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OT included. The Nashville Predators are a gritty group that always plays a sound and disciplined style. They have been that way for years and they’re usually a pretty live dog. However, as a favorite, they are far too risky against a superior foe like the one they will face here. Furthermore, the Predators goaltending is pure garbage with Carter Hutton and/or Marek Mazanec. Both goaltenders are rookies and Hutton has been bouncing around in the minors for years. Hutton’s save percentage is below an acceptable level at .901 while Mazanec’s save % has been getting progressively worse for a few games now that the film is out on him. Mazenec’s save % over his past two games was .692 and .848 respectively. At the time of the this writing, Nashville’s goaltender for tonight was unconfirmed but knowing Barry Trotz’s tendencies, he’ll likely go with Hutton because he was the goaltender in the Preds last game that snapped a five-game losing streak. Frankly, we couldn’t care less whose in net for the Preds because it’s not likely to matter. Prior to defeating the lifeless Rangers to snap that five-game losing streak, the Preds had allowed 19 goals against in those five games.
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Dallas has dropped six of their last nine games and that run has this team very undervalued. The Stars deserved much better, as they ran into some super-hot goaltending in Toronto and Edmonton among others. This is a superbly talented group that is loaded with impact players and it’s only a matter of time before they go on a serious run up the standings. The Stars have played Chicago in three of their past six games. The Stars also recently played Anaheim and St. Louis. That’s five recent games against elite talent and Dallas picked up five out of a possible 10 points against that trio. They now take a huge step down in class against a team with extremely weak goaltending. The Stars rank sixth in the NHL in shots on net per game and a few of those figure to find the back of the net here. Dallas should not be taking back a tag against Nashville when Pekka Rinne is on the rack, as they have a much better than 50% chance of winning here. 
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OT included. What we have here is two teams going in opposite directions and it’s not in the Rangers favor. New York has dropped four of their past five games with only win over that stretch occurring against the Sabres. Not only have the Rangers been losing, they’ve been losing to teams in a funk. When New York recently lost to the Devils, New Jersey had previously lost three in a row and six of eight. When they lost to the Predators on Tuesday, Nashville came in on a five-game losing streak and when they lost to Washington, the Caps had dropped five of seven. In the Rangers last two wins over Buffalo and Vancouver, they were outshot by both those clubs and were outshot and out-chanced by Vancouver by a wide margin. The Rangers are being outworked every night and to make matters worse, Henrik Lundqvist has looked about as ordinary as any goaltender in the league this entire season. They Rangers figure to get out-worked again tonight by the most undervalued team in the NHL right now.
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The Jackets have won three of four and five of their past eight games. Two of the losses over that span occurred against Boston and Pittsburgh and the loss in Pittsburgh was undeserving. Over their past four games, Columbus has two shutout wins, followed by the tough one-goal loss in Pittsburgh, followed by a win over the Devils and they’ve been a force for over two weeks now going on three. These are all great signs that the Jackets have woken up and figured things out. Remember, this team went on a wicked tear in the final 25 games of last season and they are much better this year with two good lines, two outstanding lines and a rock solid defense. The Jackets have once again found their identity while the New York Rangers are still searching for theirs. 
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OT included. We’re not sure that the Avalanche deserved to be favored here. Colorado got off to a torrid start and looked terrific in doing so but they have come back down to earth with a 6-7 record over their past 13 games. The Avalanche has also lost three of their past four with only win over that span occurring by a goal over Calgary. In fact, over its past eight games, Colorado has scored just 15 goals and its power-play over that span has gone 0-22. The Avalanche are coming off a 3-1 loss at home to Phoenix and their lone goal in that game was one of the flukiest of the season by any team. This team is in a funk and once again they are overvalued.
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The Jets are rarely an easy out. They play fast, they play hard and they seldom quit. Upon returning home from a six-game trip against St. Louis on Tuesday, the Jets once again played their hearts out and had that game tied with under 4 minutes remaining in the game. They ultimately lost 2-1 but they held the Blue Notes to 20 shots on net. Winnipeg has held six of its last seven opponents to two goals or less. They have cut down on shots allowed while creating more scoring chances than the opposition on most nights. Winnipeg has been really unlucky at home recently with four straight losses at the MTS Center that began with a loss to Calgary in a game they out-shot the Flames 47-35. They subsequently lost to Chicago, Minnesota and St. Louis in their next three home games but were the better team in two of those three games. Now the Jets take a step down in class and get a very winnable home game while taking back a tag.
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The San Diego Chargers were the first team to hold the Denver Broncos below 30 points this season in a 28-20 loss in Week 10, and we like the Chargers to hang within single-digits again in this rematch. Yes, San Diego is 6-7, but it actually kept its playoff hopes alive with a 37-14 rout of the Giants Sunday, leaving the Chargers one game behind the Ravens and Dolphins, who are tied for the sixth seed in the AFC. The Chargers have more balance now that Ryan Matthews is healthy, as he rushed for 102 yards vs. the Giants and is running against a Denver defense allowing 4.6 yards per carry the last four weeks after losing run-stuffer Kevin Vickerson to a dislocated hip. Also, Wes Welker is out for the Broncos with Jacob Tamme starting in his stead. The road teams are 5-0-1 ATS in the last six head-to-head meetings overall.
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The Maryland Terrapins have lost two straight since a 5-2 start, but one of those losses was at Ohio State and the other was by two points to George Washington mainly due to 18 turnovers. The Terps are ranked a very good 48th on the Pomeroy Ratings despite ranking 276th in turnover percentage, and they are rectifying that tonight by allowing freshman Roddy Peters, who leads the team in assists despite coming off the bench all year, to take over most of the ball-handling duties. This is a good spot for the switch because the Boston College Eagles are allowing 80.6 points per game while surrendering at least 78 points in seven of their nine games. The Eagles are ranked 265th in defensive efficiency and 246th in effective field goal percentage allowed, so do not expect too many stops. Maryland is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games following an ATS loss.

