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Razor NHL (YTD 44-39 +14.10 units)

Razor NHL (YTD 44-39  +14.10 units)

Hurricanes/Bruins:

Today we have a matchup between the two top CORSI teams in the NHL right now. Both the Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins are puck possession teams that enjoy cycling from the backend onward.

With a game in Pittsburgh tomorrow, the Bruins will be looking to get a lead and rely on the puck possession game. If the game gets a little out of reach against their favor in the late stages, expect them to accept to look ahead to tomorrow. Boston has also been sitting around for three full days, as their game against the Panthers earlier this week was postponed due to weather.

The Carolina Hurricanes have looked a lot more sound with their puck possession system, and have definitely solidified their defense in the last little bit. I also expect them to play puck hog all game in this one.

With two teams that generally like to hang on to the puck, leads will be well defended for the most part. Time will be wasted in a hot potatoes style of game, and it would take a few bad bounces for this one to go over.

UNDER 5.5 -115 2*

 

Rangers/Coyotes:

The New York Rangers will be looking to try to erase their home loss to Chicago, as they head to the desert for back to back outings.

According to Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet, Arizona intends to treat tonight’s matchup like a playoff game (as funny as that sounds). They will be heading into a bye week following today’s game, and are coming off one of their most solid efforts all season. Although these two met in Manhattan earlier this year, where the Rangers won 5-2 in a completely different situation, Derek Stepan will still have pointers for his teammates on some of the tendencies of his former club. I expect a well rounded game from Arizona today, as they actually held a rare practice on the same day as game day. The notes were very positive.

The Rangers were fortunate to have two full days off before playing the first game of this road trip out west, but adjustments are a visible struggle on the first line without Chris Kreider in the lineup. In each of the three games without the big net crasher, New York has only managed 2 goals. Alain Vigneault has tried different top line combinations, and yesterday’s practice was largely intended to find the right mix for that top line to be productive. He has decided to go with JT Miller on the top line. Miller has his own style, but it may take some time for him to be on the same page to be able to compliment the offensive schemes with Buchnevich and Zibanejad. Also, despite the struggles, it is natural for a team to subconsciously take the worst team in the NHL a little more lightly, especially since the Rangers have a game in the league’s toughest arena for opponents the very next day.

This will be a game that is in Arizona’s favor both mentally and physically.

Coyotes moneyline +130 3*

 

Wild/Avalanche:

The relationship between the Minnesota Wild and the Colorado Avalanche since the NHL realignment has been significant, as these two are starting to develop quite a rivalry.

Today we have quite an unusual line setting, as Colorado is a heavy underdog despite the Avalanche having a much better home record than the Wild’s road record. Also, the Avalanche only sit two points behind the wild in the standings, and are quite healthy with the exception of key players Semyon Varlamov and Tyson Barrie. To make things stranger, it is also Milan Hejduk retirement night, which should motivate the team to get a win for one of their best players of the late 90s-early 2000s.

The fact though remains, that the Wild are now at full health with Parise and Nino back in the lineup. That Hat Trick definitely turned some heads. We can expect to see more of the Wild team we saw last year, as Boudreau is a fantastic regular season coach and he has also stressed that the team will not take the foot off the gas even with a 3+ goal lead. Minnesota now has three solid scoring lines.

Both teams are top 15 in goals, and top 10 in shot percentage, but both teams are also bottom 10 in CORSI percentages (Minnesota is dead last) and bottom 5 in shots on goal. This simply means that both teams play a tape to tape puck movement style built on wing speed and offensive schemes through the middle. Shots are only made when necessary, but the lack of puck possession from both teams will probably result in a lot of back and forth turnovers.

I expect a ton of odd man rushes and quick shifts today, and the goalies may be left high and dry.

OVER 5.5 -115 2*

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