With the NFL grabbing a lot of our attention today, some might not have room for sports picks when taking a look at the betting odds from the National Hockey League, which could be a mistake.
On Sunday there is five games on the board and Edmonton off their first win of the season is back in action and is listed as one of our three NHL picks. (Not saying good or bad, you will have to keep reading to find out.)
This hockey handicapper has gotten off to a good start at 11-4, +5.20 units the past five days and after perusing the NHL odds, has these offerings.
St. Louis Edges Winnipeg on the Road
The Blues and Jets are both 4-1 to begin the new season and have not needed any diablerie, as they have just been sound at each end of the rink. On this five-game road trip, St. Louis has won the first three and scored four goals in each contest, which really keeps the pressure on the opposing club. St. Louis has been getting output from a variety of sources, with Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Carl Gunnarsson and Paul Stastny all lending a hand. Stastny was hurt Friday and is thought to be a game time decision.
Whether Winnipeg left to become the Coyotes or since their return, the Jets have never been 5-1 to start a season. At this time is it thought Ondrej Pavelec will be in net for Winnipeg, as he attempts to slow the St. Louis attack. Besides defensive help, the Jets will lean on Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler (7 points).
Sportsbooks like Wagerweb.ag opened the Blues as -115 favorites but pucks bettors have flipped the Jets around to -125 home favorites. St. Louis is 7-2 in last nine with Winnipeg and is 11-2 in road games after one goal outcome in their previous game since last year.
Free NHL Pick: St. Louis +109 at BetOnline
Look for Goal Shortage in Anaheim
Anaheim went to Game 7 of the Western Finals before losing to Chicago. Cannot say for certain if that had held a carryover effect but something is really wrong with the Ducks. Anaheim is 0-4 SU, has one goal scored on the season and is bearing down on futility records. The Ducks have not scored in 163 minutes, 4 seconds and according to STATS Inc. is quickly approaching the home mark of 177:02 set in 2000-01 season and the franchise all-time record of 200:26, when they were an expansion team 22 years ago.
Minnesota averaged four goals a contest in winning their first three games but were held to one in 2-1 setback at Los Angeles two nights ago. The Wild 16-6 UNDER having won three of four when playing on the road and the Ducks are s 36-15 UNDER playing against a team with a win percentage of 75 percent or better in the first half of the season in their history. Look for a 2-1 or 3-1 outcome favoring either team.
Free NHL Pick: Play Under 5 (+123) at 5Dimes
Vancouver Vanquishes Edmonton
Edmonton played an excellent game last night in defeating Calgary 5-2. That five-goal outburst matched what they had done on the season in four previous contests. Vancouver comes into this affair having lost to St. Louis at home 4-3, dropping them to 3-1-1 on the year.
The Canucks could well be 5-0, but are a horrific 1 for 18 in man-advantage situations and need to start passing the puck faster to get better looks and improve angles for shot attempts. Where Vancouver has helped themselves is killing 12 of 13 penalties.
Edmonton is a +175 road underdog and off that offensive outburst is 10-33 after scoring four goals or more the last three seasons. Conversely, Vancouver is 8-2 versus Edmonton, including 4-1 on home ice and is takes on an Oilers crew that is 1-20 against offenses averaging three or more goals on the road.
Free NHL Pick: Vancouver -193 at 5Dimes