Free Daily NHL Picks: The Best Three Plays For Easter Sunday

Doug Upstone

Monday, March 28, 2016 7:20 PM GMT

Happy Easter to everyone! We have betting odds on the three games in the NHL later today and with the way the NHL odds are set up, this could be a real Easter egg hunt for wins.

After a tumultuous Thursday where most favorites lost, which ended bad for your friendly hockey handicapper, the gambling gods were nicer the next day as we went 3-0, giving us six winning days in the last seven for NHL picks.

What will today hold, not easy to say with two of the three games real tough calls and another with a road favorite using their backup goaltender, which could be like finding the hidden plastic eggs and finding nothing inside.

For the NHL odds, we start with our best bet first and move down.

 

Hoping Chicago's a Darling Pick
The Blackhawks (43-32 SU) after losing six of seven, opened up a four-game road trip to some of the upper regions of North American and got off to a good start with convincing 4-1 victory over Calgary yesterday. The next stop is in Vancouver (27-47 SU), who has turned totally punch-less.

The Canucks have lost seven straight and their offense has disappeared like those Peeps candies this time of year, with just five goals scored and being shutout four different times since March 14th. During this stretch, Vancouver has been outscored by a ridiculous 22-5 margin.

Backup goalie Scott Darling will be called upon to keep the Canucks offense quiet with Corey Crawford still out and he is 2-2-1 with a 2.28 goals-against average during a stretch of five straight starts. Chicago opened as -170 road favorites and is 15-5 if opposing team scored two fewer times in last contest and the Canucks 4-12 in most recent home games.

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NHL Pick: Chicago -160
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

New Jersey Holds Off Carolina
New Jersey (36-39 SU) and Carolina (32-43 SU) are essentially in the same situation coming into tonight. Philadelphia and Detroit are tied for the last playoff spot in the East with 85 points and the Devils have 80 points and the Hurricanes are at 79. In either case they most likely have to win their last seven contests to even have a chance of catching either one, making this for the most part an elimination game.

In terms of current form, New Jersey is playing better, having won five of eight compared to Carolina, who has dropped six of seven, though those were mostly on the road.

The Devils are getting more mileage than expected out of netminder Scott Wedgewood, who was called up last week when No. 1 goaltender Cory Schneider suffered a knee injury and is not expected to be back at least until sometime this week. " He's played great since he got here," forward Keith Palmieri said of Wedgewood.

The Hurricanes might be a -125 home favorite, but they are 12-27-2 after playing an OT encounter, thus New Jersey is our call.

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NHL Pick: New Jersey +118
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Rangers Revenge Extends Win Streak
The New York Rangers (43-32 SU) have won three in a row and they have needed to with Pittsburgh (41-33 SU) nipping at their heels just four points behind for second place in the Metropolitan Division. New York has already been plastered twice this month by the Penguins by scores of 4-1 and 5-3 and will be out to expand lead while exacting some revenge.

For the Rangers it will be about trying to quell Pittsburgh's offense, which has average incredible 4.69 goals in their past 13 victories, compared to 1.1 goals a game in eight setbacks since Feb.10th. New York looks to have the right man for the job in goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who is 21-5-2 with a 2.17 goals-against average at MSG. He owns a 1.95 GAA while winning five of his last seven there against the Penguins, including four playoff matchups.

The New York offense has also come alive during win streak with 14 goals and they are presumed to see Pitt's backup Matt Murray between the pipes and the Penguins might be without two key defensemen who were injured yesterday. Pittsburgh rocked Detroit 7-2 Saturday and is only a +120 road underdog, but is 0-6 after scoring six goals or more in their previous game this season.

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NHL Pick: New York -126
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle