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[FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif] [FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]N.Y. Rangers +123 over BOSTON [/FONT]
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[FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]The Bruins haven't won back to back games in over a month. They're coming off that 4-3 OT win over Nashville in a game they played well in but still needed a goal in the final minute to send it into OT. Boston has allowed five goals or more in three of its last eight and three or more goals in six of those. The B's are still not right while the Rangers are legit Cup contenders. The Rangers are in every game. They don't lose often and they don't trail in the game often either. New York has won seven of nine with both losses over that span coming against the Devils, 1-0 and 4-3 in OT. To give you an idea of how consistently good the Blue Shirts have been, consider that they have not lost consecutive games since December 13 and 15. Since then, they've won 19 of 25 games. The Rangers have beaten the B's once this year already. They also beat them both times they met last season. At the moment the Rangers are in better form and they have a big edge in net with Henrik Lundqvist over the suddenly shaky Tim Thomas.[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif] Play: New York +123 (Risking 2 units). [/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]Dallas +185 over DETROIT
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[FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]The Red Wings will go for an NHL record 21st straight win at home after tying the record against Philly on Sunday. In the past 48 hours, there has been intense media coverage and nobody want to talk to the Stars. They all want to talk with Red Wings players and that has them thinking more than they should be. Especially undrafted goaltender Joey MacDonald. A 32-year old career minor leaguer, MacDonald has appeared in just 26 NHL games. He was called up to backup Ty Conklin so he was a backup to a backup. Granted, he's played well in three games since Conklin was yanked but there's added pressure here. The Stars will come in with nothing to lose. They're expected to go down in defeat. However, they know this team well. Despite losing both games to Detroit this season, Dallas was in a position to win them both, as they lost 5-4 in the first meeting and 3-2 in OT in the second. The Stars will give it everything they have in an attempt to prevent the Red Wings from doing what the Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders dynasties could not.[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif] Play: Dallas +185 (Risking 2 units). [/FONT]


[FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]BUFFALO -108 over New Jersey
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[FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]The Devils have lost two in a row and at least one or perhaps both were due to poor goaltending. Both Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg have two of the worst save percentages in the league. Brodeur's, the lower of the two (.899) is the confirmed starter here. The Devils can dominate a game and still lose, as they did against these same Sabres before the break when they outshot them 28-14 and lost in OT. We see in the Chicago Blackhawks what can happen to a good team with poor goaltending. It deflates and demoralizes a club. They lose games they should have won and it takes it's toll over time. The Blackhawks have lost eight straight because of lousy goaltending and unless New Jersey address this, they're not going anywhere this year. Meanwhile, something happened over the all-star break to the Sabres. They woke up. They've picked up points in five of six games since the break. Included over that span is two shutout wins over Boston (6-0) and the Rangers (1-0). The Sabres are to the NHL this season what Philadelphia was to the NFL. Huge talent and nothing to show for it so far but again, this sleeping dog has awoken and they're very dangerous right now. [/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]Play: Buffalo -108 (Risking 2.16 units to win 2). [/FONT]
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[QUOTEThe Red Wings will go for an NHL record 21st straight win at home after tying the record against Philly on Sunday. In the past 48 hours, there has been intense media coverage and nobody want to talk to the Stars. They all want to talk with Red Wings players and that has them thinking more than they should be. Especially undrafted goaltender Joey MacDonald. A 32-year old career minor leaguer, MacDonald has appeared in just 26 NHL games. He was called up to backup Ty Conklin so he was a backup to a backup. Granted, he's played well in three games since Conklin was yanked but there's added pressure here. The Stars will come in with nothing to lose. They're expected to go down in defeat. However, they know this team well. Despite losing both games to Detroit this season, Dallas was in a position to win them both, as they lost 5-4 in the first meeting and 3-2 in OT in the second. The Stars will give it everything they have in an attempt to prevent the Red Wings from doing what the Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders dynasties could not/QUOTE]


Oh my.

Cmon now. Wouldn't it have been easier to just say that the value is all with the Dallas Stars tonight in their attempt to stop the Wings home winning streak? As someone who follows the Wings on a regular basis, if they lose it won't be because Joey McDonald wasn't up for this or that the last 3 dynastys even attempted a winning streak like this.
I read so many of your wonderful, poetry like write ups, I don't believe this was one of your better ones. Good Luck though as Detroit's price tag is too high for me tonight.
 

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Did I say he wouldn't be up for it? That wasn't my take at all. Not even close. The take is that all eyes and pressure will be on him and for a career minor leaguer, he may not handle it well. Stars will be completely jacked up in an attempt to prevent them from getting the record. That's it, He may play great and Detroit may bury them but that's my take. Nothing to do with MacDonald not being up for the game
 

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Think BOS has a lot of motivation in this one. NYR have a 7 pt lead on them in the standings and have already beaten them this season. Plus BOS in alittle bit of a slump and think they will come out hard tonight.
 

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You don't even have your facts straight. He's played in 92 NHL games since the 07' season when he was first called up. Not 26. As well as his 3rd stint in Detroit. They obviously feel comfortable with him in the nets here. Not to mention stealing the backup job from Conklin.
 
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You don't even have your facts straight. He's played in 92 NHL games since the 07' season when he was first called up. Not 26. As well as his 3rd stint in Detroit. They obviously feel comfortable with him in the nets here. Not to mention stealing the backup job from Conklin.


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