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Razors NHL 01/04/2017 (NHL YTD 43-36 +20.10 units)

Razors NHL 01/04/2017  (NHL YTD  43-36  +20.10 units)

Islanders/Flyers:

At glance, this division matchup between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders screams goals galore. However, there is certainly more than meets the eyes on this one.

This will be the third meeting of the season, as both meetings so far have seen seven or more goals in each game with the Islanders winning both meetings. However, today is a unique situation. First off, let’s not ignore the winter storms that are currently occurring out east. We can be thankful that this game can actually happen. This also means that neither team was able to participate in any morning skates or practice, therefore both teams saw their last activity log two days ago in their 5-1 losses. Second, what I just said. Both teams are coming off embarrassing blowouts at home. Perhaps we can give both teams the New Years benefit of the doubt in their first home games of 2018, but there should be a better effort from both tonight.

Islanders Head Coach Doug Weight is not stressing, however, as he has made it clear in today’s interview that he is confident in his club and that cold streaks do happen. He did say however, that the Islanders will be looking for a more gritty effort. This means a more well rounded effort.

Flyers Head Coach Dave Hakstol on the other hand, has highlighted the offensive persistence of the Islanders, and made it clear that the team needs to be hungrier on the inside lanes.

When grit and offensive schemes clash, it usually turns into a flush cycle game if both teams stick to their plan at an acceptable level. This means that Philly will likely be the aggressor, while New York will be the opportunistic team. The Islanders are well aware that the Flyers are coming strong after already losing twice, so this will be a tight game approach on their part.

With everything I have mentioned above, I don’t expect similar things to happen in this game than in the first two meetings. I see this being a low scoring game.

UNDER 6 +100 3*

 

Golden Knights/Blues:

Needless to say, the Las Vegas Golden Knights have been the story of the season so far. This does not take away from the fact that the Blues are still an elite team.

St. Louis had a below average (7-9) December, but have started the New Year on a high note with a 3-2 win against the Devils in a shootout. Right now, the Blues are the healthiest they have been in awhile, as the only significant injury that remains at the moment is Jaden Schwartz. They are looking like they are in good rhythm, and ready to get back to leading to Central Division sooner than later.

The Golden Knights have been above .500 on the road so far, but let’s face it..10-8 on the road is a far cary from 17-3 at home. The nature of road games is clearly not played in the same context as their home games. In addition, the Knights team has not taken part in any activity since their last game.

I think the first road game of the New Year may be a system shock to Vegas, as this is the first time the team will play in a more eastern time zone since early December. I expect the Blues to dictate this game.

Blues moneyline -115 1*

 

Blue Jackets/Avalanche:

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to build on their last win in Dallas, as they fly into Colorado to face the red hot Avalanche.

CBJ went through a horrific Holiday season, as they were outscored in regulation 14-8 in a three game losing streak. Last game, they switched back to a more defensive style and got the first win of the New Year. Tortorella is a defensive minded coach typically, and now realizes that he cannot be going toe to toe with opposing offenses, while Atkinson, Dubinsky, and Wennberg are all out of the lineup. This essentially makes the Blue Jackets a one line team on offense, led by Artemi Panarin. Expect them to be ultra defensive again today with the man to man system that worked in last game, as CBJ is riding off that game’s momentum with no activity in between since then.

The Avalanche are on a three game winning streak, where they have been strong on both ends of the ice. They are looking a lot more sound defensively. Like every game in Denver, this should be one of quick shifts. If CBJ plays as defensively as they should, it will be an opportunistic cycle. Expect the scoring to be minimal with this type of game plan. If there wasn’t so much juice, I would make this a two unit play.

UNDER 6 -135 1*

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