Daily NHL Picks: Finding Hidden Underdog Value Across The Board

Doug Upstone

Sunday, January 10, 2016 3:12 PM GMT

We attack the avaliable betting NHL odds on ice. Don't miss our breakdown and analysis along with our top three recommendations to add to your NHL picks for the night.

No matter the sport, when you have talented but mischievous players on your roster, sometimes things go awry and at the worse moments. The NHL has all but legislated "goons" and unnecessary big hits out of the game, but some player does not like what happens on the ice and goes whacko for a few minutes, bad things happen.

Speaking of bad things, I must have done something to the hockey gods when making NHL picks, as I lost games 17 and 18 out of 26 in OT yesterday. As I mentioned earlier this week, if you are betting these plays, make sure to do regulation only, because it's better to Push than have really rotten luck.

 

Chicago Picks Up Part 2 of Revenge Versus Colorado
After posting consecutive shutouts, on Dec.15th, Chicago (26-17 SU) was blanked by Colorado at home 3-0. That setback it seems has been a turning point in the Blackhawks season, having won nine of 11 since and six in a row. Chicago got a measure of revenge on New Year's Eve with a 4-3 victory in the Rockies and will look to complete the process at home.

However, Colorado (21-21 SU) could prove to be a challenge, having won three in a row. The Avalanche are in the midst of playing seven of eight on home ice and this is the one away outing. Since being shutout by Calgary four games ago, the Avs offense has caught fire, scoring 13 times in their next three contests.

Nevertheless, the NHL odds boards show Chicago at -185 in this matchup and being 17-6 SU at the United Center has a lot to do with it. Plus, found this nugget: Colorado is 0-6 after scoring five goals or more in their previous game this season.

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Free NHL Pick: Chicago wins
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

Minnesota Returns to Winning Ways at Home
The Wild started the season at 13-4 at home, but have lost that edge in dropping three of four, to still have a very respectable home record at 14-7 SU. Minnesota (22-19 SU) has not been much of a road team, but they showed some mettle with gutty 2-1 win at Dallas last night, which should spark them for this back to back appearance. That type of effort helped resume Minnesota's defensive mindset, being one of the finest defense's in the NHL since Dec. 1st.

The Wild will face a battered New Jersey (20-22 SU) bunch that has lost three in a row and scored only two goals in the process. Among those not expected to play are leading scorer Mike Cammalleri, defensemen John Moore and David Schlemko and right wing Jiri Tlusty, who was put on injured reserve Saturday. The replacements for these players are all from the minors, seemingly making it very difficult for the Devils.

Minnesota is a -155 home fave and appears to thrive of close wins, being 23-6 at home after a one goal triumph the last three years.

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Free NHL Pick: Minnesota wins
Best Line Offered: at Bet365

 

Anaheim Makes it Five Straight over Detroit
Of my three picks, this is the third choice. Detroit is back over .500 at 21-20 SU, having won the first three encounters of six-game road trip. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill has a tough call tonight in determining who should be between the pipes tonight. He has a hot goaltender Petr Mrazek, who has won each of these away contests and has 1.83 goals-against average in his last eight appearances, six which were starts. In today's NHL, the backup would normally get the call in back-to-back tilts, but Jimmy Howard has a 4.49 GAA in his four previous starts.

No matter, I prefer Anaheim (17-23 SU) as -135 money line home favorites, as they have a hot netminder of their own in John Gibson. The Ducks have won five of seven and Gibson is 5-1 with 1.56 GAA in this period. With Detroit not sure who will be in net and Anaheim having taken four straight over the Red Wings, they are my choice.

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Free NHL Pick: Anaheim wins
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle