Daily NHL Picks: 3 Valuable Plays To Profit On Today

Doug Upstone

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 4:02 PM GMT

Remember being a kid and dinner that your mom served was not what you had in mind but there was no other options? That's how today's NHL odds boards look like in hockey.

Need to make three NHL picks for Wednesday and we have just three games and while puck line and totals create more options, because I seldom play them, not going to try and play hero and impress you like I'm suddenly some expert on a topic I don't know that much about. Instead, I will stick with what I know and take my plate of NHL odds that look like liver and onions with two vegetables and make the most of it.

After just missing another 3-0 day thanks to OT loss by Ottawa, take a look and see if I can better winning 10 of last 13 days.

 

Anaheim Stock Continues to Rise
Anaheim (34-27 SU) faces Montreal (30-33 SU) and the Ducks stock is rising like nearby Disneyland prices with 17-2-1 move and they have earned points in 10 consecutive contests. On an eight-game winning streak, Anaheim has moved to within two points of Los Angeles for the lead in the Pacific Division. The Ducks have been excellent all season defensively and are fourth in goals allowed at 2.31 presently. What changed their season was the offense. After averaging a league-worst 1.85 goals game in first 31 contests, Anaheim has blossomed to 3.75 GAG in their last 20, making them a real Stanley Cup contender and they are -215 home favorites tonight.

Montreal is in definite trouble of missing the playoffs and opened four-game with another clunker, losing at San Jose 6-2 on Monday. That was the third time in only eight encounters the Canadiens have given up six goals, which tells you how their defense is performing. With Montreal 5-16 out of conference and Anaheim 11-2 with two days' rest, betting the home team makes sense.

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Free NHL Pick: Anaheim -200
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

Washington Topples Toronto
In a confrontation of the best versus the worst, it is very easy to take Washington (46-16 SU) over Toronto (21-40 SU). Some of you hockey bettors are thinking it is crazy to take the Capitals at this high of money line odds (opened at -300) and why not back them on the puck line. I cannot disagree, but here is why I won't.

Washington has won five in a row over the Maple Leafs at Verizon Center, three times by two or more goals. The separation in talent has never been greater between these teams in recent years and the reduced risk in betting odds is noteworthy. However, the Caps have flatten out a little bit of late and though they have won six of eight, every one of those games had a one goal outcome. Washington is off a couple of meaningful confrontations with Chicago and Pittsburgh and has the New York Rangers and a potent road trip directly ahead, thus, not sure about focus in this one. Lastly, when Washington is playing without rest, five of the seven games has resulted in one goal differentials. I will prefer to lay the heavy odds on the Capitals who are 11-1 versus team who win less than 40 percent of games played.

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Free NHL Pick: Washington -285
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

Detroit Squeezes by Chicago
Chicago (39-25 SU) and Detroit (32-31 SU) do not see as much of each other anymore, with the Red Wings moved to the Eastern Conference two years ago, but they will the next five days with a pair of matchups. The first is tonight in the Motor City where Detroit has a three-game winning streak and picked up points in four consecutive contests and sits in fourth place in the Atlantic Division just five points behind front-running Florida. The Red Wings used to be the benchmark team in the NHL and they have been replaced by Chicago and they understand what a one if not two victories over the Blackhawks mean.

"They're a team that's a measuring stick throughout the league with the success they've had in the past several years," goalie Jimmy Howard said.

Chicago is now in a three-way tie for first place in the Central with 83 points, but has the advantage having played fewer games than Dallas or St. Louis. The Hawks are used to being hunted, with three Cups in the past six years and they have improved lately on the road with 4-1 mark. Nevertheless, I will back the short home underdog who has won four of five at 'The Joe' over Chicago.

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Free NHL Pick: Detroit +105
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker