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Razor NHL 12/3/2017 YTD 14-15 +6.54 units

Razor NHL 12/3/2017  YTD  14-15  +6.54 units

Kings/Blackhawks:

The Los Angeles Kings will continue their road brilliance, as they come into the Madhouse to face the Chicago Blackhawks. 

With a front office makeover, the Kings have certainly turned over a new leaf this season, as they sit with a four point cushion in first place in the Pacific Division. They are on a four game win streak at the moment, and this will their last game on this current road trip. LA has had a fine balance of offense and defense this year. With John Stevens taking over, the Kings have not sacrificed their outstanding defensive stature for a more effective offense this season. At the same time, they are generally not blowing out teams either. They are about as efficient as an NHL team can be this season. 

Today, they have the advantage of facing a Blackhawks team that is on the second leg of a back to back and also experiencing some goaltending management obstacles with their starter Corey Crawford out. At this point, it is unsure on whether Forsberg will be making his second straight start, or if JF Berube will be coming in for his season debut. Either way, expect Chicago to be very defense-conscious coming into this game off late night travel and very short rest. Also expect their shooting accuracy to be decreased tonight due to possible mental fatigue, as Chicago has not won a back end of a back to back since their first one this season.

With the Kings being such a complete team, and the Blackhawks having a decade long proven puck management system, I can see this one having a playoff vibe…with the exception of Chicago’s slight disadvantages. I don’t see this one being a high octane game. 

UNDER 5.5 -125   2*

 

Coyotes/Golden Knights:

The Arizona Coyotes struggles have been well documented this season, as they are in sole position of last place in the NHL. However, last night’s win against the Devils was quite easily the best game the Coyotes have played this season. This evening will be the second battle of the desert in just eight days, as Arizona will look to keep things going after a short flight into Las Vegas. 

Right now, I am anticipating both teams going in opposite directions for a bit…even if it is temporary. The Golden Knights are currently on a three game losing streak, and as impressive as they have been, I don’t think too many hockey followers are particularly surprised. Vegas has been a gritty forechecking team that has had a huge home advantage, but unfamiliar territory is no longer an excuse for the Coyotes. This will be Arizona’s third trip into Vegas, and they are beaming with confidence after yesterday. Normally I would be a little wary of fatigue, but this Coyotes team has been far too bad to use that as an excuse either. Expect them to come out strong, and for Scott Wedgewood to ride off yesterday’s momentum in which he played a phenomenal game. 

Coyotes moneyline +150   2*

 

Stars/Avalanche:

The Dallas Stars are coming off two impressive back to back wins against the Blackhawks, and will look to build on their four game win streak coming into Denver today. At this point, I’m sure many of you are aware that Colorado has unique altitude conditions that leads opposing teams to make certain adjustments in order to compete, especially on game two of a back to back. Dallas learned this first hand just less than two weeks ago, as they were shutout 3-0 in Colorado the same situation.

While I do expect Dallas to have a significant disadvantage in energy levels once again in that altitude, I also expect Ken Hitchcock to have his team more prepared this time around. The last three games have been the most complete efforts I have seen from the Dallas Stars this season, and they are looking solid on both ends of the ice. Expect short shifts and a more defensive approach from the Stars, as this is how they have been winning games lately. Hitchcock’s transition has finally come through, and the players have bought into the system. 

I am still not entirely sure what to make of the Colorado Avalanche this season, but I think it is safe to say that they will finish far ahead of what they did last season. Colorado is actually looking like a competitive team this year, but they have seem to hit a bit of a wall on offense lately..averaging just 2 regulation goals per game in their last five. They will have the edge in energy and preparation, but scoring might still be difficult to come by against a well structured Stars team. I hate to lay the juice, but we have been hitting some really nice plus money bets lately. Expect this to be a grind.

UNDER 6  -135   2* 

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