Hockey Handicapping: Tuesday's NHL Picks of the Day

David Lawrence

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 1:36 PM GMT

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 1:36 PM GMT

It’s a busy Tuesday night in the NHL with 11 games on the card. With 22 teams to pick from, we’ve run down the menu and zeroed in on our three best NHL betting picks for the night.

Buffalo Sabres vs. St. Louis Blues

NHL Odds: Blues -390

The St. Louis Blues are laying a crazy number here on the NHL odds but there’s a cheaper way to invest: the puck line. The Sabres are obviously horrible as they’ve lost 13 of their first 16 games this season. When you take a look at what they’ve done on the road, it becomes evident that they probably won’t be very competitive here. The Sabres have lost by two or more in all of their road losses this season. In those five losses, they’ve failed by an average of 3.8 goals per game.

When you factor that the Blues are one of the hottest teams in the NHL, winning seven of their last eight, and it makes sense to lay the puck line in this spot.

Free NHL Pick: Blues -1.5 -120 at 5Dimes

 

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks

NHL Odds: Blackhawks -155

We continue to see betting lines for the Blackhawks that are based more on their reputation than anything else. This is a team that has not been particularly good to start the season and has not been good recently. They are coming off a win but it’s just their second in their last five games. Chicago has lost six of 10 since starting the year 4-0-1.

Tampa Bay in a road situation is always dicey but the Lightning are playing as good as anyone these days. They enter Tuesday’s meeting having won six straight and eight of nine. They deserve a little more respect on this betting line.

While the Blackhawks could very well end up winning this game, this line is too high. The Lightning have been the better team this season (and recently) and are worth a play because of the value.

Free NHL Pick: Lightning +145 at Pinnacle

 

Edmonton Oilers vs. Nashville Predators

NHL Odds: Predators -185

The Edmonton Oilers are now a perfect 0-7 versus teams from the Western Conference but are 6-2 against teams from the East. Why not stick with the trends when making your NHL picks today?

On Wednesday night, the Oilers will visit the Predators, a team they lost to on October 29th. They played host that night and lost 4-1. Now that they’re the visitor, it isn’t likely to help their cause.

This is the final game of a five-game road trip for Edmonton, so they could be a tad worn down. As for Nashville, they’ve won two straight and three of four, and sit at the top of the Central Division this season. I expect them to take care of business and I’ll take a shot on the puck line aiming for a two-goal win. Edmonton’s average margin of defeat this season versus the West teams is 2.8 points per game.

Free NHL Pick: Predators -1.5 +165 at Bodog

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