NHL Picks: Monday Night Hockey Plays

David Lawrence

Monday, April 1, 2013 1:12 PM GMT

It’s an unusually busy Monday in the NHL as we’ve got nine games on the go. Here’s a look at our daily NHL picks as we’ve highlighted our three favorite games.


Record: 106-113 (-19)

Winnipeg Jets vs. New York Rangers

We’re faced with a low total here thanks to the NHL odds makers but I still like the under. The Jets have lost four of six and have scored a total of two goals in those losses. They were one of the lowest scoring teams in the NHL in the month of March (2.06) while the Rangers are near the bottom of that category anyways.

Both goalies have played well in this series as Ondrej Pavelec has a 2.00 GAA against the Rangers this season while Henrik Lundqvist has a 1.96 GAA all-time at home against the Jets.

NHL Pick: Under 5 at Bodog

[gameodds]7/223530/43/us[/gameodds]

St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild

I think the Wild are worth the price of admission here considering they’re playing better hockey right now and they dominate this series. They have won 13 of the last 16 home meetings with the Blues, so that alone should make them more than -117. However, they have won eight of their last nine while the Blues have lost three straight.

The Blues have some issues in net right now as neither Jaroslav Halak or Brian Elliott have played as they did last season and the team has been weak. Wild goaltender Nik Backstrom has won eight straight starts.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the sportsbooks lower the line on the Wild came down to a pick or even listed them as a home dog by puck drop. Nonetheless, I’ll take a flier with the Wild.

NHL Pick: Wild -117 at Pinnacle

[gameodds]7/223533/43/us[/gameodds]

Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers

I’m probably best advised to keep this out of my NHL picks but I just can’t fathom laying so much with the Edmonton Oilers. Sure, Calgary is terrible but when you look at the standings, they have just one less win than Edmonton. The line here is so high because the Flames are adjusting to life without Jarome Iginla, they have lost 10 straight on the road while Edmonton has won three in a row. Even so, Calgary has won 10 of the last 12 meetings in this series; that’s worth something. Also, Miikka Kiprusoff has won 15 of his last 17 starts against the Oilers.

It might be a long shot but I think Calgary holds great value for our sports picks, and they are worth a look as a big road dog.

NHL Pick: Flames +140 Heritage

[gameodds]7/223536/43/us[/gameodds]