NHL Picks: Saturday Hockey Picks of the Day

David Lawrence

Saturday, November 30, 2013 12:46 PM GMT

Friday was a busy night in the NHL with 24 of the 30 teams in action and a number of them will be in back-to-back situations with 11 more games on Saturday night.

We’ll get an early start to the card when the Vancouver Canucks visit the New York Rangers at 2:00 PM ET and while that matchup has plenty of intrigue due to the head coaches, the marquee matchup of the night could be the last contest when the Anaheim Ducks visit the San Jose Sharks.

It should be a fun day on the ice, so read on for our three daily picks on the card:

Chicago Blackhawks @ Phoenix Coyotes

The Blackhawks are one of the teams that are in a back-to-back situation and it’s also their third game in four nights. They’ve won five straight overall and are an incredible 19-4-4 on the season. Recently, they’ve been getting the job done with airtight defense, allowing just eight goals over their last five games, but fatigue could weaken that aspect on Saturday given their hectic travel schedule.

The Coyotes are one of the highest scoring teams in the league. they’ve already played the Blackhawks once already and that game produced nine goals. I look for more of the same in a high-scoring affair in this one. Take the over with your sports picks.

Pick: Over 5.5 at Pinnacle

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Buffalo Sabres @ New Jersey Devils

The Devils are typically an under team but have played in back-to-back overs in their meetings with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Devils had seen one of their games produce more than five goals just once in 13 contests until their home-and-home with Carolina over Wednesday and Friday, which produced seven goals each game. On Saturday, the low-scoring Buffalo Sabres visit and I expect the goaltending to dominate this matchup and the Devils to get back to their low-scoring ways.

The Sabres have scored the fewest goals in the NHL while the Devils are 25th in that category. Even though the NHL odds show a low total of five, I’ll add the under to my NHL picks.

Pick: Under 5 at Bookmaker's betting odds board.

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Calgary Flames @ Los Angeles Kings

I definitely understand why we see a total of five in this game but any contest involving Calgary shouldn’t have this low of a number. Yes, the Flames are without their talented young rookie, Sean Monahan, and have a number of injuries but their goaltending is still horrendous. They allow the most goals per game in the NHL (3.68) and that alone should make their contests have totals of 5.5. As a matter of fact, if you take a look at the Flames results on the season, they’ve only played in one game where the combined score was less than five (once in 26 contests).

With this low number, we really don’t need a whole lot of contributions from the Flames offensively. If they can chip in a goal or two, we should at least push – if not get the over.

Pick: Over 5 at Bet365