NHL Picks: Hockey Picks of the Day

David Lawrence

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 11:22 AM GMT

We’ve singled out the Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens in an individual preview and below are our daily thoughts and predictions on the other three games.

NHL Betting: Wednesday Picks

There are just four games in the NHL on Wednesday, which means we have limited options for handicapping. 

Record: 97-102 (+165)

Phoenix Coyotes at Minnesota Wild

The snap-judge reaction here will be to lay the juice with Minnesota. The Wild are red hot right now as they’ve won 11 of their last 14 games and six of seven at home. Meanwhile, the Coyotes are opposite as they’ve lost six straight.

But the Coyotes are 5-0-1 in their last six in Minnesota. I would lay the puck line with Minnesota but the Coyotes success in Minnesota – and the fact that the Coyotes have lost by more than a goal just once in their last five losses – deters me.

Instead, I’ll take the under as Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom is playing well and the Coyotes aren’t scoring much these days. They’ve tallied just five goals in their last six games.

NHL Pick: Under 5 at Bovada

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Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks

The Anaheim Ducks are slumping a little bit as they’ve lost three straight. It’s very uncommon for them but part of the reasoning for the losing streak is the fact that the three games came in four nights.

It’s not a great excuse but I’m still not willing to take the San Jose Sharks with my NHL picks. They have been brutal all season long and Anaheim has won 10 of the last 16 meetings between the teams. I think they’ll get some revenge to even up this home-and-home series after losing to San Jose on Monday.

NHL Pick: Ducks +104 at Pinnacle

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Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames

TSN will broadcast this game for the Canadian fans but truth be told, this game should be barred from television. The Flames and Avalanche are two worst teams in the Western Conference and both have lost seven of their last 10.

The Flames are a reasonable 9-7 at home this season while the Avs are a pathetic 2-13 on the road. However, one of their league-low two road wins was in Calgary on January 31st.

The Flames are a very different team at home versus away. As mentioned, they have lost seven of 10 but at a closer look, they’ve actually won seven straight at home. I’ll begrudgingly eat the chalk on the NHL odds boards and lay the -130 on the Flames .

NHL Pick: Flames -130 at Bet365

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