NHL Picks of the Day: Sunday's Game 6 Matches on Money Line

Steven Suarez

Sunday, April 26, 2015 2:28 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 26, 2015 2:28 PM UTC

We've got two huge NHL playoff games on the schedule for Sunday, so let's examine each matchup and see where we can find the best sports betting value.

St Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild
The Wild are -135 favorites after picking up the most important win of their season so far: a Game 5 victory on the road in St. Louis which has put the team up 3-2 in the series. Now Minnesota has a chance to win the series in front of their own fans. The funny thing about this series is, that while it's 3-2 and is theoretically a close series, none of the games have been all that close at all. Each team has been taking its turn beating up on one another, so we're eager to see what kind of matchup we're in for today.

It's been a crazy back-and-forth series so far between these two familiar foes, as we have seen each team alternating wins through the first five matchups. If the trend continues, St. Louis will even things up at 3-3 today and we'll all be in for a treat in Game 7 back in St. Louis. Of course, the Blues would love nothing more than that, though the oddsmakers suggest it's going to be tough sledding for them.

Still, a team is always dangerous when they have their backs against the walls, and that's certainly the case for Sunday. St. Louis isn't lacking any kind of talent and star power either, so we know the Blues are going to at least be competitive here tonight. There's too much on the line and this team is too good to go down pushing the limits.

So, even though Minnesota has re-gained momentum in the series, we've learned that hasn't really mattered at all when it comes to these two rivals. But, we're always on the lookout for value over all else, and we think getting a nice plus price on a talented (and more importantly desperate) St. Louis hockey club. Back the Blues as NHL betting underdogs this afternoon.

NHL Pick: St. Louis Blues +120 at The Greek

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators
The nightcap will feature the Senators and Canadiens, with the series currently sitting at 3-2 in favor of Montreal. Ottawa, just like St. Louis, will be trying to avoid elimination, so we know their utmost focus and determination will be on display this evening.

What kind of NHL odds do we see on offer for Sunday? The Senators are at -115 to get the win and even up the series, which would be an amazing accomplishment after falling in a 3-0 hole to start off the series. They won Game 4 at home and then dominated on their way to a 5-1 victory in Game 5, so all of a sudden we've seen a huge momentum shift.

After hanging around in all three games but falling short on each occasion, the variance has reered its ugly head and Ottawa's gotten what they've deserved. They've picked up two straight wins to make things interesting and now get to return home. Everyone thought this series was done and dusted, included us at SBR, but the Senators have found a way to respond through adversity. A lot of credit should go to netminder Craig Anderson, who has looked sharp in net lately.

We're going to stick with the the same theme and take the more desperate team for our NHL picks. It helps that the Senators have elevated their play to another level, as well as the fact they'll be at home with what's going to be a crazy crowd cheering them on. Ottawa is the NHL betting odds favorite here (not by much) and we think they'll be able to get it done and force this thing to a Game 7.

NHL Pick: Ottawa Senators -115

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