Daily NHL Picks: Top Bets Across Tuesday's Short Slate

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 4:55 PM GMT

The NHL odds from the sportsbooks in hockey are cut and dry today. With only two games to choose, it reduces over thinking for making choices for NHL picks and can just cut to chase.

The last couple Tuesday's have not been good, thus, will be out for improvement on NHL picks. Besides the two money lines today, I also have a total that is tempting as a large turkey leg to chew on today.

 

Ottawa visits Dallas
All season Dallas (17-4 SU) has been one of the highest scoring teams in the league and are the moment are second at 3.52 goals a game. Tonight the Stars will be tested by arguably the hottest goaltender in the league in Craig Anderson. Ottawa's netminder is off consecutive shutouts and in his past four games he has a sensational 1.22 goals against average.

However, the zeros Anderson hung on the scoreboard were against Columbus and Philadelphia at home, who rank 20th and 30th in goals scored respectively this season. Facing Dallas is quite a different matter and here is why. The Stars have three of the top six point leaders in the NHL with Tyler Seguin second (32 points), Jamie Benn third (30) and John Klingberg tied for fifth (23). Trying to contain this group alone is a task, along with other sharp-shooters and playmakers on the Dallas roster.

Another factor is Anderson has to face is the Stars generate a good volume of quality shots. Besides their scoring aptitude, they are second in shots on goal at 31.6. This becomes potentially problematic for the Senators who conceded the most shot attempts at a whopping 34.3 per contest.

Ottawa (10-10) opened as +160 road underdogs and they are not bigger dogs because they have won five of eight on the road and have a couple of hot scorers of their own. Erik Karlsson and Bobby Ryan have been excelling at finding the back of the net and finding teammates, with Karlsson having five goals and five assists over a six-game point streak and Ryan amassing 10 points over a career-high eight-game run.

While it is certainly tempting to ride smoldering goalie like Anderson, containing Dallas is an immense problem with multiple scorers, blistering shot attempts and if you make a mistake, they are No. 2 in power play percentage at 27.7 percent. With the Stars having won seven in a row over Ottawa, have to take the better club.

I also think Dallas breaks through on Anderson and the Senators. Additionally, Ottawa's offense has been quite good of late in tallying 19 goals in past six outings and would also recommend an OVER 5.5 on the total.

NHL Picks: Dallas -169 & Over 5.5 at Pinnacle

 

Anaheim Hosts Calgary
I am going to get this out of the way as hockey handicapper, if I had only four games to choose like some days, this one would be out.

Calgary (8-13 SU) has lost eight off 11 on the road, but has seen an uptick, winners of last two, three of four and five of previous eight. In those five victories, the Flames have been sound defensively, with only eight goals surrendered and they will take on Anaheim offense which is tied for last in scoring at 1.76 GAG.

The Ducks (7-14 SU) are hardly hockey royalty and their miserable campaign continues, having dumped five of seven.

So why in the world is Anaheim a -150 home favorite on the NHL odds and my choice to emerge victorious? Simple, history. The Ducks have beaten Calgary 20 consecutive times on home ice with the Flames last win in Orange County during the regular season on Jan. 19th, 2004. That is the fourth-longest home streak in NHL history and I'm not about to buck that trend, yet realizing this might be Calgary's best chance in years.

NHL Pick: Anaheim -144 at 5Dimes

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