Daily Free NHL Picks: Sharp Favorites For Tonight's Betting Action

Doug Upstone

Monday, January 25, 2016 4:05 PM GMT

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 4:05 PM GMT

Just three days of hockey left before the All-Star break and the sportsbooks have released NHL odds on six contests to start this short week of action. Who will be in our NHL picks?

The New York Rangers look like the right play over hapless Buffalo, but they are playing third game in four days, having lost 3-0 yesterday afternoon at Ottawa. Minnesota has beaten Arizona in eight of their past 10 meetings, but as we have seen all season and for years, the Wild are off four-game road trip with just one day off and those are often bad spots. I will choose one of those contests for NHL picks today, along with two others, with the top play first, seeking 11th winning day in two week period.

 

Boston's Good, Unless They Blow Lead Again
Betting the money line on Boston (25-22 SU) has been a tricky procedure anyways and when you toss in all the blown leads in the third period, having to buy Pepto Bismol by the gallon instead of by the bottle is no way to be betting a certain team against the NHL odds.

Case in point was blowing 2-0 lead over Columbus Saturday before winning in shootout. Despite the negative vibe, the Bruins have still won four of five and are back to being a Top 3 offense (2.96 goals a game) with 15 goals in this period. The Philadelphia (20-25 SU) offense is not nearly as good, ranked 28th (2.24 GAG). Both teams have allowed the same amount of scoring on average at 2.60 GAG, but Boston has a couple edges. For example, the Bruins have killed all 25 of opponents' power-play chances over their last nine games and have surrendered more than two goals twice during this time.

Boston is a -115 money line road favorite, 14-8 away from home and has won 26 of 41 at Philly. As long as they don't cave in late, every reason to think they should be good.

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Free NHL Pick: Boston wins
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

 

Rangers Come Through With Winning Effort
Just when it looks like the New York Rangers (26-22 SU) are going to start to play like they did early in the season, they perform like they did yesterday in being shutout by Ottawa. Coach Alain Vigneault made it know publicly he was displeased with his team's lack of effort after winning three of four. "Every time we think we're building a little bit of momentum, we come up with one of these," Vigneault said. "..... we had so many guys that were off their games, it was unbelievable. We're on the outside the whole night and just didn't have a good game at all.

If there was a team New York should bounce back against it is Buffalo (19-29 SU). They have defeated the Sabres seven straight times, often by lopsided scores, holding a 26-8 advantage. After putting together four victories in six games, Buffalo has lost past two and has three total goals in last three outings. Backing a team like the Blueshirts at -200 in a bit discomforting, but recent meetings and New York 17-7 SU at Madison Square Garden, this is a solid play.

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Free NHL Pick: New York wins
Best Line Offered: at The Greek

 

Dallas Finally Shakes Lethargy
You hate to call a game near the end of January -critical- yet it is for Dallas (30-19 SU). The Stars have been in the wrong side of the scoreboard eight of 10 times this month. This is their final game before the break and when they return, Dallas will be on the road for eight of their next 10, where they have lost eight in a row.

The Stars need their stars to start playing that way again, as Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin have not been showing up nearly as often on the scoresheet. Their inability to generate offense and being a on a power play that is 4 for 33, is really taking its toll on Dallas and their teammates understand what this contest with Calgary (21-25 SU) means. "It's going to be huge for us. It's a home game, too, we need all those points now," defenseman John Klingberg told the team's official website.

The Stars are a -200 favorite versus Flames bunch that is lost five of seven and they are a perfect 11-0 on home ice after a setback.

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Free NHL Pick: Dallas wins
Best Line Offered: at Ladbrokes

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