NHL Picks: Friday Night Hockey Picks

David Lawrence

Friday, January 25, 2013 12:34 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 12:34 PM GMT

Friday’s are usually quiet in the NHL but this week, there are 14 teams in action. By the end of the night, a full week of NHL games will be in the books and we’ll have seen a small sample size of every team.

Here’s a look at the NHL odds as well as our three picks of the day:

Ottawa Senators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

The Ottawa Senators have been scoring goals at a healthy pace. So far this season, they have scored at least two in every game while scoring four in each of their first two games. It shouldn’t be much of a challenge for them to get at least two on Friday night when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa was hoping that they had found a goalie upgrade with Anders Lindback but so far, he has struggled. He’s given up seven goals in two outings and will probably have a tough time with Ottawa.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay has scored their fair share of goals with their prolific offense. They’ve scored at least three in every game while totaling 13 overall in three games. 

Ottawa has the better defensive units but look for those to get exploited because they are in a back-to-back and on the road. This game is begging us to take the over, and thats exactally where we are going to go with our NHL picks. Expect a high-scoring affair tonight.

NHL Pick:  Over 5.5

[gameodds]7/218148/43/us[/gameodds] 

Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils

I think we catch a little bit of a break in the Washington-New Jersey matchup as the total is posted at 5.5 when – in my opinion – it should really be five exactly. The Capitals offense has been non-existent to start the season as they have scored a total of six goals in three games. They played on Thursday night and were held to just one goal at home by the Montreal Canadiens.

The New Jersey Devils have only played two games to this point in the season but they’ve allowed just one goal so far. They are coming off a 3-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers and their defensive play has been excellent.

When you do the math, this game looks like an under.

NHL Pick: Under 5.5

 [gameodds]7/218147/43/us[/gameodds]

Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks

The Vancouver Canucks had a rough opening night but they can put their season on a positive track with a win on Friday night. They lost their opener 7-3 to the Ducks but sometimes things have a way of coming full circle. A win by the Canucks would exorcise some demons and put them back in good standing (and good standings).

The Canucks have been under a lot of pressure since the start of the season and playing at home backfired on them. Having their goaltenders struggle really meant that the home fans turned on them a little bit. However, playing on the road, that pressure should ease – especially since the Canucks aren’t even expected to win.

I look for the Canucks to play their most relaxed game of the year and get the win on Friday. They are offering good value as a dog.

NHL Pick: Canucks +110

[gameodds]7/218151/43/us[/gameodds]
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