Daily NHL Picks: Valuable ML Betting Locks for Saturday

Doug Upstone

Saturday, November 28, 2015 3:03 PM UTC

Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 3:03 PM UTC

With so many games yesterday in the ice, the sportsbooks NHL odds were coming a little slow, but I found what I needed by using SBR's service to come ahead of the crowd.

After yesterday's 3-0 showing, feeling a little spry today and willing to step out and make some situational plays based on current form. I don't make a lot of these for NHL picks, but in particular two have caught my eye as a hockey handicapper and I am willing to place my money on them.

The NHL odds you will see listed are live.


Rangers Climb Back on Winning Track
How often have we seen it, a team goes on a long winning streak and once they finally lose, they scuffle for awhile. The New York Rangers (16-7 SU) won nine in a row and 11 of 12 and were far and away the best defensive team in the league. But a loss Wednesday to Montreal ended a nine-game home winning streak and yesterday the Rangers blew a 3-2 lead at Boston with only four minutes to play and fell 4-3 in regulation. That is 13 goals allowed in past four games by New York, but because of their season-long brilliance, they remain the top defensive team at 2.0 goals a game allowed.

The Blueshirts defense should return in this afternoon game with Philadelphia (8-15 SU). New York is a -200 money line favorite and they will take on the league's worst offense in the Flyers, who average only 1.78 GAG. At MSG, New York is 13-1 SU against Philadelphia in past 14 contests, if you include last spring's playoffs, plus, the Flyers are 2-13 on the road off a win.

NHL Pick: Rangers -170 at Bookmaker

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Columbus With a Shot in St. Louis
This is one of two situational picks I will make for today for sports picks. St. Louis (14-9 SU) after overcoming an inordinate amount of injuries and playing extremely well has hit a dull period, losing five of eight. Even Blues coach Ken Hitchcock admits, "We have too much slowness in our game....and we're on our heels now."

Nothing sluggish about Columbus (10-14 SU), who continues to climb out of early season hole by winning six of eight. The Blue Jackets have really dug in defensively and surrendered only 14 goals in these past eight games. The winning play is not just coming on defense either with Cam Atkinson scoring the winning goal twice in the past three games and Ryan Johansen has placed three pucks in the back of the net in his last four outings.

No announcement yet on Columbus netminder, but if it's backup Curtis McElhinney, I would be more cautious. Nevertheless, the Jackets are playing with tremendous confidence, while the Blues are struggling to regain theirs and Columbus has three straight wins over St. Louis.

NHL Pick: Bluejackets +180 at BetOnline

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Nothing Wild About Minnesota Right Now
After Minnesota (11-10 SU) defeated Nashville 4-0 last Saturday to end three-game losing streak, they had the best home record in the Western Conference at 8-1. It turned out to be a mirage because the Wild's poor play continued and they were tamed on home ice by both Nashville and Vancouver this week.

Minnesota still has a fine 8-3 mark at the Xcel Energy Center, but has to face not only the best team in their conference, but a squad who has the finest road record in the NHL. Dallas (18-5 SU) leads the West with 36 points and sparkles when dawning the road sweaters with a 9-2 record. Offensively, the Stars are in the Top 3 of nearly every important category, including second in scoring on power plays. Why this matters is because Minnesota is 29th in penalty kills at 73.6 percent.

This game opened as Pick and the Wild were shaded early, which make Dallas a nice live road underdog.

NHL Pick: Stars -108 at 5Dimes

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