Get Your Best Value NHL Picks For Sunday Night

Doug Upstone

Sunday, February 28, 2016 3:25 PM GMT

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 3:25 PM GMT

While we cannot wait for today's early Washington vs. Chicago game, in reviewing the NHL betting odds our focus will be on other games, because the feeling is that conflict is too close to call.

While we to were mesmerized by what Stephen Curry and what Golden State were doing last night, we also were following the exploits of Detroit and Colorado at Coors Field which was a highly entertaining game as well. Also, with all the Central Division leaders in minor slumps, here comes Nashville with four straight wins and they have moved to within six points of third place St. Louis after routing the Blues last night 5-0.

After surveying the NHL odds boards for today, look to build on winning eight of the last 10 days and have a trio of NHL picks ready to go, including the other huge encounter of Los Angeles at Anaheim.

 

Islanders Expose Edmonton's Weaknesses
The New York Islanders (33-26 SU) are 3-0 on current seven-game road trip and the hero to this point is an unlikely one on goalie Jaroslav Halak. After being benched for a couple games after 1-4 record and horrendous 4.26 goals-against average for backup Thomas Greiss, who leads the NHL in save percentage at .930, Halak has been nearly perfect in permitting only two goals. His upgrade in play has further reinforced New York having the best penalty kill unit in the league at 87.4 percent.

Edmonton (22-41 SU) has lost seven straight and 10 of 11. The Oilers have been trading off pieces before the trade deadline as it offense nor defense has been doing the job and is collecting draft choices. Edmonton is 23rd when on the power play, making them unlikely to penetrate the Islanders by that method and trying to cool a red-hot John Tavares will not be easy.

New York opened as a -150 favorite despite having lost five in a row at Edmonton and should move to 13-2 after three consecutive road games, having better more confident players to exploit a now even thinner Oilers club.

Free Pick - New York wins

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NHL Pick: N.Y. Islanders -145
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

Defense Rules in Anaheim
As mentioned, the other anticipated game of the day is Los Angeles (37-24 SU) at Anaheim (33-27 SU), who are separated by just four points. Our focus will be on the total for this NBC Sports Network nightcap.

In spite of winning four in a row, the Kings offense has colder the Weight Watchers stock price in scoring 10 goals in past seven games. Thankfully for them their defense has been outstanding in allowing three scores during the win streak and nine in those same seven contests.

The Ducks fly in with a seven-game winning streak, but it's sizzling offense has been chilled with three total goals in last two wins, with its defense doing the job with four goals surrendered in past five conflicts.

While these rivals are 4-0-2 OVER in last six at Honda Center, Los Angeles is on 7-0 UNDER tear and these two fall below the sportsbooks total of 5.

Free Pick - Play Under

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NHL Pick: Play Under
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

San Jose Shoots Down Vancouver in as Strange Scheduling Situation
A look at the Pacific Division standings finds third-place San Jose (32-28 SU) holding a 10-point lead over fourth place Vancouver (24-36 SU). Though it is a real uphill climb for the Canucks to catch the Sharks, the fact is they will chance to really close the gap playing a "series" against San Jose this week.

That is correct, whoever designs the NHL schedule has these clubs meeting three times in the next week starting tonight (five times in final 22 games), with the first two in Vancouver. The Canucks have to feel they could get off to a good start off a couple home victories, while the Sharks have lost two straight.

However, San Jose is 21-9-3 on the road compared to the Canucks at 11-13-5 on home ice and they are -155 away favorites, having won seven in a row at Rogers Arena, which includes the playoffs. Looking into one of my systems, we find road favorites in this price range off two losses, against home underdogs off two wins are 16-3 in last 19.

Free Pick - San Jose wins

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NHL Pick: San Jose -150
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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