We are back after a day with more NHL Picks! Tonight we have two picks from both sides of the United States to celebrate another amazing week (We Hope). Since most people read Intros and not the bottom of my blogs I feel, I would like to thank everyone who reads the site as we keep reaching more and more milestones. Thank you all.
Los Angeles Kings @ New York Rangers - (-130)
Yesterday was a great day for the Rangers, besides the obvious two points, they now look to have more chemistry now that all of their key forwards are back and of course, after a rough January for Lundqvist to get a shutout in a 1-0 win on NBC will be huge for his confidence. Even though it was a successful day for the Blueshirts, Kevin Hayes did leave the game which could be a huge issue if he is out for a long time. Now they host the LA Kings as it is rumored to be a goalie matchup of Henrik Lundqvist versus Peter Budaj. To start, I think it is fair to say the Rangers do have the advantage in net for this game, but they also have the advantage in home/away record. The Rangers have a home record of 13-9-1 (14th in the NHL) and the Kings' away record is 8-12-3 (22nd in the NHL). If I were Alain Vigneault, I would tell the Rangers to get shots on net early and often as Budaj has a 2.54 GAA in January which means he isn't having a great month. Especially when you are the 2nd best offense and when you have the eighth best power play. I think this game will be close, but with Lundqvist getting back his confidence he will be the factor, and that's why I am going with a Rangers 3-1 win.
San Jose Sharks [-1.5] @ Colorado Avalanche - (+135)
The Sharks and the Avalanche played on January 21st as the game ended in a 3-2 win for the San Jose Sharks. Now they go to the Pepsi Center and have a rematch in Colorado. Every time you are dealing with the last-place Avalanche this season you need to look at their home record before making any decision and oh boy is it bad. The Avs are 5-16-1 at home this season which is the worst in the NHL. To make it worse for the Avalanche they are also 1-8-1 in their last ten which is also the worst in the NHL. The Sharks are an excellent away team as they are 12-10-1 which are the 9th best in the NHL. Even though the Sharks have had trouble this year scoring (125 goals scored this season), they make up for one of the best defenses in the NHL, as they have only let in 107 goals, which is the fourth-best in the NHL. The Avs, on the other hand, have scored 89 goals all season (leagues worst) and have conceded 148 goals which is the fifth worse. The game on Saturday may have been close, but this one will be a bit more slanted to the Sharks, which is why I am going with a 4-1 Sharks win.
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