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Razor NHL 01/11/2017 (YTD 48-45 +8.20 units)

Razor NHL 01/11/2017 (YTD  48-45 +8.20 units)

Blue Jackets/Sabres:

Tonight’s game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Buffalo Sabres may turn out to be a slightly emotional one. Buffalo is coming off not only a series of losses, but a 7-4 loss to Winnipeg. More importantly though, the Sabres held a physical practice yesterday and sparks flew among teammates, as the practice heated up with emotions. After practice, Veterans like Jason Pominville made it clear that the team will be working on playing better defense after that 7-4 loss. In coming into their bye week after tonight, I expect a solid effort by Buffalo on both ends of the ice.

The main obstacle here for the Sabres is the fact that the Blue Jackets are well aware that Buffalo will be coming hard. Head Coach John Tortorella and Defensemen Seth Jones have both made their awareness known. The Blue Jackets are still short staffed despite Wennberg making his way back into the lineup, and will have to rely on a man to man defensive game here to weather Buffalo’s storm. CBJ is still a one line team in terms of scoring threats. I expect this to be another close one.

UNDER 5.5 -130 2*

 

Flames/Lightning:

The Calgary Flames come into Florida to face the best team in the NHL. The Tampa Bay Lightning remain strong at home with a 17-3-1 record, as they enter the bye week following tonight’s game.

The Flames have done some fine tuning and are in great rhythm with their possession domination lately. They have won four straight games against strong Western teams, and have been very resilient in late stages of games. These two teams do not see each other often, so it will be a typical East versus West game, where Calgary will likely use their grit and forechecking ability to their advantage tonight.

Tampa, without a doubt, has the best chance generating system in all of hockey, and have a number of sharp shooters who can explode on any given night. However, they have looked like they lost a tad bit of that fluidity in the past four games. With the Lightning not having a Powerplay opportunity in two games, teams have learned how to play them without letting their man advantage come into effect. Calgary will be no different in that aspect.

Although this is a long shot, and I will by no means be surprised if it loses, Calgary’s nasty factor may be the difference in a matchup of the unfamiliarity. I’m willing to take it that the Flames give it their all tonight.

Flames moneyline +170 1*

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