NHL Picks: Friday Hockey Picks & Predictions

David Lawrence

Friday, November 29, 2013 12:38 PM GMT

Friday is a busy day in the NHL with 12 games on the card. We’ve got previews and free NHL picks on three of the games below.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild 

I’m going to take a shot with the Avalanche in this spot as they present some value as road underdogs. They’ve been a very reliable road team this season (8-2-0) and will be visiting a Wild team that’s cooled off following back-to-back losses. The Wild have played well in November but when you look at most of those wins, they’ve come against weak foes. Their losses this month have come against Washington, Montreal, St. Louis and Phoenix, and I think Colorado is in that same range. That’s why I’ll add them to my NHL picks.

Pick: Avs +109 at Pinnacle

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres 

I’m not sure that NHL odds should list Toronto at -150 on the road these days – even as bad as Buffalo is. Sure, the Sabres are the worst team in the NHL but they have just one less win than Toronto this month. On top of that, they’ve already topped Toronto at home once in November, so this is surely doable.

The Leafs have lost seven of 11 and are allowing the most shots on net per game of any team. This game is more of a toss-up than you might think, so I’ll add the Sabres to my sports picks. 

Pick: Sabres +130 at Bookmaker

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Washington Capitals 

The odds for this game puts it at a PICK in most places but if you shop around, you can get the Habs as a dog. I see that as great value as I definitely like Montreal in this spot. They’ve quietly climbed the standings over the last month and are now just four points short of having the best record in the Eastern Conference. They are on a four-game winning streak while Washington is at the opposite end of the spectrum in regards to momentum. The Caps have lost four straight – three of which were at home. One of those losses was to Montreal, so the Habs are more than capable of doing it again. 

Pick: Canadiens +114 at BetOnline

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