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Denver/ San Diego Over 56.5: Denver's offense has been scoring a ton at home this year and San Diego will not be able to just run clock and keep this offense of the field. Denver has averaged 42.3 ppg at home, while the Bolts have put up 24.6 ppg on the road and they know they will have to put up more than that here. Rivers has had a very good year and is more than capable of putting up 30+ points on this bad Denver defense that has allowed 26.5 ppg on the year and have one of the worst pass defenses in the league. The Bolts defense has been no better than Denver's, ranking 28th overall and 28th vs the pass. They do allow just 22.4 ppg, but hard to hold Denver to even close to that total on their home field. Denver games have averaged 66.1 ppg and this one could easily come close to that number.

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Nashville has been the consummate .500 team as they entertain Dallas at home tonight. They bring with them a resume that reads 14-14-3. The problem is that home ice has not treated them any better where they are a pedestrian 6-6-3 on the season. That home mark has been deteriorating of late as they have dropped four straight here by a combined 14-5 margin against them. Dallas at 9-6-1 on the road, has done a terrific job lately by winning seven of their last nine roadies. The Stars have been strong after getting foiled on the defensive end, as they are a robust 10-2 in their last 12 after allowing 5 or more goals in their previous contest. The Predators' home woes extended when facing a team with a winning road record as they are a woeful 7-19 in their last 26. Make the play on Dallas.

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Portland Trail Blazers -3

This is a very generous price for the books to allow us to back one of the best teams in the league tonight. I'll gladly take advantage and back the Portland Trail Blazers as a mere 3-point favorite over the Houston Rockets inside the Moda Center.

The Blazers are 18-4 this season and have really shown me a lot. They have gone 16-6 against the spread to make backers a ton of money as well. They are scoring 106.2 points per game thanks to deadly 3-point shooting, connecting on 41.5% from distance. They space the floor as well as anyone.

Portland is going to want revenge from one of its four losses this season. It fell by a final of 101-116 at home to Houston back on November 5 as nothing went right. The Blazers shot just 41.4% from the floor, while the Rockets shot 54.7%. I look for Portland to be the more motivated team in this one, and to prevail at home as a result.

