NHL Picks: Daily Hockey Value Picks

David Lawrence

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 1:19 PM GMT

It’s going to be an interesting night in the NHL on Tuesday. There are seven games on the slate but many teams are already moving and shaking before the trade deadline. Don’t be surprised if there are some healthy scratches as teams consider moving assets around.

Here’s a look at our daily NHL picks

Record: 106-116 (-319)

Buffalo Sabres vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Even with Sidney Crosby out, I’m still going to take a shot with the Pittsburgh Penguins in this spot. The Buffalo Sabres have lost four straight and with the trade deadline approaching, they are looking at ways to break the team down for parts. Meanwhile, the Penguins are the hottest team in the NHL and even though they’ve endured injuries all over the place, they have still won 15 straight. 

The Pens are just too big of a favorite on the NHL odds but I think they are worth a look on the puck line. They haven’t allowed a goal in three games and have allowed just nine in their last 11 games. 

NHL Pick: Penguins -1.5 +140 at BetOnline

Buffalo Sabres vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 

As a separate play on this game, I’m also going to take the under in this contest. As mentioned, Crosby is out so that takes away one key player but the Pens are also without Kris Letang and Paul Martin, both of whom are key puck-moving defensemen. On the Sabres side, Thomas Vanek is listed as doubtful, so that takes away a very important offensive weapon for Buffalo.

The under is 8-4 this year when the Pens are at home with a total of 5.5 and three of the last four meetings in Pittsburgh have stayed under. 

NHL Pick: Under 5.5 at Bwin

[gameodds]7/223652/43/us[/gameodds]

Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes 

I think the Washington Capitals are worth a look here as a road dog. Carolina has been reeling since they lost Cam Ward to injury and those struggles continued with a 4-1 loss in Montreal on Monday night. That now brings Carolina to eight losses in their last nine games. 

While the goaltending gets much of the flack – and it should, since they’ve given up 32 goals in their last nine – the offense has been absent as well. The Canes have scored exactly one goal in six of their last eight. I’ll take a shot with the Caps on my NHL picks. 

NHL Pick: Capitals +115 at Pinnacle

[gameodds]7/223651/43/us[/gameodds]