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GAME: (57) DETROIT RED WINGS vs (58) MONTREAL CANADIENS
SPORT: NHL
PICKS: (58) MONTREAL CANADIENS
REASON FOR PICK: My free play is on the Mon Canadians at 7:05 ET.

Montreal has raced out to a 5-1-0 start this season which is its best opening to a new campaign since 2008-2009. Coming off an Eastern Conference finals run last year, general manager Marc Bergevini kept his eye on the future by getting rid of some good veterans to make room for some rising young stars on the roster but those moves seem to be paying immediate dividends. With defenseman P.K. Subban and goaltender Carey Price remaining as the foundation of this team, Montreal will remain a top contender in the conference. Detroit has also started out well, opening at 3-1-1 start after a weekend home-and-home sweep over the Maple Leafs. However, the Red Wings suffered a setback in the loss of one of their key pieces in Johan Franzen, who was placed on injured reserve with a leg injury. That is not a good turn of events for a team that has netted only two goals in 21 power play opportunities. The Canadians have won EIGHT of their last 11 games on home ice and I look for them to extend their home dominance tonight. Take Montreal.

Good luck...Larry

GAME: (53) NEW YORK RANGERS vs (54) NEW JERSEY DEVILS
SPORT: NHL
PICKS: (53) NEW YORK RANGERS
REASON FOR PICK: This is a Free #NHL play on the New York Rangers. The Devils opened the season with three straight wins, but have since been outscored 10-4 in consecutive losses to Washington and San Jose. They will will host bitter rivals New York at the Meadowlands tonight, and the Rangers are coming off back to back wins. New Jersey missed the playoffs last year, while the Rangers went all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 62-of-63 shots in his last two starts, while Corey Schneider was pulled after allowing five goals in 43 minutes against the Caps, and he followed that up with another sub par performance in a loss to San Jose. The Rangers have struggled on the man-advantage, still looking for their first power-play goal. They might be in luck though, as New Jersey has been brutal killing penalties, surrendering six power-play goals so far. The Devils will have to keep an eye on Rick Nash, he leads the NHL with seven goals so far. I'll take the visitors as a dog here, looking to make it three straight wins in their last three visits to New Jersey. Take NYR. GL, Jesse Schule
GAME: (601) HOUSTON ROCKETS vs (602) ORLANDO MAGIC
SPORT: NBA
PICKS: (602) ORLANDO MAGIC
REASON FOR PICK: Your free pick for Wednesday, October 22nd comes in NBA action as the Magic and Houston meet in Orlando. Think a veteran Houston is going to be into this one? It's the second of a back to back spot after playing at Miami last night. They recently won 3 of 4 games and all the wins were at home. Now they head out on the road where they haven't shown much, losing 117-98 at New Orleans. This team doesn't play much defense when the games count and they allowed .538% shooting to New Orleans Houston center Dwight Howard has been sitting out with a knee injury. Now they face a young Orlando team that is rested, not having played since Saturday. They come off a loss at Philly but have actually had a strong preseason at 4-2, despite playing 4 road games already, including opening the season with three straight road contests. They've only played one home game and rolled in that one, 106-88. There is a lot of depth on this Orlando roster, with young players hungry for a roster spot somewhere. Play Orlando.
GAME: (53) NEW YORK RANGERS vs (54) NEW JERSEY DEVILS
SPORT: NHL
PICKS: (54) NEW JERSEY DEVILS
REASON FOR PICK: After opening the season a perfect 3-0, New Jersey has dropped its last two games including a 4-2 loss in its home opener against San Jose. This is a good spot for the Devils to bounce back as they haven't dropped their first two home games in regulation since going 0-3-0 in 2009-10. The day after San Jose defeated the Devils, the Rangers took care of the Sharks on Sunday in a 4-0 shutout. That was the second straight win for New York after losing three in a row so it clearly has been pretty inconsistent to start the season. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist is coming off his franchise record 51st shutout but he allowed three goals in each of his last three games following a shutout last season. His save percentage is still just barely above 90 percent at even strength and below it in all situations to an even worse 89.2 percent. On the other side, Devils goalie Cory Schneider has struggled over his last two games but some extra time off will be beneficial as will the fact he has a 0.86 GAA in three appearances against the Rangers, including a 4-0 home victory last Oct. 19. His save percentage is at 92 percent at even strength. The Rangers are 0-6 against the money line in their last six games off two or more consecutive home wins. Play (54) New Jersey Devils

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GAME: (655) HOUSTON ROCKETS vs (656) MIAMI HEAT
SPORT: NBA
PICKS: (656) MIAMI HEAT
REASON FOR PICK: Your free pick for Tuesday, October 21st comes in NBA action as the Heat and Houston meet in Miami. Houston is a veteran team with nothing to prove. They've won 3 of the last 4 games and all the wins were at home. Now they head out on the road and lost their last home game badly, 117-98 at New Orleans. This team doesn't play much defense when the games count and they allowed .538% shooting to New Orleans. The Pelicans never trailed after taking a 2-0 lead on the opening possession. Houston center Dwight Howard sat out for the third consecutive game with a knee injury. Now they face a young Miami team that is rebuilding after getting jilted by LeBron. Miami has won 2 in a row in preseason, including a win the last game at San Antonio in overtime, 111-108. Rookie Shabazz Napier had 25 points, including four free throws in the final minute. Look for a much bigger effort by the home team against the disinterested visitors. Play Miami!
 
 
 
 
 
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