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  • So far, the 2019 Stanley Cup Final has been a road team affair. And that was never more evident than on Sunday night in game five. In that situation the Boston Bruins were facing elimination while the St. Louis Blues were on the brink of clinching their first ever Stanley Cup in franchise history in front of their home fans. After a tight first two periods in which Boston led 1-0 the dam broke in the third period and the Bruins forced a seventh game with a 5-1 win. Now the series shifts back to Boston for the seventh, final, and deciding game of the series.   More

  • At the beginning of the Stanley Cup Final the Boston Bruins were a decided favorite against the St. Louis Blues. Boston had the reputation of being a dominant team that has vastly more playoff experience than the Blues. St. Louis entered the series as something of a Cinderella team. In fact, the Blues were a worst to first story as a team that had the worst record in the NHL on January 3 only to be rallied by a rookie goaltender to end up in the Stanley Cup Final. In fact, St. Louis needs only one more win to hoist hockey’s Holy Grail. History can be made in the Gateway City Sunday night!   More

  • Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

    NHL Odds Blues vs Bruins Game 5

    By Rock Westfall There is one constant about the St. Louis Blues and their quest for the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup. Just when you count the Blues out, they will storm back and surprise you. Gamblers that have been banking on the Blues death have lost a lot of money this year. It all began on January 3 when the Blues were the last place team in the entire National Hockey League. At that moment they were pronounced dead and buried. Since that moment they have the best record in the NHL. And Monday night they again showed resiliency. St. Louis recovered from a 7-2 blowout loss in game three to earn an impressive 4-2 victory in game four.   More

  • Following the Boston Bruins dominant 4-2 win in game one of the Stanley Cup Final the underdog St. Louis Blues were considered a long shot at best. Indeed, the Bruins steamrolled the Blues as that first game progressed and carried the play for the final two periods. As a result of that opener, highly impressed gamblers bet the Bruins up for game two. But the Blues corrected their many errors from that first game and prevailed 3-2 in overtime to even the series Wednesday night. With the win St. Louis took home ice advantage away from Boston. With both teams coming off a bad and good game to start the series the handicapping challenge is more pronounced.   More

  • The big worry for the Boston Bruins and gamblers taking a flier on them was their 11-day layoff between clinching the Eastern Conference championship and game one of the Stanley Cup Final. The ultimate question heading into game one was “will it be rest or rust?” As it turned out the answer was “both”. The St. Louis Blues jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. But midway through the second the Bruins steamroller kicked into high gear. A combination of St. Louis mistakes and Boston power propelled the B’s to a 4-2 win.   More

  • At the beginning of the season the Boston Bruins were among the betting favorites to win the 2019 Stanley Cup. Some of that was based on their consistency as a top tier contender almost every year. But much of it too was based on their name brand and Original Six pedigree. Much like their Boston brethren of the Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics the Bruins are a marquee and historic brand with fans and gamblers. On January 3 NOBODY was predicting a Stanley Cup for the ST. Louis Blues. At that time, they had the worst record in the National Hockey League. But from that point forward they have been the best team in hockey.   More

  • Monday, May 20th, 2019

    NHL Odds Sharks vs Blues Game 6

    By Anonymous History beckons at Enterprise Center in St. Louis Tuesday night. If the St. Louis Blues can defeat the San Jose Sharks, they will advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970. However, if the Sharks prevail this Western Conference Final series will head back to San Jose for a seventh and deciding game on Thursday night. This means that the pressure will be on full blast for Tuesday’s game. The city of St. Louis has lost its mind and will pack the Enterprise Center to the rafters. The hopes and dreams of an entire city and its NHL franchise will be on the line in game six!   More

  • Thursday, May 16th, 2019

    NHL Odds Sharks vs. Blues Game 4

    By Rock Westfall The Stanley Cup Playoffs have again proven to be the best post season in all of professional sports. Offsetting that however is the perpetual officiating controversies that are becoming a plague. In game three of the Western Conference Final between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues an otherwise outstanding game was marred by an illegal hand pass that figured into the overtime game winning goal for the Sharks. In a league in which so many trivial items are subject to video review the illegal hand pass was not on the list. And all four officials blew the call. This sets up a pivotal game four on Friday night.   More

