NHL Picks: Hockey Value Plays of the Day

David Lawrence

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 12:41 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2013 12:41 PM UTC

With eighteen teams in action tonight, where do we believe the best NHL betting value lies?

There are nine games in the NHL on Tuesday with the feature matchup being the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild. That game is available for your viewing pleasure on NBC Sports Network.

As for the rest, we’ve got a few of the games covered with our daily sports picks below as well as an individual preview of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Carolina Hurricanes contest. 

Record: 113-134 (-1533) 

San Jose Sharks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

It’s not often that Antti Niemi gets lit up, so I’m not going to expect it happening in back-to-back games. Niemi gave up four goals in a shootout loss to Dallas on Sunday but had allowed just seven goals in the six previous games. He’s allowed four goals four times this season and allowed a total of eight goals in total in the following games.

The Blue Jackets are having a tough time scoring as they’ve registered just one goal in their last two games. I’ll take the under with my NHL picks in this spot.

NHL Pick: Under 5 at Bovada


Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Islanders

We’re not exactly sure what we’ll get out of the Philadelphia Flyers these days. They continue to be hot and cold, and while they are attractive as a road dog at Long Island – a place they’ve fared very well historically – I’m going to go with the over instead. So far this season, the two teams have met twice and both times we saw seven goals. The over has cashed on the NHL odds five times in the Flyers last seven and it should hit again as the Isles have been doing plenty of scoring recently. The Isles have tallied at least three goals in six of their last eight, so as long as the Flyers show up, this game should go over the number.

NHL Pick: Over 5.5 at Bodog


Buffalo Sabres vs. Winnipeg Jets

The Sabres are playing well these days as they enter Tuesday on a three-game winning streak. That – as usual – means that Ryan Miller is leading the way. He’s allowed just seven goals in his last four starts.

As for his counterpart on Tuesday, Ondrej Pavelec, he plays a lot better at home than he does away. At home, Pavelec has a 2.42 GAA compared to 3.17 on the road.

That being the case, I look for this game to stay under the number with both goaltenders leading the way. 

NHL Pick: Under 5.5 at Pinnacle

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