NHL Picks of the Day: Wagering on Wednesday's Value Matchups

Doug Upstone

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 5:02 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 5:02 PM UTC

With only four games and three west of the Mississippi River, you will have ample time to survey the NHL odds from the sportsbooks for your NHL pick on the ice for a Hump Day.

After a series of not so hot days, broke out with a 3-0 day yesterday, but it was not easy, having to go to shootout to find winner with Washington and saw Dallas blow a 4-0 at home to get tied 5-5, before Carolina goaltender gave up soft goal with under 20 seconds remaining in the contest. With all the OT losses I have suffered for NHL picks here, this hockey handicapper is not apologizing for those wins.

Quick observation, Dallas is the most fun team to watch, but is not the best team despite having the most points. Currently, the two best squads are Washington and Los Angeles top to bottom.


Montreal Always Beats Boston
The years Boston (14-12 SU) has made the Stanley Cup, were the seasons they avoided Montreal (19-9 SU) in the postseason or happened to beat them. Bruins fans will back me up on this, if Boston played Montreal and had a man advantage for the entire game, they would still lose to Canadiens, because something always goes wrong.

The last point is exaggerated, sort of, but Montreal has defeated Boston seven straight times in the regular season in a variety of ways and having lost three of four including the last two, nothing could make the Canadiens feel more confident about a win.

Montreal has tallied only eight goals in four contests and will face Tuukka Rask, who despite playing better lately, has a 2.89 goals against average versus Montreal in past 11 contests and is 1-10 SU. Oddsmakers like those at Youwager do not think this is a slam dunk and their opening NHL Odds on the Habs were normal -129.

Free NHL Pick: Montreal Canadiens -129 at Heritage

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San Jose Edges Edmonton
With mounting injuries, a depleted Edmonton (11-17 SU) is fighting through the injuries. The Oilers have won three in row and four of five. Left wing Taylor Hall has done a lot of the damage with 11 goals and 17 assists on the year and has three of each over his last four games.

San Jose (14-13 SU) comes to Edmonton absolutely frigid, having lost four consecutive times. Nothing is working for the Sharks in being outscored 14-6, but a number of their players have a good history against the Oilers.

Joe Pavelski has 33 points in 36 games against Edmonton and Patrick Marleau has 32 points in 35 contests at the Rexall Place. In spite of the current form for both teams, oddsmakers are looking at the talent and made San Jose a -125 money line favorite. Seeing the Sharks have won seven of 10 over the Oilers, we will back that up with our NHL Pick.

Free NHL Pick: San Jose Sharks -125 at Pinnacle

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Colorado Marches Past Penguins
Colorado (12-16 SU) dug themselves a hole to start the season and is only recently begun to slowing dig their way out in winning five of eight. Like their baseball counterparts, Colorado is scoring at home, ranked second in the NHL at 3.18 GAG. However, when the Avalanche are sound defensively, this is when they are hard to beat and in those recent victories, they have only surrendered seven scores.

The lack of offense from Pittsburgh (14-12) has cause them to drop five of seven, having the red light coming on just eight times in those defeats. This is final game of western swing for the Penguins and they are -125 favorites. But with Colorado 18-11 after playing a contest where four or fewer total goals were scored the last two seasons, I think they have enough positive momentum to find a win against the Pens tonight.

Free NHL Pick: Colorado Avalanche +110 at 5Dimes

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