Daily NHL Picks: Best 3 Ice Warming Plays For Monday's Action

Doug Upstone

Monday, February 8, 2016 3:45 PM GMT

Congrats to the Denver in becoming Super Bowl champions, thanks to a dominating defense. When reviewing the NHL odds today, we attempt to match what the Broncos did.

More specifically, beat the sportsbooks like Denver's defense did Cam Newton and Carolina's offensive line. Not sure we can be that complete but can certainly give it a shoot with our plan.

With four games, the plan is skip Florida at Detroit, because the Red Wings are playing into four day old revenge, which should be very fresh on their minds and they just defeated the New York Islanders in very similar fashion on Saturday, but where I lose confidence in them is having lost five in a row at home to the Panthers, making this unplayable for me for NHL picks.

Here are my plays versus the NHL odds starting with the best one first.

 

Rangers Heavenly Against Devils
The New York Rangers (29-23 SU) are starting to resemble the club we saw in the beginning of the season, having won five of seven and goes after longest winning streak of three since mid-November. What has keyed the Rangers resurgence is the offense. Discard the shutout at Ottawa and New York has scored 3.6 goals a game in the other six outings.

New Jersey's four-game winning streak in the middle stage of last month is beginning to look like an abomination, having dropped three of four since and five of six before it occurred. The Devils (26-27 SU) are as good as there is in the NHL, ranked third at 2.26 goals allowed behind division leaders Florida and Washington, but with Anaheim's offense rounding into form, New Jersey could slip the No. 30 in the league in scoring by the end of the week.

The Blueshirts are up to -175 home favorites and with the better offense and on home ice where they are 19-7, have to like squad which is 14-2 home off a road win against a division rival the last three seasons.

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NHL Pick: New York -162
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

Betting Tampa Bay Despite Ottawa Issues
To the say the Tampa Bay (29-22 SU) offense is coming around is like saying Von Miller had a pretty good Super Bowl. The Lightning have been victorious in 10 of 11 and averaged 3.5 goals a game, which by the way is exactly one more than they scored in their initial 40 contests of the season, a 40 percent increase in offensive production.

Tampa Bay is a -140 road favorite at Ottawa (24-29 SU) and though they are coming off a 6-1 trouncing of Toronto, they still have lost five of seven and beating the Maple Leafs is not exactly newsworthy. The Senators have lost four of five to the Lightning, but have a long history of home success against them, winning 29 of last 38. Plus, off the 5-2 loss at Tampa just before Christmas, Ottawa is 10-2 at home after a setback by three or more goals.

However, still cannot ignore the groove the Lightning is in and with the Sens last in shots allowed in the NHL at 33.1 per contest, Tampa Bay is 8-0 versus teams conceding 29.5+ shots on goal since Game 42.

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NHL Pick: Tampa Bay -138
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Frequent Flashing Lights in Pittsburgh
Anaheim is still the lowest scoring team in hockey at 2.22 GAG, but they will not be for long, having average 3.8 GAG in their past nine contests. Pittsburgh has produced similar production in the same time span at 3.5 GAG and this has me thinking we could see more of the same from both teams tonight with total at 5.

Checking out a few sportsbooks, I am seeing the 5 juiced to the OVER side as -120 and only see this going up as the day wears on. These opponents are a combined 12-2-4 OVER in this stretch and having a hard time not thinking the worst case scenario is a Push.

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NHL Pick: Over 5 -120
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline