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Razor NHL Plays 11/09/2017

Razor NHL Plays 11/09/2017

Wild/Canadiens:

Today, the Minnesota Wild will continue through Eastern Canada as they face the Montreal Canadiens. 

The Wild had a good defensive approach yesterday in Toronto, but a couple mistakes were to blame for their fate. From the early second period onward, Minnesota was forced to play a more aggressive game and exert more energy than they probably would have liked, knowing that they would have to play the next day. The Wild took 37 shots in last night’s 4-2 loss, and will need to play a more conservative game tonight against a Montreal team that has finally settled in. Devan Dubnyk will be back in goal for Minnesota tonight, as he only faced 19 shots yesterday. Expect him to be warm and ready. 

The Montreal Canadiens, just like the Wild, had a sloppy start to their season, as their defense look out of sorts. However, despite having only 3 of their first 14 games stay under, the Canadiens have won two straight low scoring games now. The tides have turned, as the defense seems to be a lot more wary with Charlie Lindgren in net. While many doubted the Habs as soon as Price went down, Charlie Lindgren seems to have found his NHL groove a lot sooner than later. While still wearing his St. John’s Ice Caps mask, it is clear that he is already NHL ready, having allowed just 2 goals through his first 69 shots faced in the big leagues. 

Minnesota will have to rely on a neutral zone opportunistic game, as their energy bars will be nowhere near as full as Montreal’s. At the same time, the Habs are learning that things play out much more pleasantly when the defense knows what they are doing. Expect more of that today.

UNDER 5.5 -105  2*

 

Lightning/Kings:

The Tampa Bay Lightning will fly into SoCal to face the Los Angeles Kings today, after a 5-1 annihilation of the Sharks last night. The Kings are a whole different animal. Tampa Bay has, and will continue to feast on soft teams all year long. The Lightning offensive depth and finesse is just too much for teams to handle…unless of course, they are contained physically. 

The Kings are the epitome of physicality, and have two Stanley Cups to show for as a result of that style of play. 

LA had a rough season last year offensively, but have seen rebounds from almost all of their top players so far this season. Perhaps a coaching change was the only thing needed to spark some offensive schemes this season..and it was not done in any sacrifice of their already stellar and brutally punishing defensive style. The Kings are about as deadly as it gets right now, and they have a nasty gritty streak to them as well. 

On a back to back, I think the Lightning energy levels will be a little lower, and this is trouble when having to face a very physical forecheck, as well as a team that thrives on board battles. The Tampa finesse won’t mean much, if the lanes are blocked. This will be a battle of conditioning, and Los Angeles has the major edge.  

Kings moneyline -130  2*

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