Free NHL Picks for Monday, Dec. 1st

David Lawrence

Monday, December 1, 2014 1:37 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 1:37 PM GMT

Monday is a quiet night in the NHL with just five games on the card. We’ve got previews and picks on three of them, though, so read on to see our favorite NHL picks of the night.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers

NHL Odds: Rangers -115

The New York Rangers had been struggling but a home-and-home set with the Philadelphia Flyers has made them look good. They won both games over the weekend, outscoring the Flyers 8-2. However, the Flyers have been one of the worst teams in the NHL over the last couple of weeks and have now lost eight of nine, so the Rangers two-game hot streak is a bit overrated. When you remove that from the equation, the Rangers have actually lost eight of their last 11.

On Monday, they’ll host the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are one of the best teams in the NHL. The Lightning have won three straight and 11 of 15, which includes two wins over the Rangers in that spell. Each time, the Lightning have scored at least four goals. They’re the play here as a road dog.

Free NHL Pick:  Lightning +105

 

Montreal Canadiens vs. Colorado Avalanche

NHL Odds: Avalanche -120

The Avalanche have seemingly righted the ship thanks to goaltender Calvin Pickard. With him in net, they’ve won three of four starts and finally have a bit of momentum. Overall, they’ve won five of seven. While Pickard has provided a spark, the real difference has been their offense. On the season, they are averaging just 2.58 goals per game (19th in the NHL) but they’ve averaged 3.43 over their last seven games. However, I still like the under for my NHL picks as the Canadiens haven’t been scoring much lately (four goals in last three games) and they average just 1.67 in road games, which is the second-fewest in the league. Look for the Habs defense to keep the hot Avs offense under wraps and for us to get an under here.

Free NHL Pick:  Under 5.5

 

Boston Bruins vs. Anaheim Ducks

NHL Odds: Ducks -130

The Bruins are having a really hard time scoring goals these days, so under looks like it might be a good choice on Monday night. They’ve won just four of their last eight games and scored just 13 goals in the process, which boils down to just 1.63 per game. When you measure that up against all of the other teams in the NHL over that span, you’ll see that the Bruins are scoring the fewest goals per game in that span.

As for the Ducks, their averages are slightly lower at home (both goals scored and goals allowed), and goaltender Frederik Andersen has been noticeable better on the Duck Pond than he has been away from it. At home, he’s got a 2.12 GAA and an .926 save percentage. On the road, those numbers dip to 2.71 and .899. That being the case, go under in this one. It should be a low-scoring affair.

Free NHL Pick: Under 5 at 5Dimes

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