NHL Picks: Hockey Picks of the Day

David Lawrence

Sunday, April 21, 2013 11:22 AM GMT

Sunday’s another busy one in the NHL with eight games on the board. We’re entering the final week of regular season action, so there will be plenty of intrigue.

NHL Betting: Sunday Picks

– especially when you consider that nine of the 16 playoff spots are still up for grabs.

Record: 134-153 (-787)

Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning 

I think many other times, I would have agreed with the NHL odds makers in this spot with a total of six but neither of these two teams are playing with any passion these days and they have seen more unders than you would think.

If you’re examining a total of six, the Lightning have gone over that number just three times in their last 10. As for Carolina, they’ve gone over a total of six just four times in their last nine.

It’s completely possible with these teams – especially given their situations in net – but neither team has anything to play for. Seven goals seems like a bit too much.

Pick: Under 6 at Bodog for your NHL picks.

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Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins

The Bruins have had a rough week and have now lost four straight. However, a matchup with Florida should get them back on track. They’ve beaten the Panthers twice this season by equal counts of 4-1.

Florida is once again slumping as the NHL’s worst team now enters on a five-game losing streak. Taking the moneyline here is a crazy decision for your NHL picks but take the puck line with Boston.

Pick: Bruins -1.5 +107 at Pinnacle

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New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers

I’m tempted to take the Devils here as the odds just aren’t quite right here. Ilya Kovalchuk returned to the lineup for New Jersey on Saturday and he paid immediate dividends. The Devils topped the Florida Panthers 6-2 in one of their best efforts in about a month.

When you look at New Jersey this season, they are actually one of the best teams in the league when you look at their record with both Kovalchuk and Martin Brodeur in the lineup. However, they’ve had to play long stretches without both of them and that’s sunk them.

New York is rightfully favored but I expect this game to have a playoff-like atmosphere. It’s on NBC and these two teams will also square off in the final game of the regular season. That means that the Devils can still make the playoffs if they sweep these two meetings and get another Rangers loss.

Overall, the Rangers should be favored but maybe closer to the neighborhood of -135 or -145. At this high of a price, I see value with the Devils.

NHL Pick: Devils +165 at Bookmaker 

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