The Blazers are 9-1 against the spread after playing their last game on the road this season. Portland is 4-1 against the number in its last five home games. The Blazers are 5-0 against the spread in their last five Thursday games. Bet Portland Thursday.

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San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos    
Play: Denver Broncos -10

Thursday night NFL game takes us to Mile High as the San Diego Chargers take on the Denver Broncos. You can enjoy this AFC West from the comfort of your couch on the NFL Network at 8:25 pm EST. Currently, we see the Broncos being favored by 10.5 points. Denver is looking to wrap up a perfect 8-0 record at home tonight. San Diego is clinging to hope that they can somehow wrap up the last wild-card spot as they sit a game behind both the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins.

The Chargers come in off a very good game against the New York Giants last week as they laid a 37-14 beating on the G-Men. Phillip Rivers is a game away from tossing for 4000 yards again, and has 26TDs and 9INTs on the year. Running Back Ryan Matthews is off a 100 yard game and is having a solid season helping out Rivers as he is averaging over 4 yards a rush. Antonio Gates is showing no signs of slowing down as he leads SD in receptions (68).Rookie Keenan Allen is having a super year closing in on 1000 yards receiving and 5 TDs.

The offense is not a problem for San Diego. They are 4th in total yards. They can move the ball. The defense is a leaky faucet. They are ranked 28th in total yards allowed and total passing yards. Rivers is capable of putting up points here absolutely. But if the defense can't make stops, you will be in for a long afternoon on the road.

I am sure a lot of people thought last week would the time to play against Manning and the Broncos. Off another win over KC, they could easily be in a 'let down' spot against the Titans with this division game on tap. That didn't work out for Titans backers. And I don't think it is going to work out here for Chargers backers.

This Denver team just continues to move the ball, and more importantly put 7 on the board instead of 3. Broncos clearly the class of the AFC. These guys just put up points like a Top 5 college team facing their non-conference schedule. They just eclipsed 50 points for the 3rd time this season. They are averaging a shade under 40ppg on the season.

Now, why the cover. My thinking is simple. Denver needs to keep pace with both the Patriots and the Chiefs. Pats already have the head to head win. Baring an epic collapse of them losing the rest of the year, they should stay ahead of KC. But New England is just a game back and they can't afford a slip up here. They want this home field through the play-offs.

I had San Diego at home last time these guys met. That was my only loss that week in the NFL. I'm not making that mistake again. Denver is the better team here. Manning has something to prove playing in the 'cold.' They will also want to wrap up a tidy undefeated home mark. The stage is set here on the NFL Network for something special to happen. How about another 7 TD night from Manning?

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Houston at Portland
Prediction: Over

Portland (18-4) enters this contest coming off their 105-94 win in Utah as a 7-point favorite and they have then played 5 straight games Over the Total after both a straight-up win and a point spread victory. Additionally, while the Rockets are 5-4 on the road, the Trailblazers have played 8 of their last 10 home games Over the Total against teams with a winning record on the road. Houston (15-7) has played 7 of their last 8 road games Over the Total. And the Rockets have played 4 straight games Over the Total against teams with a winning percentage over 60%. Lastly, these two teams have played 4 straight games against each other Over the Total. Look for these team trends to continue to night take the Over. B

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Boston Bruins at Edmonton Oilers
Pick: Boston Bruins

Boston has been red hot winning seven of their last nine games. Boston also dominates this series, head to head BOS are 10-1 in the last 11 meetings. Edmonton is 2-6 in game following its last eight wins and they beat Carolina on Tuesday.

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Chris Jordan

My free play for tonight is on the Los Angeles Clippers laying a very cheap number in Brooklyn, to the Nets. It all comes down to coach Doc Rivers. He's my No. 1 reason for this play, and it's real simple...

After years with the Boston Celtics, Rivers knows the nuances of the Nets, not to mention the players on the Nets who played for him when they were all in Boston. The line is indicative of emotions running deep with Rivers while he's on this East coast tour, but trust me, after last night's 8-point win in Boston, he and the Clippers will be just fine.

The Clippers have the better  - ahem, younger - talent, all due respect to the aging Nets. And overall, spanning 48 minutes, I have to take the team that puts the better product on the floor. That will be the Clippers.

Lay the short road chalk.

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Jeff Benton

Your Thursday freebie is the Portland Trail Blazers in triple-revenge at home against the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets have won and covered the last 3 series meetings, including an early November 116-101 romp at the Toyota Center.

Payback time for Portland, as the Blazers have found their rhythm, and come into this game having won 16 of their last 18 games since that November 5th loss in Houston, and Portland has won 9 of their 11 home games thus far this season, while covering in 4 of their last 5 on their home hardwood.

Houston has followed a 2 game losing streak with wins and covers in their last pair, but the Rockets have been less than reliable on the road where they are just better than .500 at 5-4 both straight up and against the spread.

It has been a struggle for Portland when these teams have met recently, but tonight the sizzling Blazers are up for some revenge...triple revenge at that!

Back Portland minus the points.

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Craig Davis

Your free play winner for Thursday night is the Clippers as the road favorite over the Brooklyn Nets.

Last night, an emotional Doc Rivers led his Clips to a tough 96-88 road win in Boston to make it three wins in five tries on the road. It wraps up with tonight's game in Brooklyn and then Friday night in Washington.

They've been on a bit of a roller coaster ride during this trip, but overall they still have a winning record and should continue that tonight with a win against the Nets.

Yes, I realize Deron Williams is back in the lineup after missing some time with an injury, but I still don't believe he's 100% and I know Chris Paul looks forward to this matchup.

But I think where the Clippers are going to win this game is "in the trenches", so to speak. I'm not sure how healthy the Brooklyn "bigs" are, and without having your full arsenal of size and strength in the paint, it could make for a long night.

I expect Griffin and Jordan to have their way, for the most part, down there tonight and the Clippers walk out of Brooklyn with a 97-90 win.

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My complimentary winner will be on the Boston College Eagles getting points at home against the Maryland Terrapins, as a pair of old rivals get together in Beantown. Problem is, as I see it, the wrong team might be favored.

The Eagles lost their first two games in December on the road at Purdue and USC, so I expect them to reboudn in this ACC opener against the Terrapins. Maryland also comes in after losing its last two outings, on the road at Ohio State and George Washington.

BC, which is 3-2 against the Terrapins in Chestnut Hill, come into conference play after establishing one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country. The Eagles' November opponents are a combined 42-10 so far this year, while two of them are nationally ranked: Connecticut and Massachusetts - both of which are still undefeated.

Battle-tested, I think we're going to see one of Boston College's best efforts of the season, as it would love nothing more than to open ACC-play with a win.

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Early ACC meeting in Chestnut Hill tonight when Maryland visits Boston College.

These rivals split their pair of meetings last season, with the host winning each of the two meetings, but Boston College in the underdog role covering in both.

I will back the Eagles once again as the underdog, as the home team has won each of the last 4 meetings, and against the spread we see B.C. on a solid 6-2 ATS run versus the Terrapins.

All 5 starters are back for Steve Donahue's team, and with just a 3-6 mark through their first 9 games, it is time for the Eagles to start to win some basketball games.

Both teams come into this game riding 2 game losing streaks, but the Eagles are finally back at home after their last pair on the road, while Mark Turgeon's Terps are playing their third in a row on the road.

Have to take the points and look for the home court trend to come through for a 5th straight meeting.

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My free play for tonight is on the Portland Trail Blazers, laying -3 points to the Houston Rockets.

Listen, I know we have two of the NBA's top offenses getting together in the Moda Center, but the Trail Blazers are looking for revenge tonight. The Rockets already stifled Portland once this season. I don't see it happening tonight in Portland.

The Rockets attempt more three-pointers than any team in the league and convert more than every club except the Lakers, and tonight that strategy won't work on the road, in a hostile environment that will be fired up for its home team. Besides, Houston's three-point efficiency has been pretty bad lately, plus, they've been shooting poorly mid-range as well.

