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Friday Night Fights In the NHL

As the 2013 season takes way, the NHL is anything but short of excitement this year. This Friday get ready to see sparks fly as the NHL has many match-ups worthy of a main event fight. Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!

The Fighting Line up

Under Card Fights

Boston 8-1-2 (4-0-1 V) at Buffalo 5-8-1 (2-3-1 H)

Boston will attempt to prove that they are a serious contender for the title as they face Buffalo this week. Led by David Krejci, Tyler Seguin, and Zdeno Chara, Boston is sitting on the top of the Northeast division. The team is averaging 2.7 goals, 2.2 goals against and has a 6-5 Under record. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Buffalo holds the title of last place in the Northeast division. Holding an 8-6 Over record, Buffalo will be led by Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville. In their previous two meetings, they have split the record of 1-1, with Buffalo dominating the first meeting 7-4 and Boston handling Buffalo the second game 3-1. The Bruins are expected to come out swinging from the gates, as they will try to demonstrate their consistency.

Betting Card 

O/U 5.5

Boston(6-6 ATS) -140

Buffalo  (6-8 ATS) +129

Boston is 4-0 in their last four road games, while the Sabres are 1-4 in the last five home games. In their last seventeen meetings, these teams have trended towards the Over 10-3-4.

Pittsburg 9-5-0 (6-2-0 V) at Winnipeg 5-6-1 (3-3-0 H)

In the previous ice battle between Pittsburg and Winnipeg, the Jets shocked the nation with a knock out, producing a win with a score of 4-2. Evander Kane and the Jets eagerly await the rematch as they plan to defend their title by beating the Penguins once again. Pittsburg is currently ranked 2nd in the Atlantic division, following the fierce New Jersey Devils. The Penguins, who hold an 8-6 Over record, will be led by fan favorites, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. As the fans wait in anticipation, Pittsburg will seek revenge against the Jets as they skate for the win.

Betting Card

O/U 5.5

Pittsburg (9-5 ATS) -128

Winnipeg +118

Pittsburg is 15-2 in last the seventeen games against the Southeast, while the Jets clasp a 4-1 record in their last five Friday games. Pittsburg is 4-0 Over in their last four games against the Southeast, while the Jets are 4-0 Under in their last four. In regards to their last seven meetings, the teams have produced a record against the total of 5-2 Over.

Anaheim 9-2-1 (5-1-1 V) at Detroit 7-4-2 (5-2-1 H)

As the Red Wings battle the abundantly ranked Anaheim Ducks, they will show off their high-power offense with the assistance of Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and rookie sensation, Damien Brunner. Averaging 3.2 goals a game, the Ducks have acquired a tendency of going Under with a record of 8-4. On the other hand, Detroit has produced a trend of going Over with a record of 7-5-1. The match could prove to be an interesting one, as both teams run in opposite directions against the total. As the Ducks recently handed the number one ranked Chicago Blackhawks a loss, the soaring squad will prove to be a hard team for the Wings to beat.

Betting Card

O/U 5.5

Anaheim (9-3 ATS) +114

Detroit (5-8 ATS) -123

A good days rest has done some good for the Wings as they hold a record of 4-1 in their last 5 games. On a similar note, the Ducks possess a 4-0 record in the Central division thus far. The Red Wings are 3-0-2 Under, against the Pacific conference.

St. Louis 7-5-1 (4-2-0 V) at Calgary 4-4-3 (2-3-2 H)

This week St. Louis will battle the Flames on Calgary’s rink. This season has proven to be rough for Calgary, as they have lost their main goaltender, Mikka Kiprusoff, due to a knee injury. The Blues have also shown signs of struggle as their defense has allowed 3.2 goals a game.

Betting Card

O/U 5.5

St. Loius (5-8 ATS) -115

Calgary (4-7 ATS) +106

The Blues are 8-2-2 Over, while going Over 7-0-2 in their last nine meetings. The Flames are 5-4-1 Over, while going 5-1-3 Over in the last nine games. A slugfest ought to be had in Calgary, leaving St. Louis in a state of blue.

Columbus 4-7-2 (1-3-0 V) at Los Angeles 4-5-2 (1-1-1 H)

Los Angeles, the defending World champions, set off to face the Blue Jackets in Columbus this week. Averaging 2.2 goals a game, while allowing 3.1 against, the Blue Jackets will be led by Fedor Tyutin and Jack Johnson. The Kings will attempt to shield their crown with the help of their leading knights, Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, and Jeff Carter. Allowing 2.8 goals a game, and only scoring 2.3, their stats will not provide much assistance in their sought out battle.

Betting Card

O/U 5

Los Angeles (4-7 ATS) -215

Columbus (8-5 ATS) +195

Columbus is 6-6-1 O/U, while Los Angeles is at a 4-4-3 O/U. The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in their last five games and Over 4-1-1 in the last six. With three days of rest, Los Angeles is 6-1 and have produced an Over of 3-0-1 in their last four Friday night games. When these two teams play they have a tendency to go Over, resulting in 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles.  The “star crazed” city of Los Angeles should be all Columbus can handle in this match up.

Welter Weight Title fight.

Dallas 7-6-1 (4-5-0 V) at Vancouver 8-2-2 (5-1-1 H)

Fighting out of Dallas, the Stars will be facing the Vancouver Canucks as their matchup this week. This year, the Stars have been led by their veteran pick-up Jaromir Jagr and Jamie Benn. Winning their last four games out of five, they have not finished a game without a total score of at least five goals. Kari Lehtonen has been playing outstanding, as he has helped in creating a 7-3 record,when he is between the pipes. With six straight wins, the Vancouver Canucks have been on a hot streak with the assistance of the Sedin brothers. Vancouver has had a goaltending issue and has been rotating goaltenders between Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider. Luongo has started the last five out of seven games and might be the key for the recent Vancouver success.

Betting Card

O/U 5

Vancouver (5-7 ATS) -190

Dallas(8-6 ATS) +174

Both teams are on a hot streak with Vancouver holding a recent record of 6-0 and Dallas holding a 4-1 record out of there last 5. Dallas is 4-1-1 Under in last six games vs. a team with a winning record. Vancouver is  5-1 Under in the last six home games. Head to head, these teams are Over 9-1-1 in last eleven meetings in Vancouver. Both teams possess an offense that could land knockout blows.

Middle Weight Title Fight

Philadelphia 6-7-1 (2-6-0 V) at New Jersey 8-2-3 (5-1-1 H)

New Jersey hopes to carry the top spot in the Atlantic division as they face Philadelphia in this weeks matchup. The Devils are being led by Ilya Kovalchuk, Patrik Elias and senior leader Martin Brodeur. This year the Devils have only allowed 2.1 goals against, bringing their record against the total to 8-5 Under. The opposite corner holds the Philadelphia Flyers, who have not been flying too high. With a slow start to the season, Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, and Daniel Briere will need to release their knockout power against the red hot Devils. The Devils hold an 8-5-1 Under record, as their goal keeping, led by Ilya Bryzgalov, is the only entity keeping the Flyers up.  

Betting Card for the Middle Weight Fight

O/U-5

Philladelphia (4-10 ATS) +134

New Jersey (8-5 ATS) -145

The Flyers are 2-9 in their recent road games, while the Devils are 5-1 in their last six games. The Flyers are 5-0 Under vs. the Atlantic Conference. The Devils are 4-0 Under against the Atlantic Conference. New Jersey has won the last 5 meeting between these two teams.

The Main Event

San Jose 7-3-3 (2-2-1 V) at Chicago 10-0-3 (2-0-1 H)

The Chicago Blackhawks are unbeaten in regular play this year and have created high expectations for themselves as they hope to hold on to their undefeated standing. In hopes of reaping their title, the blood hungry Sharks seek to feast on the flesh of these dominating Blackhawks. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Marian Hossa lead the Blackhawk hunting party, as Corey Crawford protects the fort. Chicago is averaging 3.3 goals a game while allowing only 1.9 against. San Jose will be seeking revenge from the beating they took at home on the 5th with a score of 5-3. After starting the season in a flawless manner, the Sharks have lost their last six games and will need to exhaust great efforts from Patrick Marleau, Ryane Clowne, Joe Thorton, and Brad Stuart if they expect to climb back.

Main Event Betting Card.

O/U-5.5

Chicago (7-6 ATS) -148 

San Jose (5-8 ATS) +136

San Jose is 8-4-1 Under while posting a 2-2-1 O/U record on the road, while Chicago is 9-4 Under. The home team has won this match up the last five times out of six, while holding a 4-1 Over record, the last five meetings taking place in Chicago. One can anticipate both offenses to bring their A-Game, but should expect a win from Chicago.

Source: ESPN, NHL, Covers

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