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Razor NHL 12/05/2017

Razor NHL 12/05/2017

YTD 15-16 +5.84 units

Devils/Blue Jackets:

The New Jersey Devils will be looking get back on track after having the last two days off, as they fly into Ohio’s Capital City to face the high flying Blue Jackets. It is apparent that New Jersey is starting to see more flaws to their game after a red hot start to the season, and this should not come as a surprise to anyone. The Devils were projected to finish at the bottom of the standings once again, but a combination of a couple prospect phenom additions and a healthy Taylor Hall have really propelled this offense to succeed through the first quarter of the season. However, getting blown out by the league’s worst Arizona Coyotes may be a strong indicator that the Devils are coming back down to earth.

Ever since Head Coach John Tortorella took the reigns of this Jackets team, they have been one of the most persistent teams in hockey. The Devils know that first hand, as they are 2-7 against Columbus since Torts took over, and six of those losses were by two or more goals.

This will be an extremely tough spot for the Devils, especially with CBJ in mid season form and coming off a loss. Expect to see New Jersey scrambling quite a bit in one of the more hostile USA arenas in hockey.

Blue Jackets in regulation -125 3*

 

Sabres/Avalanche:

This battle between the Buffalo Sabres and the Colorado Avalanche isn’t exactly a matchup that many hockey fans will be looking at, as both clubs are really starting to show their incompetence lately. Both are coming off blowout losses, and are looking to rebound.

Eastern teams are often at a disadvantage coming into Denver, seeing from which they rarely get to experience the high altitude characteristics of Pepsi Center. However, with the absence of captain Gabriel Landeskog for the Avalanche, Colorado hardly has an advantage over anyone. With the exception of Mikko Rantanen, the wing positions are very weak for this Avalanche team. The only area of somewhat depth would be the Center position, but don’t expect too much playmaking to occur with hardly any threats from the sides. Likewise, Buffalo is dead last in goal scoring this season, and has displayed little offensive success despite having some decent names up front.

Both teams are going to naturally be defensive minded following blowout losses, and there will be short shifts being taken by Buffalo to avoid fatigue in an unfamiliar setting that they only visit once a year. I feel that both goalies are highly underrated because of their awful teams. I think this will be their chance to shine in a low scoring game.

UNDER 5.5 -135 2*

 

Predators/Stars:

As the season settles, we have a matchup between two playoff and possible cup contenders here. The Nashville Predators have been par for the course this season, as the Dallas Stars are starting to find some gel under Ken Hitchcock’s very unique system which highly contrasts the former. The Stars have been able to gain momentum and string together a five game winning streak including the most latest 7-2 blowout in Colorado.

This will be Nashville’s last game before their bye week, and I feel that they may already be looking to their week off. Nashville spent far more energy than I imagine they would have liked to yesterday against Boston, as the Bruins were able to develop a bit of a rally to keep the Preds on their toes. This is also Nashville’s first road game in over a week.

Dallas has been outstanding at home, and this is expected due to the nature of their rink conditions. Hitchcock was a master in the 90s of helping this team win at home, and has continued to do so here. I expect this to be a convincing win by Dallas, as they are looking more complete than they have ever looked in the past few years…without any fatigue or travel factors getting in the way.

Stars in regulation +100 2*

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