NHL Picks of the Day: Money Line & Totals Offer Best Value for Tonight's Betting Ticket

David Lawrence

Thursday, February 12, 2015 12:29 PM GMT

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 12:29 PM GMT

There are nine games on the slate on Thursday in what will be a very busy night. The NHL will take center stage in the coming days as the NBA moves into its All-Star break. For now, here’s our NHL picks of the night.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Islanders
Odds: Islanders -220
I’m a little bit surprised to see the Leafs-Islanders total is posted on the NHL odds at 5.5 and not six. The Islanders have had a couple of games this season with a total of six and this probably should have been another. This is a series that’s seen many high-scoring affair. Each of the last three meetings in Long Island have gone over as well as the last seven in this series overall.

One of the main reasons why the games have been high-scoring is because Toronto has had no issues scoring in Long Island. They’ve averaged 4.4 goals per game while winning five of their last seven visits. And whoever is in net for Toronto, you can rest assured they’ll give up a bunch as Toronto gives up 3.05 goals per game this season, which is sixth-worst in the NHL. You can expect the Isles to feast on that. They average 3.50 goals per game at home, which is tied for the best number in the NHL. That being the case, go over in this one.

NHL Pick: Over 5.5 at 5Dimes

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New York Rangers vs. Colorado Avalanche
Odds: Rangers -120
This is a matchup of two teams that are laboring, so I’m not that jacked up about laying juice with the Rangers on the road – especially with Henrik Lundqvist out. The Rangers ended their two-game losing streak with a 5-4 in Toronto on Tuesday but that’s not saying much. Toronto has been losing to everyone. With Lundqvist out, Cam Talbot has had to step in but he’s been so-so. He’s posted a 3.01 GAA over his last four outings and has a 3.17 GAA on the road compared to 1.37 at home.

Yes, Colorado has lost three straight but are still 4-1 in their last five at home. There is a 12-point gap between the teams in terms of overall points but when you subtract King Henrik from the equation and add in the fact that the Avs are at home and that they’ve been struggling of late too, the Avs are worth a look. The Rangers don’t play particularly well in Denver as they’ve lost seven of eight there. Take the Avs with your NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Avalanche +109 at Pinnacle

 

Calgary Flames vs. Los Angeles Kings
Odds: Kings -160
The Flames look like they’re worth a shot in this spot as they’ve been playing pretty well over the last few weeks. They’ve won nine of 12 and have been buoyed by the stellar play of goaltender Jonas Hiller. The Flames have dominated their division this season, going 17-4-1 against the Pacific, which includes three wins versus the Kings. They’ve already won twice at the Staples Center.

As for the Kings, they are 7-9 against the division and while they are riding a two-game winning streak, they lost seven of eight before that. Jonathan Quick has lost four straight against the Flames while posting a 2.62 GAA. As for Hiller, he’s 4-0-1 with a 1.95 GAA in his last five against the Kings. Take a shot with the Flames in your NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Flames +144 BetOnline

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