NHL Picks of the Day: Locks to Go Over Sunday's Hockey Odds

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, April 5, 2015 3:40 PM GMT

Our best hockey picks today focus on betting the totals. Join us in reading his informative takes & NHL Picks in the games between Washington/Detroit and Ottawa/Toronto.

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Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings 5:05 PM ET
According to the NHL betting odds at Bookmaker, the posted total in this game is 5.5. Since the start of the 2011-2012 NHL campaign, these teams have seen six of their seven meetings go over the total.

The Washington Capitals have gone over the total in each of their previous five games, and there was a combined average of 7.6 goals per contest scored. They’ve scored three goals or more in each of the last six contests, and also in eight of their previous nine. The Capitals have seen only one of their previous seven games on the road go under the total. Braden Holtby is slated to be in goal for Washington on Sunday, and it will mark the 23rd consecutive game for the Capitals in which Holtby has been their starting goaltender. It will also Holtby’s third start in the last four days.

The Detroit Red Wings have stayed under the total in just two of their previous seven. They’ve allowed an average of 3.3 goals per game during those seven contests. In addition, they’ve given up five goals or more on six separate occasions during the previous sixteen games. The Red Wings have also scored three goals or more in five of their last seven games.

NHL Picks: Play on Washington and Detroit to go over the total of 5.5 at 5Dimes

 

Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:35 PM ET
The NHL odds at BetOnline have attached a total of 5.5 to this game. These clubs have met four times already this season, each of those games went over the total, and there was a combined average of 7.5 goals scored per contest.

The Ottawa Senators have seen seven of their previous nine games go over the total. The Senators have averaged 3.8 goals per outing during their previous eight games. They’ll be facing an opponent (Toronto) today that’s allowing an average of 3.2 goals per game for the season.

The Toronto Maple leafs have allowed opponents to amass 41-shots on goal or more in four of their previous eight games, and that includes 50 in Saturday’s 2-1 overtime shootout loss at Boston. Despite their struggles in recent months, Toronto is still averaging a robust 3.2 goals per game on home ice.

I like this contest to be a high scoring affair, and one of my NHL picks on Sunday will support that prediction.

NHL Picks: Play on Ottawa and Toronto over 5.5 at BetOnline.