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    Cnotes 2020/2021 NHL Season Long Trends, News, Notes, Picks !

    Why the NHL may have a tougher time pulling off a 2021 season than you think

    There remain a number of hurdles that the NHL and NHLPA have to clear in order to cross the finish line in setting up a new season

    The last time the NHL was in action, the league was earning praise for its ability to smoothly navigate the coronavirus pandemic. It successfully completed the Stanley Cup Playoffs inside two hub cities -- Edmonton and Toronto -- while administering over 33,000 COVID-19 tests without a single positive case.

    Now, a little over two months since the Cup was handed to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the NHL has largely been stuck in a state of radio silence. After the 2019-20 season concluded, the expectation was that there would be a quick turnaround and the league would jump into a new season in late December or early January. That timeline has been pushed back to at least the middle of January, according to a recent report from ESPN.

    Scheduling-wise, the NHL typically operates in near-lockstep with the NBA. But, as NBA training camps are already underway and the league is set to kick off its 2020-21 season in just a few weeks, the NHL is still stuck trying to navigate through negotiations setting up an unprecedented season. The league and NHLPA have been at an impasse for much of this strange offseason.

    While the latest mid-January timeline is good news for those hoping to see hockey during these winter months, there remain a number of hurdles that the NHL and NHLPA will have to clear (and quickly) in order to cross the finish line in setting up a new season.

    Scheduling crunch
    Chances of a full 82-game season are all but dead at this point, and if the NHL hopes to play a sizable schedule (50-60 games) then they're running out of time. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has already said that he doesn't want the playoffs to carry well into the summer like they did in 2020. With the NHL playoffs and Olympics both being handled by NBC networks, it's likely that the league is looking at early-mid July (the Olympics are scheduled to begin on July 23) as its targeted end date for the 2021 playoffs.

    Given the need for a multi-week training camp period and likely a short preseason, the NHL is likely looking at a minimum 3-4 week prep window after a deal is agreed to, meaning a mid-January start should be considered very optimistic at this point.

    When the league played a lockout-shortened campaign in 2013, the season began on January 19 and saw a 48-game season played ahead of the playoffs, which wrapped up in late June. With that timeline in mind, if the league doesn't agree to a deal over the next few weeks, they'll likely have to start cutting the number of games they hope to play and/or get very creative with the scheduling in order to come up with a viable and respectable season. This could be further complicated by a projected spike in COVID-19 cases over the holiday season.

    Keep in mind that the league will also likely want to have a built-in grace period in between the regular season and playoffs in order to allow teams to make up any postponed games throughout the season.

    CBA disagreements
    Stop me if you've heard this one before: the biggest thing preventing the NHL from getting back to playing right now is a holdup with the league's collective bargaining agreement. After two lengthy lockouts in the past 16 years, it looked like we were going to avoid another CBA saga when the NHL and NHLPA agreed to a deal back in July.

    However, much like the situation that we saw play out with MLB and the MLBPA earlier in 2020, the NHL has gone back on its original deal and is asking the Players' Association for more concessions given the state of the pandemic and the financial projections for the upcoming season.

    Here are some details on the CBA situation, courtesy of Forbes:

    "The NHL is asking the NHLPA to agree to one of two proposals. The first proposal would see the portion of salaries placed in escrow increase to 25% for the 2020-21 season while players deferred 20% of their salaries. Alternatively, the league is asking the players to defer 26% of their salaries next season while the escrow figure stays flat at 20%. In the current deal, the players agreed to a 20% escrow figure and a 10% deferral of salary."

    As you'd imagine, players aren't thrilled with the idea of giving up more money, especially with a shrinking number of game checks (potentially) coming their way. Given that there's already been an initial agreement and there's no full-blown lockout or strike on the table, it's not the same level of disagreement that we've seen plague the NHL's operations over the past few decades. But the two sides already shared a relatively contentious relationship before attempting to hash out concessions in an unprecedented situation, so it's not entirely surprising that there have been some bumps in the road.

    At this point, the two sides are still attempting to reach a (new) agreement, and if they're able to do that then the details of a shortened season will likely be hammered out in short order. However, there remains the possibility that the league could use the pandemic to invoke a force majeure -- unforeseeable circumstances that prevent a contract from being fulfilled -- and cancel the season.

    It's been suggested by some that league owners might stand to lose significantly more money if a season is played rather than cancelled.

    Realignment and border complications
    With the pandemic surging once again, the NHL will have to navigate various protocols and mandates as it attempts to create a new season schedule. As we've seen with other leagues, such as MLB and the NBA, a closed border between the United States and Canada presents some challenging obstacles. The Blue Jays moved to Buffalo while the Raptors will play this season in Tampa. Because there are so many teams in Canada, the NHL's task is far more complicated than forcing one team to change home cities for a season.

    The league was able to avoid cross-border headaches last season thanks to its two hub cities being located in Canada (which was rightly viewed as the safest option to host the playoffs) but it's highly unlikely that the league will pursue a similar bubble-type solution for the upcoming season. Two NHL players who participated in the NHL's playoff bubble told CBS Sports that there is little interest in another bubble. One player described the experience as "miserable" and the other said they'd prefer the season be canceled over participating in a bubble.

    NHLPA executive director Don Fehr said in September that "nobody is going to do that for four months or six months or something like that," regarding bubbles.

    So instead, it's more likely that the NHL would seek a temporary league realignment to create a division comprised of all Canadian teams. The remaining 24 U.S.-based teams would likely be grouped into three divisions based on closest geographical proximity in an effort to limit travel miles.

    But even a league realignment may not save the NHL from future headaches. As we've seen in California's Santa Clara County, local health and government regulations can dictate whether sporting events are played in individual cities. Santa Clara recently suspended all sporting events for three weeks as a measure to curb coronavirus outbreaks, and that forced the San Jose Sharks to shut down their facilities. In the NFL, it has forced the San Francisco 49ers to temporarily host games in Arizona. If other cities were to follow suit in the coming weeks and months, that could throw a wrench in an already difficult scheduling process.

