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TODAY'S NHL PREDICTIONS

NHL Picks
Updated as of: Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hockey Handicapper Ron RaymondCanadian 4-Time Champion Sports Handicapper Ron Raymond provides his daily NHL Hockey predictions and insightful statistical analysis on each NHL game. In fact, the following NHL picks and predictions are based on Ron Raymond's general knowledge of the game and he'll include information from his statistical ATS database, ATS calculator, ATS ratings and other tools at his disposal to bring readers the best sports betting information on each game. Furthermore, for our Canadian sports bettors who play Pro Line and Sports Select, get experience advice from a Professional handicapper like Ron Raymond and use his NHL Picks and analysis on making your proline selections. Also, Pro line allows bettors to wager on 3 to 6 teams and it's your wager multiplied by the odds. Plus, you can bet sides or totals with Pro Line. However, 12-year veteran sports handicapper and one of the original pioneers of the online sports handicapping industry, Ron Raymond recommends to his clients to bet with a Sportsbook offshore like Bookmaker.com; as the Pro Line system restricts you to one form of wagering and you don't enjoy the full bonus benefits offered by the offshore Sportsbooks.


Here are today's NHL Picks for 10/18/2008 10:30:51 AM

Ron's Straight Up Record: 32 wins 26 losses for (55%)
*Note: Ron is 15-10 SU since Tuesday and his Private Players pick on Friday was the OVER in the Canes vs. Kings game.
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Colorado vs. Dallas

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(5.5)           (-140)

Ron's Comment: Andrew Raycroft is coming off a nice home win over Philadelphia and he's 2-0 lifetime vs. the Stars with 1 shutout. Tough spot for the Stars, afternoon game and they are playing their 3rd game in 4 nights and have the Rangers on deck.

Prediction: Colorado 3 Dallas 2

Buffalo vs. Atlanta

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(-150)           (5.5)

Ron's Comment: Buffalo has been a monster team since the beginning of the year, beating the big boys like the Canadiens, Rangers and Canucks. So how do you throw off a well oiled machine like the Sabres on a 4 game winning streak? You start Patrick Lalime and play the Atlanta Thrashers! This is called stepping down in class and the Sabres are 3-7 SU in their last 10 visits in the ATL. Today's UPSET SPECIAL is Atlanta.

Prediction: Atlanta 6 Buffalo 4

Toronto vs. Pittsburgh

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(5.5)           (-210)

Ron's Comment: The Leafs played a tough 3rd period last night in New York against the Rangers and lost 1-0 in a shootout. You have to wonder how much gas will be left in the tank in today's 3rd period vs. the Penguins? Plus, Sidney Crosby needs a jump start to the season, so here's the Leafs kid! Had Toronto not played last night, I would be all over them today, considering they are 7-3 SU in their last 10 in Pittsburgh, but that game last night wore them down big time.

Prediction: Pittsburgh 3 Toronto 2

Boston vs. Ottawa

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Ron's Comment: Alex Auld is 3-0 vs. his old team the Bruins, but I'm not jumping on the Ottawa band wagon just yet. This Boston team is underrated, well coached and have the defense to stymie the big line. Hard work wins this game and my money is on Beantown and I'm from Ottawa!

Prediction: Boston 3 Ottawa 2

NY Islanders vs. Florida

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(5.5)           (-160)

Ron's Comment: Eventually Thomas Vokoun will step up and win a game for the Panthers and it's tough to win back to back in the State of Florida. Let's go with the better and experience goaltender in Vokoun. Keep in mind, I'm relying on my source at goaliepost.com which informs us that Vokoun is the probably goaltender tonight.

Prediction: Florida 4 NYI 2

New Jersey vs. Washington

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(5.0)           (-125)

Ron's Comment: The Capitals are in a nice letdown spot after their great comeback in Pittsburgh the other night, but the jury is still out on their defensive play. Brodeur is 32-12-4 SU vs. Washington with 6 shutouts. Rolston is a question mark for the Devils, but Ovechkin and Backstrom are still stuck in neutral.

Prediction: New Jersey 3 Washington 2

Phoenix vs. Montreal

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(5.5)           (-125)

Ron's Comment: This is like the Kansas City Royals rolling into Yankee Stadium in their hay days when they were winning World Series. Once the Coyotes realize they are in a hockey game and stop admiring the environment at the Bell Centre, it will be 4-0! Have you've been the Bell Centre of late? This my friends is the Man U of Hockey!

Prediction: Montreal 6 Phoenix 3

New York Rangers vs. Detroit

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Ron's Comment: The Rangers played in a tough 1-0 win last night and might be out of gas later in this showdown with the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Zetterberg is a question mark tonight with a sore groin, but Lundqvist has not done well vs. Detroit in 2 starts going 0-2 and the Rangers are 1-6 since '97 in Hockeytown.

Prediction: Detroit 3 NY Rangers 1

Minnesota vs. Tampa Bay

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(5.5)           (-130)

Ron's Comment: Barry Melrose has been outcoached in every game this season, so what do you think a wisely old veteran like Jacques "COCO” Lemaire is going to do against the Lightning? The Wild have half their line up out tonight and I'm still predicting they beat them.

Prediction: Minnesota 2 Tampa 1

Columbus vs. Nashville

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(5.0)           (-155)

Ron's Comment: Law of Average play here on Nashville. The Blue Jackets took it to the Predators last night and now it's Nashville's turn to counter at home. Plus, Nashville is a tough venue on Saturday nights, as the Preds is 30-10 SU the last 2 years at the Gaylord Entertainment Center. The Blue Jackets are 1-9 SU in their last 10 visits in Nashville.

Prediction: Nashville 5 Columbus 1

Chicago vs. St.Louis

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(5.5)           (-135)

Ron's Comment: As much as I would like to use the coaching change and the new energy going on in Chicago, these Blues are on a Rocky Mountain high right now and Paul Kariya is rolling baby! Don't see the Blues winning by 5 tonight, but let's look for a 1 goal game, as the Blackhawks are still showcasing Khabibulin and he's not a fool, he knows if he plays well he could end up in a place like Ottawa.

Prediction: St.Louis 3 Chicago 2

Calgary vs. Edmonton

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(5.5)           (-140)

Ron's Comment: It struck me like a bolt a lightning why the Flames aren't finding success. They have tons of grit, they work hard, goaltending will come around once Keenan gets off Kipper's back, but here's what's missing in Calgary. Don Cherry will not want to here this, but Calgary lacks skilled European players! Period. Calgary has hardly no European talent on its roster and this is exactly what they need right now. You can't score all your goals on rebounds or in low. You need that sniper to take some of the pressure off Iginla and the other forwards. Stop playing this stupid redneck hockey and get some Europeans on this team to find some balance.

Prediction: Edmonton 3 Calgary 2

Philadelphia vs. San Jose

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(5.5)           (-200)

Ron's Comment: If San Jose would have won last night, this would have been a nice underdog spot, but they got shutout in Anaheim and must now use this game as a "let's get back on track” type game. Nabokov is 3-0-2 SU vs. Philly and the Flyers on riding a 4 game losing streak and team confidence is at a all time low.

Prediction: San Jose 4 Philadelphia 2
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