Re: Week 6, Day 4
I thought strongly about the Red Wings/Penguins under tonight with Hasek and Fleury (Fleury coming off a 40 shot shutout performance), but a lot of games are seeing shots on goals in the mid-30s per team early on, so I cannot take an under just yet in this young season (and NJ/Dallas also looks like an under). I will go with:
Chicago Black Hawks -0.5, laying $100 to win $102 (regulation time)
One of the NHL trends I look at are teams playing 2 nights in a row and we have 9 instances tonight. The Columbus/Chicago game seems to be the best of the bunch to me. Columbus was rested last night, at Home playing Vancouver, who was playing their 2nd night in a row, and the Blue Jackets led 2-0 after 2 periods, only to blow the game and lose in OT, 3-2. Now Columbus is not rested going into Chicago, who is rested, and the Hawks are coming off an impressive 8-goal performance at Nashville against Vokuhn 2 nights ago. Columbus has always been a MUCH stronger Home team, so I will fade them and take the Black Hawks, who made a lot of offseason moves to improve their squad this season. Now with the NHL, you can bet the puck-line or moneyline including OTs, or take Regulation-time lines -1/2. The juice is -148 including OT, which I will pass on, taking the slightly positive juice and hoping Chicago takes this in regulation.