Daily NHL Picks: Turn These Hot Bets into Cold Hard Cash

Doug Upstone

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 3:14 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 3:14 PM UTC

It would be easy to chalk up what appears to be an easy winner on Anaheim, instead I will tackle the other three NHL odds for my NHL picks against the oddsmakers today.

Coming off a nice 3-0 day for NHL picks, on Hump Day I will attack the NHL odds in today's other action which has some contrasting views.


Ottawa Clips Columbus on the Road
Sportsbooks like Heritagesports and others have Columbus as -140 money line home favorites, which honestly seems a little high. I can understand the rationale with Columbus desperate after 0-3 start. The Blue Jackets have not scored first yet in any game and they have given up four power play goals in the opposing teams 11 chances. Sure it is very early, but all these are troubling signs for a club that won 42 games last year. Conventional wisdom is to support the home team that has to win but Columbus is 0-7 after allowing four goals or more in three straight games.

Ottawa won its initial two games before running into the Montreal buzz saw and was chopped up 3-1. Craig Anderson will be back in net as the Senators attempt to start 3-0 on the road for the first time in eight years and Anderson is 6-1 with a 2.44 goals against average in his last seven starts against Columbus. With the Jackets struggles and Ottawa 13-5 in road games after playing a game where four or fewer total goals were scored, this NHL handicapper will take the underdog.

NHL Pick: Blue Jackets -128 at Heritage

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Chicago Finds Way to Win in Philly
Normally, I'm one to back strong trends, especially when they do not make sense. Chicago has assembled a hockey dynasty by modern standards, with three Stanley Cups in six years. Yet for some reason Philadelphia has given them troubles in the Flyers building. The Blackhawks have lost three in a row in the City of Brotherly Love and 13 of 15 dating back to 1996. It is given Chicago has the better talent with the likes Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville is a mastermind at tinkering with lines to create matchup edge, but for some reason, it has not work at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers made moves at the trade deadline which has changed this team. GM Ron Hextall lowered salary and got rid of older players to alter the complexion of this squad. Philadelphia was one of the last teams to embrace the idea of rule changes to add speed and reduce hitting and is finally catching up to the rest of the league. With players like Claude Giroux, Philly is committed to new style, but that could work against them now, not being able to lay the lumber to Chicago as often. The sportsbooks have Chicago at -145 and their skill makes them a winner.

NHL Pick: Blackhawks -140 at TheGreek

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Colorado's Improved Offense Should Baffle Boston
The Avalanche wanted to create more up ice pressure this season and thus far mission accomplished with 10 goals in two games. Tonight they are hosting reeling Boston, who has surrendered 16 goals in three home losses and will look to avoid worst start in 41 years.

The Bruins have gotten old after two Stanley Cup appearances and one title since 2010, but have made puzzling moves, trading away top talent to other teams without getting much in return. The revamped defense is really having a difficult time and Zdeno Chara at 38 and Dennis Seidenberg at 34, are not the same players they were even three years ago and they are trying to be competitive while building through the draft.

Colorado will look to keep the pressure on the Bruins and see if they continue to make mistakes to expose goalie Tuukka Rask. Colorado is 4-1 at the Pepsi Center against Boston and with the B's 4-15 off two consecutive home losses by two goals or more, the Avs at -145 is too inviting to pass on.

NHL Pick: Avalanche -130 at 5Dimes

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