It helps to listen to that while reading this blog, because that song aptly describes how I’ve been for the last five days. Cold as motherfucking ice. But you know what? I’m not going to run from it. I’m not going to hide. I’m not going to pretend it didn’t happen. What I am going to do is put my head down and get to work and try to find some god damn winners tonight. That’s how I’ve spent all morning and afternoon, and I think I’ve got em. Let’s not screw around anymore, let’s just do it.
Buffalo Sabres (-125) at New York Rangers
These teams could not be more opposite right now. The Sabres are absolutely electric to start this season and while their offense has been great, the goaltending of Carter Hutton has been unbelievable. I love it. The Rangers have been abysmal and even though they own this series in recent years, this seems the be the year it changes.
THE PICK: Buffalo ML
Atlanta Hawks at Detroit Pistons (-1.5)
The Pistons were surprise winners last night on the road against Indiana. They were led by Andre Drummond and controlled the game throughout. Now tonight, they travel back home and face the Hawks. This is a problematic matchup because the Hawks play fast. Very fast. On the second night of a back to back with travel, this could be trouble for Detroit. I think the Hawks tire the Pistons out and get the win.
THE PICK: Atlanta +1.5
SMU Mustangs (-14) at Houston Cougars
The Mustangs have been white hot as they’ve opened the year 7-0. Shane Buechele has been great in Dallas and the offense is scoring at will. Dana Holgorsen’s first year in Houston has not been great, but they have been competitive against good teams. Also, instead of a fourth quarterback, they get their backup back tonight. I think Houston can keep this tight.
THE PICK: Houston +14
Minnesota Wild at Nashville Predators (-170)
The Wild have shown they can be competitive at home, but on the road…different story. Tonight they visit Nashville, one of the best home teams in the NHL and they will do so without starting net minder Devan Dubnyk. A stagnant offense, on the road, against Pekka Rinne, without their starting goalie? I’ll take a shot at the puck line with the home team.
THE PICK: Nashville -1.5 (+145)
Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings (-17)
I’m taking the Redskins and here’s why. The line is too big. It just is, and you probably already think that. The Redskins have a decent to good defense which keeps them competitive some weeks. Also Minnesota is without Adam Theilen tonight, which will hurt them. But most importantly, we cannot forget how bad “Primetime” Kirk Cousins is. When the lights are the brightest, he is at his absolute worst. Too many points to lay with Kirk Cousins here.
THE PICK: Washington +17
Let’s cash these tickets, baby! (Finally.)