Nick's *10* 1ST RND "TOY" ~ INSANE 100% PLAYOFFS!: TOTAL OF THE YEAR ALERT To say Parsons is "WHITE HOT" right now (in ALL sports!) would be a LUDICROUS UNDERSTATEMENT! "The BookieKiller" is a PERFECT 4-0/100% in the NHL playoffs; he's a MONSTROUS 8-1/88% w/ NHL in April! He's hitting NHL dogs LEFT AND RIGHT, and is on an INSANE 9-1/90% ALL SPORT "dog" run!
Game: St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks Apr 16 2012 10:05PM
Grade: Loser (-110)
Reason: Aside from the first match-up of the season, in which St. Louis was a +135 home dog (4-2 Blues victory), the under has gone 5-1-1. St. Louis has also won all but one of the last 5 games vs the Sharks, and that was the game one 3-2 OT comeback victory. The two cogs in this St. Louis/Under run have been goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliot who have split time for head coach Ken Hitchcock every since he took over the team in November. After Brian Elliot took over Halak because of injury in game 2, the two combined for the shut-out win, which happened to be the second time in NHL history. The duo also set a modern day NHL record for combined shutouts with 15, and won the Jennings Trophy for lowest GAA for a goaltending tandem. Ironically, two of those regular season combined shutouts were against the Sharks with each goalie getting credit for one. Elliot led all goalies in GAA (1.56) and save % (.940), while the Blues were the only team in the league with a GAA under two at 1.89. Both teams struggled to light the lanp this season finishing 13th for the Sharks and 21st in scoring for the Blues. The Sharks #1 line has not been a factor as Thornton, Marleau and Pavelski have yet to score a point. Antti Niemi has been hot and cold all season, but still managed 34 wins, a 2.42 GAA and 6 shutouts of his own. Ken Hitchcock took over this team and turned it into a model for consistency. Hitch is re-creating history from his 1999 run to the Championship with Dallas, with a 'Grumpy old men' line on this year's squad. 36 & 37 year old Jason Arnott, Jamie Langenbrunner and agitator Scotty Nichol have been a solid shutdown line all season. The new injection of youngsters such as T.J. Oshie and captain David Backes has done a great job of balancing the lineup out. What we have come to expect from St. Louis all season is outstanding defense, solid goaltending, and maybe a few goals. This recipe brought the blues from a 6-7 record in November, to three points away from a Presidents' Trophy. We are going to back the Under as both teams continue to struggle to light the lamp, while their goaltenders stand on their head. Expect more of the same. Cash in on the UNDER!