NHL Free Picks 11-05-16

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New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Preview

When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 5, 2016
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, MSG Plus 2 (New Jersey), FSN Sun (Tampa Bay)

Oddsmakers currently have the Lightning listed as 170-moneyline favorites versus the Devils, while the game’s total is sitting at 5.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Bruins at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Bruins at +129 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The Devils were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Panthers. That made winners of bettors who got Florida at -146 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

New Jersey Devils (4-2-3):

Goaltender Cory Schneider allowed two or fewer goals in five of eight outings to open the season and is expected to get the start Saturday before backup Keith Kinkaid goes Sunday at Carolina. Defenseman Damon Severson leads the team with eight points (seven assists) while putting up at least two in three of the last four contests. Winger Taylor Hall, a major acquisition from Edmonton in the offseason, leads the way with five goals and Travis Zajac, along with PA Parenteau, have four apiece for New Jersey.

New Jersey:
Team record: 4-2-3 SU
New Jersey is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
New Jersey is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
New Jersey is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road

Tampa Bay Lightning (6-4-1):

Tampa Bay is warming up on the power play again, converting on 5-of-15 in the last three games, but came up empty with a 4-on-3 skater advantage in overtime Thursday. Speedy forward Jonathan Drouin, who left Tuesday’s contest against the New York Islanders with an upper-body injury, could skate Saturday but is expected to miss his second straight game. Captain Steven Stamkos tops the team with seven goals and shares the lead in points (13) with right wing Nikita Kucherov (10 assists).

Tampa Bay:
Team record: 6-4-1 SU
Tampa Bay is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games

New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Prediction: Over 5 Goals

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Preview

When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 5, 2016
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
TV: 7 p.m. ET, CBC

Oddsmakers currently have the Maple Leafs listed as 180-moneyline favorites versus the Canucks, while the game’s total is sitting at 5.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Sabres on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Maple Leafs at -115 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Last time out for Vancouver, they were a 1-0 loser as they battled the Senators on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Senators at -156 were rewarded, while the 1 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Vancouver Canucks (4-6-1):

Vancouver recalled Troy Stecher from Utica of the American Hockey League for the second time in a week and a half to address the injuries to fellow defensemen Alex Edler and Chris Tanev. Strecher stepped in admirably in his initial stint with the Canucks, playing 54 minutes at 5-on-5 with Edler and being named the third star of the game in two of his three NHL appearances.
Team record: 4-6-1 SU
Current Streak: lost 7 straight games.
Vancouver is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Vancouver is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Vancouver’s last 5 games

Toronto Maple Leafs (4-4-3):

Frederik Andersen has rebounded from a disastrous stretch in his first five starts (1-1-3, 4.29 goals-against average, .851 save percentage) to post a 3-1-0 mark with a 1.77 GAA and .954 save percentage in his last four. Andersen has handcuffed Vancouver throughout his career, sporting a 6-1-3 mark with one shutout and a rail-thin 1.16 GAA in 10 encounters.
Team record: 4-4-3 SU
Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Toronto is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games

Vancouver Canucks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Prediction:Under 5 Goals

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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Nashville Predators Preview

When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 5, 2016
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Carolina, FSN Tennessee (Nashville)

Oddsmakers currently have the Predators listed as 160-moneyline favorites versus the Hurricanes, while the game’s total is sitting at 5½.

In their last action, Nashville was a 3-2 loser on the road against the Coyotes. Bettors on Arizona at +137 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Carolina lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Senators on November 01. Bettors who backed the Senators at -148 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Carolina Hurricanes (2-4-3):

While Lee Stempniak (six points) appears to be a solid free-agent signing, Carolina must add more consistent contributors along with fellow forwards Skinner and Rask to be a factor in the playoff race. Justin Faulk boasts three goals and fellow defenseman Noah Hanifin has six assists, but the duo is struggling a bit with a combined rating of minus-11. Cam Ward (six games) and Eddie Lack (three) have not been able help the Hurricanes pull out games while turning aside just 87.4 percent of the shots faced.
Team record: 2-4-3 SU
Carolina is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Carolina’s last 11 games
Carolina is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road

Nashville Predators (3-5-2):

The talented forward trio of James Neal (one), Filip Forsberg (zero) and Johansen (one) have combined for two goals in the early going while Craig Smith leads the team with five and Viktor Arvidsson owns four. Nashville went into Friday tied for the league lead with 12 power-play goals and stood second in percentage (30.0), but the unit has cashed in on just three of 21 attempts the last five games. Captain Mike Fisher (three goals) missed the last game of the trip with an upper-body injury and is questionable for Saturday’s contest.
Team record: 3-5-2 SU
Nashville is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
Nashville is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Nashville is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Nashville Predators
Prediction:75% Nashville money line & 25% Nashville puck line (-1.5)

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