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Razor NHL 11/30/2017

Razor NHL 11/30/2017

YTD 9-13 -5.90 units

Golden Knights/ Wild:

The Las Vegas Golden Knights have definitely been a surprise to start the season, but there are certainly advantages and disadvantages to their game and setting. Today, they fly into the State of Hockey to face the struggling Minnesota Wild.

Minny has been a little disoriented to say the least, as they look to break out of their two game losing streak tonight. To their defense, both losses came on the road and against the top two teams in the Central Division. Also to their defense…there was none. The Wild allowed a combined 13 goals in these two games in Winnipeg and St. Louis, and will look to turn things around in their place of comfort; the Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota has traditionally always been a very strong home team, pretty much throughout the franchise’s existence. They have arguably the most hostile home crowd in the United States, and look for them to feed off the energy tonight.

Building upon what I had mentioned earlier about the Knights, there are certain things that they have the major edge in…and of course, certain things that they do not. They are a very good team at home, as the nature of their ice conditions and location/arena characteristics has given them a huge advantage over many opponents. One thing that they have not had any advantage in, is playing in a hostile opponent’s arena with pristine ice conditions. Vegas failed to escape with a win in any of Toronto, Montreal, or Edmonton, which can easily be considered the three most hostile and passionate hockey cities in Canada, and perhaps the entire NHL. Today they will have a similar obstacle coming into Minnesota for the first time in history.

The Golden Knights have a very aggressive forecheck system, and some can argue that they have depth with the style. However, they will continue to be without David Perron for a third straight game, and this is problematic for their top two lines. There is a gaping hole on the right wing on the second line, as Gallant has tried both Tuch and Leipsic in attempts to replace Perron..but the chemistry just is not there. Vegas will have to rely solely on the KMS top line for primary point production, and I doubt that Karlsson can continue to score at the pace he has been.

This will be a good bounce back spot for Minnesota, as they have had a good three days for Boudreau to rip into the team and get them back in form. Anyone who has watched previous winter classics knows how intense Bruce can be. Expect to see it in the results tonight.

Wild in regulation +100 5*

 

Stars/Blackhawks:

There are many exciting things about this matchup, as two generally household clubs go head to head at the United Center in Chicago. First off, the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks usually have very spirited games. More importantly however, this is the first time Dallas will play Chicago under the Hitchcock Stars 2.0 era. This will definitely be overlooked, but the Blues and Hawks are among the biggest rivalries in recent hockey, and there were 29 Regular Season meetings between Hitchcock and Coach Q since Hitchcock’s arrival in St. Louis in 2011. Of those 29 games, the teams almost split the entire six years, with Chicago winning 15 and St. Louis winning 14. One thing that was a little more lopsided however, were the totals. Only 12 of those meetings saw more than five total goals in a game, and only 9 saw more than six. Both coaches respect each other, and will more often than not take a reserved game plan approach in non revenge situations.

With Dallas starting to become a more complete defensive team each day, and with their quest to be a better road team, we can expect less mistakes and less risk taking scoring schemes..especially against the Blackhawks.

Chicago as well, should be playing a responsible puck management game, knowing the scoring threats on Dallas. Also, it will be natural for players to remember the deadly run and gun kamikaze approach through Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, under Lindy Ruff’s reign.

UNDER 5.5 -110 1*

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