Three of our previews and free picks are below while the Colorado-Phoenix contest is separated off in its own article.
Record: 141-158 (-544)
New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres
The Islanders still have plenty to play for these days as they are fighting for seeding in the East. While they need this game, they’re also in a back-to-back situation on the road after playing in Philadelphia on Thursday night.
Even so, the Isles have been one of the best teams in the NHL over the last month and they’ve been a steady road bet all season. They are 11-1-3 in their last 15. I’ll take a shot with them on the NHL odds here.
Pick: Islanders at Bovada
Edmonton Oilers vs. Minnesota Wild
Two struggling teams meet up in Minnesota, which means we have a very ugly affair on our hands. The Wild have dropped eight of 11 but the Oilers have been even worse. They’ve lost three straight and nine of 10.
The Wild completely dominate this series as they’ve won all three meetings this year and 13 of the last 15. With the juice being a big high, though, I’ll take the under. If the Wild are to win, it’s likely that they are dictating the pace, which means a low-scoring game. The Oilers have scored just 13 goals in their last 10, so they should help us out.
Pick: Under at BetOnline
Calgary Flames vs. Chicago Blackhawks
It’s hard to say what we’ll get out of the Blackhawks in this spot as they’ve already clinched the Presidents’ Trophy and have nothing on the line. If they show up for the game, they shouldn’t have too many problems handling a Flames team that’s in a back-to-back situation on the road and also playing their third game in four nights. However, if Chicago rests their starters, the Flames probably have the upper hand.
I’ll add the under to my NHL picks here simply because that’s how this series has trended this year. The two meetings between the teams have generated seven goals, so I’ll bank on this game – potentially Miikka Kiprusoff’s last – going under.
Pick: Under 5.5 at Bodog