Daily NHL Picks: Cash In With Our Top Value Tuesday Plays

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 4:38 PM GMT

An exciting slate of 11 games in the NHL tonight and though the sportsbooks NHL odds appear to be extremely accurate, for NHL picks, there are some real some excellent opportunities.

Coming off yet another winning week of NHL picks with a 3-0 sweep on Sunday, I have four games to choose, including a legitimate long shot that this hockey handicapper thinks can come through.

The NHL odds you will be reading about are from SBR's Odds Board.

 

New York Islanders are Exceptional Value
The Islanders 7-1 streak has sent them soaring to second place in the Metropolitan Division. New York (18-13 SU) has been collecting points each time out, now up to 10 games at 8-0-2. Florida (14-15 SU) also had a hot spell as November turned into December with five victories in a row, but they are 1-3 since. The Panthers opened as +140 road underdogs, but slipped 20 cents on the money line to +120, having a 5-1-1 recent record versus New York. Goalie Jaroslav Halak is expected to start Tuesday and has a 1.89 goals-against average over his last six outings and versus Florida he is 9-2-1 with a 1.89 GAA in 12 starts. Too good a price to pass up on Iles who are 24-10 having won three of four.

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NHL Pick: New York -148
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

Take a Look at Gushing Oilers
From betting perspective, I would go light on this contest, but Edmonton (14-17 SU) has a shot at Madison Square Garden. The Oilers off their 3-2 OT victory at Boston last night have won six straight and they last time they reached lucky seven was 2001. Edmonton is playing with supreme confidence and at +170, they are taking on New York Rangers (18-13 SU) who has slid from first to third place in their division by virtue of losing eight of 10. At least the Blueshirts are back home after 0-3 road trip, but impossible to tell if they will help their defense which allowed 14 goals away from home. Edmonton has won four the last six against the Rangers, including a wild 7-5 encounter this past Friday and might have just enough juice to reach another W.

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NHL Pick: Edmonton +200
?Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Totals Play in Montreal
After scoring not more than two goals in a half dozen outings and losing five of six, Montreal (20-11 SU) coach Michel Therrien reunited Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec on the top line to hopefully kick start the offense. It worked as Plekanec assisted on Pacioretty's first period goal in a 3-1 win over Ottawa. Nevertheless, one pretty good home game does not guarantee the Canadiens will start scoring more regularly. San Jose tried shuffling their lines, but that has not worked and the Sharks have been bitten for six consecutive losses. San Jose has been even worse with nine goals in six tries and they are 14-6 UNDER in road games when playing against teams with win percentage of 60% to 75% the last two seasons. With the total Ov5 (-125) and Montreal on a 12-3 UNDER roll in December home games and these two clubs 8-1 UNDER at the Bell Centre, figure a low score.

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NHL Pick: Under 5
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

Minnesota Glad to be Home
There is nothing wild about the Wild's offense, with 16 scores in past nine contests. However, two of them came in 2-0 triumph over Arizona to conclude a 1-2 road trip. Minnesota (15-13 SU) is back home where they are 10-4 on the season and they are second in the league with stingiest defense at 1.93 goals allowed. In fact, the Wild has three shutouts in past five games, and they have blanked a league-best six opponents. Even with scoring five times against Buffalo on Dec. 7th, Vancouver (11-20 SU) has tallied a mere 12 goals in eight encounters and hung three zeroes among those. With Minnesota's record and defensive prowess at home, I'll gladly give the -140.

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NHL Pick: Minnesota -137
Best Line Offered: at Heritage