Free Daily NHL Picks: The Best Three Plays For Tuesday's Action

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 3:07 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 3:07 PM UTC

Hit a bit of a rough patch against the NHL odds, but when making picks every day, this will happen and I will do everything possible to rectify the situation starting today.

We have not been Toronto terrible, just off the game a bit, yet at least our top plays have flourished in winning five of last seven.

Not sure what is up, but we have seen some big scores the past 10 days in individual contests. Though the totals were only 4-3 to the OVER side last evening, three of those games saw two 6's and one 7 in goals tallied, which has been a familiar theme of late. It appears when a particular team starts feeling confident, the opponent has been seemingly powerless to stop them.

Today for NHL picks, backing three clubs in a good groove starting with top choice first.


New Jersey Give Philadelphia a Devil of a Time
Having seen parts of three New Jersey (29-28 SU) jousts the last couple of week and there are two undeniable facts about this team, they cannot score and they give up no easy goals. The Devils are kind of like fruit on pizza, it makes no sense but if baked right, better than you might expect. New Jersey is last in the league in scoring at 2.19 goals a game and they really struggle to even generate offense, also being last in shot attempts at 24.4 per contest. However, on defense, the goalie Cory Schneider has moved to the front of the line in fewest goals allowed at 1.98 and is third in save percentage at .931. Schneider's body language in the front of cage oozes confidence and his fellow defenders are feeding off him.

New Jersey has won three straight and in a manner fitting of their play by scores of 2-1, 2-1 and 1-0 and they are -125 home favorite over Philadelphia (24-31 SU) to keep this continuing. The Flyers have lost five of six, which includes a 3-1 loss at the New York Rangers Sunday and they are 0-7 in road games after allowing two goals or more in the third period of last game this season.

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NHL Pick: New Jersey -119
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


Dallas Road Resurgence Stops in St. Louis
The Dallas Stars (37-20 SU) have won seven of eight and have moved into first place with Chicago and are actually in a good position to overtake the Blackhawks, since they have played three fewer times. In a post All-Star article written here, we speculated Dallas might not play well to start the second half, having to play seven of next nine on the road and they were on an eight-game away losing streak.

To the Stars credit, they have shown mental toughness and won five in a row out of Texas, with its No.2 scoring offense (3.25 GAG) and the defense playing with greater purpose. St. Louis (32-26 SU) is six points behind Dallas and Chicago in the Central and has won four of six and its defense has been quite stingy in permitting 10 goals in past six contests. The NHL odds have the Stars at +110 and is playing third time in four days after being in Nashville last night, which might be too much to overcome for Dallas team that is 17-39 without rest.

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NHL Pick: St. Louis -124
Best Line Offered: at Heritage


Anaheim Ambushes Edmonton Yet Again
With a hard fought 6-4 victory over Calgary last night, Anaheim (28-27) goes after its 10th win in 12 tries against foe they are used to beating. After being the weakest scoring unit in the league, the Ducks are flying, averaging sensational 3.9 GAG in this tremendous stretch and can waddle to within three points of Los Angeles in the Pacific with a victory.

Starting last night, Anaheim is position to keep in the heat on the Kings, playing six games versus teams with little chance of making the playoffs like Edmonton (22-35 SU). The Oilers are dismal 8-18 SU since Dec. 15th, with very sporadic play on both ends of the rink. Edmonton has seen very little success against the Ducks at 2-17-2 and betting against Anaheim at -130 just makes no sense with 39-16 mark after scoring five or more goals.

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NHL Pick: Anaheim -115
Best Line Offered: at Bet365

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