NHL Picks: Monday Night Hockey Plays

David Lawrence

Monday, February 25, 2013 1:09 PM GMT

There are five games in the NHL on Monday, which means we’ve got them all covered for you on SBRForum.com. The Montreal-Ottawa and Toronto-Philadelphia matchups are singled out in individual previews and in this article, we’ll look at the NHL odds for the other three contests.


Record: 54-60 (-425)

Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators

On Saturday night, Pekka Rinne looked really fatigued and gave up four goals rather easily to the Detroit Red Wings. I have a hard time believing he’ll look shaky in two straight outings.

We don’t have a line out yet for this game but I would lean towards the Predators on the side if the juice isn’t above -120 (although it likely will be). I’ll stick with the under, though, as the Preds have proven to be a good bounce back team. The under is 3-0 when they lost by two or more the previous game. It’s also 14-4 on the season.

Pick: Under 5 at Bovada

[gameodds]7/219467/43/us[/gameodds]

Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks

When it comes to placing your NHL picks, this is a bit of an awkward game to handicap and one we’d normally avoid. The Blackhawks are clearly the better team, they come in with more momentum and the Oilers are really struggling. However, the Blackhawks are on a back-to-back and are laying nearly -180.

With that in mind, we’ll look towards the under as the Oilers simply haven’t been scoring much these days. The Blackhawks puck line could also be an option but entering Sunday, they had failed to win by two in four of their last five games.

Pick: Under 5.5 at Bwin

[gameodds]7/219468/43/us[/gameodds]

Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings

I think that the fact that the NHL odds makers have listed the Kings at -150 is a little out of hand. They’ve won five of six but Anaheim has been the far more consistent team this season. Part of the reason the line is so high is because the Ducks also played on Sunday night and find themselves in a back-to-back situation.

The Kings current hot streak can somewhat be attested to playing teams who have losing records. On the year, they are still just 1-3 against teams above .500.

For the second of my evening's free picks I will stick with the under, as the main play as both teams have hot goaltenders but I wouldn’t hesitate to sprinkle on the Ducks as well as a big dog.

Pick: Ducks +140 at Pinnacle

[gameodds]7/219469/43/us[/gameodds]