Daily NHL Picks for Those Looking to Cash in With Today's Top Plays

Doug Upstone

Thursday, December 3, 2015 2:39 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 2:39 PM UTC

Another intriguing day on the ice with the various releases from the sportsbooks. Today's NHL odds are seeming inflated, telling and right on the mark and those are just from three games we checked.

We will be talking about all three of those circumstances and offer our opinion on who you might want to take for sports picks. Yesterday I went 1-2, but not going to apologize for losing not one but two games in shootouts. That is just bad luck against the NHL odds.


Oddsmakers Indicate Who They Like in Montreal
The Montreal Canadiens (19-7 SU) have the most points in the NHL at 41 and the largest goal differential at +33. Nonetheless, they will best tested over the next six weeks or thereabouts with Vezina Trophy winner goalie Carey Price out with a knee injury. Mike Condon will again be taking Price's place the majority of the time and he's done good work with 2.11 goals against average, which is seventh for anyone who has played in at least 14 contests.

Yet despite Montreal's excellent 10-2-2 home record, the linemakers only had the Canadiens at -110 on the opening line. Why is because Washington (17-6 SU) has been playing exceedingly well in winning five in row. The Capitols offense has been on fire scoring 21 times in this stretch have history. While Montreal seemingly has hexes on teams like Boston and few others, Washington is 9-2 at the Bell Centre in past 11 visits, with both losses beyond regulation. This is purely is purely a matchup problem for Montreal and I will just follow the sportsbooks for NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Washington -107 at BetOnline

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Florida Falters Again in Nashville
The Panthers are closing in on .500 for the season, having won three in a row to raise their record to 11-13 SU for the season. Florida defense has been superb with only four goals allowed, as their defensemen has been exceptional in clearing out the center of the ice and forcing opposing teams wide.

Florida opened as +135 road underdogs at Nashville (13-11 SU), which seems like a fair number especially when you realize the circumstances. I'm not going to say it's been too long since the Panthers beat the Predators on the road, but the last time they accomplished this was when Ricky Martin was singing "Livin' la Vida Loca". (1999) That is a period of nine games and they are 0-7 with two ties and their general lack of success can be traced to past 11 conflicts with Nashville in which they are 0 for freaking 31 on the power play. It doesn't figure to improve either as Florida has the second-worst away power play this season at a measly 8.3 percent. The Preds scored four goals in third period to defeat Arizona Tuesday and that momentum carries over tonight.

NHL Pick: Nashville -159 at 5Dimes

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Chalky Minnesota Wins at Home
After being one of the best home teams to start the season at 8-1, Minnesota (12-11 SU) has dropped three in a row. However, there appears to be a cure on the way for the Wild in the form of Toronto (8-17 SU). Odd-setters sent Minnesota out at -210 and they are off big win at Chicago after heated back and forth with Ryan Suter and coach Mike Yeo. The head coach is looking for the same defensive intensity he got in 2-1 victory over Chicago, altering his defensive pairings on the advice of Suter.

The Maple Leafs were crushed 6-1 at Winnipeg last evening and that was the third time in four outings the red light behind their net was turned on at least four times. James Reimer is expected in goal for Toronto and he's been the team's best goaltender this season, but unless the blue-liners are more effective, hard for this hockey handicapper to imagine the Leafs do not fall to 6-24 having lost four of five games since last year.

NHL Pick: Minnesota -218 at Heritage

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