Daily NHL Picks: Three Melting Selections For Tuesday's Action

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 3:18 PM GMT

It is back to work against the NHL odds on the ice and we have a plethora of games to consider for today with an even dozen. However, many of the matchups should be closely contested.

This is why in spite of the depth of choices, this will not be as simple as it appears. Plus, we have the additional aspect of every team being off for an extended period and like in the NBA and MLB, not every team comes back with the same level of precision and alertness and may struggle and there is no formula to determine on how clubs and individual players will perform against the NHL odds.

Here are today's NHL picks and they are in order of preference starting the best first, looking to continue strong showing with 12 winning days in past 16.

 

Pittsburgh Picks up Where They Left Off
This has been an arduous journey for the Pittsburgh Penguins (24-24 SU), but the hard work is starting to pay off. Pittsburgh won their last three games before the All-Star break and that moved them into the No.8 slot in the Eastern Conference and given this still seemingly fragile team the hope and belief they can keep building on this.

Though the Penguins still have 34 regular season games remaining, they understand where they are, "Our playoffs basically start now," captain Sidney Crosby said. In winning four of their last five, Pittsburgh showed more urgency and energy over any five-game stretch since late October into November when they won six straight. They will face Ottawa (23-27 SU), who has been laboring for some time, losers of nine of 14. Despite having an offense that ranks ninth in scoring at 2.70, the Senators cannot stop the puck and are 29th in goals allowed at 3.02.

Pittsburgh is a -175 money line home favorite and with Ottawa 24th in shot attempts (28.4 per game) and dead last in shots permitted (33.1), the Pens are 17-1 against opponents who a negative shot differential of three or more.

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NHL Pick: Pittsburgh -180 
Best Line Offered: at TheGreek

 

Nashville and St. Louis in Another Low Scoring Affair
By all accounts, the NHL All-Star experience in Nashville was a major success. For hockey bettors, they will seek to achieve the same level of success as the two defenses had played before the break in this Central Division showdown.

Nashville won their last four contests before their mid-season break, all on the road and allowing only one goal on each occasion. Pekka Rinne was in goal in three of those contests and is expected to be between the pipes again this evening.

St. Louis has enjoyed one the longest breaks, having last play nine days ago. The Blues have only given up seven goals in past four games, but tallied just three their three road tilts, the last two, both defeats.

With the sportsbooks total at 5, we uncovered St. Louis is 9-3 UNDER having lost two of three and the Predators are 6-0 UNDER at home against clubs like the Blues averaging less them 2.55 GAG in the second half of the season since last year.

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NHL Pick: Under 5
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Colorado Clips Chicago Again
Colorado (27-25 SU) finished the first half 5-1 and have taken four of the last six against Chicago (33-20 SU). The defending Stanley Cup champions have the most points in the Western Conference, yet have top heavy tendencies. The Blackhawks are 21-5-1 at the United Center, but are merely 12-14 SU on the road. Nobody can argue the brilliance of Patrick Kane this season, leading in points with 73, which is 15 ahead of second place Jamie Benn at 58. Maybe this is nothing, but shutdown Kane and chances of beating Chicago increases dramatically since they the largest gap of No. 1 vs. No.2 scorers (Artemi Panarin -48 points) at 34.3 percent.

Also tonight, extremely valuable Jonathan Toews serves his one-game suspension for missing the All-Star game. With the Avalanche +110 home underdogs, they are 8-2 at the Pepsi Center versus teams conceding 2.55 or fewer GAG in the second part of the season since last year and are worth a look.

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NHL Pick: Colorado +115
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes