NHL Week 13 Picks, Odds and Live Scores
National Hockey League 2016-17 Week 12 Review
A pair of backup goaltenders stymied our Week 12 NHL predictions as we posted a 1-2 record that produced our first negative segment of the season. A well-crafted money line wager was a positive start as Dallas visited Arizona and the Stars escaped the desert with a 3-2 victory vs the Coyotes. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there though as Keith Kinkaid and Jacob Markstrom both stood on their heads while facing 44 shots to backstop New Jersey and Vancouver to 2-1 and 3-2 shootout wins over Washington and Edmonton respectively. Let’s get to our NHL Week 13 picks.
NHL Week 13 Predictions
Our first preview and prediction of the New Year features the Buffalo Sabres vs New York Rangers battle in the Big Apple on 02/01/17. The Detroit Red Wings vs Los Angeles Kings match will be our second selection on 05/01/17 and we will close the week with a call on the Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames contest on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Looking forward to NFL Wild Card playoff action, it’s a busy week on the betting boards at CSB top ranked sportsbooks and so here we go!
Buffalo Sabres @ New York Rangers – Bet New York -1.5 (+150) Puck Line Odds at Bodog (Sabres 4-1 Final)
Madison Square Garden Arena – New York, New York 7:00 PM ET Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Winners of three straight since returning from the Christmas break, by a combined 14-8 count, New York looks to keep things rolling as they play on home ice for the first time in a week. The Rangers are back in the Big Apple following wins in Arizona (6-3) and Colorado (6-2) that were proceeded by a 4-3 win vs Ottawa in their last match at Madison Square Garden last Tuesday. New York trails Columbus and Pittsburgh by three and two points respectively in Metropolitan Division but they have played four more games than the Blue Jackets and one more than the Penguins.
Another dreadful season continues in upstate New York as Buffalo is 13-15-8 and sit last overall in the NHL Eastern Conference. The Sabres have work ahead if they want to avoid a sixth straight non-playoff season as they trail Montreal by 16 points in the Atlantic Division and Philadelphia by eleven points in the Wild Card race. Buffalo is just 1-4-2 over their last seven games and they were outscored by a 24-13 margin during the skid. Scoring continues to be a major problem for the Sabres as their 2.14 goals for per game average tied for the second lowest mark in the league.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: NYR G Henrik Lundqvist (16-8-1 GAA 2.45) faces BUF G Anders Nilsson (5-3-3 GAA 2.47) in the netminder matchup here. Boasting one of the best goaltender tandems in the NHL, King Henry has given way to Antti Raanta 17 times already this season. After sitting out two games due to a flu bug, Lundqvist allowed two goals on 27 shots during the Rangers 6-2 win over the Avalanche on Saturday. Nilsson is making his first start since he gave up five goals while facing 32 shots during a 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders on December 23. Nilsson beat Lundqvist 4-3 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo during the only other meeting between these State rivals back on December 1. Buffalo is banged up and New York can ill-afford to lose more ground to red-hot Columbus. Back the Blueshirts with the -1.5 (+150) Bodog puck line.
Sabres Rattle Rangers: When you think you have the National Hockey League figured out – think again! That was the case tonight as the Buffalo Sabres ripped the Rangers 4-1 in New York. Our puck line wager was in trouble early as Buffalo scored two goals on nine shots to take a 2-0 lead after twenty minutes. New York appeared to wake up in the second frame as the Rangers outshot the Sabres by a 15-4 margin but the teams traded goals to put the score at 3-1 Sabres after two periods. A listless third frame saw the shots at 6-5 in favour of Buffalo and the Sabres scored early to put the game away. Starring at a three game losing skid, our record drops to 19-10 but we’ll look to snap our slump when we preview and predict the Red Wings vs Kings contest on Thursday.
Detroit Red Wings @ Los Angeles Kings – Bet Los Angeles -1.5 (+150) at SportsInteraction (Detroit 4-0 Final)
Staples Center Arena – Los Angeles, California 10:30 PM ET Wednesday, January 5, 2017
Slow out of the Holiday break, Los Angeles lost 2-1 and 3-1 decisions to Vancouver and Edmonton respectively, the Kings just won a home-and–home series with upstate rival San Jose. Los Angeles scored a 3-2 win over the Sharks last Saturday and 2-1 OT victory at the Shark Tank on Tuesday. Strong defense, and scoring just enough on offense, has been the Kings mantra as they are 5-3-2 over their last ten games and those contests were decided by a combined 26-10 final count – good for a 2.6-1 per game average. Los Angeles (19-15-4) currently holds the final West Wild Card spot.
Detroit heads up the I-5 to play on back-to-back nights after a 2-0 loss to the Ducks in Anaheim last night. Riding a run of 25 straight seasons with a playoff appearance, the Red Wings current “Big Four” best postseason mark is jeopardy as Detroit is 16-17-5 and they are seven points out of the final Eastern Conference Wild Card position. The Wings recent play hasn’t helped their situation as the Motor City Crew has posted a 3-6-2 mark and have been outscored by a 37-24 margin during their last eleven matches. Detroit is playing the fourth game of a monster seven-match road trip.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: DET G Jared Coreau (2-1-1 GAA 3.43) faces LAK G Peter Budaj (17-10-3 GAA 2.00) in the goaltender duel tonight. With starter Jimmy Howard injured, and backup Petr Mrazek playing last night, the backup to the backup gets the call for the Wings. Coreau allowed five goals on 28 shots during Detroit’s 5-4 loss to Toronto during the Centennial Classic outdoor game on Sunday. Budaj, who spent last season in the American Hockey League, has been a pillar of strength subbing in as a starter as Jonathan Quick has been hurt since the Kings season opener. Lay the -1.5 (+150) SportsInteraction puck line and back the Kings here.
