Thursday is a busy day in the NHL with a slew of games on the card. Below we’ve circled our three favorite NHL picks, which include a puckline, a moneyline and a total.
St. Louis Blues vs. Buffalo Sabres
Odds: Blues -275
The Buffalo Sabres managed to end both their 14-game overall and road losing streak in their latest contest, which was a surprising 3-2 win in Montreal. However, it’s going to be tough to expect another win from them. After all, this isn’t a team that does much winning – period.
The Blues come into this game with a ton of momentum and have an offense that is on fire. The Blues have won 11 of 12 and have scored three goals or more in 10 of those games. In that span, they are averaging 4.3 goals per game. Considering Buffalo has been outscored 63-24 over its last 15 games, there’s a good chance they lose and lose by more than a goal. That being the case, take the Blues on the puck line here as your NHL pick.
NHL Pick: Blues -1.5 at 5Dimes
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Arizona Coyotes
Odds: Coyotes -135
This is just a bad line all the way around. The Coyotes are laying a big number here but they aren’t deserved of being this type of a favorite on the NHL odds. Yes, they have won three of four but on the whole, this has been one of the worst teams in the NHL this season. They are back home after a grueling eight-game road trip and teams tend to be a bit flat in their first game after a long trip.
As for Carolina Hurricanes, they have been a much better team of late. Yes, they’ve lost three straight but are still 7-6 in their last 13. That’s pretty good considering they started 10-23-4.
The Coyotes aren’t a good home team and the Hurricanes aren’t a good road team, so this game is far more of a coin flip than one might think. That being the case, take the value here. This game should be about -110 both ways and I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s where it closed.
NHL Pick: Hurricanes +122 at Pinnacle
Washington Capitals vs. Ottawa Senators
Odds: Capitals -135
The Ottawa Senators have alternated wins and losses over their last 12 games at home. They’ll have a tough test on Thursday as the Capitals have been playing very well defensively thanks to goaltender Braden Holtby. He’s allowed just one goal in his last three games. The Caps allowed just 2.31 goals per game in the month of January, which was the eighth-lowest number.
This series has been a dead-under series as six of the last seven meetings between the teams have stayed under the number. One of the main reasons for it is because Caps star Alex Ovechkin doesn’t do much scoring in Ottawa. He has one goal in his last nine visits there and the Caps have dropped four in a row and nine of 11. That being the case, look for the Caps goaltending/defense to lead us to an under here.
NHL Pick: Under 5.5 at Bodog