NHL Picks of the Day: Betting on the Favorites Thursday Night

Doug Upstone

Thursday, October 29, 2015 2:47 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 2:47 PM UTC

Whew! Glad to see more betting NHL odds today from the sportsbooks, with eight games on the docket compared to only three yesterday, which can really make it tough to uncover winning NHL Picks.

Looked like we had a winning day on Wednesday until Calgary and Ottawa decided defense was no longer required in the third period with five goals scored, spoiling my Under selection for sports picks. No matter, still having a good week and I like the three choices I have today for your NHL Picks .


Chicago's Defense Air Tight
After a 2-3 SU start, the Blackhawks are beginning to resemble the team that has taken home the Stanley Cup in three of the past six years. Chicago has won four in row and while they no longer have the same depth and are missing All-Star defenseman Keith Duncan (out 4-6 weeks with knee injury), the Hawks defense and just enough offense is pulling them through.

Thanks to goalie Corey Crawford, Chicago is only giving up 1.8 goals a game. He is second among netminders in save percentage at .943, who have had a minimum of 150 chances. He's not going it alone as the other Blackhawks defenders are very disruptive to opposing offenses and coach Joel Quenneville has his forwards coming back a little more defensively.

Do not know at this time if Crawford will be in goal for Chicago, but the Blackhawks +105 underdogs. With Chicago sporting a 10-2 road record after scoring two goals or less in two straight games and is 9-2 in Winnipeg, this hockey handicapper sees plenty of value on the money line.
NHL Free Pick: Chicago Blackhawks (-101) at BetOnline


St. Louis know How to Bury Bad Offenses
It has really been a tough go for Anaheim to start the season at 1-8 SU. The offense has downright pathetic and even when they finally get something going, they find a way to blow it. The Ducks are averaging one goal a game, but opened with three at Dallas on Tuesday and everything appeared to be going swimmingly. Unfortunately that was the extent of their offense and Dallas offense turned into a tsunami, scoring four times and thoroughly dominating the third period with 17-2 shot advantage for the win.

St. Louis (6-2-1) is among the West Conference leaders with 13 points despite significant injuries to several core players and others. First-line center Paul Stastny has broken his right foot, forward Jaden Schwartz will miss three months after fracturing his ankle last week and Patrik Berglund (shoulder surgery) is out until January. The Blues have held tryouts this week with players on the waiver wire just to have a complete roster.

I'm the first to admit the -175 NHL odds on St. Louis to appear an but high, especially for a Blues team which is injured and 1-8-1 versus Anaheim. Nonetheless, the Ducks have just a single victory and cannot score and I uncovered St. Louis is a fabulous is 18-1 against teams scoring 2.4 or fewer goals a game the last three seasons.
NHL Free Pick: St. Louis Blues (-145) at 5Dimes


Dallas Stifles Vancouver
Vancouver (4-2-3) is feeling rather spry entering American Airlines Center for tonight's matchup with Dallas off their most impressive effort of the young season, a 5-1 victory over Montreal, who had started the year 9-0. This was all the more unusual because that was the Canucks first win at home in six tries.

Vancouver is 3-0 on the road, where they will be in nine of their next 11 contests. However, let's consider what the Canucks are up against. Vancouver has lost seven in a row to Dallas and been decidedly outplayed by combined scores of 29-10. In this streak has been four setbacks in Big D and on the presumption Ryan Miller is in goal for Vancouver, he is 0-4-1 with a 4.35 goals against average in his last five starts against the Stars.

Dallas is off to a great 7-2 start with Jamie Benn and linemate Tyler Seguin leading the offense, which is tied for fourth in the league in goals scored. With the Canucks 4-12 after scoring five goals or more in their previous game, the Stars shine as -150 favorites.
NHL Free Pick: Dallas Stars (-142) at BetOnline

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