Daily NHL Picks for Those Looking to Win Big With Today's Games

Doug Upstone

Friday, January 15, 2016 3:10 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 3:10 PM UTC

Sat down at the desk this morning to write this article, and three of the six hockey games on the schedule still had not been given NHL odds from the sportsbooks just yet.

Fortunately, being a hockey handicapper, I make my own odds the night before and have gotten skilled enough to be close, it not dead on, especially with money lines and have made my NHL picks for today accordingly.

While this week has been a little up and down, the "ups" have been quite good with two 3-0 days this week already and I will shoot for three of them in seven days for the first time this season, in pursuit of a having an outstanding week versus the NHL odds.

As stated, new policy has the selections listing top play first, with choices in order 1-thru-3.


Chicago's Defense Leads the Way Again
During fantastic six-year period for Chicago (29-17 SU), offense has been at the forefront of what they have accomplished, with the defense often overlooked until they hoisted another Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks offense remains potent, ranked seventh at 2.83 goals a game, but its defense in the main reason for nine-game winning streak.

Since being in 7-5 crazy win at Arizona on Dec.29th, which started the streak, Chicago's defense has been tighter than a hermetically sealed jar, with just 13 goals allowed in last eight outings. In watching the Hawks play, there is a great deal of chemistry working and the defensemen are sweeping oncoming rushers to the side, making life simpler for goalies Corey Crawford and Scotty Darling.

Toronto (16-25 SU) is staring at a four consecutive defeat unless they find solutions swiftly, having lost three straight and being outscored 12-2. With Chicago a -150 money line favorite, not going against a team that is 8-0 after conceding two or fewer goals in last contest.

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NHL Pick: Chicago -135
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


Ducks Gobble up Dallas
For regular readers of this article, for most of the season you were probably wondering if I was going to choose Dallas (29-15 SU) every game. I will admit, I have liked the shine of the Stars and taken them frequently and I make no apologies because the premise is to find as many winners as possible.

However, when the tide turns you have to adjust. Dallas was one of the best road clubs in the game, but after five consecutive away defeats they are 12-10 SU outside the Line Star State. Their largest problem is the power play. Dallas ranks third in the league at 22.5 percent, but has gone 2 for 34 on the power play in its last 13 road games.

Anaheim (18-24 SU) is showing signs of coming out of season-long scoring slump by winning six of nine and in four of those victories they have rung up four goals, which is massive improvement over season average of 1.9 GAG. With Dallas surrendering 3.0 goals a game on the road, the Ducks were -115 faves and for reasons unknown, the Stars are 2-9 away against weaker offensive teams scoring 2.55 or fewer GAG in the second half of the season the last three years.

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NHL Pick: Anaheim -108
Best Line Offered: at Heritage


Backing Suddenly Smoldering Carolina
Tonight at PNC Arena, Carolina (20-25 SU) will extend one of two streaks versus Vancouver (17-27 SU). Since falling to the Canucks nine days ago, the Hurricanes have blown away four opponents, figuratively speaking, and go after their longest winning streak in two years. Carolina will try and avoid bookend setbacks to Vancouver and they know what that is like, having fallen victim five times in a row to the Canucks.

Carolina is a -140 home favorite, while Vancouver had a rough start to six-game Eastern road trip with 4-1 loss at Washington last evening and is 8-15 SU as the visitor and 2-10 after two non-conference clashes. With my money I will back the home team who is playing well.

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NHL Pick: Carolina -143
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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