I'd rather side with the Blazers' outside-in attack, which will work at home against Houston, which generally allows a lot of shots from the perimeter. The Blazers will  be aggressive in the paint tonight, you're going to see plenty of second chances and they're going to be much more successful than the first time they played Houston.

Lay the cheap number at home tonight, as Portland prevails.

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Rockets / Blazers Under 215.5

The public just love the Over in this contest and the total line jumped @215.5 points. My fair line is 208/210 points so now we have the proper edge to make a big play w/ the UNDER.

These two teams are great offensive teams but I think that defense will be a key factor for tonight due to the way the matchups will work.

After being humiliated @Utah by losing & allowing 109 points to the lowly Jazz, the Rockets have now 3 solid consecutive great defensive games w/ Def. Rtg of 101.7, 84.0 and 94.2. In this stretch, note that the great Warriors offense was held to just 83 points! Houston defensive rebounding ranking in the league is a subpar #19 w/  74.1% Defensive Rebounding% but lately they have been great in not allowing offensive boards to their opponents, L5 games = 81%! This is important because the Blazers are one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the league (ranked #4 w/ 28.9%) and with the Rockets doing a solid job on the defensive glass, the Blazers won't be able to score on second chances. POR in their L4 games grabbed 16, 17, 17 and 11 offensive boards but tonight they will have a tough task to get that many off. Reb.

It might sound strange to say, but James Harden has looked better defensively lately. GSW offensive strategy was to explore Harden's bad defense but he answered pretty well in that game, it was one of the biggest reasons why GSW struggled so badly offensively in that game. The perception is that the Rockets are a bad defensive team but I have them ranked #8 in defensive efficiency!

On the other end, the Blazers defense will have some problems to contain Dwight Howard but their primary defensive principle - defend the 3pts line (they are ranked #6 allowing just 33.8%) is built to face a team like the Rockets who are #1 in Three Pointers Attempted per Game w/ 27.6 mark. Note that after their great shooting display @SAS, the Rockets are shooting only 28% behind the line (34-120) so we have a nice defensive edge in this key area.

In the first h2h, the Rockets won on the road in a game that ended w/ 217 points. Here some factors that explains such high scoring outcome that won't happen tonight: 1) The Rockets were playing w/ Asik & Howard together on the front and with Jeremy Lin & Harden on the backcourt. The current starting lineup w/ Beverly and Jones filling Asik & Lin makes the Rockets a better defensive team when compared vs. early on the season; 2) Robin Lopez battled foul trouble (played only 18 minutes) and his primary backup was Meyers Leonard! Obviously it was a field day for Howard (10-13 FG, 9-12 FT) as it was too easy to score near the basket. I have HOU w/ 27-41 FG near the basket in that game! Lopez is playing some solid basketball and Leonard was so bad defensively that he is out of the rotation right now!

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Maryland -1.5

Each of these teams enters this ACC opener off a pair of losses. Far more was expected from BC with 5 RS from a 16 win team. But, they have started 3-6 SU, 2-6 ATS failing against the number by a net of 60 points. Failure of a 3rd offensive player to complement Hanlin and Anderson is a major issue for HC Donahue, but not nearly as big an issue as the Eagle's 80 PPG defense. The Terps remain rudderless with PG Seth Allen still out of action. But Wells, Layman, and Smotryck provide a trio of scorers for HC Turgeon and the Maryland defense is far superior to that of BC. Most notable as well is the lifetime mark of Turgeon in which his teams have gone 80-52 ATS following a defeat.

