Friday features a six-game card in the NHL with the highlight matchup being the last game of the night, which is the Pittsburgh Penguins-Anaheim Ducks showdown. We’ll leave that game for entertainment purposes only as we’ve found three other NHL picks we like on the night.
Minnesota Wild vs. Carolina Hurricanes
We don’t have NHL betting odds up on this game because the Wild played last night and we’re not entirely sure whether or not Devan Dubnyk will be in net. He’s been their ace in the hole since coming over as the Wild were 18-19-5 without him but are 17-3-2 with him in the lineup – if you can believe that. In either case, why bet against the Wild, even if they are in a back-to-back? They enter Friday’s affair having won seven of the last eight. Winning in Carolina won’t be an easy feat as the Canes have won three of four, but I’m going to roll with the better team who has been virtually unstoppable over the last month. Take the Wild with your NHL picks.
NHL Pick: Wild
Calgary Flames vs. Detroit Red Wings
Odds: Red Wings -200
The Calgary Flames offense has tapered off a little bit since the All-Star break as they are just 18th in the league, averaging 2.63 goals per game since the break. However, they’ve still managed to win a lot of games because their goaltending and defense have tightened up. They are allowing just 2.31 since the break, which is the fifth-best number in the NHL. That’s why we’ve seen a clear trend of unders in their games. Although their latest outing against Boston produced seven goals on Thursday, that was the first time in five outings that the combined score of a Flames game was higher than five. Nine of the last 13 Flames games have also seen five or less. Combined with the fact that Detroit is one of the best home teams in the NHL, giving up just 2.17 per game, I’m going to look for an under in this spot.
NHL Pick: Under 5 at Bodog
Buffalo Sabres vs. Ottawa Senators
Odds: Senators -300
The Buffalo Sabres offense has been non-existent all season long but it’s been even worse since the All-Star break. Buffalo has tallied just 1.94 goals per game since the break, which is the third-worst number in the league. That slump figures to continue on Friday when they visit the Senators, who have been fantastic on defense of late. Ottawa has won six of seven while giving up just nine goals in the process. Rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond has been in net for all of those games, posted a sparkling 1.13 GAA. Even if he’s not in net and it’s Craig Anderson, he’s won nine straight against Buffalo while posting a 1.43 GAA. The Sabres have had a really tough time scoring in this series as they’ve totaled just eight goals in their last five visits to Buffalo. I’ll look for those trends to continue and for us to get another under in this spot.
NHL Pick: Under 5 at The Greek