Daily NHL Picks: Three Sharp Ice Selections For Monday's Betting

Doug Upstone

Monday, February 29, 2016 3:00 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 3:00 PM UTC

It is Leap Year Day and for those born on this day, every four years they can celebrate their actual birthday. For the rest of us we will take the time to study the NHL odds.

Celebrities like Tony Robbins and Ja Rule are born on this day and just guessing but they probably do not know much at all about the NHL odds (If wrong I stand corrected) for today. Yesterday, home teams Chicago and Anaheim had a couple of big time victories and Tampa Bay was dominate in bouncing Boston on the road.

For Monday, I have three NHL picks and honestly could put these in any order because that is how I view them.


Why Would Arizona Win Now?
Whatever small chances Arizona (27-35 SU) had of making the playoffs have all but been diminished with five-game losing streak. The last four have been on Eastern road trip to fall to 11-19 SU and they finish up the sojourn with another game in the Keystone State, this time in western Pennsylvania at Pittsburgh.

The first three games of the trip were against the elite of the Eastern Conference, but losing 4-2 at Philadelphia Saturday, understanding that was a great chance to get back in the win column against a struggling offense without a couple of its top players, just pointed out why the Coyotes are the league's most feeble defensive team.

Pittsburgh's (31-29 SU) is no longer a fearsome offensive force, ranked 16th in scoring at 2.62 goals a game but they are better than Philadelphia (23rd). The Penguins currently have the final playoff spot and are in the unusual situation of being five points out of tied for second place or five points from being tied for 11th. With Pittsburgh a -230 home favorite, they have defeated last seven losing teams, while Arizona has lost 47 of past 60 versus winning clubs.

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NHL Pick: Pittsburgh -220
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline


Dallas Faces Wrong Team at Wrong Time
Dallas (38-25 SU) has hit another dry patch in losing five of six and has fallen out of first place in the Central. As has been chronicled here, the slumping Stars defense gets most of the blame, permitting 4.5 GAG in this stretch, lowering them to 23rd in goals allowed at 2.84. However, a new development has been in the works and not everyone is aware of it.

The Dallas numbers still look good at home, scoring 3.2 GAG, leading to 20-10 SU mark. Nonetheless, the Stars have lost three straight on home ice and four of five has its offense has plummeted to 2.1 GAG in their last 10 outings compared to 3.8 GAG in their initial 20 contests at American Airlines Arena.

Next in comes Detroit (31-31 SU), who has no fear about playing Dallas on the road, winning six consecutive times in Big D. The Stars might be -145 favorites, but have lost nine of 11 February home assignments and are 3-8 having dropped three of four.

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NHL Pick: Detroit +130
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


San Jose Has Owned Montreal at Shark Tank
Montreal (30-32 SU) is showing they have a pulse in winning three of four and six of 10. Though they are only five points out of the last postseason position, the Canadiens have to leapfrog four other teams just to get there, no simple task. This is made harder having an arduous four-game road trip starting in San Jose (33-28 SU).

As mentioned here yesterday, with the Sharks win at Vancouver last night, this is only game in seven day period in which they will not face the Canucks. San Jose has been far better on the road compared to at home where they are only 11-16 SU, but taking on Montreal has not been an issue.

The Sharks have won nine of past 11 against the Canadiens at the SAP Center and in last five games played anywhere, they have permitted only five goals to the Habs. With Montreal 5-15 in out of conference clashes, they sure do look like +150 underdogs.

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NHL Pick: San Jose -160
Best Line Offered: at Bet365

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