NHL Picks Of The Day: Three Fiery Plays To Melt The Ice

Doug Upstone

Friday, March 25, 2016 1:40 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 25, 2016 1:40 PM UTC

Yesterday it was one of those days in sports where if you were fortunate enough to be on the right of the NHL odds, you made a killing. It turns out I was not and paid the price for it.

In the Sweet 16 Thursday, all the favorites won and covered with ease and in the NBA, four of the five underdogs beat the spread. Yesterday I said if you prefer big underdogs in hockey, it set up to be your kind of day. And it turned out that four of the seven favorites who closed at -170 or higher lost, and some were blown out. Turns out three of the blowouts were on teams I picked, thus, my five day winning streak crashed in spectacular/horrible fashion and I will have work to do dig out of that hole the next several days with NHL picks.

With just three games on tap for today, the NHL odds have three medium to quite large favorites, how will I play it today, you will only find out by keep reading.


St. Louis Goes After Top Spot At Home Tonight
Dallas has the most points in the Western Conference with 97, but St. Louis (43-31 SU) can tie the Stars with a victory tonight over Vancouver (27-46 SU). The Blues are massive -300 money line favorites and it is justified, but it still comes with some uncertainty.

St. Louis allowed 17 goals in winning just one of three games, but have their No.1 goaltender back in Brian Elliott and he would make Clayton Kershaw proud with two consecutive shutouts since returning from injury. Elliott has been in the zone in recent starts with 11-2-2 record, a 1.57 goals-against average and .949 save percentage. The Canucks would seem to be the perfect foe for St. Louis as their six-game losing has a larger number than the number of goals they have scored in this horrendous stretch at five.

How this becomes a little skittish is Vancouver has won three straight at the Scottrade Center and St. Louis has a date at Washington tomorrow. We will bank on the Canucks ineffectiveness and their 2-15 record in road contests after scoring two goals or less in five consecutive games.

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NHL Pick: St. Louis -290
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


Washington Thwarts The Devils
With only eight games remaining, New Jersey (36-38 SU) is six points out of the last playoff position and might need to win them all just to have a chance, but they are off to good start. The Devils has won their last two outings (five of seven) and last night's was especially impressive, blanking Pittsburgh in their building 3-0.

Goalie Scott Wedgewood made 39 saves in his second NHL start and has only permitted one goal in the 67 shots he's faced. Nonetheless, Washington (52-20 SU) presents a different challenge, not only being the best team in the NHL, but skilled in all facets and if they were to win tonight in the Garden State, they would set franchise record with 25 road victories. The Capitals are -180 away favorites and have defeated the Devils six times in a row, including three on the road.

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NHL Pick: Washington -175
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline


Tampa Bay Stays Perfect In Particular Situation
After yesterday's debacle, I looked long and hard at the New York Islanders (39-33 SU) as +135 road underdogs at Tampa Bay (42-31 SU). Sure New York has dropped six of eight but for some reason the last two seasons they have sparkled on the Friday night road at 10-3. And while not fabulous, the Islanders are 17-11 having been on the short end of scoreboard in three of past four.

My continued investigative work also dug up other numbers, all pointing towards the home team, Tampa Bay. New York beat Ottawa 3-1 on Wednesday and they are 7-14 off a home victory and if they surrendered one or fewer goals, they are 6-11 the next time they take the ice.

After losing five of six, the Lightning have knocked off Arizona and Detroit. When Tampa Bay has won two straight and is at the Amalie Arena, they are perfect 8-0. Enough said.

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NHL Pick: Tampa Bay -150
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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