  • The Carolina Hurricanes got a stark reality check in game one of their Eastern Conference Final series against the Boston Bruins. Unlike their first two playoff opponents, Washington and the New York Islanders, the Bruins play a complete game and roll four effective lines all game long. Compared to the erratic and undisciplined Capitals and the popgun offensive attack of the Islanders the Bruins are 200-feet of excellence. As for Boston they learned that they must show up with their boots on and lunch buckets packed. Carolina led the first game 2-1 before Boston woke up to score four third period goals. Now the series shifts to Carolina where the fans are true energizer.   More

  • Thursday, May 9th, 2019

    NHL Odds Blues vs Sharks Game 1

    By Rock Westfall At the beginning of the season neither the San Jose Sharks or the St. Louis Blues were considered top tier favorites to win the Western Conference. Yet they are the last two teams standing in the West as they prepare for their best of seven conference final series in which the winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final. Both teams feature scoring depth, strong defensive corps, clutch goaltending and superior coaching. With all else being equal the question remains what the difference will ultimately be. And the answer just may be as simple and primitive as home ice advantage.   More

  • If there was any doubt about the Stanley Cup Playoffs being the best post season in all of professional sports it was confirmed last Monday night at Denver’s Pepsi Center. Facing elimination in front of their home fans the Colorado Avalanche took at 3-2 lead late into the third period before the Sharks sent the game into overtime with a late goal by Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the 17:32 mark. But 2:32 into overtime Gabriel Landeskog lit the lamp for the Avs to send the series back to the Shark tank for a game seven. And there is nothing on Earth like a Stanley Cup Playoff Game Seven!   More

  • The Colorado Avalanche are a bona fide team of the future with their best years to come. Led by 2013 number one draft choice Nathan MacKinnon the Avalanche have a young foundation that is set to contend for the Stanley Cup. By contrast the San Jose Sharks have plenty of playoff experience and are considered to be a team that has a closing Stanley Cup window. Which is another way to say it’s now or never for the Sharks. Certainly 39-year-old Jumbo Joe Thornton epitomizes that factor as he is trying to win the first Stanley Cup of his 20-year career.   More

  • Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

    NHL Odds Islanders vs. Hurricanes

    By Rock Westfall Somehow despite key injuries and getting outclassed by nearly all NHL statistical metrics the Carolina Hurricanes have a 2-0 series lead over the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference semifinal. Just as impressive is the fact that the first two games were played at New York. Now the series shifts to Raleigh, North Carolina where a raucous college football type of crowd will be ready to blow the roof off of PNC Arena. The question remains about whether Carolina will be able to sustain success with a shorthanded lineup and their top goaltender in questionable status. As for the Islanders their frustration is mounting as their margin for error is down to nothing.   More

  • “Goaltending is 90% of a successful team and 100% of a losing team.” So goes one of the NHL’s old wise tales that has stood the test of time. And it is goaltending that has catapulted the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. For the Stars, Ben Bishop was often a one-man team that kept Dallas in the post season hunt when the offense went dry. For the Blues Jordan Binnington literally saved the season when he took over as a raw rookie at the start of the New Year when St. Louis was dead last in the West. The Blues perpetual search for a bona fide top goaltender looks to finally be over. Dallas and St. Louis meet in game two on Saturday afternoon!   More

  • Two of the top reasons why the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been among the best in history are the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks. In the first round the Avalanche opened as decided underdogs as an eighth seed against the top seeded Calgary Flames yet prevailed in a five-game series upset. Meanwhile the Sharks needed an overtime shorthanded goal in game six at Vegas just to bring home a seventh game. And in that game seven they rallied from a 3-0 deficit midway through the third period to win an overtime thriller that will be remembered for years. Now these two teams have to shake off that first round success as game one of the Western Conference semifinal beckons!   More

  • Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

    NHL Odds Jets vs Blues - FREE NHL pick

    By Rock Westfall For contrarian gamblers the NHL Western Conference Playoff series between the Winnipeg Jets and the St. Louis Blues has had much to offer starting with the fact that the road team was victorious in the first four games of this series. After stumbling badly down the stretch in the regular season and losing the first two games of this series the Jets have begun to show what made them a preseason favorite to win the Western Conference. For the Blues they were one of the best teams in the NHL in the second half of the regular season but there were legitimate worries that they would be running out of gas after expending so much energy to make the post season.   More

  • Among the characteristics that set the Stanley Cup Playoffs apart as the best post season in all of sports is that it is it is an entirely different type of game as compared to the regular season. Despite bottom falling out from both the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights at the end of the regular season the fact remains that none of that matters come playoff time. You can ask the President’s Trophy winning Tampa Bay Lightning or the 2010 Washington Capitals about that. So far in their playoff series the Sharks and Golden Knights have demonstrated their may attributes as top contenders as well as the weaknesses that may ultimately prove to be fatal for their playoff aspirations.   More

