Thursday night's slate gives us twelve games to choose from, so I have picked four matchups that I feel hold the best value for NHL bettors. Check out my NHL picks for these games, as we try to maxamize out our NHL betting payouts.

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.

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Washington Capitals

Washington CapitalsNHL Odds: Over/Under 5.5 

We won’t delve too much into this sports pick as the long version can be read in the full preview. The bottom line in this game is that with Mathieu Garon out for the Lightning, goaltending is once again a problem and Dwayne Roloson is simply not the answer. 

If he’s in net, this is a solid over play. 

Roloson hasn’t allowed less than three goals in a start since November 17th and he’s been just terrible recently. He’s 2-8-1 in his last 16 appearances with a 4.38 GAA. If Washington puts 30 shots on net, they might hit the over themselves. 

Tampa Bay scores their share of goals too, so look for both sides to contribute to this over NHL betting play.

Read my full game preview here.

NHL Picks: Over

San Jose Sharks @ Dallas Stars

NHL Odds: Stars -110 

The price seems about right for the Dallas Starts on Thursday as they take on the slumping San Jose Sharks. 

The Stars have won seven of their last eight games and their only loss came in a shootout to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are playing at another level these days. Meanwhile, the Sharks simply can’t stop their slide as they have now dropped nine of their last 11 games 

While the Stars are coming off an encouraging 5-2 road win over the league-leading Vancouver Canucks, the Sharks are fresh off an embarrassing 3-2 home loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. 

The Sharks have scored just four goals in their last four games and notched two or fewer in eight of their last 10. Dallas is actually the better team according to recent performances and the standings, so take them at home in this spot. 

NHL Picks: Stars

Montreal Canadiens @ Edmonton Oilers

NHL Odds: Oilers -130 

We’re going to continue betting against the Montreal Canadiens as their season is in severe decline. They’ve lost seven of their last eight games and their effort in those contests has come into question. Not much is likely to change in Edmonton, where the Habs have struggled mightily over the years. 

Montreal has lost eight of their last nine visits to Rexall Place and have allowed 19 goals in the last four meetings. That’s not a good sign as the Habs have been the better team over the last four matchups but this time, the Oilers and Habs are fairly even in the standings. 

The Oilers are getting decent goaltending from Devan Dubnyk, who is 4-2-0 with a 2.18 GAA in his last six starts. When that’s the case, the Oilers can be competitive. As for the Habs, they don’t have much fight left in them. Take the Oilers here. 

NHL Picks: Oilers

Los Angeles Kings @ Columbus Blue Jackets

NHL Odds: Kings -140 

We’ll ride with the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday as they appear to have some momentum on their side. 

The Kings have won three straight and they’re scoring goals aplenty, which is a good sign. They’ve scored at least four goals in each of their last three games, so one would think that doing the same against Columbus is attainable.

The Blue Jackets have been using Steve Mason in net fairly consistently and hopefully he’s between the pipes on Thursday. He’s lost four of five against the Kings while posting a 4.96 GAA.

This is also Jeff Carter’s return to Columbus, where he really struggled this year. Don’t be surprised if he’s fired up to stick it to his former team and help his new one get the one. Bet the Kings. 

NHL Picks: Kings