Another shootout, another win for me in this great start to the NHL season. The Bruins drastically outplayed the Red Wings, as I predicted, but they are still having trouble scoring so far this season, only potting 2 goals on 39 shots through regulation and overtime. Luckily for us and the Bruins, the two Bruins goalscorers (Krejci and Smith) followed up their regulation time goals with shootout goals as well.
NHL Season Record: 12-4 for +10.43 units.
This has been a very strong start to the season with us already up over 10 units! I’m heading to the Senators home opener tonight so I won’t be able to watch the other games live, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to be placing bets and checking the scoreboard!
San Jose Sharks @ New York Islanders
The Sharks got a bit of a wake up call in Washington the other night when they blew their 3-0 first period lead and ended up needing a shootout to win 6-5. I expect the Sharks to come back with a much more defensive effort and I don’t expect them to take the Islanders lightly, even if they get up early again. The Isles have a lot of fire power this year and they’ve been scoring at ease with 15 goals in 3 games. That said, most of their goals against the Rangers were NYR cough ups that I don’t expect the Sharks to duplicate. I think the Sharks win this one and kind of bring the Islanders back down to earth somewhat.
Play: Sharks 1.862 @ PinnacleSports.com
Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens
The Bruins played last night in Detroit and although they dominated the game it ended up going to a shootout. Some of the Bruins key players are getting up their in age and I think the back-to-back games may take their toll. The Bruins could also be giving Rask a break tonight, which would mean Niklas Svedberg would get the nod (this is not yet confirmed). Combine these facts with the Bruins still having trouble scoring and also being on the road I have to give the edge to the Habs.
Play: Canadiens 1.862 @ 5Dimes.eu
St. Louis Blues @ LA Kings
The Blues have only played 2 games and they must be itching to get back on the ice after not playing since last Saturday. This is an epic Western Conference match up between two elite teams so we are in for a treat. The Kings have started the season well going 2-1-1 to pretty much avoid a blatant Stanley Cup hangover, but this record can be somewhat deceiving. This is because their two wins have come at home against two of the weakest teams in the league (4-1 over the Jets and 6-1 over the Oilers). I still think that the Blues have proven themselves to be the better regular season throughout the past few years, with the two switching roles come playoff time. Look for the Blues to get back in the win column in LA.
Play: Blues 2.18 @ PinnacleSports.com
Good luck tonight! Look for me in the new Sens Supporters section at Canadian Tire Center.