Daily NHL Picks: Best Plays On The Ice To Crush The Bookie

Doug Upstone

Saturday, January 2, 2016 2:52 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 2:52 PM UTC

Time to move ahead as 2016 enters its second day and we look into the NHL odds of three different games today. I would like to make a suggestion to you when reading this article that should help.

Because I am having such incredibly bad luck in OT, having lost 16 of 23, if you are betting these plays, many sportsbooks seen here at sportsbookreview.com off a -regulation only- way to wager. For the season I'm up a few units, but would be doing far better except for OT. Here are my NHL picks for today.


First Place Kings Look to Build Lead
With the Clippers playing in the same building, the Kings have a matinee at the Staples Center against Philadelphia (15-21 SU) today. Los Angeles (24-13 SU) just completed a stretch in which they played 10 of 11 on the road and finished off the last four in style, taking each one. Often, a team coming off a four or more game road trip might be a shaky wager with only one day off between games, but the Kings have been sharp on both ends of the rink, outscoring the opposing teams 18-6 in those contests.

It's not like the Flyers are at their best either, having dropped the first two games of this west coast three-game excursion by exact scores of 4-2 to Anaheim and San Jose. With Philadelphia, unless the defense plays fantastic, hard to imagine the offense with pick them them up, ranked 29th at 2.14 goals a game. Also, the Flyers penalty killers have been failing, giving up at least one goal in each of their past four games, while the Kings have cashed on five of last 12 attempts on the power play.

The NHL odds have L.A. at -210 and Philly is 1-11 away off a road loss by two or more goals.

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NHL Pick: Los Angeles -199
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline


Coyotes Continue to Howl at Edmonton
Though Arizona's record is nothing to brag about at 18-19, they are in second place in the Pacific Division by virtue of winning four of six. They start a three-game division road trip by facing the trio of partners from western Canada.

The first stop is in Edmonton (15-24 SU), who has lost four in a row and seven of eight. The Oilers offense has hardly been gushing with 12 goals during this period, which has given them a real lethargic look.

Edmonton has also not matched up well with Arizona, having lost six in a row to them and 10 of 11. Though hardly a great offensive unit, the Coyotes ability to work the corners and control the puck has allowed them to tally at least three scores in nine of the last 11 meetings. Edmonton is off a 1-0 loss to Anaheim and the past two years they are 6-25 off a division defeat. Match that with their lack of success against Arizona and the 'Yotes at +110 are inviting pick.

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NHL Pick: Arizona +120
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


Rangers Come up Big in Florida
Florida (21-16 SU) tries to start the new year like they closed last year, with the victory. The Panthers have won seven in a row and eight of nine by playing brilliant defense. Florida has permitted opposing teams just 14 goals in this hot streak, but faces a nemesis, whose had their number.

The New York Rangers (21-17 SU) have been slumping badly, losers of 12 of their last 17. In the early portion of this slump, the offense was issue, than it became the defense. But Rangers bluelines are showing signs of continuity and the Blueshirts offense is percolating in averaging 3.4 goals a game in their last nine outings. Having beaten Florida seven straight times and the oddsmakers having them only as +105 road underdogs, the Rangers are on my radar.

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NHL Pick: New York +108
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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