As part of our top totals selections of the day on Sunday, we focus our hockey handicapping attention on Anaheim/New Jersey and San Jose/Pittsburgh.
Anaheim vs. New Jersey 7:05 PM ET
According to the NHL odds at BetOnline, the posted total in this contest is 5.0. These teams have met just once this season, and the Ducks skated away with a 5-1 win at home.
Anaheim has allowed exactly two goals in each of their last two games. The Ducks have seen fourteen of nineteen games go under the total this season, after allowing two goals or less in each of their previous two games.
The New Jersey Devils haven’t seen any of their previous eight games go over the total. They’ve scored a meager four goals combined during their last four games. The Devils have gone over the total in just seven of thirty-eight home games (18.4%) this season. Corey Schneider will be in goal for New Jersey tonight. Despite a disappointing year for his team, Schneider has been exceptional. He’s seen only eighteen of his sixty-three starts (28.6%) go over the number, compiling a stellar .928 save percentage, and posted five shutouts.
NHL Picks: Play on Anaheim and New Jersey to go under the total of 5.0
San Jose vs. Pittsburgh 7:35 PM ET
The NHL betting odds at BetOnline has a posted total of 5.5 on this contest. These teams have met once this season (3/9/2015), San Jose was a 2-1 winner on home ice, and that game easily stayed under the total of 5.5.
Both teams played yesterday, and each came away with identical 3-2 wins. The backup goaltenders for both teams played on Saturday with Alex Stalock going for San Jose, and Thomas Greiss for Pittsburgh. The slated starters for today will be Antti Niemi for the Sharks, and Marc-Andre Fleury for the Penguins. Fleury has seen just four of his twenty starts go over the total this season when facing a Western Conference opponent, and compiled a superb .941 save percentage in those outings. The Penguins have gone over the total in just one of their previous eight games, and San Jose has stayed under the number in six of its last ten.
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Any home team (Pittsburgh) with a total of 5.5 that’s playing with no rest, coming off a home win in their previous game, has seen that home team stay under the total in 80 of those 112-games (71.4%) since the beginning of the 1997-1998 NHL campaign. As a result, I’ll have a strong lean toward a low scoring affair when making my NHL picks for Sunday.
NHL Picks: Play on San Jose and Pittsburgh to go under the total of 5.5