Daily NHL Picks: Beat The Bookie With Tonight's Betting Triplet

Doug Upstone

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 3:05 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 3:05 PM UTC

There are four games with NHL odds one can choose from when looking at the NHL schedule today and let's just say not one of these are being deemed as fun and easy choices by this handicapper.

To put it another way, if these contests were pictures of girls in swimming suits, not only would they not be in the Sports Illustrated swim suit issue, Popular Mechanics would pass on them also. If you were here yesterday, I said finding three strong plays for NHL picks was simple and I ended up 3-0. Today I have my lucky quarter which I pulled out and had serious conversations about heads or tails to come up with three winners. (Kidding, sort of)

As I said this week, this choices against the NHL odds are in order of preference from now on.


Look for Light Scoring Near Disneyland
Remember not to long along when Disney owned the Anaheim hockey franchise and the nickname was after the movie they sent to market, the "Mighty Ducks"? From their inception in 1993 until they were sold in 2005, that is what they were known as, before it was shorted to - Ducks. These days, there is nothing mighty about them and if Mickey Mouse still was the owner, he would have kicked Donald Duck and friends to the curb.

Anaheim's offense is like pre-Bobby Orr in Boston (1967-75). The Hall of Famer changed how defensemen played, by attacking into the offensive end, because back in his day, they seldom crossed the blue line and most games were 1-0, 1-1 and 2-1 scores. The Ducks all season have been the league's most anemic offense and still average less than two goals a game (1.85). Tonight's opponent Ottawa has found scoring easier, ranked in a tie for 10th at 2.70, but not so much lately, where they have scored eight times in past six games.

With these ongoing developments and these two teams 10-3 UNDER at Anaheim, the Under 5 total is a good wager to make.

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NHL Pick: Under 5
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline


Toronto Finds Another Winner
This Columbus (15-29 SU) versus Toronto (16-24 SU) battle(?) features two of the four worst squads in the NHL. The only way these teams are going to the playoffs is by buying a ticket. The oddsmakers opening line of -150 had the Maple Leafs as favorites, which would have brought out and audible "WOW", from many hockey bettors.

Yet there is reason to believe the oddsmakers have the right line despite Toronto's ineffectiveness. The Leafs dropped the last two games of quick three-game, four-day road trip out West, yet has still won five of nine. Toronto is expected to have James Reimer between the pipes, which gives them a chance, as leads the league in save percentage (.937) and is third in goals allowed (1.97) for any goalie with at least 18 starts.

The Blue Jackets latest losing streak is up to four and in dropping seven of nine, the defense has conceded jaw-dropping 4.1 goals a contest. With Columbus 0-9 after allowing four goals or more in four straight games, Toronto gets the call.

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NHL Pick: Toronto -161
Best Line Offered: at Heritage


Florida Hops Back on Winning Track
Normally, I don't like to bet for or against team that are off long winning or losing streaks, but because Boston at Philadelphia looks like an absolute coin toss to me, I have to go this direction.

The reason for this in Florida's (26-17 SU) case is there is a natural letdown after winning so many games in a row and it might take them a contest or two not to feel deflated. However, in this situation, I am willing to support them because Calgary (19-22 SU), who is usually strong at home, has lost four of five at the Saddledome.

Florida might have a little extra anger, losing in OT to Vancouver and being goaded into both teams exchanging unpleasantries when the game ended. The Flames fell 4-3 to the Panthers back in early November and are 0-8 revenging a one goal setback.

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NHL Pick: Florida -115
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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