Thankfully, the few days off with NHL All-Star break somewhat disguised my rough record of 2-4 from two weeks back. However, with teams across the league starting to distinguish themselves between Cup contenders and playoff pretenders, this is setting up to be a nice bounce-back spot to make some cash.
A completely stacked board of 13 matchups awaits us today, including two afternoon matinees, so let’s get right down to business and back on the winning train.
Side Bets: 14-16
Overall combined: 31-29 (52%)
Tampa Bay Lightning @ New York Rangers – Pick: Lightning
Betting against the Rangers this season has usually been a good decision, as the Rangers are mired in a disappointing campaign that has seen the club hover near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings for most of the first half of the year. The Rangers do however hold a respectable 5-5-0 record over the last 10 and have been playing decent puck over their last few games.
Tampa, on the other hand, have been the toast of the league from the jump, pacing the entire NHL in points with a sensational 78 through 51 games. The Bolts have also been playing New York tough of late, winning four of the last five matchups and eight of their last 11 at MSG.
The Bolts are fresh off a shutout win against the Islanders, and I expect their New York trip to continue to go smoothly. Hammer the Lightning for my Gold play of the week.
Anaheim Ducks @ Winnipeg Jets – Pick: Jets
Jets superstar Patrik Laine might be struggling to put up points these days, but the same cannot be said for Winnipeg as a whole, as Paul Maurice’s men continue to flex their muscle as legitimate Cup contenders with points in eight of their last 10, including seven victories. Despite Laine’s inconsistencies, the Jets still find themselves atop the Western Conference and picking up steam.
As for the Ducks, not so rosy. Anaheim has been completely ravaged by injuries in 2018-19, with a majority of their top-six forward group spending significant time on IR, including Corey Perry, Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg. The Ducks have been sputtering over the last month, winning only two of their last 10 while sliding down the Pacific Division standings and right out of a playoff spot.
Winnipeg has built a reputation of being a