  • When Craig Berube took over as the head coach of the St. Louis Blues the NHL season looked as if it was over as far as playoff prospects. The Blues were buried near the bottom of the Western Conference standings and, just as bad, were not playing with passion or competitive zeal. And when Berube arrived results were not immediate. However, once the Blues took off, they soared like a rocket and finished 38-19-6 under Berube. Beyond that they nearly won the Central Division that seemed to be in the iron grip of the Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg suffered a stunning collapse at season’s end to blow the division title to the Nashville Predators.   More

  • The Tampa Lightning struck early and often as the best team in the National Hockey League. In fact, the Bolts won the dreaded Presidents Trophy by a 21-point margin over the Calgary Flames for the league’s best record. But the Presidents Trophy is not at all prized by NHL teams. In fact, it is often seen as a playoff curse. As a matter of fact, only one team in the last ten years has one both the Presidents Trophy and the Stanley Cup. But if anyone can pull off that feat it’s the Tampa Bay Lightning. No team was more dominant and complete with a full 200-foot game. The Columbus Blue Jackets barely made the post season and have never won a playoff series in their history. Not many gamblers expect that streak to end against Tampa Bay.   More

  • Playoff Push is the theme of the weekend and there are some teams that need to dot the I’s and cross the T’s to avoid a long and disappointing vacation. Two top playoff teams will meet in Boston as the Bruins will host the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Ottawa Senators will host the Columbus Blue Jackets who have no margin for error. Another team needing a win are the Carolina Hurricanes who are at the Philadelphia Flyers. And the playoff bound Nashville Predators will host the golf links bound Chicago Blackhawks. Let’s take a look at the best bets for Saturday in the NHL!   More

  • Two teams that are out of the money will start a Thursday of NHL action that features important matchups as the slumping Buffalo Sabres host the putrid Ottawa Senators. The Pittsburgh Penguins are trying to clinch a divisional playoff spot as they host the hapless Detroit Red Wings. The upstart St. Louis Blues will host the fading Philadelphia Flyers and the Colorado Avalanche have a must win home game against the Winnipeg Jets. Let’s take a look at the best bets for Thursday in the NHL!   More

  • For the past year the New York Rangers have been in full blow rebuild mode and for the first half of this season they maintained a level of respectability. First year head coach David Quinn was charged with teaching the young Broadway Blueshirts the NHL ropes even as he was learning on the job himself. Down the stretch the Rangers ran out of steam and have been fully exposed as a team incapable of keeping pace with the best teams in the NHL. The Philadelphia Flyers also have a first-year head coach in Scott Gordon, who took over in December after the team flopped out of the gate. Gordon has done such a good job that many hope he gets the full-time gig.   More

  • The Boston Bruins will continue their playoff tune up preparation at home against the Florida Panthers. The resurgent and revenge minded Toronto Maple Leafs are at the dreadful Ottawa Senators. The New York Islanders are the surprise team of the NHL and will host the Buffalo Sabres, the most disappointing team in the league. While the Dallas Stars continue their quest for a playoff spot at the Vancouver Canucks. The Let’s take a look at the best bets for Saturday in the NHL!   More

  • Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

    NHL Betting Odds: Thursday Best Bets

    By Rock Westfall The dreadful Detroit Red Wings have been making golf course dates in preparation for the end of a lost season and will be at a Buffalo Sabres team that flopped badly after a good first half of the season. The Ottawa Senators are as bad or worse than Detroit and are also playing out the string with a Thursday home game against the Florid Panthers. So too are the Los Angeles Kings playing at the Vancouver Canucks in another matchup of also rans. Yet despite these teams playing out the string the possibility of strong betting advantages is available for gamblers looking for an edge. The Let’s take a look at the best bets for Thursday in the NHL!   More

  • Thursday, March 21st, 2019

    NHL Hockey Saturday Best Bets

    By Rock Westfall The Arizona Coyotes hold a precarious one-point lead for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and can’t afford a loss at the downtrodden New Jersey Devils. The hopeless Ottawa Senators are at an Edmonton Oilers team that has shown improvement down the stretch. The free-falling Buffalo Sabres are at a Montreal Canadiens team just one point out of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. And the Tampa Bay Lighting will bring their best in the NHL record to the resurgent St Louis Blues and their red-hot rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington. The Let’s take a look at the best bets for Saturday in the NHL!   More

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