NHL Picks: Friday's Top Picks

Swinging Johnson

Friday, April 25, 2014 1:26 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 1:26 PM UTC

The weekend is here and the NHL has three more exciting games featuring NHL odds on each and every one but which teams are most likely to make our NHL picks cash?

Swinger's 2014 NHL Playoff Record (5-6, -0.05 units)
And the beat goes on in the NHL playoffs as these games are producing narrow victories and plenty of drama which makes the NHL postseason so profoundly different than their grinding and arduous regular season affairs. But though this journey is fraught with all the thrills, chills and spills any fan could want it is not a bettor friendly proposition. Last night we cashed with the favored Bruins and flamed with the underdog Avalanche. No units won or lost – no harm, no foul…no money.

If I am going to plunk my money down on a side, I am certainly not considering that my team of choice may win by a last minute deflection. Or better yet, lose in an overtime crease scrum where the puck dribbles out to an unsuspecting loiterer, waiting for a whistle, only to find the vulcanized disk serendipitously stuck to his blade begging to be deposited into an open cage. It’s maddening and it’s the stuff of coin flip mentality. And that very mentality has manifested in the form of my current 5-6 record, down a scant 0.05 units.

But that will not deter me boys and girls because here at SBR we’re nothing if not degenerates and we love the action. But even degens like us understand that there’s action and there’s flat out stupid. So I’ll give you the cue to up the ante if I see a play that screams value or I see a team that looks poised to win by at least two goals (heaven forbid!). Other than that, keep your units low and have fun.

Rangers vs. Flyers
So how does the formerly injured Steve Mason strike you as the starting goalie for Philly? His backup Ray Emery was pressed into action after Mason suffered an injury in the penultimate game of the regular season but was less than successful. Mason was summoned back between the pipes to replace Emery in Game 3 once the contest was out of hand and stopped every shot that came his way – all three of them.

Now he’s back but will he be rusty or ready? And will he be able to rejuvenate these Flyers who got beaten so soundly on their home ice just a few days ago? The answer is no. 

Play the Rangers -105 in your NHL picks.


Blackhawks vs. Blues
This series couldn’t get any closer. Tied at a deuce apiece the home team has claimed victory in all four games and the venue shifts to the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. As an aside, what a cool name that is – the Scottrade Center - unlike something along the lines of, oh I don’t know, the Shatter-Dome! We must thank our lucky stars for corporate sponsors and their wildly creative names.

Well, I’m no patternologist but I can read and what my research has demonstrated is that the home team has won all but one game in the combined regular and postseason between these two clubs. In a series too close to call, that makes me a Blues fan tonight.

Play St. Louis -115 at WilliamHill.com in your NHL picks.


Stars vs. Ducks
The home team has won all four games in this series (sound familiar?) but this game is a different kettle of fish. The heavily favored Ducks are reeling with injuries, future Hall-of-Famer Teemu Selanne was a healthy scratch in the last game which resulted in a 4-2 Anaheim loss and their Big Toe Ryan Getzlaf may not play. To compound matters is that their rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen is playing like…a rookie!

If you’re looking for value this game looks better than Walmart.

Play Dallas +135 at WilliamHill.com.


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