NHL Betting: Wednesday's Hockey Picks of the Day

David Lawrence

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 12:22 PM GMT

Wednesday is a quiet night in the NHL but we’ve got all three games covered for you. Take a look at the Dallas-Edmonton full preview if you’re looking for insight on that game and below we have previews and picks on the other two contests.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Minnesota Wild

The Maple Leafs have hit a bit of a rough spot – losing two of three – and now find themselves as pretty sizable road dogs in Minnesota. The Wild are playing some of their best hockey in the Mike Yeo era as goaltender Josh Harding has been playing out of his mind. The team is 7-1-1 in their last nine and Harding is 9-2-2 on the year with a 1.22 GAA and .947 save percentage.

I still have a tough time buying the Wild’s stock as their wins have been against so-so opponents. They won in Carolina on Saturday, beat Calgary, New Jersey and Montreal at home last week, and beat Carolina and Nashville at home the week before.

I actually see Toronto as having a very good chance to win this game – especially since they already beat Minnesota once this season. I would take the under if it was 5.5 but since it’s a flat 5.0, I’ll add the Maple Leafs to my sports picks.

NHL Pick: Maple Leafs +130 at Bovada

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Are the Flyers figuring things out or are they simply taking advantage of weak opponents? That’s what handicappers and NHL odds makers are trying to figure out. The Flyers started the season 1-7-0 but have won five of nine since. They enter Wednesday on a two-game winning streak but the wins have come against Ottawa and Edmonton. Before that, they beat New Jersey, the New York Islanders and a New York Rangers team that was struggling at the time.

However, the Flyers are playing what might be their best hockey of the year and laying -230 with the Pens seems a tad outlandish. Instead, go with the under for your NHL picks. The Flyers are in a back-to-back situation and their five-goal outburst on Tuesday had more to do with Craig Andersen’s porous play than it did with anything they did. They are still a low-scoring team and the Pens are still a quality defensive team.

Pick: Under 5.5 at Bet365

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