Daily NHL Picks: Betting ML Trio to Beat the Books Friday Night

Doug Upstone

Friday, October 30, 2015 2:23 PM GMT

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 2:23 PM GMT

Another relatively full schedule of games as we once try and beat the sportbooks with the betting odds they put out. This hockey handicapper thinks he has the goods to take down another winning day.

On our NHL picks last night we picked off winners on St. Louis and Dallas, with Anaheim's expected scoring problems going forward and the Stars continuing to live on the edge with a second straight comeback victory, after trailing going into the third period. Chicago was our only disappointing loser and we will have more on them later. And what Montreal, after winning nine in a row, they have lost two straight against teams that below .500 SU. Let's tackle today's NHL odds.

 

Break Up the Blue Jackets (well sort of)
After failing to win their first eight contests, Columbus has won two straight and both were on the road. The Blue Jackets will look to conclude the road trip at 3-1 visiting Washington. New coach John Tortorella is a successful straight forward coach, who believes in his system and let's his players knows what he thinks, whether they want to hear it or not. After having one of the worst starts in NHL history, Columbus players are already seeing the benefits of such an individual and their more defensive approach and willingness to play all three periods is making a difference.

However, the Jackets have a tough assignment in facing Washington (6-2), which is noted by Capitals being -200 money line favorites at Heritage Washington had their five-game winning streak snapped two nights ago, but teams reports said the players understood they deserved to lose and know they have to give more effort the next time out. Washington has long been a club that is not easy to trust, yet impossible to overlook Columbus is 7-25 playing against a good team (Win percentage of 60% to 75% SU) in the first half of the season the last three years.

NHL Pick: Capitals -190 at 5Dimes

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Ottawa Takes First of Two at Detroit
The Senators (4-3-2) ended their four-game losing streak against Calgary with a 5-4 triumph and have a home and home with the Red Wings the next two nights. Ottawa opened as normal +115 road underdogs and have to tighten up on the back end, having surrendered 15 goals in their last four games. Coach Dave Cameron has not been thrilled about his team's preparedness, since they have trailed 1-0 in their last seven contests. Even with this, I think Ottawa can steal one at Joe Louis Arena.

After winning first two home games, Detroit (4-4-1) has dumped the last two, both to Carolina and is starting to appear to have the same problems at home the plagued them on home ice the first two-thirds of the season last year. Red Wings players are also having a tough time adjusting to new system under coach Jeff Blashill. Long one of the best puck possession teams, Detroit now takes the fewest shots in the league (24.3) and is sixth in shots allowed (32). With the Wings only 7-6 at home against Ottawa in last 13 and 9-21 after three or more consecutive Under's the past three seasons, I'll use the Senators for sports picks.

NHL Pick: Senators +112 at Pinnacle

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Chicago's Lack of Offense Costs Them in Minnesota
It has been nearly six months since Minnesota was swept in four games by Chicago (6-4) in the playoffs, on their way to another Stanley Cup. The Wild however might be catching the Blackhawks at the right time to register a 'W' in the win column.

Chicago lost at Winnipeg last night to end four-game winning streak. Winning can be like deodorant, it masks other issues, like the slumping Blackhawks offense which has only three goals in the past three contests and they have surpassed three in the back of the net once on their last seven outings.

Minnesota(6-2-1) is having no such problems, with 14 goals in past four encounters and potentially catching a break in not having to face smoking hot Corey Crawford in goal and get his backup Scott Darling. Having been eliminated from the postseason by Chicago the last two years and 19-5 at home after a one goal win the last three campaigns, Minnesota answers the call of the wild.

NHL Pick: Wild -143 at BetOnline

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