With only three games scheduled for tonight, lets see if we can run the table with our NHL picks today. See who we have added to our hockey betting slips tonight.
Lets check out some of tonight's biggest games and cover the NHL picks I find to have the best chance of in cashing for us as the sportsbooks.
Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens
NHL Odds: Over/Under 5
Although the signs point to the Montreal Canadiens
getting the win in this spot, we view this more as a coin flip overall.
Sure, the Habs have won four straight and have some
momentum but they’ve been a big flop throughout most of the season and we’ll
need to see more from them before we again invest our sports betting trust. At -120 or even
-130, we’d consider it. At this price, it’s a little too rich.
The Hurricanes are a little bit misleading in this spot.
They’ve lost two straight and three of five, and the worst team in the Eastern
Conference. Another way to look at it would be to consider that they’ve
collected 10 points in 12 games, and for a team that’s been so brutal, they’ll
have some confidence going into this matchup.
It’s a bit of a reunion of sorts here as former assistant
and now Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller returns to Montreal as does former
blueliner Jaroslav Spacek. Meanwhile, Tomas Kaberle will face the Hurricanes
for the first time since they traded him away to Montreal.
Jordan Sharp has posted his pick in favor of the Canadiens in the spot. Overall, we’d rather a shot with the under as Carey Price
has given up just four goals in his last four starts. He’s also 3-1-0 with a
1.48 GAA in his last four home games against Carolina. Cam Ward has struggled
in Montreal but has allowed more than three goals just once in his last 14
games. Hopefully with a decent effort from him, this game will stay under.
NHL Picks: Under
NHL Odds: Canucks -175
The Phoenix Coyotes have quietly turned into one of the
hottest teams in the NHL. A quick glance at the standings shows that their
five-game winning streak is the longest in the league right now.
What’s keyed their impressive stretch has been the
goaltending of Mike Smith. He’s allowed just six goals in his last five starts
and most teams are going to be winning when their goaltender is that stingy.
Phoenix won’t be intimated by a trip to Vancouver as
they’ve won their last two visits there. Also, the Canucks have played much
better against winning teams this season (16-7) than losing teams (18-14). In
those 32 contests against teams below .500, the Canucks have cost bettors 6.6
It’s going to be the Canucks first game home after a
four-game road trip, so they could be a bit flat. On top of that, the Coyotes
have been a much better road team than home team. Given the price tag, they are
worth a flier.
NHL Picks: Coyotes
San Jose Sharks
vs. Washington Capitals
NHL Odds: Sharks -105
While it won’t be a big play, the Sharks are worth a
small investment at the sportsbooks on Monday – especially if Tomas Vokoun is still out with an
The Sharks dominate this series as they’ve won 15 of the
last 16 meetings and eight of their last 11 in Washington.
Sharks netminder Antti Niemi is 3-0-1 with a 1.98 GAA
against Washington for his career. Vokoun is 10-1-1 with a 2.29 GAA against San
Jose, so we’d rather avoid him and face Michal Neuvirth, who is 0-3-0 in his
career against the Sharks with a 3.37 GAA.
If Vokoun plays, look to the under. Otherwise, take the
NHL Picks: Sharks