Daily NHL Picks: Turn These Trio Of Moneline Odds Into Cold Hard Cash

Doug Upstone

Monday, March 28, 2016 1:53 PM GMT

Monday, Mar. 28, 2016 1:53 PM GMT

With just two weeks left in the regular season, besides the betting odds, there are many elements to be decided in the standings before the Stanley Cup playoffs can commence.

Who plays who, who goes where and how will the matchups effect what is always a treacherous first round of hockey action. But first we have to get there and today we have to make more NHL picks coming a off yet another OT setback this season which cost us a winning day. We have still managed to win six of the past eight days we went at the NHL odds boards.

Normally, Tampa Bay going up against Toronto would be a play for me, but the Lightning lost one of their top scorers in loss to Florida Saturday and with the Maple Leafs a pesky 5-2 SU of late, at -250, that is more then I want to bet until I learn more on Tampa Bay. Here is what I have lined up for today.

 

Washington Returns to Winning Ways
In this space we have expressed some concerns about Washington (53-21 SU) in spite of their fantastic season which will result in them winning President's Cup for most points. Thought it was curious they had goalie Braden Holtby play at New Jersey Friday and use backup Philipp Grubauer against St. Louis the next night in what should have been marquee matchup, which the Capitals lost 4-0. Seemed like coach Barry Trotz took a page out of the Greg Popovich handbook in resting players in peculiar ways.

Holtby is expected to be between the pipes tonight against Columbus (30-45 SU), which is part of the reason they are -245 home favorites. The Washington offense is expected to rebound off blanking, having scored 3.56 goals a game against Blue Jackets in past 16 contests leading to 10-3-3 record. The Caps are 17-3 this season off a defeat and 7-0 if it was by three or more goals.

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Free NHL Pick: Washington Capitals -230
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

Nashville Could Further Crush Colorado's Playoff Bid
Music and KFC chicken are not the only great aspects of Nashville these days, the hockey team is not too shabby either. The Predators (39-36 SU) have won three in a row and seven of 10 and with a victory could climb within two points of Chicago for third place in the Central Division with six games to play. Nashville has not lost in a regulation game at home since Feb.15th (7-0-3) and has suddenly slumping Colorado (38-37 SU) at Bridgestone Arena tonight.

The Avalanche just lost two home games to Philadelphia and Minnesota. The loss to the Wild really hurt, since that is who they are chasing for last playoff spot in the West and it ends up being a four point swing and not trails Minnesota by five points. In Colorado's next six games, they have the Preds twice on the road, plus at St. Louis and Dallas and home games against Washington and the Blues. Nashville is a favorite and they have won nine of last 12 at home against Colorado.

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Free NHL Pick: Nashville Predators -214
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Must Win for Red Wings
Detroit (37-38 SU) is tied with Philadelphia for the eighth position in the East, but has played one more game than the Flyers, leaving them in a little more peril. This is why picking up two points at home versus Buffalo (31-44 SU) is an absolute must this evening. The Red Wings are a -180 home fave and face a tricky Sabres squad, who despite record, is playing to the end and has won four of six. Detroit has a lot on the line besides just trying to make playoffs, as they have been to the postseason 25 times in a row and no team wants to see a streak like that end.

The Red Wings are at least in an advantageous position with a 29-3-2-1 record in last 35 meetings (one tie) and at The Joe, they have taken 16 of 18 against Buffalo. Maybe the Sabres step up, but off their 7-2 drubbing by Pittsburgh, Detroit is 18-3 at home after being whipped by four or more goals.

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Free NHL Pick: Detroit Red Wings -180
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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