GAME: (57) NASHVILLE PREDATORS vs (58) CALGARY FLAMES
REASON FOR PICK: This is a Free #NHL play on NAS@CAL to go UNDER the total.
As is the case with any NHL game, there's a decent chance these two teams will score a total of five goals tonight. That being said, I believe there is a far greater chance that they come up short of the number, rather than go over that total.
The Flames have only seen one of their nine games so far go over the total, while the Predators have seen the total go under in 8-of-10. Both teams have played rock solid defense this season, and each team comes in riding a hot goaltender.
Jonas Hiller has surrendered just three goals over his last four starts, with a record of 3-2-1 with a 1.63 GAA for the season. Pekka Rinne is 6-1-1 with a 1.71 GAA, and he stopped 26-of-27 shots in a win at Edmonton in his latest start.
He's had little room for error, as the Predators don't score a lot of goals, and they are converting on a brutal 7% of their power-play chances. Calgary hasn't been much better, and they could be thin up front tonight, with four centers listed as questionable (Stajan, Colborne, Backlund & Bennett).
We should see a defensive struggle in Cow Town tonight.
GAME: (51) TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS vs (52) COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
PICKS: (52) COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
REASON FOR PICK:
Two 4-5 teams square off tonight and we will be backing the home team despite a rash of injuries that have hit the roster. The Blue Jackets are dealing with several players on the shelf and while that is certainly a cause for concern, we are catching incredible value because of it. When players go down, the others taking over are playing just as hard so while the talent in some cases may take a slight step down, the effort does not. The Blue Jackets have dropped three straight games but two of those were against the Kings and Ducks and the other was against red hot Ottawa. Toronto meanwhile is coming off a win at home against Buffalo which is far from impressive and it has followed up its last two wins with losses next time out. Goalie Jonathan Bernier is coming off a shutout but it isn't overly difficult to not allow a goal when you are only seeing 10 shots the entire game. Columbus hasn't exactly been peppering the goal but it is coming off a 38-shot performance last time out. The Maple Leafs are 3-10 in their last 13 games against teams with a losing record while the Blue Jackets are 41-18 in their last 59 games against teams with a losing record. They also fall into an excellent situation where we play against road teams against the money line that are coming off a divisional win by four goals or more while playing five or less games in 14 days. This situation is 44-21 (67.7 percent) since 1996. Play (52) Columbus Blue Jackets
After finishing last week +$8,994 in profits, Matt is already +7,640 this week! October has been SENSATIONAL with profits approaching +$27,000! A 2-1 Thursday kept the ice melting and the NHL is killing it at 22-11-1 +$13,630 YTD! Matt WON with the Knicks OUTRIGHT over the Cavs last night and is now riding a POTENT +$16,886 NBA run back to LY!
GAME: (709) SAN ANTONIO SPURS vs (710) PHOENIX SUNS
PICKS: (710) PHOENIX SUNS
REASON FOR PICK: Play - Phoenix Suns.
Edges - Suns: 6-2-1 ATS home off home, Spurs: 1-6 ATS road openers. With the defending champions make their trip away from home this campaign, and carrying the NBA champion bulls eye on their back, and the Suns vastly improved this season, we recommend a 1-unit play on Phoenix. Thank you and good luck as always.
• Marc tipped the 2014 NBA season off in grand style with an easy 4* winner with the Miami Heat Wednesday night. He’s back again Friday with another Super Play in a 100% ATS terrific winning situation. Hurry, put it on your ticket now - you’ll be glad you did!
GAME: (711) LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS vs (712) LOS ANGELES LAKERS
REASON FOR PICK: Your FREE Play for Friday, October 31, 2014, is in the NBA scheduled contest between the Lakers and the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. New Laker coach Byron Scott said he wanted his team to play tough defense. Well talk is cheap because this team is 0-2 allowing 113.5 ppg -- 27th in the NBA. Kobe Bryant was a one-man show for the Los Angeles Lakers the last game and the result was a 119-99 Suns blowout, shooting 55% from the field and 50% from long range (16-32). They face a deep and talented Clippers team that loves to run at opponents, 9-2 over the total playing on no days rest. When these city rivals play it's been all about going uptempo with the over 11-2 in the last 13 meetings. Play the Lakers/Clippers Over the total.