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    NHL free agency 2020: Alex Pietrangelo signs with Vegas, Thornton to Toronto; trade tracker and latest rumors
    There's a lot going on right now so we'll do our best to keep you in the loop with the latest updates all in one place

    By Pete Blackburn



    A strange, prolonged NHL season is officially in the rearview mirror, as the Tampa Bay Lightning closed the league's playoff bubble by defeating the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Stanley Cup Final. But with the league's timeline all thrown out of whack due to COVID-19, we now have a condensed offseason thrust upon us and there's barely been any time to catch our collective breath.

    In a normal year, we'd spend the first week of October gearing up for a new season. But this year has been anything but normal and, as such, we find ourselves deep in trade rumors, pre-draft chatter and free agency rumblings as the leaves begin to change. There's a lot going on right now so we'll do our best to keep you in the loop with the latest updates all in one place:

    Free agency
    The league's free agency period opened Friday, October 9th. You can follow along with our live blog right here and find a list of notable signings below.

    NHL FREE AGENCY 2020
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    Capitals
    Signed G Henrik Lundqvist to one-year, $1.5 million deal

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    Maple Leafs
    Signed F Wayne Simmonds to one-year, $1.5 million deal

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    Red Wings
    Signed F Bobby Ryan to a one-year, $1 million deal

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    Panthers
    Signed D Radko Gudas to three-year deal ($2.5 million AAV)

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    Red Wings
    Signed D Jon Merrill to one-year deal worth $925K

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    Panthers
    Signed F Carter Verhaeghe to two-year deal ($1 million AAV)

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    Blackhawks
    Re-signed G Malcolm Subban to two-year deal ($850k AAV)

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    Oilers
    Signed F Kyle Turris to two-year deal ($1.65 million AAV)

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    Wild
    Signed G Cam Talbot to three-year deal, $11 million deal

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    Canucks
    Signed G Braden Holtby to two-year deal ($4.3 million AAV)

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    Stars
    Re-signed G Anton Khudobin to three-year deal ($3.5 million AAV)

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    Jets
    Signed D Nathan Beaulieu to a two-year deal ($1.25 million AAV)

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    Lightning
    Re-signed F Pat Maroon (two years, $1.8 million) and D Luke Schenn (one year, $800k)

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    Senators
    Signed G Matt Murray to four-year deal ($6.25 million AAV)

    15
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    Panthers
    Signed F Alex Wennberg to one-year, $2.25 million deal

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    Blackhawks
    Re-signed F Dominik Kubalik to a two-year deal ($3.7 million AAV)

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    Predators
    Signed D Mark Borowiecki to two-year deal ($2 million AAV)

    18
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    Rangers
    Signed D Jack Johnson to one-year, $1.15 million deal

    19
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    Ducks
    Signed D Kevin Shattenkirk to three-year deal ($3.9 million AAV)

    20
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    Capitals
    Signed D Justin Schultz to two-year deal ($4 million AAV)

    21
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    Flames
    Signed G Jacob Markstrom to six-year deal ($6 million AAV)

    22
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    Ducks
    Signed F Derek Grant to three-year deal ($1.5 million AAV)

    23
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    Coyotes
    Signed F Tyler Pitlick to two-year deal ($1.75 million AAV)

    24
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    Canucks
    Re-signed F Tyler Motte to two-year, $2.45 million deal

    25
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    Bruins
    Re-signed D Kevan Miller to one-year deal

    26
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    Oilers
    Signed F Tyler Ennis to one-year, $1 million deal

    27
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    Flames
    Signed D Chris Tanev to four-year, $18 million deal

    28
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    Blues
    Signed D Torey Krug to seven-year deal ($6.5 million AAV)

    29
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    Maple Leafs
    Signed D T.J. Brodie to four-year deal ($5 million AAV)

    30
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    Devils
    Signed G Corey Crawford two-year deal ($3.9 million AAV)

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    Wild
    Re-signed F Jordan Greenway to two-year deal ($2.1 million AAV)

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    Red Wings
    Signed G Thomas Greiss to two-year deal ($3.6 million AAV)

    33
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    Avalanche
    Re-signed F Andre Burakovsky to two-year deal ($4.9 million AAV)

    34
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    Bruins
    Signed F Craig Smith to three-year deal ($3.1 million AAV)

    35
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    Oilers
    Signed D Tyson Barrie to one-year, $3.75 million deal

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    Red Wings
    Signed D Troy Stecher to two-year deal ($1.7 million AAV)

    37
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    Hurricanes
    Signed F Jesper Fast to three-year deal ($2.0 million AAV)

    38
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    Oilers
    Signed G Mike Smith to one-year deal ($2 million AAV)

    39
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    Sabres
    Re-signed D Brandon Montour to one-year deal ($3.85 million AAV)

    40
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    Sabres
    Signed F Cody Eakin to two-year deal ($2.25 million)

    41
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    Maple Leafs
    Signed D Zach Bogosian to one-year, $1 million deal

    42
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    Blue Jackets
    Signed F Mikko Koivu to one-year, $1.5 million deal

    43
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    Avalanche
    Signed F Valeri Nichushkin to two-year deal ($2.5 million AAV)

    44
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    Coyotes
    Signed F Johan Larsson to two-year deal ($1.4 million AAV)

    45
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    Sharks
    Signed F Kevin Labanc to four-year deal ($4.725 million AAV)

    46
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    Blackhawks
    Signed D Nikita Zadorov to one-year, $3.2 million deal

    47
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    Sabres
    Signed F Taylor Hall to one-year, $8 million deal

