NHL Picks: Friday Hockey Picks & Predictions

David Lawrence

Friday, January 10, 2014 1:10 PM GMT

There are six games in the NHL on Friday night. We’ve read through the card and circled the three games we like the most. Read below for our picks.

New York Islanders vs. Colorado Avalanche

The New York Islanders have been a quality road team over the last couple of weeks and we’ll put our faith in them once more. They’ve won five straight and six of their last seven away games, which includes road wins (as a fairly big dog) in San Jose, in Minnesota, in Boston and – in their latest game – in Toronto. Based on those performances, I’ll back them with my NHL picks to pull a surprise in Denver on Friday.

Pick: Islanders +150 at 5Dimes

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Edmonton Oilers

The Penguins continue to win games at a prolific pace but I’m not going to lay the juice with them in this one. Instead, I thind that the NHL odds have left us a nice shot with the 'Over'.

This is a total that should really be at six goals instead of 5.5 because the Pens have gone over 5.5 in eight of their last 10 games. The average combined score in those games has been 7.1 goals per game. As for the Oilers, they’ve gone over in nine of 10 with. Their goaltending has been abysmal as they’ve allowed four or more goals in five of their last six. With the top-scoring team in the Eastern Conference coming to town, the Oilers defense and goaltending be welcoming to another over.

Pick: Over 5.5 at Bovada

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St. Louis Blues vs. Vancouver Canucks 

The Canucks are in a big slump and I see no reason to have faith in them against the Blues. The wildly-streaky Canucks have lost five straight with three of those losses coming at home. Goaltender Roberto Luongo is hurt and backup Eddie Lack is really struggling these days. He’s given up 15 goals in his last four outings. 

St. Louis is one of the best teams in the NHL right now as they’ve won six straight. That’s why they’re worth adding to your NHL picks on Friday night – especially at such a reasonable price.

Pick: Blues -111 at Pinnacle

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