NHL Puck Luck
It might end up being an emotional evening tonight when the New Jersey Devils visit the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. New Jersey is expected to start Montreal native Martin Brodeur in what would be his first game in his hometown since his father passed away. Dennis Brodeur was the Canadiens’ longtime photographer and remains a legend in this city. As good as Carey Price and the Habs have been lately, expect a good one from New Jersey’s 41-year-old veteran. Brodeur owns a 2.19 goals-against average and already has two shutouts on the season, but has dropped three straight starts. He’ll be solid tonight. Taking him to make more than 25.5 saves isn’t a bad prop bet either.
Pick: Under 5
The Flyers started the season losing seven of their first eight games but that seems like a long time ago now. Philly has finally crawled back to .500 and everything seems to be coming together at once for this club. Claude Giroux and Scottie Hartnell are providing offensive punch again and the goaltending tandem of Ray Emery and Steve Mason is doing its part on a nightly basis. The Wild are tough at home but this is decent value for an upstart Flyers team.
Pick: Philadelphia Flyers
The St. Louis Blues when into a huge matchup with the San Jose Sharks Friday night and came out flat. They were completely outplayed and were down 4-0 before the first intermission. From there, they pulled together but still lost 6-3. That’s unacceptable for a team of this caliber. St. Louis will take out its frustration on a struggling Kings team tonight. Los Angeles has played fairly well lately but still has four losses in its last five games.
Pick: St. Louis Blues