    48
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    Canadiens
    Signed F Tyler Toffoli to four-year deal ($4.25 million deal)

    49
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    Flyers
    Signed D Erik Gustafsson to one-year, $3 million deal

    50
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    Avalanche
    Signed D Ryan Graves to three-year, $9.5 million deal

    51
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    Blackhawks
    Signed F Mattias Janmark to one-year, $2.25 million deal

    52
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    Rangers
    Signed F Alexis Lafreniere to entry-level contract (three years, $11.325 million)

    53
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    Golden Knights
    Signed D Alex Pietrangelo to seven-year deal ($8.8 million AAV)

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    Maple Leafs
    Signed F Joe Thornton to one-year deal ($700,000 AAV)

    Other notable transactions

    The Golden Knights traded Nate Schmidt to the Canucks in exchange for a 2022 3rd-round pick

    The Avalanche acquired Devon Toews from the Islanders in exchange for two 2nd-round picks (2021 and 2022)

    The Avalanche acquired Brandon Saad and Dennis Gilbert from the Blackhawks in exchange for Nikita Zadorov and Anton Lindholm (Chicago also retained $1 million of Saad's salary in the deal)

    The Jets acquired Paul Stastny from the Golden Knights in exchange for defenseman Carl Dahlstrom and a 4th-round pick in 2022

    The Lightning have placed Tyler Johnson on waivers
    Josh Anderson has signed a seven-year contract extension ($5.5 million AAV) with the Montreal Canadiens
    The Predators have traded Nick Bonino and two draft picks (No. 37 and No. 70 overall) to the Wild in exchange for Nick Kunin and the No. 101 overall pick

    Matt Murray has been traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2020 2nd-round pick
    The Canadiens have acquired Josh Anderson from the Blue Jackets in exchange for Max Domi and a 3rd-round pick in 2020

    The Sharks acquired Ryan Donato and Devan Dubnyk from the Minnesota Wild in two separate deals. Donato comes in exchange for a 3rd round pick, while Dubnyk (and a 2022 7th-round pick) came in exchange for a 2022 5th-round pick

    The Maple Leafs re-signed Jason Spezza to another one-year deal

    The Stars re-signed Andrej Sekera to a two-year extension worth $3 million

    The Kings acquired defenseman Olli Maatta from the Blackhawks in a move that's largely a salary cap dump for Chicago

    Mr. Game 7 himself, Justin Williams, announced his retirement from the NHL
    Corey Crawford's time with the Blackhawks has come to an end as the team will not re-sign the goalie.
    Ryan Murray is heading to New Jersey!

    The Predators have traded forward Austin Watson to the Senators in exchanged for a 2021 fourth round draft pick

    The Sharks have picked up key RFA signing Kevin Labanc to a four-year deal worth $4.725 million AAV.

    The Maple Leafs have acquired forward Joey Anderson from New Jersey in exchange for Andreas Johnson.

    The Rangers have announced that they've signed goaltender Alexandar Georgiev to a two-year, $4.85 million deal.

    The Bruins have brought back defenseman Matt Grzelcyk on a four-year contract with a $3.688 million AAV.
    Avalanche forward Tyson Jost has agreed to sign his qualifying offer with the team.

    ve re-signed Tyson Jost after the forward agreed to his qualifying offer. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but CapFriendly.com reports Jost will earn $874,125 in salary next season.

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    NHL wants 2020-21 season to start in middle of January, per report

    The league could have a 52 or 56-game schedule, according to the report

    It's been three months since the Tampa Bay Lightning hoisted the Stanley Cup, and the NHL has not made any announcement on the start of the 2020-21 season. According to the latest report from ESPN's Emily Kaplan, the league is planning to start up in mid-January.

    According to the report, the NHL is set for a 52 or 56-game schedule, but players around the league haven't received any notice of when they're supposed to return to their playing cities.

    Currently, the biggest roadblocks have been the lack of communication between the NHL and NHL Players' Association regarding both COVID-19 protocols and money.

    Owners are asking players to alter their contracts, which would include deferring salary beyond the 10 percent that they previously agreed to, according to ESPN.

    On Wednesday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke at a Sports Business Journal panel and said that the league still is planning on holding the 2020-21 season -- but did not get into any specifics. He noted that the current second wave of COVID-19, which will likely be affected by Christmas travel, is a large factor to why the NHL is "taking their time" in announcing next steps.

    Bettman also touched on the financial differences between the NHL and Players' Association, saying "whatever the revenues are, the players only get 50%," and adding "we're trying to look for a way to continue to work together."

    "Under our deal and the one we've had for more than a decade with the players' association, whatever the revenues are, the players only get 50%," Bettman said. "And if we overpay them and they don't pay us back in the short term, they have to pay us back over time. There will be stressors on that system, and we've had discussions about what those stresses are and how they might be dealt with, but we're not trying to say, 'You must do X, Y and Z.' We're trying to look for a way to continue to work together."

    What is known about the upcoming NHL season is that the league has previously expressed its desire to avoid a bubble scenario this coming season. Realigning divisions, a way to limit longer travel times and avoid teams going from Canada to the United States, has been discussed as well.

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    NHL
    Dunkel

    Wednesday, January 13





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    43MONTREAL -44 TORONTO
    TORONTO is 40-34 ATS (2.6 Units) in home games at home when the total is >=6 in the last 3 seasons.

    49ST LOUIS -50 COLORADO
    ST LOUIS are 205-201 ATS (-16.1 Units) at home when the total is 5.5 since 1996.




