NHL Betting: Hockey Picks of the Day

David Lawrence

Sunday, February 3, 2013 2:28 PM GMT

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 2:28 PM GMT

There’s a small card on Sunday, which means the pickings are slim. However, I think we have found some value in a couple of odds lines for your NHL picks.

NHL Betting: Sunday Picks

We’ve already covered the Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals contest separately, which means we only have three more games to choose from for our multi-pick feature.

Let’s have a look at the games and see where the value lies:

Record: 28-32 (-317)

Florida Panthers at Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres are favored by about -155 on the NHL odds in this contest and the common sense suggests they win the game. Florida has been bad this season as they have just two wins in seven games but they are coming off a big 6-3 home win over Winnipeg. However, when you factor in that the Panthers have allowed at least three goals in six straight games while allowing an average of 3.5 per game and you probably are inclined to take Buffalo here.

The problem is that Buffalo has just three wins in eight games and aren’t really much better. They aren’t worth the -155 price given that it wouldn’t be very surprising if they blew this matchup on Sunday.

Instead, I see more of a low-scoring game. Buffalo was held to just one goal by Montreal on Saturday and other than their seven-goal outburst against Boston on Thursday, they have averaged just 1.67 goals per game in their other six. As for Florida, they have been challenged offensively this season and a rested Ryan Miller should lead the way to an under here for the first of our two NHL Picks.

NHL Picks: Under 5.5 at BetOnline

[gameodds]7/218205/43/us[/gameodds]

Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens

The Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens faced off on Wednesday and the final score in that game was 5-1. Now they’ll finish up their home-and-home series on Sunday with Montreal serving as the host this time.

Craig Anderson and Carey Price are expected to be in and both have been playing well. Anderson has been phenomenal this season as he’s posted a 5-1-1 record with a 0.99 goals-against average and a .968 save percentage. He held the Habs to just one goal on Wednesday and should be able to lock them down again.

Meanwhile, the Canadiens did give up five goals on Wednesday but that was with Peter Budaj in net. This time around, Price is expected to be in net and that should make a big difference. Price is 5-1-0 this year with a 1.82 GAA and a .932 save percentage. He has a good track record against Ottawa as he was 4-0-2 against them last season with a 1.61 GAA and a .951 save percentage. Overall, he’s allowed just 23 goals in his last 13 games against Ottawa.

Although the first meeting between the teams this week went over, it barely topped 5.5 with six goals. Budaj was to blame for five of those goals and with him out of the mix, this game should be an under.

The side in this game seems like a coin flip but given the goaltending factor, the under looks to be the best sports pick here.

NHL Picks: Under 5.5 at Bodog

[gameodds]7/216934/43/us[/gameodds]

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