NHL Picks: Best Value Plays to Maximize Wednesday's Betting Ticket

David Lawrence

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:47 AM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 11:47 AM GMT

Since we’ve covered our totals plays of the night in a separate article we’ll focus on picking sides from the rest of the NHL betting card. Here’s our three favorite bets.

Minnesota Wild vs. Calgary Flames
Odds: Wild -115
The Wild appear to be running out of steam a little bit as they first got that Super Mario star power when they acquired Devan Dubnyk, going 7-1-1 in his first nine starts, but they’ve tapered off since. They are just 2-2 in their last four and Dubnyk has given up six goals in his last two outings.

Really, this is a coin flip of a game but the Flames deserve more credit than to be a NHL odds home dog in this spot. They are the better of the two teams (according to the points standings) and have won 11 of their last 15 games. I’m willing to take a chance on them here. Minnesota is just 10-18 this season when playing teams with a winning record.

NHL Pick: Flames -105 at The Greek

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Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Odds: Blackhawks -190
So we’re picking almost the entire card on Wednesday night, so we’ll have to break some of our rules to make it work. One of those rules is the fact that I never lay more than -140 in hockey games. In this spot, I do like the Blackhawks and will take them.

For starters, Chicago tends to play its best against the better teams in the NHL. They’re 21-7 against teams above .500 and just 14-15 against everyone else. Meanwhile, Detroit is just 8-11 against teams with a winning record.

Beyond that, they own this series at home, winning six of the last seven at the United Center, and goaltender Corey Crawford is 16-6-3 against Detroit in his last 26 appearances against them while boasting a 1.98 GAA.

Chicago is 4-0-2 in its last six while Detroit has dropped three in a row. Take Chicago in this spot.

NHL Pick: Blackhawks -160 at The Greek

 

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Anaheim Ducks
Odds: Ducks -135
Alright, so we’ll sneak one more total into our Wednesday NHL picks. You have to like the over in this game given how both teams have been playing in net recently. So far this month, the Ducks have given up 3.57 goals per game, which is the third-worst number in the NHL, while the Lightning have allowed 3.25 goals per game, which is the sixth-worst number. The average combined score in a Ducks game this month is 6.71 while the average combined score in a Lightning game is 6.38. Combined, 10 of these two teams 15 games have gone over the number.

There are some strong stats going against us here like the fact that the Ducks have played under in 16 of 21 games this season when they’re at home with a total of 5.5 but a lot of that was with Frederik Andersen in net. He’s out nursing a neck injury and John Gibson is expected to fill in. Go over.

NHL Pick: Over 5.5 at Bovada

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