The Guide to Wednesday

Let’s get a streak going here heading into playoffs.

Washington Capitals v. New York Rangers (@Verizon Center; Washington, D.C.)

With 3 games left on the schedule for each team and playoffs on the horizon the Caps see themselves in a very familiar situation they were last year.  Caps get the chance to Clinch the President’s Trophy tonight at home for a second year in a row.  Vigneault’s recent announcement that the Rags will be resting players to fix some health issues heading into the post-season leaves the New York side without McDonagh, Nash, Zuccarello, Fast and “other defensemen”.  The Caps being the best team in the NHL, captained by Ovechkin (who I would consider the most competitive minded player in the NHL) see blood here.  Lundqvist will start tonight and has been (1-1-2) since his hip injury.  Caps are (8-1-1) in their last 10 comparing to the Rags abysmal (3-3-4).  Look for a strong minded and incredibly talented Capitals team backed by last years’ Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby to clinch tonight.

PICK: Washington Capitals to win in regulation. (-120)

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The Guide to Thursday

We have two hockey games and a soccer game coming up today in what should be some lively action with 2 of the hockey games falling under what I believe to be a “sure win category”

Washington Capitals v. New Jersey Devils (@ Verizon Center; Washington, D.C.)

As much as it absolutely kills me to write this as a die hard Devils fan I just really do not see this one panning out any differently.  Washington has been unstoppable this year at the Verizon Center posting a 25-5-1 record (80% win percent), while the Devils have been a middle of the pack 12-13-6 on the road (39% win percent).  After the trade deadline left the Devils without P.A. Parenteau AND best defensive defenseman Kyle Quincey (only defenseman who held a positive +/- on a  team with a goal differential of -35) we see what resembles an expansion team on the ice. Capitals have not only been amazing but have gotten even better after signing stud defenseman Kyle Shattenkirk yesterday at the deadline. Capitals record in the last 10 (7-2-1) while the Devils posting a last 10 of (4-4-2).

PICK: Washington Capitals with the spread -1.5 (Even)

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Ottawa Senators v. Colorado Avalanche (@ Canadian Tire Centre; Ottawa, Canada)

I have no fucking idea what is wrong with this Colorado team, they absolutely blow and its weird to say that considering on paper they actually resemble a pretty decent team with talent such as Duchene, Landeskog, Mackinnon, etc.  The Avs are 9-21-1 away…. NINE – TWENTY-ONE – ONE, that BLOWS. Ottawa is 2nd in the Atlantic and with 3 games in hand on Montreal they could make a serious push for that number 1 spot and it starts here.  Colorado is 2-7-1 in their last 10 while Ottawa has been 6-4-0. This is another game I really don’t see panning out any other way. Also, between these two hockey games I see a serious opportunity for a parlay (without the spread). Ottawa should be able to take this team down easily, don’t shy away from that line.

PICK: Ottawa Senators to win. (-250)

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Sevilla v. Athletic Club (Bilbao) (@Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium; Seville, Spain)

Sevilla is a great team at home, 3rd best in the league of 20 teams at 9-1-1 and the best part about that is that all of their home points are coming from WINS, only one point coming from a tie.  Bilbao has seen a trend in their win/loss pattern this year posting consistent W/L/W/L/W/L and guess what they’re coming off of? You got it, a win.  Also, this year Bilbao is 2-2-7 on the road and has an awful goal record on the road (averaging .64 goals for on the road). Bilbao has lost both their last away games 2-0 against lesser teams. Sevilla have won their last 4 and has kept 3 clean sheets in their last 5 home games. Love home teams, always will.

PICK: Sevilla to win full time (-165)

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-Doherty