Daily NHL Picks: Playing Into 3 Hot Trends For Friday's Action

Doug Upstone

Friday, January 22, 2016 3:50 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 3:50 PM UTC

The weekend is coming and in hockey we have six choices on the menu and all are served with NHL odds, which could be delectable or enough to make you sick depending on your preferences.

Today we have assembled a trio of NHL picks and each one follows a strong in-game trend for the two competing teams. These don't always win but similar to college football, in hockey, they seem to hold up better than in other sports against the NHL odds.

Having another winning week to this point, time to see if we can build in more profits!


Detroit Works Over Buffalo Again
In betting games this way, it does take some "onions" (Bill Raftery reference), because what the trend says does not always line up with the present form of the team. For example, Detroit (23-23 SU) has defeated Buffalo (19-28 SU) in 25 of last 31 meetings, including 12 of 15 in upstate New York.

This could call for some Tums because the Red Wings offense has hardly been heard from in spite of them winning four of seven, only reaching three tallies once in this period. And after losing six straight, the Sabres have been playing much better with four victories in six tries.

However, this is about the matchup and the last time Detroit scored four goals it was against Buffalo, a 4-3 triumph on Jan. 2nd. The Red Wings might only be tied for 16th in power play percentage of goals scored, but against the Sabres, they attack them like a vegan on holiday, eating them up with nine goals in last 20 chances. Detroit is a -130 away favorite and we will take them.

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NHL Pick: Detroit -130
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


Rangers Round Up Carolina
If the NHL wanted to play this contest outdoors, they would have a hard time currently, not because of mild Carolina's temperature, but rather the snow that is associated with huge winter storm going through region.

New York (25-21 SU)has been like the restaurant menu at In and Out, very easy to understand over their last 12 contests. They have alternated wins and losses in this dull period and are coming off a 3-2 win over Vancouver, thus, you know what's up next. However, the Rangers might be able to post back to back W's for the first time in two months (Nov. 21-23), facing Carolina (21-27 SU), whom they regularly defeat.

The Blueshirts have won 18 of the past 19 conflicts, including eight of nine at Raleigh. This season the New York penalty killers have been below average at 78.9 percent (24th) and is one of their issues, but against Carolina, they have eaten up their power play with 28 out of 29 stops of late. The Rangers were -130 away favorites and history suggests a good play.

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NHL Pick: New York -125
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


Blues and Avalanche In Lower Scoring Affair
The last of the trendy picks would get a positive review on Yelp, at least based on circumstances. When St. Louis and Colorado have gone head to head, the UNDER is 8-2-1 since Nov. of 2013. There previous game 16 days ago was one the rare Over contests, with the Avalanche a 4-3 winner. With the oddsmakers total at 5.5, we believe we will see a return to the norm.

We begin are thinking like putting together one of those 10 patty hamburgers you see on the Food Network, with quiet Colorado offense, who has eight total goals in their past five outings and are expected to see the Blues Brian Elliott in net and he is sizzling 5-1 with a 2.03 goals-against average.

Despite a lack of scoring production, the Avs have still managed to come out on top in three of past four encounters by allowing only four goals. Semyon Varlamov has been between the pipes in the last two games for Colorado and stopped 63 of 65 shots. With the Avalanche 13-4 UNDER after a game where four or fewer total goals were scored this season, let's bite into the UNDER.

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NHL Pick: Under 5.5
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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