NHL Picks: Monday's Free Hockey Picks

David Lawrence

Monday, January 28, 2013 1:35 PM GMT

Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 1:35 PM GMT

Monday is a relatively quiet day in the NHL, with just five games on the radar. Where should NHL bettors look for value when placing their sports picks?

The feature game of the night will be the Boston Bruins visit to Carolina to face the Hurricanes, which will be played on NHL Network.

Here’s a closer look at the betting odds for that matchup as well as our daily NHL picks for Monday.

Record: 18-21 (-292)

Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes

The Boston Bruins have looked good so far this season as they are 3-0-1 through four games. They have been buoyed by excellent special teams, which includes a league-best penalty kill. They’ve really helped keep their opponents under wraps with their stellar penalty kill and without it, they probably wouldn’t have a winning record. They’ve won their three games by a combined margin of five goals.

On Monday, they’ll enter an Eastern Conference battle against a Carolina Hurricanes team that’s given them plenty of problems in the past. Even though the Bruins were a playoff team last season and the Hurricanes were not, the ‘Canes still swept Boston.

We’re likely to see Cam Ward back between the pipes on Monday after he got a rest on Saturday. Ward has won his last four starts against Boston while posting a 1.25 GAA against them.

The Hurricanes started the year with two losses but that looked more like lockout rust. They appear to have knocked that off as they have won two straight and looked very good in the process. Both wins came against the Buffalo Sabres but they scored a total of nine goals in the process. Alex Semin looked good and Eric Staal scored a hat trick on Saturday. That’s exactly what the Hurricanes were looking for to get their momentum going in the right direction.

The Canes have been a thorn in Boston’s side and I’ll stick with that trend. As a +110 home underdog, they appear to be offering a decent price against a team they’ve had plenty of success against.

NHL Pick: Hurricanes +110

[gameodds]7/218168/43/us[/gameodds]

Colorado Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers

While a lot of people want to hop on the Edmonton Oilers bandwagon, their most recent performance on Saturday tells us to hold the horses for now. Yes, this is a good team that will continue to improve but they aren’t quite there yet.

The Oil Can does have two wins on the season but both came in overtime against teams that were struggling. One came against Vancouver in a shootout and one was a very lucky overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings. Overall, the Oilers have yet to hold a lead at any point of a game this season.

While their opponent on Monday, the Colorado Avalanche, is nothing special, some people will have to raise some eyebrows about laying -130 with the Oilers.

Colorado is solid and they are as good – if not a bit better – than the Oilers. The home-ice advantage should tilt this game in Edmonton’s favor but the current NHL odds definitely serve as a deterrent.

As long as the Avs can stay out of the penalty box, which they haven’t been able to do to this point in the season, they should be in good position to beat the Oilers on Monday, all while offering us great value for our sports picks.

NHL Pick: Avalanche +110

[gameodds]7/218171/43/us[/gameodds]
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