Daily NHL Picks: Calling For A Complete Central Division Sweep

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:55 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 2:55 PM UTC

After several days of light scheduling in the NHL, we have a jumbo-sized 11 games with numerous NHL odds options for what is appropriately named Fat Tuesday by many today.

Despite this many NHL odds, there were a number of questionable teams coming off bad games which cast a doubt on their chances. Anaheim, Tampa Bay and Florida are all in action and each performed miserably last night. Boston is at home against Los Angeles and taking the Bruins away from home has been far more profitable.

For NHL picks, we have three other choices and look to continue money-making ways having won 18 of 23 days after yesterday.


St. Louis Marches to Another Victory
In half the divisions in the NHL, St. Louis (30-25 SU) would be tied or in first place by themselves. However, the Blues reside in the Central and their 68 points is viewed with a yawn, being behind both Chicago and Dallas. St. Louis does not doing anything to attract a lot of attention. Ranking sixth in goals allowed is their most positive attribute at 2.35. But offensively, hard to get excited about 24th rated offense (2.40 GAG) and they have a goal differential of only +3, which tied for 13th in the league.

What makes St. Louis a good pick over Winnipeg (23-29 SU) tonight, it starts with knowing how to win. In games determined by one goal, the Blues are sparkling 17-9 SU, showing when the game is on the line, they have come through frequently. The same cannot be said of the Jets, who are often undermined by leaky defense, which is listed 25th at 2.88 GAG. Winnipeg will have to face goalie Brian Elliott, who is 5-0-1 with a 1.92 goals-against average in his last six starts against the Jets. With Winnipeg 10-33 in away games off a road win, no wonder St. Louis is a -160 home favorite.

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NHL Pick: St. Louis -145
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


Chicago Avoids Shark(s) Bite
Against a lot of opposing squads, you might not think twice about backing San Jose (27-24 SU) since they have the fourth-best win percentage away from home with 17-10 SU record. The Sharks are attempting to salvage a .500 four-game road trip and they are headed in a place where they have killer whales, the United Center in Chicago.

The Blackhawks (36-20 SU) are the defending Stanley Cup champions and the model franchise of the league with three cups in the last six years. And despite salary cap issues, Chicago retool instead of rebuild and take full advantage of the - Madhouse on Madison - posting a league-best 21-6 SU home record. The Hawks have won three in a row over San Jose, including two this season. We are all well aware of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews as franchise players, but goalie Corey Crawford, who has won four straight against the Sharks, has a miniscule 1.59 GAA and all of his league-leading seven shutouts have come in home starts this season. Do you really want to bet against Chicago as -150 home favorites?

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NHL Pick: Chicago -140
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


Stars Shine in Twin Cities
Dallas(33-20 SU) was hanging with Washington as the best two teams in the NHL for a couple months and were even 12-6 SU on the road thanks to top scoring offense. Once the offense cooled and leaks were exposed on defense, Dallas went 4-10 and included in that mix was seven straight road losses.

After the All-Star break looked to be quite a challenge, with seven of nine away outings. But to the Stars credit, they have met the challenge head on and earned wins at Colorado and at Winnipeg and have been flipped from underdogs to favorite at staggering Minnesota (23-29 SU). The Wild is 1-10 SU since defeating Dallas on the road 2-1 on Jan.9th and is offensive has gone into hiding like somebody on a witness protection program with 17 total goals when subtracting shootout goals.

Minnesota has also lost five straight at the Xcel Energy Center, while the Stars are 21-6 having won two of three games.

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NHL Pick: Dallas -106
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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