    NHL
    Long Sheet

    Wednesday, January 13


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    PITTSBURGH (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) at PHILADELPHIA (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/13/2021, 5:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PHILADELPHIA is 51-34 ATS (+1.2 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 19-7 ATS (+11.5 Units) in a home game where the total is 6 or more over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHILADELPHIA is 4-3 (+2.3 Units) against the spread versus PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
    PHILADELPHIA is 4-3-0 straight up against PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.0 Units)

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    MONTREAL (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) at TORONTO (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/13/2021, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    TORONTO is 40-34 ATS (-13.7 Units) in a home game where the total is 6 or more over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MONTREAL is 4-3 (+1.3 Units) against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    MONTREAL is 4-3-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+2.6 Units)

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    CHICAGO (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) at TAMPA BAY (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/13/2021, 8:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    TAMPA BAY is 123-58 ATS (+201.0 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    TAMPA BAY is 23-7 ATS (+7.7 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    TAMPA BAY is 3-1 (+0.7 Units) against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    TAMPA BAY is 3-1-0 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 3 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.0 Units)

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    VANCOUVER (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) at EDMONTON (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/13/2021, 10:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    VANCOUVER is 46-40 ATS (+95.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    VANCOUVER is 4-4 (+0.0 Units) against the spread versus EDMONTON over the last 3 seasons
    EDMONTON is 4-4-0 straight up against VANCOUVER over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.9 Units)

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    ST LOUIS (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) at COLORADO (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/13/2021, 10:35 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ST LOUIS is 6-3 (+3.4 Units) against the spread versus COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
    ST LOUIS is 6-3-0 straight up against COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.1 Units)

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    NHL

    Wednesday, January 13


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    Trend Report
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    Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia
    Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
    Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
    Philadelphia
    Philadelphia is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
    Philadelphia is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games

    Montreal @ Toronto
    Montreal
    Montreal is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal's last 6 games when playing Toronto
    Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 5 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing Montreal

    Chicago @ Tampa Bay
    Chicago
    Chicago is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    Chicago is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
    Tampa Bay
    Tampa Bay is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Chicago
    Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago

    Vancouver @ Edmonton
    Vancouver
    Vancouver is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Vancouver's last 5 games
    Edmonton
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Edmonton's last 5 games
    Edmonton is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Vancouver

    St. Louis @ Colorado
    St. Louis
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games on the road
    St. Louis is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
    Colorado
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado's last 5 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Colorado's last 10 games


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    Best Bets, Score Predictions for Wednesday Jan. 13
    Matt Blunt

    Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

    Money-Line Odds: Montreal +118; Toronto -136
    Total (Over-Under): 6.5

    Score Prediction: Toronto 4 Montreal 2
    Best Bet: Toronto ML

    Thanks to the unique bubble format of expanded playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens had their season extended and found some success with their second chance.

    As the #12 seed they got by a #5 Pittsburgh team that kind of got hosed in the format and played like they had no interest in making it a long stay inside the bubble. That's not to take anything away from what Montreal did in taking full advantage of their opportunity, but after a couple of beneficial additions in the offseason, it feels like the market is pushing a bit too much on the Canadiens from the start.

    The Habs have the second best odds to win the North Division (+400) behind Toronto (+125), meaning there is a nice combination of talent on the ice and respect in the market, but I'm not sure we don't see Montreal play themselves into that role as the weeks go on.

    Teams in every sport that add multiple new faces that are expected to be heavy contributors can struggle early on, and even knowing Toronto will be the public side, you know what you're getting with the Leafs.

    Toronto's got the offensive talent that's never really out of a game, let alone Game 1 of the year where any notions of “slumping” or “on fire” just don't exist. I'm not sure we get Toronto this cheap in this matchup later on in the year if those +125 and +400 division prices hold true to form either.

    It's still Opening Night, and the comfortable route with a known commodity, even in a public role, is sensible enough even if it's just for a baseline to base thoughts upon for Game 2. Win or lose.


    St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche

    Money-Line Odds: St. Louis +125; Colorado -148
    Total (Over-Under): 5.5

    Score Prediction: St. Louis 3 Colorado 2
    Best Bet: Blues ML

    Colorado enters this shortened season as the favorite to lift the Stanley Cup in the summer, and barring any serious injury issues, Colorado should be in the conversation come the summer. But if the concern with Montreal is playing themselves into their potential, Colorado's concern could be with turning the switch on and off at times.

    Colorado knows how good they are, and know that they'll get their fair share of wins this season just by showing up. The market won't be bashful about their Colorado support this year on all shapes and forms, and the contrarian in me would prefer to fade that type of support when we are all guessing the most.

    The price is probably right in the end, but it will get more expensive on the Avalanche before it doesn't in all likelihood, but I'll still take the Blues here.

    St. Louis was the first team that had to try and defend a Stanley Cup title in the middle of a pandemic since the 1918-19 Toronto Arenas were tasked with that challenge.

    Toronto finished with a 5-13 record that for a year that was split into two halves, good enough for last place in a three-team NHL. That was never going to be a good omen for the Blues, and they were the only team that played in the West round robin that got bounced in their playoff series.

    With all that's gone on in the world that Blues cup victory feels like forever ago, but this is still basically the same team that went on that run, and the additions of Torey Krug and Mike Hoffman could have some huge returns if everything breaks right.

    The Blues had also won six straight against this up-and-coming Avalanche team before this current three-game losing streak against Colorado, and one of those was during the round robin in the bubble. Those games are forgivable for all eight teams involved, and if there ever is a decent time to fade season-long favorites it would be early in the year – when perspective is high and they've yet to hit stride – or late in the year when they are coasting towards a top playoff seed.

    Again, early in the season so no need to go wild, but would something like a 5-5 SU start out of Colorado surprise you before they rip off 10 of 14 or something like that?

    The Blues are one of the better candidates to be the reason for a loss or two in that type of record (Colorado has LA, Anaheim, San Jose, Minnesota up next), and the heater for the team that's anointed the “next one” isn't always on right out of the gate.