Red Wings Whack Kings: Backup goaltenders continue to be the bane of our existence as another one beat again last night. Rookie netminder Jared Coreau, subbing in for Petr Mrazek, recorded his first career shutout as Detroit blanked Los Angeles 4-0. Playing in front of a tired Wings team, who managed eight total shots over the final two periods, Coreau was solid as he stopped all 34 shots he faced. Away from our computer, prior to game time, we missed the fact that Jeff Zatkoff was a surprise starter in goal for the Kings. While we most likely would have moved the pick to a money line wager – it did not matter as Zatkoff allowed three first period goals and four overall on just 22 Detroit shots. Our ugly slide has hit four straight losses, our overall mark is now 19-11, but we will look to get back on track when we preview and predict the Flames vs Canucks clash on Saturday.
Vancouver Canucks @ Calgary Flames – Bet Calgary -1.5 (+150) ATS at Bet365 (Calgary 3-1 Final)
Scotiabank Saddledome Arena – Calgary, Alberta 10:00 PM ET Saturday, January 7, 2017
Meeting on back-to-back nights, and for the fourth time this season, Calgary and Vancouver are back at it after the Canucks doused the Flames 4-2 at Rogers Arena last night. Vancouver definitely got a lot of bang for their buck as they managed just thirteen shots on Calgary goaltender Brian Elliot. At the other end of the rink, Canucks netminder Ryan Miller put up a stone wall as he stopped 44 of the 46 shots he faced. Vancouver is just a single point back of a Wild Card playoff spot and they own the longest current winning streak at six games by a combined 18-9 final count.
Calgary set season high marks for shots on goal (46) and shots allowed (13) but they came away like a racoon washing a sugar cube on a shoreline – empty. With the exception of G Brian Elliott, the Flames played a near flawless game at both ends of the ice. We have to think the Stampede City Crew will come out with a chip on their shoulder tonight. Calgary has been inconsistent during a recent 5-5 run as they scored 22 goals in the wins but just eight in the losses. Despite sporting a -5 GF/GA differential, Calgary owns a West Wild Card spot along with the Los Angeles Kings.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: VAN G Jacob Markstrom (8-8-2 GAA 2.60) is up against CAL G Chad Johnson (13-8-1 GAA 2.34) in the goaltender duel tonight. Markstrom beat us in his last start as he stoned Edmonton with a 42 save performance on New Year’s Eve but he hasn’t won two starts in a row since October 20, 2016. Following a rock solid run of six straight wins, and nine goals allowed, Johnson has come down to earth as he has given up 15 goals while losing his last four starts. We like the way things went last night as the Flames should be fired up and looking for revenge here. Lay the -1.5 (+150) Bet365 puck line and cruise with Calgary in this contest.
Flames Burn Canucks: Closer than we thought it would be, especially considering the Canucks played this contest with just five healthy defensemen, we snapped our mini losing streak as Calgary defeated Vancouver 3-1 tonight. Although both teams posted ten shots in the first period, the Flames burned the Canucks with two quick goals 1:03 minutes apart late in the frame to take a 2-0 lead after twenty minutes. Vancouver surged in the second period, outshooting Calgary 13-10, and the ‘Nucks narrowed the gap to 2-1 after 40 minutes. After sitting on the edge of our seat for most of the third period, we were able to relax some when Michael Frolik scored a breakaway beauty with 1:50 left in the game to cover the Bet365 puck line. Our overall 2016-17 NHL record moves to 20-11 and we will posting single game predictions moving forward – so please stick with us!
NHL Live Scores Week 13
Reminding everyone that NHL LIVE scores during Week 13 action are updated in real time with our scoring widget below, let’s have a look at the Stanley Cup Playoff futures betting board at Bodog. Shaken up is the best way to describe the numbers as several teams have dramatically different prices as we hit the NHL halfway points. Eastern Conference leading Columbus is far and away the biggest mover as their NHL worst +6600 preseason odds have shrunk to a league best +700 money line price. Pittsburgh’s October 2016 line slipped from +1000 to +800 while the New York Rangers (+2500 to +900) has surpassed Washington (+1000 to +1400) as third chalk in the East.
Despite straddling the Christmas break with a 1-4-1 record, Chicago is holding steady with a +750 money line as the Blackhawks are still the top Western Conference favourite. Back in October, the Hawks nearest competition was Dallas as the Stars entered the season with a +1200 Championship price. That race has changed dramatically as Minnesota has jumped from seventh best +2500 ML preseason pups to second chalk with a +800 Stanley Cup futures line. Edmonton (+3300 to +1600) is now tied with St. Louis and San Jose as third favourites in the West. Feeling Dallas is going to be a force during the second half of the season we like the Stars (+3300) Championship long shot odds.
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