Daily NHL Picks: Ice the Books With Our Trio of Winners

Doug Upstone

Thursday, December 10, 2015 3:09 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 3:09 PM UTC

Pleased to see more choices on the schedule today with seven games on the hockey docket. With what we have from the sportsbooks, it turns out I actually like the NHL odds of five contests.

I'm going to just recommend a lean with Ottawa and I will probably visit that game myself later for NHL picks, but St. Louis got a shorthanded goal the other night against Arizona and that seemed to propel them to victory and there poor play could be concluding. I can see the Blues handling Philadelphia tonight with NHL odds around -200.


Washington Trending Towards Another Win
The Capitals with their 3-2 OT win over Detroit Tuesday have won seven of eight and have tallied points in 14 consecutive games. Washington (19-7 SU) has been awesome on the road thus far in 2015, winning eight of 11 .

YouWager.eu opened Florida (13-15 SU) as +115 home underdogs and this could go up having to face the No.5 scoring offense in the NHL. Why this could be worse than it appears is goalie Roberto Luongo, after a brilliant five-game stretch with 1.42 goals against average, is back to his fickle ways in conceding seven goals in past two starts. This is not going to help the Panthers, who rank only 22nd in offense at 2.43 goals a contest.

Washington this season is 12-2 after playing at home and takes on a Florida squad that is only 1-7 at the BB&T Center after a home game.

NHL Pick: Washington -139 at Heritage

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Nashville in Quick Turnaround Revenge Spot
While Chicago netminder Corey Crawford was being lauded by his teammates with words like "spectacular" and "unreal" in his recent starts, Nashville's normally reliable Pekka Rinne has stumbled and is 1-5-2 with a 3.14 GAA in his last eight games. Rinne gave up a short-handed goal in 4-1 setback on Chicago on Tuesday, leaving the Predators (14-14 SU) on the wrong end of the scoreboard in eight of past 11 outings.

Another factor in the Preds demise is absolutely deplorable penalty killing, allowing opponents to score on 11 of past 20 man advantages (scoring around 20% is the norm) situations.

But as a hockey handicapper, it is impossible not to like a team playing with revenge in a quick turnaround game. The circumstances for Chicago (15-13) are almost exactly the same as they were for Minnesota against Colorado this past week, winning at home convincingly and going to their place, where they lost.

With the Blackhawks only 5-9 SU in the visiting sweaters and 13-26 off two consecutive home wins by two goals or more, I'll back revenge-minded Nashville.

NHL Pick: Nashville -120 at Bet365

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Calgary the Lesser of Evils
If you check the forums for free hockey picks, Calgary (11-16 SU) and Buffalo (11-17 SU) is not going to be a popular choice based on each clubs record. However, digging a little deeper, the oddsmaker is telling us the right choice and we have the numbers to back it up.

The Flames are -170 home faves which would appear high given the records of the two squads. A review of Calgary finds they are 3-0 on five-game homestand thus far and its offense is soup out of the microwave hot with 13 goals scored. The Sabres defense has left a lot to be desired in their four past contests, surrendering 16 scores. For Buffalo, it has been the whole enchilada, poor goalie work, inability to clear the puck out of the defensive zone and terrible puck-handling.

Normally, a team like Calgary at best would be a -150 favorite when considering all the factors, but with Buffalo 0-14 on the December road, sportsbooks are going to make you pay to back the Flames.

NHL Pick: Calgary -165 at 5Dimes

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