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

Doug Upstone

Saturday, January 23, 2016 3:00 PM GMT

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 3:00 PM GMT

We have a load of games to choose from today in professional hockey rinks and we have honed in on three that have appealing NHL odds and are worth looking for our NHL picks.

Our top choice is in afternoon action out West, which is followed by backing a crummy home team against the worst club in the league. Finally, off a 3-0 Friday, in which we backed three very strong trends for NHL picks, we have what could be a very live road underdog.

With no football on a Saturday in months, review all the NHL odds and see how you like this trio of selections.

 

San Jose Feeling Better at Home
After a bizarre 5-12 home record to start the season, San Jose (26-21 SU) is starting to figure out they can really have a home ice advantage. The Sharks are 3-0-1 in recent games at the SAP Center, which is part a 6-0-1 record, that has catapulted them into second place tie in the Pacific Division. This makes San Jose a far more dangerous threat since they already have the second-best road record in the league (16-6-2).

Even with this, San Jose is only a -140 home favorite over Minnesota (23-24 SU), who had lost five in a row before shutting out Los Angeles 3-0 Thursday. That was the Wild's best offensive showing in seven games, when they scored three times in 4-3 setback to Philadelphia on Jan.7th. Minnesota's biggest challenge is solving Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, who has won his last five starts with a 1.76 goals-against average. With San Jose off a 3-1 victory at Arizona, this seems possible as they are 10-3 after allowing one goal or less in their previous game, as they prepare for afternoon contest.

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

 

Boston Manages to Slip By Columbus
It has been a curious campaign for Boston (24-22 SU) right from the start of the season. The Bruins began the year with three straight home losses, turned around and won five of six and have been streaky ever since, but not really moving ahead. Though Boston remains one of the top scoring teams in the NHL (3rd) and has the second-best power play, they have been loose on the defensive end.

There have been plenty of defensive breakdowns and many at the worst possible time, which is why 12 of the B's 23 defeats have come after having a lead, often in the third period. Goalie Tuukka Rask is not having a good season, ranked 24th among netminders with 2.47 GAA, who have 20 or more starts.

Despite their 10-14 SU record at home, at least Boston faces Columbus (17-31), who is the only team that has not reached 40 points this season and is the worst defensive unit in the league at 3.23 goals a game allowed. The Blue Jackets have been even worse in losing six of nine, with a 3.66 GAA. Boston might appear to be unworthy -210 home favorite, but Columbus is 4-17 after two straight losses by two goals or more since last season.

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Free NHL Pick: Boston wins
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

 

Colorado Worth a Look in Lone Star State
With three consecutive wins, Colorado has climbed back over .500 at 25-24 SU. The Avalanche are above average road squad at 13-11 and in winning four of five, their defense has been stingier than a tightwad, conceding five goals in this stretch.

As we called the other day, Dallas ended their four-game skid with 3-2 victory over Edmonton. Nonetheless, not 100 percent sure the Stars are shining brightly with a 2-7 mark this month. A large part of Dallas' failures has been the short-circuiting of their power play, which is 3 for 28 in past 11 games.

With how Colorado is playing defense, the Stars power play not clicking and super trend having the Avs winners of 10 of 11 against Dallas, giving the confident road team a look at +150 is something to ponder.

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Free NHL Pick: Colorado wins
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

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