Daily NHL Picks: Three Money Line Selections for Thursday's Action

Doug Upstone

Thursday, January 21, 2016 3:50 PM GMT

As the NHL season continues to unfold, the NHL odds we see today will be the norm. Some quality teams in mismatches and a whole bunching of middling teams playing in basically even games.

From the handicapping perspective, considering we are talking about money lines, my preference is to back the better teams. In hockey, you cannot be afraid of big numbers and while plenty of big underdogs to win, over the long haul, the chalk teams, as long as they are in good form, are worth at least thinking about for NHL picks.

With the other teams who are scrapping to make the playoffs or whose season is essentially over and are just waiting to be eliminated, best to find hot or cold clubs and wager on them accordingly against the NHL odds.

 

Kings Confound Missteping Minnesota
There is nothing wild about the Wild these days. Minnesota (22-24 SU) has lost five in a row and scoring twice would be cause for euphoria and lighting the lamp three times in the same game sounds like time to bring out the Fireball for shots all around. As mentioned yesterday in picking against the Wild, in the their last 10 games, Minnesota is averaging 1.6 points a game and it has gotten worse in this losing streak with only four.

First place Los Angeles (29-16 SU) is frolicking at the Staples Center, having won 15 of 20 and is a -170 favorite. The Kings picked up a new toy in Vincent Lecavalier from Philadelphia and the revitalized former star has three goals in past three contests and as new teammate Milan Lucic said, ''You can tell he's having fun again,''. An effective L.A. power play has moved up to fifth in percentage at 21.5 percent with Lecavalier. The Kings have won seven of nine against losing teams and think about an UNDER play also.

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NHL Pick: Los Angeles -170
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

Stars Finally Shine Again
It has been a rough start to the new year for Dallas (29-18 SU). The Stars were cruising along, being the top scoring team in the NHL and while they have defensive shortcomings from time to time, the offense applied a band-aid and all was well. However, Dallas is 1-7 SU and Chicago passed them in the standings like they were a broken down car on the freeway.

Looking back to Dec. 29th, the Stars have surrendered three or more goals in six of nine contests, with a goals against average that in insidiously high at 4.00. Now back home, Dallas is 17-5 where it's yielded 11 goals in the last nine skirmishes. The Stars are -200 money line favorites over Edmonton (19-29 SU), who might cure what is ailing them.

The Oilers are 6-19 away from home and off their 6-4 setback at Tampa Bay Tuesday, they are 0-9 after allowing six goals or more.

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NHL Pick: Dallas -197
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

Sharks Find Another Home Victim
It has taken awhile, but San Jose (23-21 SU) is in position to take over sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division with a victory over Arizona (22-23 SU). The Sharks have won five of six and started to finally win at home, since they have been awesome on the road at 15-8 SU.

San Jose is a -125 road fave in the Coyotes den, where Arizona has lost three in a row and seen it offense disappear like a the last piece of cake left in the refrigerator. The Coyotes have only rung up three scores in these three tilts and its power play is on empty at 0-10. Coach Dave Trippett's club has found no solace in facing San Jose, losing four of five in Glendale and is 2-14 at home after scoring two goals or less in two straight games. Expect the Sharks to have the Coyotes howling in pain.

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NHL Pick: San Jose -122
Best Line Offered: at Heritage