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    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    PIT at PHI 05:30 PM
    PHI -105
    U 6.0


    MON at TOR 07:00 PM
    MON +125
    O 6.0


    CHI at TB 08:00 PM
    CHI +215
    O 6.5


    VAN at EDM 10:00 PM
    VAN +125
    U 6.0


    STL at COL 10:30 PM
    COL -145
    U 6.0

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    NHL JANUARY'S RECORD

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    01/13/2021 4-6-0 40.00% -1250 Detail

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    Armadillo: Thursday's six-pack

    Updated odds to win NBA title:
    2-1— Lakers
    7-2— Brooklyn
    8-1— Clippers, Milwaukee
    20-1— Boston, Miami
    30-1— Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Portland, Utah
    60-1— Golden State, Toronto

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 381,116
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


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    Armadillo: Thursday's Den: Doing some thinking out loud…….

    13) Brooklyn Nets grabbed the headlines Wednesday when they traded for James Harden, in a 4-way deal that had to have the salary cap guys recharging their iPhones a couple times.

    — Nets get James Harden
    — Pacers get Caris LaVert and a 2nd round pick
    — Cavaliers get Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince
    — Rockets got four 1st round draft picks, four pick swaps with Brooklyn, plus:
    Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurcus

    Very unusual for a blockbuster like this to happen during the season.

    12) Harden and Kevin Durant have won 7 of the last 11 NBA scoring titles; Nets become the first team ever with two players who have won 3+ scoring titles each.

    Why is that? Because there is only one basketball in a game; to win a scoring title, you have to have that ball a great deal of the time. It is going to take a lot of cooperation for this to work.

    11) Put yourself in Steve Nash’s shoes; after a Hall of Fame playing career, Nash is a rookie head coach at age 46, charged with coaching a team with:
    — 32-year old Kevin Durant coming off an achilles injury
    — 31-year old Kyrie Irving, who missed the last two weeks for personal issues
    — and now a thinned-out roster after acquiring the prolific Harden, who is 31.

    Nets need to add three more players before the playoffs start, in order to contend for a title. One has to be a backup center.

    10) Wednesday morning, Nets were +$550 to win the NBA title; now they’re +$300.

    9) Texas Tech 79, Texas 77:
    — High-level game, could’ve been an Elite 8 or Final Four game.
    — Tech was 22-28 on foul line, Texas 18-31
    — Longhorns led 48-38 at halftime.
    — Texas had 15 turnovers, Red Raiders 7
    — Teams meet again in the last regular season game, February 27

    8) Saw something in that game I don’t think I’ve ever seen in a real game before; have seen it on the playground a few times, but never in a serious game.

    Tech’s Mac McClung, who transferred to Tech from Georgetown, was driving towards the hoop, about 12 feet from the basket on the left side of the lane and he leaves his feet while throwing the ball off the backboard- to himself, where he grabbed it and got fouled trying to score.

    You have to be pretty damn sure you’re not getting taken out of the game if you do stuff like that; McClung scored 22 points for the 11-3 Red Raiders, playing 36:00. He doesn’t come out often.

    7) UConn star James Bouknight is out indefinitely after having surgery on his left elbow; he hurt the elbow diving for a loose ball the other night. Bouknight is averaging 20.3 ppg.

    6) How are NBA teams on the second night of back/backs?
    — Road team that played at home night before: 4-4-1 ATS
    — Road team that also played on road night before: 11-8 ATS
    — Home team that played at home night before: 10-6 ATS
    — Home team that also played on road night before: 5-4 ATS

    That adds up to 30-22-1 ATS, surprisingly good.

    5) JaKarr Sampson is a forward for the Indiana Pacers; at age 27, he is already on his fifth NBA team. This is another guy who must be good at packing:

    2014-16: played 121 games for the 76ers, scored 5.2 ppg in 15.1 mpg.
    2016: finished that season playing 26 games for Denver, scoring 5.2 ppg in 18 mpg
    2016-17: Played in the G-League.
    2017-18: Scored 4.7 ppg in 15.6 mpg in 22 games for Sacramento.
    2018-19: Played only four games for Chicago.
    2019-20: Scored 4.9 ppg in 13.6 mpg in 34 games for Indiana
    2020-21: Is scoring 2.5 ppg in 6.7 mpg for Indiana.

    Sampson played two years at St John’s, scoring 13.9 ppg; he played in the Chinese league a couple times too, for a team in Shandong. He is on his way to writing an interesting book.

    4) Dallas 104, Charlotte 93:
    — Kristaps Porzingis made his season debut, scoring 16 points in 21:00.
    — Charlotte’s Gordon Hayward strained his hip, left the game early.

    3) Florida State 105, NC State 73:
    — Seminoles hadn’t played in 15 days; they played really, really well.
    — FSU shot 72.5% inside the arc, made 12-18 shots on the arc.
    — Seminoles’ 1.52 ppp is highest ppp I’ve ever seen.

    2) Why do people wear watches? Everyone carries cellphones, which obviously have clocks in them. Seems like a waste of money to buy a watch.

    1) If you’re a football coach for the Cal Bears, I’m guessing you’ll be on the phone making recruiting calls Saturday afternoon, seeing how the Rams-Packers playoff game has couple of Cal Bears playing quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, Jared Goff. Good advertising for the program.

  8. #8
    51BOSTON -52 NEW JERSEY
    BOSTON is 226-176 ATS (32.4 Units) at home when the total is 5.5 since 1996.

    53WASHINGTON -54 BUFFALO
    BUFFALO is 309-295 ATS (-15.5 Units) vs. division opponents since 1996.

    55NY ISLANDERS -56 NY RANGERS
    NY ISLANDERS are 28-12 ATS (14.8 Units) in road games vs. division opponents in the last 3 seasons.

    59CAROLINA -60 DETROIT
    DETROIT is 12-35 ATS (-26.5 Units) in home games at home when the total is >=6 in the last 3 seasons.

    67VANCOUVER -68 EDMONTON
    EDMONTON is 7-1 ATS (5.9 Units) when playing on back-to-back days over the last 2 seasons.

    67VANCOUVER -68 EDMONTON
    DAVE TIPPETT is 7-1 ATS (5.9 Units) when playing on back-to-back days (Coach of EDMONTON)

    69MINNESOTA -70 LOS ANGELES
    LOS ANGELES are 177-182 ATS (-23.2 Units) in home games at home when the total is 5.5 since 1996.


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    BOSTON (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/14/2021, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    BOSTON is 226-176 ATS (+46.8 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5.5 since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BOSTON is 4-2 (+0.0 Units) against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
    BOSTON is 4-2-0 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.2 Units, Under=-0.3 Units)

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    WASHINGTON (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) at BUFFALO (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/14/2021, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON is 12-19 ATS (-16.5 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 3-2 (+0.3 Units) against the spread versus BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 3-2-0 straight up against BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.0 Units)

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    NY ISLANDERS (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) at NY RANGERS (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/14/2021, 7:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NY ISLANDERS are 15-7 ATS (+22.8 Units) in road games vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    NY RANGERS are 158-155 ATS (-72.0 Units) in home games vs. division opponents since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    NY RANGERS is 5-3 (+3.2 Units) against the spread versus NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
    NY RANGERS is 5-3-0 straight up against NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.7 Units)

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    CAROLINA (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) at DETROIT (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/14/2021, 7:35 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DETROIT is 12-35 ATS (+73.1 Units) in a home game where the total is 6 or more over the last 3 seasons.
    DETROIT is 326-308 ATS (-283.8 Units) vs. division opponents since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    DETROIT is 2-4 (+0.1 Units) against the spread versus CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
    CAROLINA is 4-2-0 straight up against DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.3 Units, Under=-0.3 Units)

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    CALGARY (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) at WINNIPEG (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/14/2021, 8:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CALGARY is 5-3 (+1.3 Units) against the spread versus WINNIPEG over the last 3 seasons
    CALGARY is 5-3-0 straight up against WINNIPEG over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 8 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.7 Units)

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    COLUMBUS (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) at NASHVILLE (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/14/2021, 8:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    COLUMBUS is 2-1 (+1.0 Units) against the spread versus NASHVILLE over the last 3 seasons
    COLUMBUS is 2-1-0 straight up against NASHVILLE over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 3 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+3.0 Units)

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    SAN JOSE (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) at ARIZONA (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/14/2021, 9:05 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ARIZONA is 4-3 (+1.9 Units) against the spread versus SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
    ARIZONA is 4-3-0 straight up against SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+2.9 Units)

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    VANCOUVER (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) at EDMONTON (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/14/2021, 9:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    VANCOUVER is 46-40 ATS (+95.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    VANCOUVER is 4-4 (+0.0 Units) against the spread versus EDMONTON over the last 3 seasons
    EDMONTON is 4-4-0 straight up against VANCOUVER over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.9 Units)

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    MINNESOTA (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/14/2021, 10:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LOS ANGELES is 177-182 ATS (-16.8 Units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5 since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MINNESOTA is 4-2 (+1.4 Units) against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    MINNESOTA is 4-2-0 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.5 Units)

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    ANAHEIM (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) at VEGAS (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/14/2021, 10:05 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    VEGAS is 97-83 ATS (+193.9 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    VEGAS is 7-1 (+5.5 Units) against the spread versus ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
    VEGAS is 7-1-0 straight up against ANAHEIM over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.0 Units, Under=-0.8 Units)

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    NHL

    Thursday, January 14


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    Trend Report
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    Washington @ Buffalo
    Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
    Washington is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing Buffalo
    Buffalo
    Buffalo is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
    Buffalo is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

    Boston @ New Jersey
    Boston
    Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
    Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Jersey
    New Jersey
    New Jersey is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
    New Jersey is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games

    NY Islanders @ NY Rangers
    NY Islanders
    NY Islanders is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
    NY Islanders is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    NY Rangers
    NY Rangers is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing NY Islanders
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Rangers's last 5 games

    Carolina @ Detroit
    Carolina
    Carolina is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Carolina is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    Detroit
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing at home against Carolina
    Detroit is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games

    Columbus @ Nashville
    Columbus
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 5 games when playing on the road against Nashville
    Columbus is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Nashville
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Nashville's last 5 games when playing at home against Columbus
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Nashville's last 8 games when playing Columbus

    Calgary @ Winnipeg
    Calgary
    Calgary is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Calgary's last 9 games when playing on the road against Winnipeg
    Winnipeg
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Winnipeg's last 9 games when playing at home against Calgary
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Winnipeg's last 7 games when playing Calgary

    San Jose @ Arizona
    San Jose
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Jose's last 5 games when playing on the road against Arizona
    The total has gone UNDER in 14 of San Jose's last 19 games on the road
    Arizona
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games when playing at home against San Jose
    Arizona is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

    Vancouver @ Edmonton
    Vancouver
    Vancouver is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
    Vancouver is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Edmonton
    Edmonton
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Edmonton's last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Edmonton's last 5 games at home

    Minnesota @ Los Angeles
    Minnesota
    Minnesota is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games on the road
    Minnesota is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
    Los Angeles
    Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

    Anaheim @ Vegas
    Anaheim
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Anaheim's last 6 games on the road
    Anaheim is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Vegas
    Vegas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Anaheim
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Vegas's last 8 games


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    Best Bets, Score Predictions for Thursday Jan. 14
    Matt Blunt

    Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Nashville Predators

    Money-Line Odds: Columbus +104; Nashville -120
    Total (Over-Under): 5.5

    Score Prediction: Nashville 4 Columbus 2
    Best Bet: Predators ML

    It appears I'm not starting nearly as high on Columbus or possibly as low on Nashville as the market suggests for this game, as the Predators are a team I do believe can be more of a player in the Central Division than their +800 price tag suggests.

    The Blue Jackets are right behind them at +900, but I would have had Nashville be listed as a slightly bigger favorite than this.

    The Predators have won six of the past eight meetings between the two clubs for what that's worth, but I view this as a short price on Nashville regardless. That info definitely doesn't hurt that position.


    San Jose Sharks vs. Arizona Coyotes

    Money-Line Odds: San Jose +108; Arizona -125
    Total (Over-Under): 5.5

    Score Prediction: San Jose 3 Arizona 2

    Best Bet: Sharks ML

    Maybe it's starting to show up as a theme, but San Jose is another team I'm not in a hurry to completely give up on this season, as I'm not sure they will be as bad as expected in the West.

    It will be an uphill climb to compete for a playoff spot for the Sharks for sure, but they've been where Arizona is trying to build up too, and understand what type of team will be coming for them.

    Also, an older team like the Sharks would do itself a great help by starting out hot and piling together wins while they are fresh and haven't been bogged down by some brutal travel or back-to-back spots.

    Arizona is another one of those teams that I still prefer to treat as a “prove it to me first” team, similar to my thoughts on Montreal yesterday. These are the games the Coyotes are supposed to win if they want to make that next leap, but sight unseen, the prove it first idea is worthy of a fade.

  9. #9
    THURSDAY, JANUARY 14
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    BOS at NJ 07:00 PM
    BOS -180
    U 5.5


    WAS at BUF 07:00 PM
    BUF +105
    U 6.0


    NYI at NYR 07:00 PM
    NYI -110
    O 6.0


    CAR at DET 07:30 PM
    O 6.0

    CAL at WIN 08:00 PM
    CAL -120
    U 5.5


    CLB at NAS 08:00 PM
    CLB +100
    O 5.5


    SJ at ARI 09:00 PM
    SJ +110
    O 5.5


    VAN at EDM 09:00 PM
    VAN +105
    U 6.0


    MIN at LA 10:00 PM
    LA +125
    U 5.5


    ANA at VEG 10:00 PM
    ANA +190
    O 6.0

  10. #10
    [SIZE=1]NHL JANUARY'S RECORD

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    01/14/2021 6-13-0 31.58% -3900 Detail
    01/13/2021 4-6-0 40.00% -1250 Detail

    TOTAL...........10-19-0............34.48%............-51.50

  11. #11
    Armadillo: Friday's six-pack

    Odds to win the Eastern Conference in the NBA:
    3-2— Brooklyn
    3-1— Milwaukee
    15-2— Boston, Miami, Philadelphia
    20-1— Toronto
    30-1— Indiana
    80-1— Atlanta

    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 385,503
    PLEASE wear a mask (over your nose/mouth) when you go out.


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    Armadillo: Weekend List of 13: Random stuff with weekend here……

    13) Jacksonville Jaguars made some noise Thursday, hiring Urban Meyer as their new coach; it will be fascinating to see how this works out. 56-year old Meyer is 187-32 as a college coach, but has zero NFL experience, so who he hires as assistant coaches will be interesting.

    Jaguars have four of the top 45 picks in April’s draft, have $74M in cap space, so they figure to get better fairly quickly.

    Meyer seemed to have stress-related issues at Florida/Ohio State; can he deal with 9-7 or 8-8 being a great year with the Jaguars? Or 5-11 being a big improvement?

    Again, Meyer was 187-32 in college; last three years, Jaguars are 12-36. This will be interesting.

    12) There were murmurs on the Interweb Thursday night that Scott Linehan would be the new OC in Jacksonville. Linehan was head coach of the Rams from 2006-08, then OC in Detroit from 2009-13 and OC for Dallas from 2015-18. He was the OC at LSU this past season.

    11) Detroit Lions hired LA Rams’ director of college scouting Brad Holmes as the team’s new GM; Holmes worked for the Rams for 17 years, starting out as a PR intern. He is the son of former Steelers’ lineman Mel Holmes, the nephew of Luther Bradley, who was the Lions’ first round draft pick in 1978.

    Here’s what makes all this a little different; because Holmes is a minority, Rams will get two 3rd round draft picks, as part of the NFL’s new hiring initiatives- when one team hires a minority coach or a GM from another team, the other team gets two 3rd round picks as compensation.

    10) Texas Longhorns hired Jeff Banks as their new special teams coach; the guy was making $750,000 as special teams coach at Alabama, will make $1M for doing the same thing at Texas.

    9) Atlantic 14 pulled its conference tournament out of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, will have it at a campus facility- they’ll be back in Barclays Center next year.

    8) Purdue 81, Indiana 69:
    — Purdue won last eight series games, last five visits to Bloomington.
    — Purdue’s last four games were on the road, the first time since 1960 they played four straight conference games on the road. One of their home games was postponed because of COVID.

    7) 76ers 125, Heat 108:
    — Shake Milton scored 31 points in 27:00 off bench; 76ers were +24 with him on the floor.
    — Ben Simmons had 12 assists, 10 rebounds, took only 8 shots. He is a unique player.

    6) Something to look forward to: spring training for Korean baseball starts February 1st, two weeks from Sunday. Spring training for the major leagues starts February 17th.

    5) Baseball stuff:
    — Mets signed 1B/DH Jose Martinez, a solid right-handed bat
    — Phillies signed reliever Archie Bradley, who was most recently with Arizona.

    4) Former Red Sox/Cubs GM Theo Epstein got a job this week in the commissioner’s office as a consultant. According to a MLB statement, Epstein will “work with baseball analytics experts from the Commissioner’s Office and the Clubs to determine the likely effects of various contemplated rule changes.”

