Tuesday, Jan. 15
Thrashers at Wings: Atlanta netminders Hedberg (3.18 GAA) and Lehtonen (3.16) are among the NHL’s worst at keeping the biscuit out of the basket while Detroit’s Osgood (NHL-leading 1.68 GAA) and Hasek (2.11) are the best goalie duo. RED WINGS.
Sharks at Coyotes: San Jose is 3-1 against Phoenix this season, outscoring the Coyotes 17-4. Although the Yotes are on the upswing recently, the Sharks just seem to have their number. SHARKS.
(Parlay play: Washington OVER / Anaheim UNDER)
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Flames at Wild: Minnesota is tough at the Xcel Energy Center (14-7) and extinguished the Flames in their only meeting, 4-1. The key will be to shut down Iginla. WILD.
Panthers at Flyers: Florida had beaten Philly five straight times before losing 1-0 in Sunrise, Fla. on Dec. 30. With the Flyers leading the all-time series 33-18-7-1 and holding their own at home (8-5-4), they get the slight nod. FLYERS.
Thursday, Jan. 17
Bruins at Maple Leafs: Boston is 3-0 versus Toronto, outscoring the Leafs 11-5 and beating them twice north of the border. The Bruins may be available as a small dog here. BRUINS.
Canucks at Red Wings: Don’t you just have to take Detroit every time? Zetterberg (54 points), Datsyuk (53) and the Wings have beaten the Canucks 3-2 twice so I have a hard time taking Vancouver when having to play at Joe Louis Arena. RED WINGS.
Friday, Jan. 18
Panthers at Devils: Brodeur (2.14 GAA) has been blistering hot lately and the Devils are solid on home ice, sporting a 13-5 record. NJ is 2-1 in the season series. DEVILS.
Lightning at Penguins: TB is still worst on the road (5-15-2) while Pittsburgh just had an 8-game winning streak snapped. This is the first meeting between these two. The Pens’ new find in the nets, call-up Conklin (9-0-1, 1.79 GAA) gets the lean over the Lightning’s Holmqvist (3.09). PENGUINS.
(Parlay play: Jersey / UNDER and Atlanta / OVER.
Saturday, Jan. 19
Predators at Blues: St. Louis won both meetings so far by one goal (3-2, 2-1) and Nashville (9-13-1) is no bargain on the road. Embrace Legace (2.06 GAA), who went on a 186-minute scoreless streak last week. BLUES.
Blue Jackets at Stars: Dallas has edged the Blue Jackets twice (3-2, 2-1) and Columbus is below average (6-12-2) away from home. STARS.
Lightning at Senators: Ottawa is the best in the Eastern Conference and 13-6-2 at home. Tampa Bay is 0-2 against the Sens this year and just 4-20-1-1 against them since the end of the ’99-’00 season. The ’Ning are a paltry 2-15 at Ottawa. SENATORS.
Sunday, Jan. 20
Ducks at Stars (NBC): Dallas is 3-0 against the Stanley Cup champs, outscoring them 10-2 so far and have handled the Stars pretty well until last season (Anaheim won series, 4-3). Turco (17-9-3) has been the difference lately in this matchup. STARS.
Maple Leafs at Devils: Toronto has been abysmal of late (2-8-1 L11), being outscored 19-6 during a four-game losing streak. NJ has been solid (8-3 L11) recently and awfully tough to beat in Newark. DEVILS (BEST BET).
Monday, Jan. 21
Sabres at Coyotes: Take an underdog once in a while my editor pleads ”¦Okay Mark, this one’s for you. Phoenix beat NJ, NY and Philly back East and has been playing great (14-9-1) since getting Bryzgalov. Betting Phoenix against an average road team like Buffalo (8-10-4) seems like the soup du jour. COYOTES.
Capitals at Penguins: In the spirit of underdogs, how about a healthy +170 or so? I know the Pens have been as hot as the equator and have beaten Washington by one in both meetings. However, the now-signed Ovechkin and the Caps will win by a goal. CAPITALS.