Daily NHL Picks for Those Looking to Cash in On Today's Games

Doug Upstone

Sunday, February 7, 2016 2:28 PM GMT

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 2:28 PM GMT

It is Super Bowl Sunday and the NHL like the NBA is getting its games over early to steer clear of the big game. We have the NHL odds for all three contests and are ready to make selections.

To recap yesterday, it was our first bad day in four weeks against the NHL odds. When you pick games daily, you are going to run into some of these. Still have won 16 of 21 days and while it will not be easy, we will do our best to get back on winning track today for NHL picks. Enjoy the Super Sunday!

 

Hard to Pick Against Washington
It is never easy for NHL teams to play three games in four days, especially when the last two are back to back, yet this what Philadelphia (23-27 SU) and Washington (37-13 SU) have to do for this just after noon Eastern start on NBC. At least both teams played yesterday afternoon which gave them a little extra rest and they needed it with the Flyers losing to the Rangers in a shootout and the Capitals escaping in the same method against New Jersey.

Washington at least will be home where they are 19-6 SU, but chances are it will be another rugged challenge. Philadelphia has won in their last two visits to the Verizon Center, including 4-3 12 days ago. Though the Flyers lost yesterday, its power play continues to percolate, scoring 34.5 percent of the time, nearly double season average of 18.8 and they have tallied at least one score in this method in seven straight contests. The Caps special teams have been shorting out, as the league's top power play is 0-15 presently and their penalty killers have fallen to fifth in allowing five goals in 16 attempts.

The Flyers have won seven of last nine games in this series and deserve at least minor consideration, but Washington is the best team league and Philly is 2-9 on the road playing third time in four days.

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NHL Pick: Washington -200
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

Islanders Continue Home Dominance of Edmonton
Both the Islanders and Edmonton (21-32 SU) were throttled on the road yesterday by 5-1 scores and will seek to place that one behind them quickly. New York (26-24 SU) was in a difficult scheduling spot have defeated Detroit at home 12 days prior and their starting goalie Jaroslav Halak did not have it was pulled midway through the second period Saturday after surrendering four goals on 13 shots.

Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot surrendered the same amount of goals in the same amount of time, just on more shot attempts (23) and he too was yanked. Both coaches will have to quickly decide if their best netminders deserve a second chance, with the Islanders coach Jack Capuano seemingly having an easier choice with Halak 8-2-1 with a 1.98 goals-against average with three shutouts in 12 games against the Edmonton.

Have to support the favored Iles (-160), who are 9-3 in last 12 at home against the Oilers, while Edmonton is 19-40 after a loss by three or more goals.

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NHL Pick: New York -180
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Carolina Clips Montreal
Montreal (25-28 SU) was able to loosen up after a rare laugher yesterday, whipping Edmonton 5-1. That was just the Canadiens second victory in 11 contests and they will attempt to make it back to back W's for the first time since Nov.20-27, when they won four straight.

Carolina (24-29 SU) could be one point out of third place in the Metropolitan Division with road win this afternoon and they have legit shot having won eight of 12 and its offense having tallied 16 goals in past four outings, three which resulted in victories. Oddmakers are also giving them a shot since they are only +100 road underdogs to the Canadiens.

No question Montreal has some inherit advantages, having won five in a row over the Hurricanes at the Bell Centre and they are 13-3 after a blowout win by three or more goals. However, Carolina is more rested and the Habs are 2-6 on home ice playing consecutive days and 3-13 having lost three of four.

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NHL Pick: Carolina +105
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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