Free Daily NHL Picks: Three Ice Picking Selections For Today's Card

Doug Upstone

Thursday, February 11, 2016 3:45 PM GMT

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 3:45 PM GMT

Normally I would be thrilled to have nine games with NHL odds to choose from in hockey. Yet I am not and let me explain why today's card has me more confused than trying to figure out Teletubbies.

My conundrum is about is about how teams will react after unusual situations. For example, Boston just gave up nine goals and the most shot attempts in 51 years, are they motivated at Winnipeg or still shell-shocked? Chicago was blanked by San Jose on home ice. With Dallas having won three straight road games and being destroyed by the Blackhawks 5-1 just five days ago, does Chicago bounce back or not? Plus, Buffalo at Philadelphia and Toronto at Edmonton are not exactly contests in which a winner is clearly obvious.

It is just one those days we all face in betting sports, sometimes it seems simple, other times it is not so obvious. After researching the card, I have three NHL picks which have a potential to make you smile, like you have in 19 of the past 25 days against the NHL odds.

 

San Jose Has Carry Over Effect and Stops Calgary
San Jose (28-24 SU) has climbed into second place in the Pacific Division and is off a 2-2 road trip that featured big road wins over St. Louis and Chicago. The latter was 2-0 on Tuesday and I believe this will have a positive carry over as they prepare for Calgary (24-28 SU). The Sharks players realize they are underperforming at home at 10-14 SU and as -170 favorites, this provides them an opportunity to knock off a beatable opponent, especially if Martin Jones is between the pipes.

Jones is 9-2-1 with a 2.06 goals-against average since Jan. 9 and though the Flames have won their last two, they are still 8-17 on the road this season. San Jose has won six of past eight versus teams with losing record and is rock solid 9-2 when playing with exactly one day between contests.

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NHL Pick: San Jose -170
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

 

Los Angeles Takes Down Islanders Again
The Kings (32-20 SU) have to be feeling rather invincible, having scored nine goals, all by different players at Boston two nights ago, having last reached that goal total almost 23 years ago on the road. Los Angeles already had a potent power play, ranked third at 23.4 percent conversion rate, but they have scored on seven of last 12 chances. They will be tested if these opportunities arise against the New York Islanders (28-24 SU) who are second in penalty kills at 86.8 percent.

The Islanders have also hung a big crooked number on the scoreboard themselves this week in routing Edmonton on Sunday 8-1. With Jaroslav Halak expected in goal for New York, he might require another huge offensive outburst from his teammates having lost eight times in a row to L.A. (0-6-2) with a GAA of 3.07. The Kings are +105 road underdogs and are 7-1 after scoring five or more goals and have won seven of 10 at the home of the Isles.

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NHL Pick: Los Angeles +100
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

Washington Adds To Minnesota's Problems
When I first looked at Washington (39-13 SU) at Minnesota (23-30 SU), I thought this could be a good situation for the Wild to end longest home losing streak in club history at six. Let's face it, Minnesota is going to win eventually and having lost 11 of past 12, this would seem like perfect improbable spot.

Evidently so did the oddsmakers and they released the Capitals as only -130 road favorites. I thought for certain Minnesota would be at least +130 home dog here, with their offense averaging a paltry 1.6 GAG during this period and the defense beginning to crumble in surrendering 3.8 GAG in the last half dozen times the Wild have taken the ice.

However, being able to grab the best team in hockey at this price and carrying a 19-7 road record, this is too good to pass up from value perspective on the money line. Maybe Minnesota does win, but the risk/reward favors the superior team which is where my money goes.

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NHL Pick: Washington -118
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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