NHL Week 7 Picks, Odds and Live Scores
National Hockey League 2016-17 Week 7 Preview
We enjoyed a winning run with our NHL Week 6 picks as we went 2-1 and that moved our record to 7-2 overall. The week opened with an easy cover as the New York Rangers rolled into Vancouver and crushed the Canucks 7-2 at Rogers Arena. A nail-biter produced our second victory as Dallas fended off a late charge by Colorado during the Stars 3-2 win over the Avalanche. The week ended on a down note when Columbus battled back twice vs Washington and then scored late as the Blue Jackets escaped the District with a 3-2 win over the Capitals. At this point, the Canadiens, Rangers and Blackhawks are the league leaders while the Islanders and Coyotes occupy the NHL basement.
NHL Week 7 Predictions
New York Islanders @ Anaheim Ducks – Bet Anaheim (-180) ML at Bodog (New York 3-2 SO Final)
Honda Center Arena – Anaheim, California 10:00 PM ET Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Following another slow start, Anaheim posted a 3-4-2 record in October, the Ducks have picked up the pace as they are 6-3-1 so far in November. The SoCal Kids are playing the fourth of a five game home stand that opened with a 4-1 win over Edmonton and a 3-2 victory against New Jersey prior to the Ducks dropping a 3-2 decision to Los Angeles on Sunday. Anaheim’s recent winning ways have moved the Ducks into third place in the Pacific Division – just two points behind Edmonton.
A solid 2015-16 NHL campaign, New York posted a 47-28-7 mark last season, is quickly becoming a distant memory for the Islanders as the Boys from Brooklyn have stumbled into the NHL basement thanks to a 5-8-4 first quarter record. Wins have been elusive for New York so far this month as the Islanders are 1-3-4 in November. Goaltending has been an issue for New York who are without a true #1 netminder and have slumped to 24th overall with a 3.06 team goals against average.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: ANA G Jonathan Bernier (3-1-0 GAA 2.06) battles NYI G Thomas Greiss (2-3-0 GAA 2.71) in the goaltending duel. Bernier’s been hot allowing just five goals while earning a 3-0-0 record during wins against Calgary, Carolina and New Jersey. Greiss will make his first start since allowing three goals on eight shots during the Islanders 6-1 home loss on November 1 to Tampa Bay. A little leery of both goaltenders here, we are going to ease into the week by backing the Ducks with the (-180) money line price posted on the Bodog betting board. Open a Bodog wagering account at any time as they are a leader in NHL puck wagering action.
Welcome to Heart Break Hotel: Wow! What a heart-wrenching contest. The Ducks vs Islanders match looked like it was going to be a high scoring affair with New York owning a 2-1 lead after the first period. Defense settled in after that as nobody scored until Anaheim tied the contest nine minutes into the third period. Shots were 24 apiece through regulation time. The Ducks had seven shots in the five-minute OT, the Islanders had one, but Thomas Greiss sent the game to a shootout. Anaheim had a lead four times in the shootout but Bernier allowed a goal every time the Ducks scored. Finally, in the 14th round, Nick Leddy scored to sink the Ducks. We feel we deserved better, but our record drops to 7-3 and we’ll be back on 23/11/16 with our Oilers vs Avalanche prediction.
Edmonton Oilers @ Colorado Avalanche – Bet OVER 5 (-145) at SportsInteraction (OVER Oilers 6-3 Final)
Pepsi Center Arena – Denver, Colorado 10:00 PM ET Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Colorado begins a five-game home stand when Edmonton rolls into the Pepsi Center tonight. The Avalanche (9-9-0) have been on a roller coaster style season start as they haven’t won or lost more than two games in a row. That could change here as Colorado is riding a two-game winning streak after a pair 3-2 victories over Minnesota and Columbus. The Avalanche went 3-0 versus the Oilers last season as they won twice by a 3-2 count on the road in Edmonton and then 5-1 at home.
Following a torrid 7-1-0 season start, the Oilers went on skid with a 2-7-1 mark over their next ten games. Pulling out of their slump, Edmonton (11-8-1) has won two straight in convincing fashion as they thumped Dallas 5-2 and then shutout Western Conference leading Chicago 5-0 in their last match on Monday. The Oilers are in rare air as they lead the Pacific Division by one point over the Anaheim Ducks. Edmonton’s 59 goals for is sixth best in the NHL – with 39 Colorado is second last.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: COL G Semyon Varlamov (5-8-0 GAA 2.92) is up against EDM G Cam Talbot (10-7-1 GAA 2.47) in the netminder matchup here. Varlamov was rock solid in his latest start as he stopped 40 of 42 shots during Colorado’s win over the Blue Jackets. Talbot has won two straight including his 31 save performance in the Oilers shutout versus the Blackhawks. Both teams are feeling pretty good after two straight wins so something has to give here. Nine of Edmonton’s last eleven games have reached or exceeded five goals while Colorado contests have hit that number during seven of the last eight matches. We are paying a little extra juice and backing the OVER on the 5 (-145) alternate game total posted at SportsInteraction.
