NHL Betting: Thursday's Hockey Picks of the Day

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, November 7, 2013 3:21 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 3:21 PM UTC

With have NHL action coverage for you right here! Find out where we believe the best value lies for some of tonights matchups.

New York Rangers (7-8) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (5-9)

NHL Betting Odds: Columbus -130/Rangers +120

The Rangers come off a successful 3-1 home stand that was culminated with last night’s impressive 5-1 over the Pittsburgh Penguins. After starting the season by playing their first 9-games on the road, and going through the transition of a brand new coaching staff, the Rangers look to be rounding into form. Henrik Lundquist was off to a very shaky start to the season but has been brilliant in his last 4 starts. During that span “Sir Henrik” has stopped 107 of 111 shots on goal for an incredible .964 save percentage. In last night’s win 5 different players scored goals for the Rangers. There’s a good chance that we will see rookie Cameron Talbot between the pipes tonight for the Rangers. In 3 starts this season the 26-year old Talbot is 2-1 with a rock solid 1.96 GAA and a very good .929 save percentage.

Inside the Numbers

  • The Rangers are 16-2 over the last 3 seasons when facing an opponent with an NHL odd winning percentage of .250 to .400.
  • Columbus is 0-7 this season when facing an opponent that averages 29 or more shots on goal per game, and coverts on 17% or better on their power play. The Blue Jackets have lost those 7-games by an average of 2.3 goals per game.
  • Any NHL team (Rangers) that’s played 8-games or more in the last 14 days and has a money line win percentage of .400 to .490, versus an opponent (Columbus) with a money line win percentage of .250 to .400 is 37-10 (78.7%) since the start of the 1997-1998 year.

Free Pick: New York Rangers +120 over the Columbus Blue Jackets

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Minnesota Wild (9-7) vs Washington Capitals (8-7) 

NHL Betting Odds: Washington -105/Minnesota -105

The Washington Capitals enter tonight on a 3-game win streak in which they’ve outscored the opposition by a cumulative score of 16-4 in those contests. The most recent of those wins came at home on Tuesday in a 6-2 shellacking of the New York Islanders. Currently the Capitals possess the best power play in the NHL converting on an impressive 27.9% of their opportunities on the season. They’re also #1 in the league with their penalty killing declining 91.5% of their opponent’s man power advantages. Minnesota enters tonight riding a 3-game win streak with all of those contests coming at home. The Wild are just 2-4 on the road to start the season.

NHL Super Angle

Any home team that scored 6 or more goals in their previous game, versus an opponent that scored 4 or more goals in each of their last 3-games is 26-7 (78.8%) on the money line since the start of the 1997-1998 year. My lean for my NHL pick here is with the away team.

Free Pick: Washington -105 over Minnesota

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