Daily NHL Picks: Road Teams Offer Valuable Odds To Bust The Books

Doug Upstone

Monday, March 7, 2016 8:31 PM GMT

With four weeks left in the regular season, today we find some very intriguing NHL odds on the hockey docket. We cannot choose every contest but weekend developments have changed things.

With the incredible winning streaks by both Tampa Bay and Anaheim, they have taken over first place in their respective divisions. We will offer play on Lightning game and watch with great interest as the Ducks host Washington this evening. Having fallen out first place because how Tampa Bay is playing and going on 1-3-1 road trip, Florida returns home in second place and could fall to third if they lose in regulation to Boston, who is 22-11 SU on the road. Let's talk about today's NHL picks which have made money 13 of last 16 days published.

 

San Jose Relishes Different Foe
In what was one of the more unusual scheduling quirks in the NHL in recent memory, San Jose (35-29 SU) played Vancouver three times in seven days, winning the first two before falling 4-2 at home on Saturday. This leaves the Sharks four and six points behind L.A. and Anaheim in the Pacific and as we have seen all season San Jose is very comfortable on the road.

The Sharks are at Calgary (27-38 SU) and are 23-12 SU away from home this season and one of those victories happened at the Saddledome back in January. The Flames ended their seven-game losing streak in stunning fashion Saturday with 4-2 upset at Pittsburgh, yet have still lost 10 of 12 and could be weary from Eastern road trip with only one day off.

These teams have alternated victories in their last five contests, with Calgary taking the last one 6-5 on Feb. 11th. However, San Jose is 23-13 on the road after a loss and the Flames are 7-23 versus teams who average five or more assists a game. With the NHL odds boards showing the Sharks at -160, we like them.

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Free NHL Pick:  San Jose -152
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Lightning Strike in Philly
After spending the first half of the season floundering, Tampa Bay (39-26 SU) might be the team to provide Washington with some competition in the Eastern Conference. By virtue of winning 20 of 25, which includes the last nine in a row, the Lightning are now in first place in the Atlantic and look to build on that lead taking on Philadelphia (30-34 SU).

The Flyers have won four of five on current homestand, which concludes tonight and they need to keep winning, trailing Pittsburgh for final wild card slot by five points. This is ultra important to Philly as they do not play again until Friday, when they take on the Lightning again.

It is a given Tampa Bay will lose soon, but having defeated the Flyers in 14 of the past 18, not afraid to take scintillating squad at -125.

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Free NHL Pick: Tampa Bay -115
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

Low Scoring in Los Angeles
The mood around the Kings is a little somber, having fallen out of first place by losing twice to Anaheim this past week, who has won 11 in a row. Tonight Los Angeles has Vancouver in town and they will seek to return to roots, being tied with the Ducks for fewest goals allowed (2.28) after surrendering nine in their past three games.

This should be able to be accomplished as the Kings and the Canucks are 8-1-3 UNDER in there last dozen meetings. This is further backed by L.A. scuffling to score in their last 10 games with only 17 goals. A little digging also finds the Kings are 5-0 UNDER at home off a home loss against a division rival and they are 17-7 UNDER at the Staples Center against weaker defensive teams allowing 2.85 or more goals a contest the last three seasons.

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Free NHL Pick: Under 5 
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker