Friday's NHL Value Picks

David Lawrence

Friday, December 6, 2013 1:07 PM GMT

There are six game on the card on Friday night highlighted by the Anaheim-Chicago tilt, which will be featured on the NHL Network. That game looks like it will be a good one to sit back and enjoy. As for the rest of the slate, we’ve got three picks to get ourselves involved in the action.

Detroit Red Wings vs. New Jersey Devils 

The Red Wings are a road dog on Friday but they actually play great on the road (9-4) – especially when you compare it to their porous 5-11 home record. As for New Jersey, they really don’t have much of a home-ice advantage with a home record of 5-7. 

The line is where it is because Detroit is shorthanded without Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. I still think they’re more than capable of getting the job done without them. The Devils have lost two straight and five of seven.

Pick: Red Wings +114 at Pinnacle

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Minnesota Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 

Minnesota is in a back-to-back situation in this spot and it’s also their third game in four nights. However, with the game being virtually a PICK, I’ll add the Wild to my NHL picks

Columbus has been alternating wins and losses for nine straight games now and are coming off a win. They are just 6-8 at home this season, which compares favorably with the Wild’s 5-8 road record. This looks like a coin flip, so I’ll go with the team that’s played better this season.

Pick: Under 5.5 at SportsInteraction

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Phoenix Coyotes vs. Vancouver Canucks 

Phoenix has really had a tough time keeping their opponents from scoring recently – they’ve allowed at least four goals in five of their last seven games – but I’m still going to add them to my sports picks here because Vancouver doesn’t deserve to be such a huge favorite. The Canucks are laying -150 at home, which is a bit crazy when you consider they’ve lost eight of their last 11 home games. Without home-ice advantage, this is a toss-up but you’re getting the nicer payout with the Coyotes on the NHL odds

Pick: Coyotes +125 at Bet365

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