The past few days in the NHL have been a little strange. The Zack Kassian incident, Bruce Boudreau's somewhat stunning dismissal in Minny, hey, even the San Jose Sharks got a win. At the end of the day you never really know what you're going to get when it comes to pro hockey.
With that said, you can make sure you're prepared and in the best position possible to make some loot when it comes to laying wagers. On to today where 11 games await, including five afternoon tilts. In terms of my picks, back-to-back weeks of 3-3 records have me wanting a lot more when it comes to consistency, so let's have a big day and put some coin in our pockets.
Playoff races are tightening across the league, which will obviously make for awesome action on the ice today. Make sure you dig into your research and good luck!
Side bets: 21-16
Overall total record: 37-35-1
L.A. Kings @ Colorado Avalanche – Pick: Avalanche (-1.5)
OK, here it is: The Kings are garbage. And before you start mashing buttons and getting heated, I know they just beat a good Calgary team only a few nights back. But I really think that was more of a flash-in-the-pan win than a sign of things to come. Take this in, the Kings are only 3-12-1 since the calendar flipped and own the dubious distinction of sitting last in the Western Conference in points (45), goal differential (minus-44), and goals scored (142). Woof.
On the other hand, the Avs are very much for real. Wins in eight of its last 10 have Colorado only two points adrift of the St. Louis Blues for the Western Conference lead and climbing. Now, two things have to be noted here. The first being the Kings' 6-2 record against the Avalanche over their last eight meetings and the second being this game will be played outdoors at the U.S. Air Force Academy. So you can expect both teams to be fired up to play on the big stage.
However, the Kings really struggle on the road with only one win in their last nine away from home and Colorado absolutely slapped them around in their most recent matchup a few weeks ago. Let's not overthink this one, shall we? The Avs bang out today by at least two goals.
Dallas Stars @ Montreal Canadiens – Pick: Stars