NHL Picks of the Day: Top 3 Plays to Increase Thursday's Profits

David Lawrence

Thursday, October 8, 2015 12:30 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 12:30 PM UTC

After returning with a bang on Wednesday night, the NHL season will ramp up on Thursday with 14 teams in action. Here is a look at the perfect three game parlay for Thursday night’s NHL action.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Nashville Predators
NHL Odds: Predators -200
The Hurricanes are a team in transition with a lot of questions including what’s next for Eric Staal in a contract year? Will Eddie Lack seize the opportunity to be the starting goalie ahead of Cam Ward? Perhaps most importantly, will Carolina be bad enough to win the No. 1 pick for the 2016 NHL Draft? While we don’t know the answers to those questions the fact that they are even being asked is proof that the Hurricanes could be in big trouble this season. We will fade Carolina in a lot of games this season and the fact that Nashville appears to have a legitimate Stanley Cup contending teams means the Predators should be a lock to win their home opener.  It’s a huge line, so lay the puckline to knock down the juice here.

NHL Pick: Nashville -1.5 +160 at 5Dimes

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Edmonton Oilers vs. St. Louis Blues
NHL Odds: Blues -200
Edmonton is ahead of the Hurricanes and a number of other rebuilding teams after winning the draft lottery and selecting the new face of their franchise in Connor McDavid. The minute they won the lottery there was an immediate change in the outlook surrounding this team and the new management group made some major changes including the addition of new head coach Todd McLellan and a trade to acquire a new No. 1 goalie in Cam Talbot. The Oilers appear to finally be on the right track but they still face an uphill climb as a young team playing in an absolutely loaded Western Conference. Edmonton will face a tough test right out of the gate against another Stanley Cup contender in St. Louis and it likely won’t result in the debut that Oilers’ fans had in mind for McDavid. The Blues are absolutely loaded at all three levels including up front where they have three capable scoring lines led by Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Steen and Paul Stastny as the top trio. St. Louis probably wins this game but there’s a lot of offense on the ice in this one. Go over the number with your NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Over 5.5 at The Greek

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Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche
NHL Odds: Wild -120
The Avalanche have an intriguing blend of talent and youth led by Nathan Mackinnon, Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog but there are obvious concerns about their bottom six forwards and whether or not their big guns have enough firepower to lead them back to the playoffs. Colorado needs to get off to a better star than it did last season but the problem is that they open the season against a Wild team that has had their number in recent years. Minnesota is another team looking for a much better start after a trade for Devan Dubnyk helped them solidify their goaltending situation and make a strong second half run that got them in to the playoffs. The Wild will look to pick up from where they left off last season and they should be able to get the win on Thursday as the final prediction on the NHL odds.

NHL Pick: Minnesota -120 at Bovada

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