NHL Picks: Sunday Hockey Picks & Predictions

David Lawrence

Sunday, December 1, 2013 1:27 PM GMT

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 1:27 PM GMT

Sunday is a quiet day in the NHL with just three games on the card. We’ve got previews and picks on all of them, so read on to get our analysis on the games.

Vancouver Canucks @ Carolina Hurricanes 

Two struggling teams will clash in this matchup and it’s a bit curious to see the Vancouver Canucks as a road favorite. The Canucks have been a bad team in the month of November as they have really hit a wall. They were 11-5-2 earlier this month but have lost eight of 10 since. They find themselves in a back-to-back situation on the road after playing (and losing) to the New York Rangers on Saturday, and it’s also their third game in four nights after winning in Ottawa on Thursday. 

There’s no question that Carolina is also a bad team as they have lost five of seven. They are also 6-9 at home, which means they’re not the type of pick you want to add into your sports picks a lot. However, I don’t think Vancouver should be laying anything on the road right now as they are not a quality team. Take the Hurricanes with your NHL picks in this one. 

Pick: Hurricanes +115 at Bookmaker

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Detroit Red Wings @ Ottawa Senators

Sunday marks the return of Daniel Alfredsson to Ottawa as the Detroit Red Wings visit the Senators. The two teams have squared off twice already this season and the Sens have won both meetings by a combined score of 10-3. 

I’m a bit surprised to see the line where it is as Detroit has been playing well recently. They’ve won three straight and four of five, while the Senators have sputtered lately by losing five of seven. 

In this spot, I’ll take a shot with the team that’s playing better – especially since they are road dogs. The Red Wings are 8-3-1 on the road and Ottawa is just 4-7-2 at home. Detroit is worth a play at NHL odds of +115.

Pick: Red Wings +115 at BetOnline

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Edmonton Oilers @ Dallas Stars 

The Oilers and Stars are both in last place in their respective divisions, but these are still two vastly different teams. The Stars are last in the Central with 27 points while the Oilers are last in the Pacific with 18 points. The Stars are in a much tougher division and that’s illustrated by the fact that their 27 points are good for 20th in the NHL while the Oilers rank is 29th. 

The Stars completely dominate this series as they have won 12 of the last 14 meetings. On the whole, they’re not so bad when they start goaltender Kari Lehtonen. He’s 10-5-3 on the season, which means the Stars have just two wins in the other seven games without him.

Dallas has lost three of four while Edmonton has won four of six. That being the case, laying -165 with Dallas on the NHL odds seems steep. Instead, I’ll take a shot with the over. Both teams are in the basement of the NHL in goals allowed, so I’ll expect a high-scoring game. 

Pick: Over 5.5 at SportsInteraction

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