Free NHL Picks for October 13, 2017 by Professor MJ



University Professor. PhD in stats. Proud dad of 2 boys.


Hello hockey fans, only one value bet in the NHL on Friday the 13th (hopefully it won't be an unlucky day for us!).

PICK: Washington Capitals -138 (decimal 1.725) against the New Jersey Devils

The Devils are having a great start to the 2017-2018 season. After going 5-1-1 in preseason games, they are now 3-0 in the regular season. None of their first three games have even been close, outscoring their opponents 16 to 6! Their leading scorer is Jesper Bratt, a former sixth-round pick in the 2016 draft from Sweden. What a surprising start to his professional career! Goalie Cory Schneider is having a nice start after a down year in 2016-2017. Their defense is suspect and I don’t believe Schneider will keep playing at such a high level.

Meanwhile, after winning their first two contests (in which Ovechkin scored 7 goals!!!), the Caps have dropped their last two, both by a one-goal margin. They definitely won’t take this game lightly, especially in light of the Devils’ stellar play thus far.

Washington has been enjoying incredible success against the Devils: they are 10-0-1 over the past 11 matchups, including a perfect 6-0 in New Jersey! I don’t like the fact that the Caps have been outshot in each of their games so far, though. But I still like them because they have more depth on offense, and are much superior defensively.


Thanks for reading and have a very nice weekend!

Professor MJ

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