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Colorado @ FLORIDA
FLORIDA - +119 over Colorado

Pinnacle -½ +119 Bet365 -½ +105 SportsInteraction N/A 5DIMES -½ +115 888Sport -½ +132

Posted at 1:35 PM EST.  

FLORIDA -½ +113 over Colorado

7:05 PM EST. Regulation only. Colorado is 5-0-1. They have picked up 11 out of a possible 12 points to start the year and there is no question that it improved but everything in the NHL that has happened up to this point is a tiny sample size. Colorado is better than they were last year but they are not as good as its record suggests. The Avs have been outshot and outchanced in four straight games. In a 4-2 win over Minnesota prior to those four games, they barely outchanced the Wild with the shots on net being dead even. The Avalanche are dominating in win column but they are not dominating in their performances. In fact, Colorado ranks 19th in puck possession numbers. 

The Florida Panthers are the polar opposite of the Avs. Florida has two wins in six games but one would be hard pressed to find a team that has dominated more thoroughly than the Panthers. Shift after shift, period after period and game after game, the Panthers are spending more time in the opposition’s end than any other team in the NHL. The only reason that the Panthers are 2-4 and not 6-0 is because Segei Bobrovsky has been horrible with a save percentage of .870. We have no idea what’s going to happen here, as Bob could have another horrible game and cost the Panthers another win on top of the 10M they’re paying him. However, we have enough information to reasonably assume that the Panthers are going to outchance, out-possess and outshoot the Avs. Furthermore, because they’re 2-4, we get the Panthers at a reduced rate and that makes them especially worthy of getting behind.

Note -- the bad line used by 888sport if you have an account there.

For record keeping purposes, we always use Pinnacle or Bet365 lines because most people have two accounts but of course, I'm personally betting this one at 888sport.

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FLORIDA - +119 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.38)

Dallas @ PITTSBURGH
Dallas - +225 over PITTSBURGH

Pinnacle -½ +196 Bet365 -½ +225 SportsInteraction -½ +175 5DIMES -½ +200 888Sport -½ +196

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Dallas -½ +210 over PITTSBURGH

7:05 PM EST. Regulation only. All the credit in the world goes out to the Penguins, who have won four in a row and five of its last six. What makes that so impressive is that they have done it without Bryan Rust, Nick Bjugstad, Evgeni Malkin and Alex Galchenyuk. Those are four key contributors and the Pens haven’t missed a beat. Still, one has to question how long the Pens can keep winning at this pace with so many key injuries and a very average defense. We’ll put that to the test here with this year’s unluckiest team so far.

Dallas has played eight games and has one win. The hole it is digging is getting bigger by the day but perhaps this is where the turnaround begins. How do you know when you can’t catch a break? Is it when you drop three consecutive one-goal games to start the season? Is it when your big guns finally will the team to a win only for the club to then go on another three-game losing skid? Is it when, faced with the prospect of dropping seven of your first eight games, a jaw-dropping, already-goal-of-the-year-contending, between-the-legs game-winner sends you to a fourth straight defeat and a place in the NHL’s basement? All of the above describes the Dallas Stars.

The expectation, of course, was that Dallas would enter this season and establish itself early as a threat in the Central Division and a contender in the Western Conference. This is a Stars team that earned a wild-card berth and came within one goal of a trip to the conference final last season. This is also a Dallas franchise that went out and had itself an A-plus summer, bringing in former San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, veteran defender Andrej Sekera and a feisty Corey Perry, who was bought out by the Ducks and came to the Stars with a Texas-sized chip on his shoulder. Add to the new faces a one-year-older, one-year-wiser Miro Heiskanen and Roope Hintz surrounding the established centerpieces and there was every reason to believe Dallas was going to hit the ground running. Instead, they’ve landed with a splat. With a stingy defense and plenty of runway time left, it’s time to buy low on the Stars because some wins are forthcoming.

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Dallas - +225 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 4.50)

Detroit @ EDMONTON
Detroit - +300 over EDMONTON

Pinnacle -½ +268 Bet365 -½ +300 SportsInteraction N/A 5DIMES -½ +275 888Sport -½ +265

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Detroit -½ +300 over EDMONTON

9:30 PM EST. Regulation only. Yeah, we have concerns about getting behind the Red Wings. For one, it is their third game in four days and tail end of back-to-back after getting whacked 5-1 in Calgary last night. The game prior, in Vancouver, the Red Wings lost by that same identical score. Detroit has been outscored 15-4 in losing three in a row. We’d feel better if Detroit’s goaltending was more stable but we’re not going to worry about that. We can’t because nobody knows when a goaltender is going to have a great or lousy game so we’ll just have to let the puck bounce where it may. The Red Wings stock is sinking fast while the fraudulent Oilers are gaining tremendous market credibility because they are now 6-1 to start the year. 

We faded Edmonton last game and they won easily, 6-3. They had a 6-1 lead with about five minutes to go before allowing two garbage time goals that meant nothing. That’s how it appears on paper, an easy win for the Oilers but trust us when we tell you that Edmonton was chasing around Philadelphia for 60 minutes. If all things were equal and luck had no effect on the outcome, Philadelphia would have won 10-0. That’s how badly the Oilers got dominated. The shots on goal were 52-22 in favor of the Flyers. The High Danger Scoring Chances were 17-4 in favor of the Flyers. Edmonton’s puck possession numbers for that game was the lowest by any team this year and yet they won 6-3 and had a 6-1 lead late in the game. It may not happen here but  inevitably, there is a reality check coming. The Oilers have been territorially outclassed so far – not just cumulatively but in every individual game – and it hasn’t shown on the scoresheet yet. It will soon.

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Detroit - +300 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 6.00)

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