2-Unit Play. Take # 56 Tampa Bay (-120)
over NY Islanders (7:00 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28)
The Islanders are now 1-3 in their last 4 games and are struggling to beat some of the better teams in the league right now. Jaroslav Halak rarely plays on back to back nights so Thomas Gresis will likely be the starter. The lack of offense has been plaguing the Lightning but hasn’t prevented them from winning at home, thanks to Ben Bishop. He will most certainly be back in goal and will look to continue his success at Amalie Arena. Bishop is now 53-14-7 with a 2.13 GAA in 76 games since joining the Lightning. Look for Tampa Bay to continue their winning ways at home tonight.
4-Unit Play. Take # 57 Washington (-130)
over Toronto (7:00 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28)
Washington looks to extend their win streak to 5 with a 4th straight victory over Toronto tonight. The Capitals have outscored the Maple Leafs 12-4 in those contests. Washington looked great against Tampa last where they won 4-2 while they played extremely fast and looked like the dominant team. Ovechkin has 13 goals in the last five games and Backstrom has 7 points in the past 6. Washington is just scoring at will and don’t see the Maple Leafs being able to keep up with them tonight. Cap’s win their 5th straight tonight in Toronto.
2-Unit Play. Take # 63 Dallas (-105)
over Minnesota (8:00 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28)
The Wild have now dropped their last 5 of 6 games after going 10-3-2 in their last 15 games. They fell 1-2 on this four game homestand with Fridays 3-1 loss to Winnipeg. In watching that game I was shocked by the Wild’s lack of discipline and fluidity on the ice. Minnesota only mustered up a season low 15 total shots on goal even with the return of Parise. With Minnesota’s struggling on both ends of the ice they will have a very hard time beating the Stars tonight. Dallas is just too big, too fast and score to many goals for the Wild to play this type of game. Look for the Stars to get a win on the road.
3-Unit Play. Take # 53 New Jersey (+160)
over Montreal (7:00 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28)
Love how New Jersey played last night. They should have never lost and were the dominant team on the ice. Montreal was lucky to come back and push the game into overtime. Price is still out with a lower body injury and don’t see Condon winning back to back games against the Devils tonight. Look for New Jersey to get revenge tonight in Montreal.
Carpe diem. Good luck.