Our ice hockey consultant explains why he considers Sunday's best NHL picks on the total to be for Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues 12:35 PM ET
Today will be the finale of a six game in twelve day road trip for the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago hasn’t played a game at home since January 20th versus Arizona. All six games on this current road trip have all come since the Hawks returned from the all-star break. Chicago has incredibly gone under the total in all thirteen of their games this season after playing their previous two contests on the road. They’ve also gone over the total in just seven of their twenty-eight games (25%) on the road during the 2014-2015 NHL campaign.
The St. Louis Blues had their franchise record of 13-games in a row of earning at least one point, come to a screeching halt in a 7-1 blowout loss at Columbus on Friday. You can be rest assured the Blues will be out to atone for that embarrassing defensive effort in this key Central Division showdown in front of the home fans. Brian Elliott is slated to be between the pipes for the Blues on Sunday. Elliott has seen only four of his fifteen starts (26.7%) at home this season go over the total, and compiled a stellar .932 save percentage in those outings.
NHL Picks: Play on Chicago and St. Louis to go under the total of 5.5 at 5Dimes.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals 3:05 PM ET
These teams have met twice this season and each of those games went under the NHL odds total. The Flyers are slated to go with Steve Mason in goal on Sunday, and he’s been brilliant over his last four starts by posting an outstanding .959 save percentage. The Flyers have really tightened the screws defensively over their previous five games, allowing an average of only 2.0 goals per contest.
The Washington Capitals starting goaltender Braden Holtby has been sizzling hot over his last four starts. During that time Holtby has compiled an epic .982 save percentage, and also posted three shutouts. Needless to say, all four of those games stayed under the total. As a matter of fact, the Capitals have allowed a combined eight goals during their last six games. Washington has gone under the total in the last three, and five of their previous six games.
This game has all the ear marks of a low scoring affair despite the offensive firepower both teams possess. I’m going to use this total for one of my NHL picks on Sunday.
NHL Picks: Play on Philadelphia and Washington to go under the total of 5.5 at Bovada.