Daily NHL Picks For Those Looking To Cash In On Today's Value Games

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 3:46 PM GMT

Time to delve into pucks action with the NHL odds released on all eight games for Tuesday. We found some compelling matchups, and have found our sides to back.

Chicago places its 11-game winning streak on the line at Nashville and while the Predators have been quite beatable, they are 11-1 at home after playing a game where three or fewer total goals were scored. Since the start of December, Montreal is the worst team in the NHL at 5-15-1, garnering only 11 points, but two of them came against Boston and they have won 14 of 19 against the Bruins. Two of the best teams in the Western Conference collide with Dallas at Los Angeles. Washington is only a -145 favorite at Columbus, which suggest the league's best goalie Braden Holtby is probably going to be a backup tonight.

Coming off yet another perfect 3-0 day spoiled by OT loss (now 9-21 in OT here), I have three more NHL picks and seek a trio of victories in regulation.

 

Lightning Starting to Flash Skills
Is Tampa Bay (24-21 SU) finally over its Stanley Cup hangover? It appears so, winning five in a row and six of seven. Last season's best offense is beginning to resemble what this team is capable of and has rung up 3.14 goals a contest in their past seven games. This push has jettisoned Tampa Bay to third place in the Atlantic Division, just five points behind front-running Florida.

Both Tampa Bay and Edmonton (19-28 SU) have defeated Florida in the last two days, the Oilers accomplishing this yesterday 4-2, catching the Panthers in a rugged scheduling spot. That is two consecutive wins for Edmonton, which was only their sixth road triumph in 24 tries.

The NHL odds have Tampa Bay as good-sized -230 money line favorites, but given how sharp goalie Ben Bishop has been, Edmonton's road woes and the fact the Oilers are 16-52 away when playing their third game in five days the last three seasons, expect the Lightning to strike.

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Free NHL Pick: Tampa Bay wins
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

Philadelphia Grinding Out Good Efforts
Nobody is going to accuse the Philadelphia (20-23 SU) of being top shelf squad in the NHL, but what their coach has been asking for is complete effort, play as a team and we will accept the results. The Flyers are 5-0-1 in the past half dozen tilts and head coach Dave Hakstol said this, "I've said all the way along, our guys have continued to battle hard for one another."

Philadelphia has done this, as five of the contests involved one goal outcomes (only loss in OT), with a mixture of good offense some nights and outstanding defense in others. Netminder Steve Mason is expected in the crease and in his four starts in this stretch he has a superb 1.69 goals-against average and .940 save percentage, with 3-0-1 record.

The Flyers face Toronto (16-27 SU), who has lost five straight and are +125 road underdogs and are horrific 0-12 in road games after giving up three goals or more in four consecutive contests.

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Free NHL Pick: Philadelphia wins
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

 

Red Light Flashes Frequently in Columbus
Washington has been the best team in the NHL all season and one of the top scoring units, listed second in the league at 3.27 a game. Columbus is the worst team in the NHL, having the fewest points at 38 and is the weakest defensive squad, conceding 3.15 GAG.

Based on the oddsmakers opening line, they are not expecting Braden Holtby to play for Washington, after he came out of last contest feeling woozy, which was later determined to be a bout of dehydration. This means backup Philipp Grubauer would start and while he's not done a bad job in eight starts, he's not Holtby either.

There is also uncertainty who will be in goal for Columbus and the total was sent out at 5.5 with so much speculation. Unless the Capitals do not come to play, they should score a number of times and these teams are 11-3 OVER at Nationwide Arena of late, including the past six straight and we expect the same to happen yet again.

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Free NHL Pick: Over
Best Line Offered: at The Greek