Daily NHL Picks: Beat The Bookie With Tonight's ML Favorites

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 4:32 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 4:32 PM UTC

Spent the morning trying to narrow down the sportsbooks NHL odds with so many good choices it appears for sport picks as we draw ever nearer to the close of this year.

Last night was mixed bagged at 1-1-1, losing with Tampa Bay in a shootout (I'm 7-13 in OT for these articles, that's why I'm frustrated). I was right about Los Angeles defense for having them as Under play against Vancouver, just would have never imagined they would score five times for - push - against NHL odds.

Still have plenty of time the rest of this week to pull ahead with another week of winning NHL picks and plan on doing so today. Boston almost made the cut, being in turnaround game with Ottawa, but with the Bruins crummy home record of 8-11 SU and Senators goalie Craig Anderson hotter than microwave soup left on for five minutes of heating, I'll pass.


Stars Shine in Columbus
Dallas (27-10 SU) is starting to look like they could run away with the Central Division, having just played their three closet competitors chasing them and posting 3-0-1 record, to open up nine point lead.  The Stars step down in class to take on Columbus (13-25 SU), who has the fewest points in the league and are a really hard for hockey handicappers to even ponder for picks, having lost eight of 10.

Often volatile coach John Tortorella has a roster with seven players 23 years old or younger and after the Blue Jackets having permitted 25 goals in six games, he went off. ''It's very frustrating ... I see weakness,'' Tortorella said. ''I think we're weak mentally, and it's not the kids. I worry about the kids getting into bad habits by watching other people. That's frightening to me.''

Odds have Dallas as -180 money line favorites and while they have lost games against weaker foes this season, they are 12-6 SU on the road and 15-4 against the Eastern Conference.

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NHL Pick: Dallas -165 
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker


Florida Panthers Hunt Down Montreal
The Canadiens ended their six-game losing streak last night with OT victory over Tampa Bay and jumped back into first place in the Atlantic Division. But no rest for Montreal (21-17 SU) taking on the second-hottest club in the league on Florida (20-16 SU).

The Panthers have won six in a row and were in first place yesterday in the Atlantic and will be out to reclaim what they just had. Florida has been the polar opposite of Montreal this month at 10-3 SU compared to their 3-10 mark. The Panthers have relied on defense, ranked third in fewest goals allowed at 2.28.

Florida is expected to face Montreal's backup goalie Ben Scrivens, whom they just acquired him from Edmonton, after spending the entire season to this point in the minors. He has two shutouts in his career over Florida but oddsmakers are not impressed and opened the Canadiens as +130 road underdogs. Look for confident and more rested Panthers club to beat Habs for only second time in eight tries.

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NHL Pick: Florida -139
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


History Says Play Los Angeles
Both these Western Division squads could be a little tired playing third game in four nights. Los Angeles (22-13 SU) has a couple advantages which should help them. After dropping four of five, the Kings have won consecutive away games and take on Edmonton (15-22 SU), who after a good stretch has failed to win in four of five.

Los Angeles has taken two prior meetings with the Oilers this campaign, which is par for the course. The Kings are 20-2-5 in its last 27 games against Edmonton, including having lost just once in regulation on the road (11-1-3). L.A. has the seventh-best penalty-killing defense in the NHL and the Oilers do not figure to have much success against them since they have only three scores in past 33 attempts.

Too much mental baggage for Edmonton as Los Angeles win as -150 favorites.

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NHL Pick: Los Angeles -145
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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