Best Bets – January 5 2019

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Best Bets – January 5 2019

A belated Happy New Year’s people! It’s the first Saturday night ladies in 2019 and it’s time to shake off the weariness from the partying and the post-festive blues with some serious betting! There is some great action happening in the NHL tonight, and just to highlight what we think would make the best bet, we’ve got two games you’re surely to enjoy and make money off.

Boston vs. Buffalo

Buffalo wants to get revenge for the their last loss against the B’s who also won the Winter Classic last week. Boston is smoking hot, now they have their main players back in the game, and should give the Sabres a hard time since they’ll be in their barn. It feel likes they’ve seen each other so often, but this is still a pretty important game for those that happen in January. Since each team has already played 41 games they are looking to kick off the second half of the season on a positive note. Both have an even 50 points in the standings, simply the Bruins have one more win, but that should change tonight and give them a slight edge in the Atlantic if they can pull it off. It’s literally a battle for that 3rd spot behind Tampa Bay and Toronto so the next 41 games should be exciting to watch.

The last time the Sabres played was on Thursday night, when they won against the Florida Panthers by 4-3. The new addition, Jeff Skinner played amazingly getting 2 goals and lifted his team up. Buffalo got him in exchange for three draft picks a Buffalo prospect. Which now sounds like a steal since he’s already scored 28 goals in 41 games. Not bad eh? But he’s due for a new contract after this season, and will definitely be cashing in after dark years in Carolina.  We’ll see if Buffalo can afford him..

And then there is the star that Barry Trtoz calls a Nick Lidstrom-type player, the first-year Sabre going and the first overall pick in last year’s draft, Rasmus Dahlin has been playing well and has showed the potential everyone has raved about. Tonight, the Bruins will have David Backes back from a one game suspension and he’ll just slip right in the lineup on the third or fourth line. Colby Cave should be the scratch. And in goal, at home Tuuka Rask should be in net since Jaroslav Halak was not having a good game on Thursday. Yes, it will be tough, but the payout is huge both for you and the Sabres.

Pick: Buffalo wins, under 6 goals

Moneyline: Buffalo Sabres  +175 / Boston Bruins -210



Vancouver vs. Toronto 

When the Canucks come into Hogtown, they’ll be coming without their star player Elias Pettersson who injured his right knee in the second period against the Montreal Canadiens, when their young star, Jesperi Kotkaniemi ran into him by accidents and they both fell awkwardly with legs entwined and Pettersson limped away. So now that he’s out the Canucks will have to complete a six-game road trip (with a winning record) tonight, in a tough house like Toronto’s, who were looking forward to seeing star rookie.  There no timetable for his return, after getting an MRI exam on Friday.

“I’m walking fine,” he told the media in Toronto yesterday. “I feel better today than yesterday, so that’s good.” That’s a tough roster loss to swallow since Pettersson has 22 goals and 20 assists in just 38 games. Vancouver coach  Travis Green told local media too that after watching the replay of the incident several times he concluded: “Two guys got tangled… I’ve watched it a lot of times. It’s not a dirty play by their player at all. He gets hooked a little bit. Petey actually pushes back on him a bit in a reverse hit. Two young guys fall to the ice. It’s not a penalty.”

Sven Baertschi told the media post-game. “”I thought we did some good things tonight, Carey played an outstanding game. (Boeser) tried everything. Another night, one or two of those shots go in.”

The 2-0 loss in Montreal happened on the same night as the Leafs losing at home against the Minnesota Wild 4-3.

The Maple Leafs are a solid 26-12-2, and will look to recover after losing two in a row. They are also dealing with injuries and have their main goaltender out, in Frederick Andersen and the back up is out too! Garret Sparks got a concussion in practice, so the recently acquired Michael Hutchinson will start in goal in just his second game and is looking forward to playing for his childhood team.

“I thought he gave us a chance, that’s all you can ask of a guy,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said about Hutch. “What was the sequence of events? They called me and told me (Sparks) couldn’t go and so we knew (Hutchinson) was going to play. I asked what his first name was, he told me. I asked him what he liked to be called, he said Hutch. I said, ‘Have fun.'”

Kasimir Kaskisuo got called up from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL (American Hockey League) to play backup Thursday in a lineup that is starting to look very vulnerable and thin in the crease. Despite out-shooting the Wild 41-34, with a 19-4 margin in a third period, they simply could not score. Vancouver will have goaltender Thatcher Demko in ner from Utica of the AHL. So it could be a battle of the AHL goalies!

The Leafs Mitch Marner put on a show that night scoring just seven seconds into the game and a second one at 5:38, right after being snubbed by the All-Star game selectors. The Leafs led 3-2 for a little while provided by William Nylander‘s first 2018-19 season’s goal, after he held out over his contract until the Dec 1st deadline. Toronto knows they should have done a better job after gaining the early lead and should not have let it slip away.

“We could have handled the puck better,” Marner said post-game. “We should have got the puck in more. We should have held it a little bit longer in the O-zone, but those are things we’ve got to learn to be better, and we’ve got to learn quick. It’s coming down to the stretch now and this is when everyone is going to start grinding and playing that lockdown game, so we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for that and we’ve got to make sure we find ways to score around that.”

We think, when the Leafs struggle, they usually show a bit of panic, and with Pettersson out, the Canucks will raise the level of their play, especially against their hated East-coast Canadian rivals. Expect an upset and get paid.
Pick: Canucks win, 6 plus goals
Moneyline:  Vancouver Canucks +230 / Toronto Maple Leafs -280







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