Daily NHL Picks: St. Patrick's Day Matches With Betting Value

Doug Upstone

Thursday, March 17, 2016 5:37 PM GMT

In the past, other team sports would give way to March Madness on its unofficial opening day. Not so this year, as this leage has betting NHL odds on eight different games today.

Underdogs continue to cash regularly of late against the NHL odds, but I have a sneaking suspicion that will not be the case for my NHL picks.

On this day, let's have a toast with some green Bud Light (gulp), corned beef and cabbage or maybe just a stuffed potato and hope our Irish eyes are smiling and we can produce three hockey winners.

 

Pittsburgh Tries to Continue Upward Mobility
There are many ways to view the Pittsburgh Penguins (37-32 SU) this season. They fired their coach a couple months into the season after uninspired play. Most believed Pittsburgh was living in the past with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, trying to hang on to past glories. The Penguins did slowly improve and their once pedestrian offense has moved up from under 2.5 goals a game to 12th in the league at 2.71. The defense has also taken steps forward and now has Top 10 stop troops at 2.46 GAG allowed.

Once thinking about just making the playoffs, Pittsburgh is attempting to get out of wild card status into one the Top 3 slots in the Metropolitan Division. They can gain ground as -230 home favorites over Carolina (31-39 SU) with a victory. While we do not know what the closing money line will actually be, -230 favorite with a total of 5 like this one is presently have taken 11 of 12, which places the Pens in a very good spot.

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Free NHL Pick: Penguins -189
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Los Angeles Prove Why They are in First Place
Last evening, Anaheim had an opportunity to climb within two points of Los Angeles (42-27 SU) by defeating the New York Rangers (40-30 SU) and failed to so is 2-1 home loss. The Kings will look to pick up where their closest rival came up short and expand their lead in the Pacific.

With all the leaders in the Central slumping, the Kings with a victory move into virtual first place tie in the Western Conference and would like nothing more than then path to get to the Stanley Cup have to go through L.A.

The Kings are somewhat surprising -170 home favorite, when you consider they are only two points ahead of New York. But oddsmakers are also looking at current form of the goaltenders and the Kings Jonathan Quick has a 1.45 goals-against average while going 3-0-1 over his last four starts, with a 1.97 GAA in 10 career meetings with the Rangers. Normally stellar Henrik Lundqvist has lost his last three starts with a 3.71 GAA, after posting a 1.69 GAA while winning eight of the previous 10. After whipping both Chicago and Dallas on the road, Los Angeles is 9-1 after two straight blowout wins by three goals or more.

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Free NHL Pick: Kings -163
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Predators Punish Islanders
Neither Nashville (35-35 SU) or the New York Islanders (38-30 SU) have been in top form in there last several contests and each is out to rectify that situation. Though New York will have the disadvantage of being the road team, they have beaten Nashville four consecutive times.

On three occasions they were playing on home ice which was a benefit. The Predators recent home loss to New York has not been the norm since they are 7-3 SU against them in the last 10 meetings. Nashville's 17-16 SU home record in hardly inspiring, yet have managed to pick up nine out of possible 12 points in past half dozen contests at the Bridgestone Arena.

With the Isles 6-11 after allowing two goals or less in two straight games and 16-26 away when playing their third game in five days, the Preds at -140 get the call.

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Free NHL Pick: Predators -138
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline