Free Daily NHL Picks: Beat The Bookie With Tonight's Betting Duo

Doug Upstone

Friday, March 4, 2016 5:10 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 4, 2016 5:10 PM UTC

Given the fact we already made a choice on the Rangers at Capitals here at in another article for today against the NHL odds, what is left is slim pickings.

We do not want to be redundant and just provide same information just in smaller form and after looking at the total, did not find much value there, thus, instead we will have NHL picks from the other two contests today and add in some valuable info designed to help against the NHL odds down the road.

Including our New York at Washington choice, let's see if we can make it 12 of 15 winning days.


Uncomfortable Dallas Pick over New Jersey
When a team is on a 1-7 downward spiral, is playing terrible defense and is over a -200 money line favorite, backing them might require a shot of Jack Daniels immediately before or after placing bet. This is where the Dallas Stars (38-27 SU) are at the moment, having given up 4.3 goals a game, which is unthinkable for a team still having the third most points in the NHL.

However, New Jersey (31-34 SU) is not a whole lot better. The Devils cooled off a hot Nashville club last night 5-4 in OT, giving them only their second victory in eight outings and they have surrendered 3.6 GAG since shutting out Los Angeles 1-0.

Dallas situation is made worse by losing fourth-leading point producer Patrick Sharp for five to seven days with injury and defensemen Jordie Benn also out, forcing coach Lindy Ruff to shuffle defensive pairings. However, the home team has controlled this series in winning 13 of 17 and the Stars are 6-2 at home versus New Jersey. In addition, the Stars with two days off are a refreshed 16-5.

Given how the defenses are playing, I would also look at the Over.

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NHL Pick: Dallas -216
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


Columbus Edges Edmonton, Barely
Though hockey is a team sport, one player can lift a team and make everyone around them better. The return to health rookie Conner McDavid along with getting back into groove with valuable ice time has propelled Edmonton (25-41 SU) to three consecutive victories. The last two have been on the road, which is astonishing for a team which began current four-game road excursion 7-25 SU as visitors. McDavid has two goals and two assists thus far on the trip and its penalty killing has been splendid in not allowing a goal in 12 chances. The defense has conceded six goals in last five games.

The Columbus (26-38 SU) offense has been feast or famine during recent 5-2-2 period. Starting with Feb.11th contest, in order the Blue Jackets have scored 4,4, 1,0,6,1 ,6,4 and 1. Defensively, Columbus has been more consistent in permitting just 2.5, which is well below their season average of 3.1.

Opening odds I could find have Columbus as -135 home favorites, which we can get behind with the home team 21-7 in this matchup. While it is good to see the Oilers playing better on the road, they still are 16-52 SU over long period and with no rest, 16-58 SU, including 2-6 this season.

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NHL Pick: Columbus -160
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker


NHL Hockey News
A closer look at just how dominant Washington has been this season is look at the best wagers in the league. The Capitals at +23.1 units on the season, is better than the next four teams combined with Florida at +8.9, Chicago at +6.0, Colorado at +4.2 and the New York Rangers at +3.8.

In spite of Toronto (-14.7 units) having the worst record in the NHL, they are not the poorest bet, that goes to Vancouver at -17.4 units. The Canucks have eight more points in the standings than the Maple Leafs, but they are a miserable 4-15 when favored, leading to these results.

Calgary has lost seven in a row and 10 of 11 and even underdog players have little reason to consider the Flames. Being 11th in scoring should be a positive, but they are 29th in goals allowed and have the worst special teams by far in ranking 29th in power play percentage (16.2) and dead last in penalty killing at 73.6.

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