XFL and NHL Bets! Feb 15th Degeneracy

Max’s notes:

NHL

Islanders at Golden Knights

The Islanders are a pretty good road team at 15-10-2 but are coming off a loss on Thursday at Nashville. The Golden Knights still haven’t gotten to a spot where they look like a consistent team. Both teams have a -1 goal differential over their last 5. The money is on Vegas and public is on the Islanders. The line has gotten better for the Golden Knights and worse for the Islanders so it’s a bit trappish. That didn’t matter much yesterday but maybe it will today. I’ll bet the Islanders.

Blackhawks at Flames

Chicago has lost 5 in a row and head to Calgary to play a Flames team that has started to play a bit better as of late but that’s been on the road. They went 3-1 on their road trip and return home where they are only 13-10-4. Calgary are 1-4 in their last 5 home games but this is a chance to bounce back. I’ll bet the Flames here.

Capitals at Coyotes 

Washington got that big road win over the Avalanche on Thursday and now head to Arizona where they Coyotes continue to struggle. They lost to Ottawa on Thursday and return home where they are only 13-11-4. The Capitals are amazing on the road at 21-6-1. I’ll bet Washington here.

XFL

New York Guardians at DC Defenders

The Guardians are coming off a 23-3 win over Tampa and DC also had a win in week 1. The Guardians got a big win but it seemed more ineptitude by the Vipers than a dominant performance by them. DC looked like the XFL’s version of the 49ers: consistent on both sides of the field. Home teams went 3-1 in week 1 ATS and I’m seeing more of the same this week.

Pick: Defenders

O/U: Under

Tampa Bay Vipers at Seattle Dragons

Both teams coming off week 1 losses. The Vipers looked overmatched but really weren’t. Quinton Flowers will start at QB over Aaron Murray and that could be an improvement. The Dragons play in the same stadium as the Seahawks and apparently they have sold almost 30,000 tickets already. That place could be crazy. Seattle is a home dog and that looks tempting but Tampa was supposed to be 1 or 2 in power rankings and I think they bounce back.

Pick: Vipers

O/U: Over

Dallas Renegades at Los Angeles Wildcats

Dallas only mustered 9 points in week 1 and Los Angeles didn’t do much better. Lots of question marks here. Josh Johnson missed week 1 for LA and is still not 100%. Dallas fired their defensive coordinator and cut their defensive captain after losing their first game. So need to see if that does any better.  I think LA’s offense has a better chance of bouncing back this week.

Pick: Wildcats

O/U: Under

St. Louis Battlehawks at Houston Renegades 

The Battlehawks held Dallas to 9 so let’s see if they can hold Jude Law’s run and shoot to the same. Houston put up the most points in the league in week 1. St. Louis is on the road again and they were the lone road team with a win in week 1. They put up 191 rushing yards and their QB Jordan Ta’amu looked good. This is a guy who finished second behind Tua in passing yards in the SEC back in 2018. So there is talent there. 

Pick: Battlehawks 

O/U: Over