NHL Picks: Hockey Picks of the Day

David Lawrence

Saturday, October 19, 2013 11:49 AM UTC

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 11:49 AM UTC

It’s going to be a busy night in the NHL on Saturday. We’ve got 13 games in total, which means only four teams will get the night off.


The card starts early with the Vancouver Canucks visiting the Pittsburgh Penguins at 1:00 PM ET. We’ve got a full preview of that game with a video, so make sure you check that out. Below is three other picks for Saturday night.

Boston Bruins @ Tampa Bay Lightning

The Bruins seem like a good value play for our NHL picks as they aren’t laying much in this spot (-115). They are the defending Eastern Conference champions and they have carried over their stellar play into this season. So far, their only losses are to Detroit and Colorado – two teams that are a combined 12-3-0. Goaltender Tuukka Rask has been nearly unbeatable as he has a 1.51 GAA and a .947 save percentage.

The Lightning have surprised some people with their start (5-2-0) but one of their two losses has come to Boston. Look for that to happen once more as the Bruins take care of business on Saturday.

Pick: Bruins -115 at Pinnacle


Colorado Avalanche @ Buffalo Sabres

The bad news is that the Avalanche are coming off of their first win of the season. The good news is they’ll get to regroup against the weakest team in the NHL: the Buffalo Sabres.

Buffalo has just one win in nine tries this season while the Avs have just one loss in seven games. Who would you rather take with your sports picks?

The Avs have won five straight in this series and shouldn’t have too much trouble extending that streak. They lead the league in goals-against average (1.43) and save percentage (.958), and are going up against the Sabres, who average the fewest goals per game (1.1). While they will have home-ice advantage, they’ve been booed at home regularly this season.

While the juice is a bit high on the Avs, take a shot on the puck line. Four of their six wins have come by a goal or more.

Pick: Avs -1.5 at Bovada


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Detroit Red Wings @ Phoenix Coyotes

The Red Wings look like they’re worth a play on Saturday night as they are a road underdog in Phoenix. While they might again be without goaltender Jimmy Howard (bruised hand), backup Jonas Gustavsson has played very well in his absence. He’s won three straight starts while giving up just five goals in total and posting a .953 save percentage.

Phoenix is in a bit of a tight spot in a back-to-back situation as they played in Anaheim on Friday night. The Red Wings have already lost once to Phoenix this season (4-2 at home on October 10th), so they’ll be looking for some revenge. They are playing really well right now and enter confidently on a four-game winning streak, so take a shot with them on the NHL odds.

Pick: Red Wings +102 at William Hill


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