Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton (19) during a game between the Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes on March 5, 2019, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Las Vegas Expert Picks: NHL, NCAAB, Premier League

Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three decades of experience to make weekly picks in his “Ecks & Bacon” column.

NHL Pick

LAS VEGAS — Skating on to the NHL ice tonight and gonna grab the Hurricanes over the Jets. Carolina was on a sweet 5-0 run until a visit to Boston, and a 4-3 loss. However, the ’Canes have won 11 of the last 14 overall, while Winnipeg has dropped six of its last nine. And you’ll be rooting for me as well, just to see what kind of post-game celebration the Hurricanes whip up. Praying that it’s either the limbo or bowling!!!


For your wagering pleasure, here are your spread stats of the day. Looking at the Atlantic 10 where Virginia Commonwealth is hosting St. Joseph’s. VCU will roll into the A-10 Tournament as the No. 1 seed, no matter what happens this evening. So what about the Joes as a double-digit dog? Hmmmmm. Digest these numbers before calling your man. The Rams have covered nine of their last 11 overall, and six of the last seven at home.

The Hawks have covered only four of the last 11, and three of the last nine on the road with one push. VCU’s overall spread log sits at 19-10-1, 9-6-1 at home and 14-7-1 as a favorite. St. Joe’s overall spread mark is 11-17-2, 4-7-1 on the road and 4-8-1 as an underdog.

On the Saturday college hoop board, it’s gonna be a GLORIOUS day, with all the rivalries on tap, and, we expect, a profitable one. First up, we’re gonna roll with Auburn over Tennessee. The Tigers have been on a sweet run, winning five of their last six, and have been exceptional at home, posting a 14-2 record.

But the BIG story is Auburn’s head coach, Bruce Pearl. Mr. P coached at Tennessee from 2005 to 2011 before getting the pink slip for a handful of NCAA violations. And nothing is more satisfying for Pearl than to whip the Volunteers. Last season, Auburn went up to Knoxville and beat the Vols 94-84, so he knows the way to the Sportsbook’s circle. Also like Kansas over Baylor, Colorado over USC and UNDER in the Duke/North Carolina game.

EPL Pick

You gotta jump over to my man Double A’s soccer column (that’s Andrew Avery, @chalk_ninja, for the rest of the world) and think about Sportsbook your wallet. He’s on a magical 8-2-2 run, and I like his Premier League pick of Crystal Palace over Brighton.

And plz, PLZ hit me on Twitter over the weekend, @vegasvigorish, just in case anything pops on the college hoop board.

Benjamin Eckstein is a nationally syndicated sportswriter/oddsmaker. His column, America’s Line, with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and over 100 other papers since 1988. You can follow him online at He is beloved by most, when he picks Sportsbooks, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional loser. If you wanna piece of Eck, hit his