Daily NHL Picks: 3 Ice Melting Plays for Friday's Action

Doug Upstone

Friday, December 4, 2015 3:46 PM GMT

If you have not hung your Christmas lights yet, this is the weekend to do it. But before you do, take some time to look over the NHL odds for our top selections.

With seven contests to choose from for sports picks, I'm certain you will have no problem finding a few from the array of NHL odds. This hockey handicapper was able to find a trio of plays, thus, if you don't have the time, use mine since after posting another winning day on Thursday, it would be my pleasure to help you out.

 

Rare Totals Play in Brooklyn
Not a big totals player for NHL picks, but when I find one, it's usually rather accurate. Here at sportsbookreview.com I have nailed all three previous choices this season and seek another. St. Louis (15-10 SU) has alternated losses and wins in their past nine games. The Blues offense has played a part in both cases, but it has been the defense which has been the bigger culprit in the defeats. In St. Louis past six setbacks, they have surrendered 23 goals and that will not fly against the New York Islanders (14-12 SU).

The Isles are tied for seventh in the league in scoring at 2.81 goals a game and they even a little better at the their new home, the Barclay Center, up to 3.1. The Blues have a good road record at 8-4-1, but they play a looser brand of hockey away from the Show Me State, scoring more (3.0 vs. 2.3) and allowing more scores (2.7 vs. 2.1).

Heritage has the total at 5 on this contest, but given how both have been playing and the fact that 11 of the past 13 have been OVER when New York has been the home team, I will support the higher score.

NHL Pick: Play Over 5 (-135) at Heritage

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Edmonton Lacks What it Takes to Defeat Dallas
Dallas is 20-6 SU this season and each loss has come with a complete defensive breakdown, conceding an average of 5.5 goals. Thus, when the Stars are having an off night, they really have an off night. Nevertheless, beating Dallas is not easy, as they are the top scoring team in the league at 3.50 GAG, which places a great deal of pressure on opposing teams to not only have to concentrate on defense, but generate offense to keep up with the pace.

Edmonton (9-17 SU) ranks 20th in scoring at 2.4 GAG and teams with more scoring issues then the Oilers have beaten Dallas. If you go by the numbers, Edmonton need a terrific defensive effort, which would appear to be a challenge against Dallas or an offensive outburst. Not sure where they would come from since the Oilers have only gone past three goals twice in last 13 outings and not once in past six. With the Stars only -115 road favorites and 10-0 in away games off a road win by two goals or more, they are my play.

NHL Pick: Stars -135 at 5Dimes

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San Jose Keeps up Road Antics
It happens every year, some team ends up playing far better on the road than on home ice. To date, this has been San Jose (14-10 SU), who is only 4-7 at home but has the second-best visitors record in the NHL at 10-3. The Sharks have a seven-game road win streak, which is their longest since a nine-game run six years ago.

San Jose was released as -115 road favorite against scuffling Anaheim (9-17 SU), who have cannot find the right offensive combinations and are 29th in scoring at 1.96 GAG. The Ducks have lost three out of four, the last a 2-1 home loss to Tampa Bay and they are 2-8 after a game where four or fewer total goals were scored this season. Expect the Sharks to have plenty of bite on the road.

NHL Pick: Sharks +102 at Pinnacle

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