    3) Blind resume for the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
    One of these QB’s is in the Hall of Fame, one is not.
    Player A: 62-63-4 career regular season record, 2-1 in playoffs. 173 TD passes, 220 INT’s
    Player B: 72-72 career regular season record, 8-2 in playoffs. 164 TD passes, 198 INT’s.

    Which of these two resumes do you think belongs to a Hall of Famer?

    2) If you’re one of the morons who attacked the Capitol in Washington last week, and you had your cellphone with you, get ready to be arrested, since the phones have GPS tracking systems in them, so it is a matter of time until they find you and fingerprint you.

    1) I’m a little annoyed that the Secret Service was spending $3,000 per month to rent a studio apartment, just so they could have a bathroom available to use while they protected Jared Kushner and his cruddy wife. The Kushner’s didn’t let the Secret Service, the people who were PROTECTING THEM, use one of the SIX BATHROOMS in their house. Oy.

  12. #12
    NHL

    Friday, January 15


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    Washington @ Buffalo
    Washington
    Washington is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing Buffalo
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Buffalo
    Buffalo
    Buffalo is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo's last 7 games when playing Washington

    Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia
    Pittsburgh
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
    Pittsburgh is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
    Philadelphia
    Philadelphia is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
    Philadelphia is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games

    Chicago @ Tampa Bay
    Chicago
    Chicago is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games
    Tampa Bay
    Tampa Bay is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Chicago
    Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago

    Toronto @ Ottawa
    Toronto
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto's last 9 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Toronto's last 12 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
    Ottawa
    Ottawa is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto
    Ottawa is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Toronto

    St. Louis @ Colorado
    St. Louis
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis's last 7 games on the road
    St. Louis is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
    Colorado
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado's last 6 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Colorado's last 11 games


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    1PITTSBURGH -2 PHILADELPHIA
    PITTSBURGH is 7-17 ATS (-11.7 Units) in road games after a division game in the last 3 seasons.

    5WASHINGTON -6 BUFFALO
    BUFFALO is 309-295 ATS (-15.5 Units) vs. division opponents since 1996.

    7CHICAGO -8 TAMPA BAY
    TAMPA BAY is 434-439 ATS (-104.1 Units) vs. losing teams since 1996.

    9TORONTO -10 OTTAWA
    OTTAWA is 129-120 ATS (-3 Units) at home when the total is >=6 since 1996.

    11ST LOUIS -12 COLORADO
    COLORADO is 202-177 ATS (34.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the first half of the season since 1996.


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    PITTSBURGH (0-1-0-0, 0 pts.) at PHILADELPHIA (1-0-0-0, 2 pts.) - 1/15/2021, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PITTSBURGH is 21-27 ATS (-18.4 Units) after a division game over the last 3 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 52-34 ATS (+7.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 20-7 ATS (+12.5 Units) in a home game where the total is 6 or more over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 25-13 ATS (+9.9 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
    PHILADELPHIA is 279-291 ATS (-94.7 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more since 1996.
    PHILADELPHIA is 457-400 ATS (-92.5 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHILADELPHIA is 5-3 (+3.3 Units) against the spread versus PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
    PHILADELPHIA is 5-3-0 straight up against PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.7 Units, Under=-0.4 Units)

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    WASHINGTON (1-0-0-0, 2 pts.) at BUFFALO (0-1-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/15/2021, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON is 13-19 ATS (-15.4 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    BUFFALO is 8-0 ATS (+8.0 Units) in home games after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
    BUFFALO is 49-72 ATS (-49.3 Units) in home games when playing on back-to-back days since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 4-2 (+1.3 Units) against the spread versus BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 4-2-0 straight up against BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+2.0 Units)

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    CHICAGO (0-1-0-0, 0 pts.) at TAMPA BAY (1-0-0-0, 2 pts.) - 1/15/2021, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    TAMPA BAY is 124-58 ATS (+200.3 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    TAMPA BAY is 24-7 ATS (+8.7 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    TAMPA BAY is 434-439 ATS (-97.3 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    TAMPA BAY is 4-1 (+1.7 Units) against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    TAMPA BAY is 4-1-0 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-0.1 Units, Under=-0.3 Units)

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    TORONTO (1-0-0-0, 2 pts.) at OTTAWA (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/15/2021, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OTTAWA is 129-120 ATS (-18.5 Units) in a home game where the total is 6 or more since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    OTTAWA is 3-4 (+2.5 Units) against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    TORONTO is 4-3-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.8 Units)

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    ST LOUIS (1-0-0-0, 2 pts.) at COLORADO (0-1-0-0, 0 pts.) - 1/15/2021, 9:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    COLORADO is 202-177 ATS (+24.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the first half of the season since 1996.
    ST LOUIS is 59-67 ATS (+163.3 Units) in a road game where where the total is 6 or more since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    ST LOUIS is 7-3 (+4.7 Units) against the spread versus COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
    ST LOUIS is 7-3-0 straight up against COLORADO over the last 3 seasons
    6 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.1 Units)

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    NHL
    Dunkel

    Friday, January 15



  13. #13
    FRIDAY, JANUARY 15
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    WAS at BUF 07:00 PM
    WAS -135
    O 6.0


    CHI at TB 07:00 PM
    TB -280
    U 6.5


    TOR at OTT 07:00 PM
    OTT +180
    O 6.5


    PIT at PHI 07:00 PM
    PHI -105
    O 6.0


    STL at COL 09:00 PM
    STL +125
    O 6.0

  14. #14
    [SIZE=1]NHL JANUARY'S RECORD

    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    01/15/2021 7-3-0 70.00% +2300 Detail
    01/14/2021 6-13-0 31.58% -3900 Detail
    01/13/2021 4-6-0 40.00% -1250 Detail

    TOTAL..........17-22-0.......43.58%.....-28.50

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