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Chargers / Broncos Over 55.5

We come back on the OVER in Denver tonight for Thursday Night football. We've got the Broncos leading the NFL in a ton of offense categories including yards per game (465), yards per play (6.3) and points per game (39.6). The Chargers aren't far behind offensively ranking 4th in the NFL overall and averaging 6.1 yards per play and 24.3 ppg. While both teams have well above average offenses the same cannot be said for their defenses. The Broncos defense has picked up it's play a bit lately, but still rank 25th in the NFl and giving up 26.5 papg. The Chargers defense ranks 28th overall and give up 22.4 points per game, but they are giving up a league worst 6.3 yards against per play - which isn't going to be pretty tonight vs Manning at home. The Broncos are averaging 42.3 points per game at home, while the Chargers average 24.6 points per game on the road. Although these teams combined for just 48 points in their meeting in San Diego I expect a lot more from Denver offensively tonight at home. The OVER is 6-2 in the Chargers last 8 vs the AFC West, 5-1-1 in their last 7 road games vs a team with a winning home record, and 41-19-4 in their last 64 road games overall. The OVER is 23-7-1 in the Broncos last 31 home games, 49-19-1 in their last 69 games overall and 5-0-1 in their last 6 home games vs a team with a losing road record. Head to head the OVER is also 6-1 in their last 7 meetings in Denver. Take the OVER tonight.

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San Diego / Denver Over 56.5

San Diego and Denver are both dead over teams but particularly on the road for the Chargers and at home for the Broncos. San Diego is 45-19 to the over in it's last 64 road games while Denver is 24-7 to the over their last 31 at home! Look for those trends to continue tonight and add in the fact that 6 of the 7 meetings between these two teams have gone over the total! It's a shootout in the Mile high city tonight. Take over the total.

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Blazers -2.5

One of the keys to this pick has to do with the HEAD COACH of visiting Houston as Kevin McHale will NOT be attendance due to an unfortunate personal matter (mother passing away).  Even with McHale in attendance tonight’s game was going to be a difficult one for the Rockets as they are facing one of the NBA’s surprise teams out of the gate.  It was way back on opening week when Houston traveled to Portland and pounded the Blazers by a 116-101 final count.  Following the contest Portland has gone on an amazing “16-2” tear which is made all the more impressive when considering they operate out of the Western Conference where the bulk of NBA talent resides this campaign.  In Houston’s victory out west back in early November one of their big men Omar Asik dominated the paint, but due to injury he will NOT be in the Rockets lineup for the rematch.  Both Asik and teammate Chandler Parsons missed yesterday’s practice along with veteran Jeremy Lin.  While Lin will return from a six-game absence the bottom line is that Houston comes into this encounter NOT 100% healthy for which I am taking full advantage.  One of the few problems Portland (18-4 overall) has had in the early stages of this season has been effective interior play, but in their most recent appearance a few nights ago then registered 44 points in the paint which shows they do not have to rely completely on the perimeter game where a host of shartshooters (Aldridge, Lillard, Batum) excel

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NHL Predictions

Boston Bruins -½ +105

I'm taking the Bruins to win in regulation here tonight, but I also find some value taking them on the moneyline at -150 if your sportsbook doesn't allow regulation time bets. Boston is 21-8-2 on the season and are winners of 3 straight games and 5 of their last 6 overall. They have been pretty solid on the road going 8-5 away from home. The Oilers are 11-18-3 on the season and just 5-9-1 at home. The Oilers have been alternating wins and losses over their last 9 games, going 5-3-1 over that span. Tonight's goaltending match up will most likely be a mismatch, with Tuuka Rask expected to start for Boston and holding a 16-7-2 record, 1.87 GAA and .935 SV% compared to Edmonton's Devan Dubnyk who is 9-12-2 with a 3.27 GAA and .892 SV%. Boston is 6-1 in their last 7 games vs a team with a losing record, 14-5 in their last 19 Thursday night games, and 25-10 in their last 35 games after allowing 2 or fewer goals in their previous game. The Oilers are just 17-37 in their last 54 home games dating back to last season, 14-30 in their last 44 overall, 15-38 in their last 53 vs a team with a winning % above .600 and 1-5 in their last 6 home games vs a team with a road winning % of .600 or higher. Although these East/West opponents don't meet often, the Bruins have dominated the match up winning 10 of their last 11 meetings and 4 straight in Edmonton. Look for Boston to be too much for the Oilers to handle tonight. I'll take them at plus money to win in regulation time.

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