Daily NHL Picks: Best Moneyline Selections For Monday's Ice Action

Doug Upstone

Monday, January 18, 2016 3:35 PM GMT

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 3:35 PM GMT

Wrapping up yet another winning week on the ice, we move ahead to check the NHL odds for Monday. Our Top Play is first and we provide another two extra NHL picks for the day.

Thought long and hard about taking Florida to end their three-game slide after building 12-game winning streak, but teams coming off long road trips with zero or one days off are seldom good bets, but not thrilled about backing Edmonton on the road either, thus we passed.

With this being Martin Luther King Day, the calendar aligns to remind us it was 58 years ago to the day Willie O'Ree became the first black player in the NHL as he took the ice for Boston in their win over Montreal.

Here is what is on tap for NHL picks today.

 

Hungry Sharks Keep Surging
While Washington, Chicago and until this past week Florida, have dominated the hockey headlines with their outstanding play, one team which has quietly been play very well is San Jose (23-20 SU). The Sharks were hanging near the bottom of the Pacific Division standings and it was mystifying, because they playing extremely well on the road, but could not do anything right at home.

After opening December with a six-game losing streak, San Jose began to turn their season around and has won nine of 14 since, including the last five in a row. The Sharks offense has been lethal in scoring 3.5 goals a game in this period, to move up to 5th in the league in scoring. Studs like Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton have been the table-setters, but recently, significant contributions have come from Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Tomas Hertl.

The NHL odds have San Jose as -165 home money line favorites over Ottawa (21-24 SU), who after starting the year 7-2-1 on the road, have faltered since at 3-10-1. With a victory, the Sharks could move into second place in their division.

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Free NHL Pick: San Jose wins
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

Taking St. Louis Looking at History Books
There are three teams in the NHL who are exactly even in goals scored and allowed and two are competing where a NFL team used to resided. While St. Louis may have lost two professional football franchises, the Blues (26-22 SU) have a solid footing and will take on Pittsburgh (21-23 SU).

The Penguins have made a flurry of minor trades to improve their roster, yet are still only 4-6 SU in their last 10 games. Sidney Crosby has been more a factor offensively, nonetheless, the Pens remain at 22nd in scoring at 2.43 GAG.

St. Louis remains an enigma, going on winning and losing stretches for no apparent reason. Maybe like their goal differential, the Blues are just a run of the mill bunch and will remain so unless either the offense or defense becomes a featured aspect of how they play.

Having won three of four, St. Louis is a -140 home favorite and is playing into revenge having lost at Pittsburgh 4-3 on Nov. 25th. While these teams have not played twice each season being in different conferences, the last time the Blues were swept by the Penguins was 1998-99 in a two-game series. St. Louis steps up.

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Free NHL Pick: St. Louis wins
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

 

Buffalo Beats Arizona Again on the Road
Arizona (22-22 SU) began their six-game homestand with a pair of victories, but has fallen to Detroit and New Jersey in the last two and will have to drum up more scoring to get back in the win column.

The 2-0 loss the Devils was particularly galling, as the league's No. 8 offense was shutout for the first time at home and only the second time all year. The Coyotes are hosting Buffalo (18-27 SU), who is one point from returning to the basement of the Atlantic Division and has escaped by winning three of four.

Like any team coming from colder region of the country, a trip to the Valley of the Sun is never bad this time of year and this has been especially so for the Sabres, who have won five in a row in Glendale. Off Buffalo's shocking 4-1 victory over Washington, they are 6-3 on the road after conceding one or fewer goals, while the Yotes have not responded well at home playing third time in five days with putrid 5-21 record. Consider Buffalo at +140.

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Free NHL Pick: Buffalo wins
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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