Our NHL Free Pick for Valentines Day came through as the Rangers got us the +175 payday. Now another puckline pound has pinged the radar. Two underwhelming teams but only one has put the turmoil of the past behind them. Minnesota has to go to Vancouver tonight but the weary road is not so tiresome in this particular circumstance. Get ready for some more +100 investments here at HRWager.
NHL Free Pick : Infusion
Mike Yeo had worn out his welcome in Minnesota. This is the same coach that was down 4-1 with ten minutes left and pulled the goalie for five straight minutes. Players do not appreciate that and was the final straw that saw him lose his job. While the Wild were good on defense, that style of hockey wears on professionals. That they have to work so much harder than the other during the regular season is vexing. So look for a new lease on life for the Wild tonight. Minnesota will come out with loads of energy and this is very important to our investment tonight.
Vancouver Not Streaky
Just over .500, Vancouver is just one of two teams to not string together a streak of three wins or more. They had the chance and the Leafs crushed them at home. How bad was it? 30 to 10 shot advantage to Toronto at the half way point of the game. This is a very up and down team that just can not carry the tempo. The dictation of pace by Vancouver is clearly lacking. Too often they are seen to be skating on their heels.
Even after a coaching change, the Wild are the road favorite here. However look at the difference in price! -120’s compared to – 1 1/2 +260’s. Usually Minnesota eeks by but tonight is the exception. Players want to prove it was their former coach and not them that are responsible. Forgo the -120 ML and take the – 1 1/2 +260 here. Good fortune and we will see you tomorrow here at the HRW.
A rescheduled game might have been the best thing for New Mexico State. Back in December, the Aggies could not get out of Texas due to a freak snow storm. Now after Valentine’s Day will see the two teams tangle with New Mexico State (18-8) riding a nine game winning streak. The Shockers (18-7) are barely in the Top 25 and seem to be relying on their performances over the past few years instead of what they produce on the court these days. A -14 1/2 point bulge has been bestowed on the Shockers. Which way should we invest in tonight’s sports speculation opportunity?
In Conference Problems
35-1 the last few seasons was the state of the Shockers’ dominance in their conference. Oh how the tide has turned. Coming into this one, they have lost two out of their last three in the Missouri Valley. The dip has been directly related to offensive problems. This was the story as they shot only 30 percent against Northern Iowa in a game where the longest home streak in the nation bit the dust. It is not even the case of young players hitting a wall. Their senior stars are having a rough go of it and few can figure out why.
New Mexico State has been winning due to their defense. Under 37 percent, they have held their opponents from the floor in the last four games. They will need this due to the massive difference in turnover margin. Transition buckets is the vulnerability of the Aggies with their -3.0 turnover rate. Meanwhile, the Shockers are + 5.1 in this stat. Both teams will rely on defense but in different ways. It will be all about tempo tonight.
Out of conference game that is rescheduled. The spread has NMS at +14 1/2. There is no incentive for Wichita State to lay the hammer down. Work on your intangibles and get your senior back court back in shape. Look for a business like performance from the better team. Wichita State wins but take New Mexico State plus the points. Good fortune and we will see you tomorrow here at HRWager.