It was too little too late as our puck line wager was toast and our overall record fell to 19-9. Taking a pause, for the Sunday NFL Week 17 cause, we’ll be back with our first picks of 2017 early next week. Happy New Year!
NHL Live Scores Week 12
Thanks to an impressive twelve-game winning streak, we have a new Eastern Conference leader as Columbus has pushed past the pack. The Blue Jackets have a one-point lead on Pittsburgh and they have three games in hand on the Penguins. The Jackets lead is three points over New York who are in third place and the Rangers have player four additional games. The New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres are battling for the basement in the East as they are both eight points behind Boston in the Wild Card race. Other than the NFL Browns – sports sure are hot in Cleveland eh?
Things have tightened up in the Western Conference as the Blackhawks lead has been reduced to three points over Minnesota. Chicago has played three more games but they have lost two in a row while the Wild have ten straight wins. San Jose is six points back in third and the Sharks have a one-point lead over Edmonton with two games in hand. Fifth to eleventh place in the West is tight as just six points separate seven teams. Our score tracking widget below is LIVE during the 2016-17 NHL season and the top rated sportsbooks listed above deliver top-notch puck betting action.
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