Free Daily NHL Picks: Play & Win with Tuesday's Sharpest Bets

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 4:22 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 4:22 PM UTC

After a winning week overall against the sportsbooks betting odds, we try to improve upon our success with sports picks and dole out more winning NHL picks in the rink starting today.

Tuesday's NHL picks are definitely not contrarian choices, as we follow the current trends for each team or situation, believing at least for one more game they will continue playing the same.


Look for the Red Light Flashing Frequently in Bean-Town
Boston leads the NHL in scoring at 3.90 goals a game and tonight's opponent Dallas ranks third at 3.42 GAG. A big part of each team's success is their skill when on the power play and both clubs have the same ranking with a man advantage, with the Bruins the best at fantastic 35.4 percent (12 for 34) and the Stars No.3 at 25 percent (10 for 40).

In the same vein, neither Dallas nor Boston has been very good when trying to kill penalties, with the Stars listed at 18th (78.4%) and the B's tied for 26th at 75%.

By now you can understand where I am going with this. The NHL odds at Heritage have a total of 5.5 and this hockey handicapper will be playing the OVER. Yes, Boston has tightened up on the defensive end in giving up only two goals in last three outings, however, the last two Under's the Bruins manufactured were the first of the season for them, leaving them at 8-2 OVER. Dallas has also trended towards higher scores at 8-4 OVER and the Stars are 10-3 OVER playing their third game in four days the last two seasons.

Free NHL Pick: Stars & Bruins Over 5.5 (+105) at 5Dimes

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New Jersey Road Dog Winners
The New York Islanders have lost three in a row, scoring only five times and it is not a coincidence captain John Tavares has missed parts or all of these contests with an unknown illness which is expected to keep him away tonight as well.

New Jersey is a very traditional hockey franchise and change comes slow to this organization. The Devils have been overly loyal to players and coaches who have brought them success and after a 32-50 SU season, bringing in 40-year old John Hynes to be the head coach of one of the oldest rosters in the league, that was a shock because Hynes is the youngest head man in the NHL.

Critics had the "I told you so" look when New Jersey started 0-4 SU (0-3-1), but those looks have disappeared with New Jersey winning six of seven. What Hynes and his assistants have done is not created a system, rather, understanding the talent on hand build a style that fits the players and they are reacting positively.

The Devils opened as +140 road underdogs and with them 5-0 against defensive opponents conceding 29.5 or more shots on goal, I'll back New Jersey versus scuffling Islanders crew.

Free NHL Pick: New Jersey Devils +146 at BetOnline

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Backing Montreal With How They are Playing
Montreal is 11-2 to start the season and the numbers point to this not being a fluke. The Canadiens are second in the league in scoring at 3.85 GAG and third in fewest goals allowed at 1.85, for a whopping 2.0 differential.

For most teams when your top goaltender is out because of injury for multiple games, the team goes into scramble-mode, asking each player on the ice to do a little more, especially on defense, to help the backup netminder. But Montreal lost Carey Price, whose been the best player between the pipes the past few years in the league and he is no ordinary goaltender.

But no panic from Montreal, in the two games with fill-in starter Mike Condon, the Canadiens jumped to substantial leads over Calgary and Winnipeg and Condon has allowed only three goals.

With Carey out, the money line has more value with the Habs at -160 and I will call for them to reach 8-0 after allowing two goals or less in two straight games this season.

Free NHL Pick: Montreal Canadiens -154 at Pinnacle

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