Daily NHL Picks: Bet Like a Pro With These Winning Selections

Doug Upstone

Thursday, November 19, 2015 3:33 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 3:33 PM UTC

Among the sportbooks NHL odds today are some rather chalky choices that are sure inviting. I could take the easy way out because I like all three NHL picks for today.

I'm not going to lie, I will be playing Montreal personally tonight and would recommend for NHL picks, but today's writeups will include three other contests. As expected, I did rebound yesterday with 2-1 record and believe I can do at least as well today as a hockey handicapper.


Sharks Take a Bite Out of Philly
San Jose's home arena is known by the locals as the "Shark Tank", but this season the Sharks have been better on the road than in their own building. San Jose (10-8 SU) is in the midst of a six-game road and are unblemished halfway through, making 7-3 SU when donning visiting sweaters. San Jose's attack has been diverse with seven different players registering a point thus far, with captain Joe Pavelski leading the way with five. Oddly enough, the Sharks are just 3-5 when playing on home ice.

Philadelphia (6-12) has been in a deep slump, losers of nine of 11 and five consecutive home games. The Flyers are hopeful they are breaking out of this dreary period and though there is supposed to be no moral victories, after Philadelphia's 3-2 OT loss to Los Angeles on Tuesday, winger Jakub Voracek said, "That was the first time in 18 games that we played good hockey."

Wagerweb.ag sent out San Jose as -115 road favorites and they were quickly elevated to -130 NHL odds. I concur with that thinking because the Sharks have won 12 of 13 over the Flyers, including seven in a row at the Wells Fargo Center.

NHL Pick: Sharks -123 at BetOnline

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Ride the Rangers While They are Hot
As I have stated before, I'm no - hero handicapper - trying to figure out when team on a long winning or losing streak will win or lose to end this stretch of time, giving me something silly to brag about. This is especially true of money lines where just picking the winner is in play. The New York Rangers (14-4 SU) have won nine consecutive times and can tie a team record tonight and have not lost in regulation in 13 contests (11-0-2).

The Rangers opened as +100 underdogs, but by mid-morning were -115 road favorites . Besides playing well, the Blueshirts will have extra motivation, having been knocked out of the Eastern Finals by Tampa Bay (8-12 SU) last spring.

The Lightning have not been the same team, losers of nine of 12 and last year's top offensive team has scored one or less goals in eight of these contests.

In the last three seasons, the Rangers are 14-0 in road games playing against a team with 25% to 40% win percentage.

NHL Pick: Rangers -113 at Pinnacle

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St. Louis Baffles Buffalo
A case could be made St. Louis (12-7 SU) is too large a money line home favorite over Buffalo at -210 on the money line. The Blues have lost three of four and are only .500 in their past eight outings straight up. Buffalo (8-10 SU) has won five of last eight and are showing general improvement this season.

However, the Sabres are the right type of team for St. Louis to be playing and have won seven of 10 against them at the Scottrade Center. Buffalo is 25th in scoring at 2.22 goals a game and the Blues have punished weaker offenses to the tune of 20-2 if the opposing club averages 2.4 of fewer goals a game. Also, after posting 5-1 SU mark, when the Sabres faced better teams like San Jose and Dallas at home, they have lost the last two and are abhorrent 4-30 having dropped two of past three since the start of 2013 season.

NHL Pick: Blues -185 at 5Dimes

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