NHL Picks: Sunday Hockey Betting Pack

David Lawrence

Sunday, January 20, 2013 2:29 PM UTC

Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 2:29 PM UTC

With a condensed NHL schedule, we’re going to see lots of back-to-backs for teams and it should benefit the ones who have depth at goaltender. Here are three great NHL picks for Sunday's slate.

NHL Betting: Sunday Picks

Sure, there will be plenty of fatigue (and injuries) since so much is crammed into such a little time but teams with two good quality goaltenders should thrive. 

Eight of the 12 teams that play on Sunday also played on Saturday, so we’ll get our first look at what affect the back-to-backs have.

Record: 4-3 (+120)

Philadelphia Flyers at Buffalo Sabres

The Philadelphia Flyers played on Saturday and lost 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins but you can expect a better effort from them on Sunday. The Flyers weren’t particularly aggressive or physical, which is not common for them. After taking the loss in their opener, we should see the bullies get back to business.

The Flyers have a tendency of pushing around the smaller Buffalo Sabres as evidenced by their dominance last season. They swept all four meetings – including a pair of one-goal wins in Buffalo – and goaltender Ryan Miller really struggled against them. Miller was 0-2-1 with a 5.24 GAA against them.

I think the Flyers are offering a bit of value in the NHL betting odds here as a road dog, so I’ll take it.

Hockey Picks: Flyers +112 at BetOnline


San Jose Sharks at Calgary Flames

While the San Jose Sharks window of opportunity to win a Stanley Cup has probably closed, they are still a quality playoff team in the West. However, the Calgary Flames’ window of opportunity also has closed but their team was much worse to begin with. There’s a clear difference between the two teams. A successful season in San Jose would be a Stanley Cup win; a successful season in Calgary would be a playoff appearance. 

I see the Flames as being one of the worst teams in the West. They have an over-the-hill, expired team with a roster that’s just duck-taped together. The Sharks are a small road favorite in this matchup and I like the quality of their team a lot more. 

The Flames have a new head coach and a new system while the Sharks have plenty of consistency. That should be evident in this game. So, I’ll take that into consideration while making this free hockey pick.

Hockey Picks: Sharks -105 at Bookmaker


Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks

I think a lot of people are going to overreact to the Canucks 7-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. Already, fans are saying how happy they are that the team didn’t trade away Roberto Luongo after “starter” Cory Schneider was pulled after giving up five goals on 14 shots.

It’s hard to gauge who we’ll see in net on Sunday – my guess would be Luongo – because both goaltenders played about half of a game. Luongo actually ended up playing more (33:23).

I like Edmonton’s young offensive weapons and I think they’ll have some success in this matchup just like Anaheim did. I’m not sure that they’ll win this game but I think both sides will score plenty and push this game over the number.

Hockey Picks: Oilers/Canucks Over 5.5 at Bodog.


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