NHL Picks: Sunday Hockey Picks of the Day

David Lawrence

Sunday, October 13, 2013 11:29 AM GMT

Sunday’s card features four games in the NHL and we’ve got previews and free picks on all of them.

We’ve honed in on the Ottawa-Anaheim matchup in it’s own article and below we’ve got the other three games covered.

Record: 15-29 (-1069) 

Phoenix Coyotes @ Carolina Hurricanes 

The Coyotes and Hurricanes clash on Sunday in a matinee game, so make sure your sports picks are in before 1:00 PM ET. It’s going to be a very early start for Phoenix, who is a west coast team and with the time shift, this is basically a morning game for them.

It’s possible that Phoenix is half-asleep in this one but not just because of the start time. This is their fourth game in six nights and it’s also their last of a five-game road trip. Sometimes we see teams come out a bit flat in their final game of a road trip.

I like the under in this game as Carolina has scored two or less in four of their five games. Their goaltenders have played well, though, and Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith has won his last two starts against the Hurricanes. This should be a low-scoring affair.

Free Pick: Under 5.5 at 5Dimes

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Los Angeles Kings @ Florida Panthers

The Los Angeles Kings are a -140 favorite on the NHL odds in Florida but they better be careful. The Panthers were a big home dog in their last game but they upended the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 and screwed a lot of people’s NHL picks.

The Panthers have been a weird team so far this season. In their two wins, they’ve outscored their opponents by a margin of 10-5. In their three losses, they’ve been outscored 16-3. The lone consistent trend with this team is they seem to get into high-scoring affairs as they’ve gone under just once. Since we’re getting plus-money on the over, I’ll take a flier on that and see if we can get at least six goals.

Free Pick: Over 5.5 at Bodog

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New Jersey Devils @ Winnipeg Jets

What has happened to the Winnipeg Jets? After such an encouraging start to the season with back-to-back wins over Edmonton and Los Angeles, the Jets have lost three straight and have taken a major step back.

There are two keys to success or failure for this team: consistency on offense and Ondrej Pavelec’s ability – or inability – to play like a quality starting goaltender. While the offense looked like it had taken strides forward in the early goings, scoring 10 goals in two games, they have since scored just four goals over their last three games. As for Pavelec, he has a 3.26 GAA and a .905 save percentage. That’s not going to be good enough to get them into the playoffs.

On Sunday, they’ll face the New Jersey Devils, who are just one of two winless teams on the season. Maybe they are trying to keep the New York Giants (0-6) company but this is getting a bit out of hand for the Devils. Their goaltending has failed them as they’ve allowed at least three goals in every game (18 in total) and they’ve only scored 11 goals in five games.

Over is the play that makes the most sense to make in this game as neither team is playing particularly well in net right now. While the offenses are laboring, I expect the porous goaltending to allow the offenses to wake up.

Free Pick: Over 5.5 at WillHill

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