NHL Picks: Monday Night Hockey Plays

David Lawrence

Monday, February 11, 2013 2:23 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 2:23 PM UTC

Monday’s NHL card presents six games for us to handicap and we’ve got almost all of them covered. Find out which teams we are adding to our NHL picks of the day, as we aim to cash in on tonight's short schedule.

You can find individual previews for the Phoenix Coyotes-Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers-Toronto Maple Leafs contests separately on SBRForum.com and below we’ve got three more predictions for you to add to your NHL picks of the day.

Record: 35-42 (-621)

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders

The New York Islanders have lost four straight but they’re coming off a solid effort in their latest contest. They lost 3-2 to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday but outshot the Sabres 43-15. The team did look strong with the return of Josh Bailey and Lubomir Visnovsky, who were previously suspended.

The Hurricanes failed to beat the Islanders in four tries last year, and considering Evgeni Nabokov is 8-1-1 with a 2.04 GAA against them, that could continue. The Isles are worth a flier in this spot.

NHL Pick: Islanders -105 at Pinnacle


Minnesota Wild vs. Calgary Flames

The Minnesota Wild and Calgary Flames are faced with a total of five on the NHL odds for Monday but there is good reason to like the over. The Flames will be without lead goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who is injured, and that means youngster Leiland Irving will be back between the pipes. He was blitzed in a 5-1 loss to Vancouver on Saturday night. 

The Flames have not played well at home as they’ve allowed 20 goals in their five home games. As for the Wild, goaltender Niklas Backstrom has a 5.39 GAA against the Flames is his last two starts against them. Take the over. 

NHL Pick: Over 5 at Bovada


San Jose Sharks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 

For the final of my free picks, we head to Columbus where the Blue Jackets host the Sharks. The San Jose Sharks have lost four straight but at a closer look, they’ve lost to Nashville, Anaheim, Chicago and a red-hot Phoenix team. They also lost the four games by a combined four goals. 

Monday’s matchup with Columbus should serve a good softball for them to get back on track. The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost three straight and nine of 11. If they can’t beat Edmonton, Calgary or Los Angeles at home, it’s hard to picture them beating San Jose.

NHL Pick: Sharks -150 at BetOnline

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