Tremendous Pucking NHL Predictions Tonight: February 3rd 2015
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Arizona Coyotes @ Columbus Blue Jackets
2/3/15 – 7:00 pm est
How can a team like the Columbus Blue Jackets be a -163 home money line favorite? Especially with an AHL goaltender starting tonight. Anton Forsberg was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 15 shots back in November. He has struggled with the Blue Jackets, but has gone 18-7-1 with a 2.04 GAA and .927 SV% in Springfield (AHL) this season.
The pucking AHL…..
Even if Sergei Bobrovsky was in net I still can’t see this Jackets team being that heavy of a favorite, I don’t care who they are playing. The Arizona Coyotes have been nothing but garbage this season but due to several injuries, so have the Blue Jackets.
The Coyotes, though, have managed to win two of their past three and look to close the trip on a much more positive note before hosting Carolina on Thursday. Goaltender Mike Smith is the starting goaltender tonight and although he has struggled this season he seems to be picking up the slack. I even added him to my Fantasy Hockey team and played him against teams like the Blue Jackets and it’s been paying off the last few games.
He’s lost seven of his last eight starts and was pulled in favor of Domingue in the third period of Saturday’s 7-2 defeat to Ottawa. I did not start him in this game for my Fantasy Hockey team.
Tremendous Pucking NHL Prediction
This is one of those games where Columbus has owned Arizona in recent history but this game seems like a trap and I don’t know any legitimate hockey handicapper can bet the Jackets with the odds Vegas set. Vegas knows the recent dominance but I can’t lay that money. I am backing Arizona with how Smith has been picking up the slack and he is capable of going on hot streaks.
Arizona Coyotes +147 (risking $500 to win $735)
Chicago Blackhawks @ Minnesota Wild
2/3/15 – 8:00 pm est
Even though the Chicago Blackhawks have owned the Minnesota Wild in recent history this is one of those games where recent trends does not matter to me. Chicago has not played to their potential lately and a victory over Minnesota could be the win they need to get over the hump.
The question though is, can Devan Dubnyk keep up with his stellar play in between the pipes although he has not fared too well against Chicago. Dubnyk made 35 saves against the Canucks after earning his second shutout with the Wild with a 30-save effort in a 1-0 win over Calgary on Thursday. However, he’s 0-4-0 with a 4.90 GAA in his last five starts against the Blackhawks. These losses were not with Minnesota.
The Blackhawks will turn to Corey Crawford after he got the night off against the Sharks. He has a 1.20 GAA while winning his last four starts against Minnesota, including the postseason. During those playoffs though, Minnesota lost Niklas Backstrom at the start of the series and it killed their momentum tremendously.
Tremendous Pucking NHL Prediction
Like I said past history does not play a role in this game. It all comes down to playoff positioning and what team wants it more. Currently the Blackhawks have a 4 point cushion in their division with Winnipeg their only threat for now, and Winnipeg has been slipping and dealing with their own issues.
After the All-Star break I was expecting Minnesota to make a push and squeeze into the playoffs with a little hard work. But did I expect them to win 3 straight games on the road, no. And with the recent acquisition of Devan Dubnyk that was the spark they needed and it’s been paying off. But this is Dubnyk after-all and he is due to fail sooner or later. Then again maybe he will be that underdog that prevails.
I don’t often bet against the Blackhawks but I am taking a shot with the Wild. Divisional game and the Wild need these 2 points more than the struggling Blackhawks. As a matter of fact if Minnesota loses this game they will most likely be too far out of the playoff race considering L.A., Dallas and Colorado will be playing tonight. 3 teams Minnesota are chasing.
Minnesota Wild +126 (risking $100 to win $126)
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