Hockey Handicapper's Analysis of NHL Odds Reveals Three Puck-Line Picks Worth a Wager on Sunday

David Lawrence

Sunday, February 1, 2015 11:43 AM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 11:43 AM UTC

NHL schedule is a light one tonight due to NFL's mayor event. And since the Super Bowl is all about handicapping the spread, we’re focusing on that in hockey too. Here’s our three NHL puckline picks.

Arizona Coyotes vs. Montreal Canadiens
The Coyotes continue to stink up the joint as they’ve now lost eight of their last nine games. Seven of their last 10 losses have been by more than a goal, so it makes sense to take the Habs on the puckline in this spot. The Coyotes have been giving up goals in bunches as they allowed 3.45 per game in January, which was the third-worst number in the league. That’s a stark contrast from the 2.20 goals per game that the Canadiens gave up in the same timeframe.

Montreal is 17-5-2 at home and enters Sunday on a five-game winning streak. The momentum is clearly in their favor here, so lay the goal and a half with them.

Free NHL Pick: Canadiens -1.5 at 5Dimes

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Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins -160
The Predators have gone into the tank since losing goaltender Pekka Rinne as they’ve had a tough time stopping their opponents from scoring. They’ve lost four of their last five games while giving up 18 goals in the process. Regardless of who is going to be in net for the Predators on Sunday (likely Carter Hutton), what we do know is they’re probably going to give up at least three goals.

The Pens haven’t been playing great but have won two of three and appear to be getting back on track. They’ll be rested as they’ve been off since Friday while the Predators will be playing their third game in four nights. That’s likely to have an impact on them and their NHL betting odds for this game.

While Nashville is virtually untouchable at home (19-2-1), they are far more vulnerable on the road where they have just 12 wins and 14 losses. That being the case, take a shot with the Pens on the puckline in this spot.

Free NHL Pick: Penguins -1.5 +180 at Bodog

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St. Louis Blues vs. Washington Capitals
The St. Louis Blues continue to roll, so we’ll ride with them on Sunday and try to hit a puck line. They’re in the nation’s capital taking on a streaky Capitals team. The Blues have won four straight and nine of 10, and are the hottest team in the league right now. The main reason for their success has been their offense, which has scored at least three goals or more in nine of 10 (and they scored two goals in the other contest). Washington has been in a slump as they were shutout 1-0 on Saturday in Montreal and now have a quick turnaround toe face the Blues. Washington has now lost five of their last six games, giving up 19 goals in the process. 

Since we’re looking at pucklines and there are only four games to choose from, the Blues -1.5 looks like the best NHL pick in this spot.

Free NHL Pick: Blues -1.5 at The Greek

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