Free Daily NHL Picks: Three Sharp Ice Selections For Monday

Doug Upstone

Monday, February 15, 2016 3:16 PM GMT

Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 3:16 PM GMT

Halfway through February, we look to attack the NHL odds with fervor. We have seven contests on ice to choose from, though one of them is unplayable and that will not be the last one we will see.

With Chicago having lost three consecutive home games, if memory serves correct, the Blackhawks are the first -300 money line favorite of the season. There might have been one or two others, but I am quite certain it is the first opening 3-to-1 favorite of the season for NHL odds.

If yesterday was an indication of the relative strengths and weaknesses of Boston and Detroit in their nationally televised contests, if one or both make the playoffs, they looked ill-equipped to get out of the first round defensively in 6-5 high scoring affair with defenses that were brutal.

For NHL picks today, here are the three choices starting with the best one first.

 

Anaheim Keeps Rolling in Calgary
One of the most unusual aspects of team sports is how sometimes how one player can impact an entire team. This is the case with Anaheim (27-27 SU), who has gone from worst to third place in the Pacific Division and also climbed out of the basement as the league's worst offensive team thanks to center Ryan Getzlaf. The captain has been the catalyst in the Ducks resurgence with 19 points in 15 games after 23 points in first 35 contests.

Getzlaf in unlikely to slow down tonight, averaging better than a point a game in 52 tilts against Calgary (25-29 SU), who has lost nine of 11 (includes playoffs) to Anaheim. Though the Flames have long been a good home team, the Ducks style of play has been a problem for them and they are 2-11 at home against squads with a three or more shots on goal differential. Anaheim as -135 on the road looks to be right play.

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NHL Pick: Anaheim -130
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

 

Goals a Plenty in Brooklyn
Mentioned already how bad Detroit played on defense yesterday in rare victory over Boston. Maybe it was just an anomaly for the Red Wings since they had allowed five scores in previous four games. However, the offense looked like Detroit clubs of old with superior puck possession and great passing to keep the pressure on opposing defenses and they have averaged 3.6 goals a game in last six outings.

The New York Islanders offense has been excellent and the defense not so much, leading to recent 7-1-1 OVER run. The offense is sparking at 3.7 GAG in this stretch, while the defense has been beaten for better than three goals a game (3.11) over same time span.

These two also have a little history with three consecutive Over's and six of previous seven also OVER the total when the Islanders are playing host. New York comes into this clash 27-11 OVER if opponent allowed five of goals in last encounter.

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NHL Pick: Over 5.5
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Florida Could Flounder Against Pittsburgh
After zooming into first place in the Atlantic Division thanks to 17-4 run from Dec.15 to Feb. 4, Florida (32-24 SU) will try and regain that momentum and avoid fifth loss in six contests versus Pittsburgh (28-26 SU). Goalie Robert Luongo and the Panthers defense has been porous in conceding 3.8 GAG in their last half dozen trips to the rink, while the Penguins have not been perfect, they are churning, winners of seven of last nine.

Hockey bettors are also skittish about Florida and depending on the wagering outlet, as of early today have fallen 10 to 20 cents on the money line to around -120 home favorite. What Florida has not been able to do is solve Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who is 10-1-1 with a 1.71 goals-against average in his last 12 starts in the series. Conversely, Luongo is 1-2-4 with a 2.92 GAA in his past seven versus Pittsburgh and if coach Gerard Gallant wants to go a different direction, backup Al Montoya is even worse, posting a 5.04 GAA in losing his last three times against Pitt.

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NHL Pick: Pittsburgh +120
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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