Oilers and Avalanche Light up the Rockies: It’s always nice to know that a wager will be at least a push – at the end of first period. That was the case in this contest as the opening frame ended in a 2-2 tie. A pair of goals with under three minutes left in the period certainly helped. Defense and rough play took over in the second but Rene Bourque potted his second goal of the game to make it 3-2 after 40 minutes. Our ticket went from a push to a winner when Milan Lucic made the score 3-3 just 32 seconds into the third period. Mildly miffed that we passed on the 5.5 (-110) game total at SportsInteraction, after Edmonton piled on and posted a 6-3 victory, we will take the win as our record moves to 8-3 on the season. Our NHL Week 7 picks close with the Montreal vs Detroit duel on Saturday. Please check back on 26/11/16 for that match preview and game day prediction.
Montreal Canadiens @ Detroit Red Wings – Bet Montreal -1.5 (+215) ATS at Bet365 (Montreal 2-1 OT Final)
Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, Michigan 7:00 PM ET Saturday, November 26, 2016
Montreal rolls into the Motor City as the best team in the NHL, with a 15-4-2 record, as they lead the Rangers by a single point and the Blackhawks by two. The Canadiens stumbled some recently as they went 1-1-2 prior to posting a 2-1 victory at home versus a hot Carolina Hurricanes team on Thursday. The Habs have played a ton of home games as they are 12-1-1 at the Bell Centre but just 3-3-1 as visitors this season. Montreal is third overall with a stingy 2.19 team goals against average.
Detroit is back at The Joe after a mini two-game road trip as they beat Buffalo 2-1 in a shootout on Wednesday and then posted a 5-4 overtime victory against New Jersey last night. Prior to that, the Red Wings dropped four in a row – a skid that started with a 5-0 mauling in Montreal. The Wings are 10-10-1 and they are three points behind the Devils in the race for the final Wild Card position. Detroit has recorded a dismal 2-7-2 record during their last eleven contests versus Montreal.
Starting Goaltender Update and Prediction: Montreal has an advantage in the goaltending battle as Carey Price (12-1-1 GAA 1.71) duels Petr Mrazek (4-5-1 GAA 3.18) in this contest. After losing his first game in regulation this season (4-3 vs Ottawa) Price was back to his stellar self as he stopped 31 of 32 shots in the win over Carolina. Red Wings starter Jimmy Howard suffered a groin injury last night so Mrazek steps in and tries to stop a personal four-game losing streak as a starter. Detroit was outscored by a combined 18-10 count during those four matches. The Wings may be a weary group after playing into extra time and then travelling home last night. Though we are not big on giving home teams a head start, we will lay the -1.5 (+215) puck line and back Montreal at the Bet365 sportsbook. We also like Pittsburgh tonight so we are making a bonus parlay wager.
Bonus Parlay Wager: Penguins (-250) + Canadiens (-145) Money Line Ticket – Winner!
Greed Kills: We let greed get the best of us as we gave up a puck and half to the Red Wings at home in Hockey Town and ended up with a loss as Montreal recorded a 2-1 victory in overtime. Moving forward, we will be unapologetic about backing money lines with superior teams who are playing on the road – whether they win by one goal or ten. We did earn a profit on the night as we cashed our bonus parlay wager. It was a bit of a miracle win as Sidney Crosby scored with just 14 seconds left in the game and then Kris Letang netted the winner in the shootout to earn Pittsburgh a 4-3 come from behind win over the New Jersey Devils. Our overall record moves to 9-4 and we’ll be back with our NHL Week 8 predictions early next week. See you then and enjoy the Grey Cup!
NHL Live Scores Week 7
Heading to the quarter-pole of the 2016-17 NHL season, we are seeing some separation between the Stanley Cup contenders and pretenders. With a 20-7-3 record, over their last ten games, the Montreal Canadiens (30 PTS), New York Rangers (29 PTS) and Chicago Blackhawks (28 PTS) are battling for the top perch in the NHL standings. Prior to Week 5, we mentioned Columbus as a long shot with a NHL Championship chance and the Blue Jackets have posted a 5-1-1 record since then. At the other end of the spectrum, the Canucks (16 PTS), Coyotes (14 PTS) and Islanders (14 PTS) have fallen in the NHL cellar. If it were offered as a parlay wager, at any of the top rated online sportsbooks here at Canada Sports Betting, we’d bet the farm Vancouver and Arizona won’t be attending the NHL postseason party. Check back here anytime as LIVE scores and odds, furnished by the best online bookmakers in the business, are updated here minute-by-minute everyday.
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