Daily NHL Picks: Money Line Selections to Increase Thursday's Profits

Doug Upstone

Thursday, October 22, 2015 1:59 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 1:59 PM UTC

This is more like it, turning on the computer and having eight games to choose from. The NHL odds are supplying us some really big favorites and short ones also.

At Wagerweb and other betting outlets, three games in particular standout for NHL picks and we will provide you the reasons why and go after the never-ending question to beat the oddsmaker.

So grab a beverage, take five minutes and see if you agree with my sports picks on ice for today.


Rangers Take Down Arizona
The early season for New York Rangers fans has already been filled with joy and grief and they have only played seven games. New York burst out of the gate like American Pharoah in winning their first three games, but looked slower than a plow horse in looking the next three, before defeating San Jose three nights ago 4-0. Henrik Lundqvist is expected back between the pipes after a game off and he has a 2.16 goals against average and .931 save percentage.

Arizona's first six games are identical to New York's, three consecutive wins followed by three straight setbacks. The Coyotes defense has broken down and goalie Mike Smith has not been sharp, surrendering 11 goals in 85 shot attempts.

The NHL odds have New York as -235 favorites and this would often be a spot to look at the puck line to reduce risk. The problem with that thinking is the Rangers are not an explosive offense and more defensive-minded and they will often play conservatively with a lead and take one goal victories. This NHL handicapper will take the risk with New York having won six straight over Arizona at Madison Garden and 11 of 13.

NHL Pick: Rangers -207 at Heritage

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Ducks Quack by Predators
Anaheim ended their offensive futility with 4-1 victory over Minnesota Sunday for their first victory of the season. In the Ducks first four games they only found the back of the net one time and were shutout on three occasions. Three main Anaheim goal-scorers, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler have yet to beat the opposing goaltender and if the Ducks are going to pull the upset, at least one of players needs to make a contribution.

Nashville is 5-1 but normally reliable Pekka Rinne has been off his game in surrendering four goals each of the last two contests and the Predators defense overall has been victimized 11 times on past three outings.

Rinne is 1-3-0 with a 4.18 GAA in his last four starts against the Anaheim and the Ducks have won eight of nine and four in a row in Nashville, which places me on their side at +120 pick.

NHL Pick: Ducks +130 at 5Dimes

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San Jose Continue Dominance of L.A.
The Sharks began 4-0, which included winning the first two tilts of their four-game road trip. But a weekend in the Big Apple to face the Islanders and Rangers did not go well and they return to the SAP Center trying to avoid three-game losing streak.

The Los Angeles Kings would appear to be headed in the opposite direction with two wins after three losses. Nonetheless, L.A. is still an offensive conundrum, ranked next to last in offense at 1.2 goals a game and has the same ranking with their feeble power play which is 1 of 21.

At -104 on the money line at home, I believe the Sharks have some bite and offers value with a domineering 42-19 record over Los Angeles at 'Shark Tank' since 1996 and the fact they are 8-0 at home against defensive teams who allow 26.5 or fewer shots on goal the last three seasons.

NHL Pick: Sharks -104 at Pinnacle

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