NHL Picks: Hockey Picks of the Day

David Lawrence

Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:47 PM GMT

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 12:47 PM GMT

After a quiet Wednesday, the NHL action heats up on Thursday with nine games on the schedule. Here’s a look at our daily analysis and free picks.

NHL Betting: Thursday Hockey Picks

Record: 22-27 (-397)

Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks have looked great so far this season and one of the main reasons for it is that their goaltending has been fantastic. Antti Niemi has been out of his mind so far this season as he has a 1.97 GAA and a .933 save percentage.

On Thursday, the Sharks will host the Edmonton Oilers, who will probably be a little gassed. Edmonton has had a bit of a busy stretch this week as they started at home on Monday, went on the road to Phoenix on Wednesday and flew out late to San Jose to face them on Thursday. The Oilers are a young team and a back-to-back situation shouldn’t affect them as much as some veteran teams, but it might do enough to cost them the win. 

The Oilers have scraped by in their road games as they beat Vancouver in a shootout and lost to Calgary. The Sharks will be their stiffest test to date. I don’t really want to lay -193 with my sports picks but I’ll take the Sharks on the puck line and look for them to win by two as they have in all but one of their games this season.

Hockey Picks: Sharks -1.5 +155 at Bovada

[gameodds]7/218187/43/us[/gameodds]

Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs

I don’t really want to be betting the Washington Capitals in any situation these days but I think it says a lot about the Toronto Maple Leafs that they are a tiny -120 favorite at home against the hapless Capitals.

Toronto is an odd team: they’ll beat teams like Pittsburgh, Montreal and Buffalo – all on the road – and then lose to teams like New York Islanders at home. They are inconsistent and they tend to play to the level of their competition.

Washington is just 1-1-1 over their last three but they’ve been competition in those games. I like the NHL odds in this spot as they are a dog.

Hockey Picks: Capitals +105 at BetOnline

[gameodds]7/180830/43/us[/gameodds]

New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils

The New York Islanders visit the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night and the two teams tend to play unders. Six of the last nine meetings have stayed below the total but usually the total is set at five. Thursday’s meeting is at 5.5 and when you evaluate using that number, six of the last seven meetings have gone under.

Only one Devils game has gone over 5.5 this season and that was a 4-3 loss to Montreal. The average score of their other four games is 3.5 goals per game. The Isles should be a bit fatigued for this meeting as it is their last of a five-game road trip. The two teams have already squared off once this season with the result being 2-1.

I’m making the under the last of my NHL picks for Thursday.

Hockey Picks: Under 5.5 at SportsInteraction

[gameodds]7/180831/43/us[/gameodds]

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