It’s a night of difficult games to handicap. There are three games on the card with three NHL betting favorites that have been slumping. Does that mean we’re taking road dogs on Wednesday night?
Vancouver Canucks vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Odds: Blackhawks -190
It’s tough to lay -190 on the NHL odds with the Blackhawks, considering they are coming off a discouraging 3-2 home loss to the Arizona Coyotes. This is a team that’s been nothing better than .500 (8-8-1) since the flip of the calendar to 2015. They’ve actually lost three of their last four at home.
At the same time, how interested are you in taking the Canucks knowing that Chicago is 4-1 this season when at home with a total of 5.5 and is 20-6 versus teams above .500. The Canucks are just 3-5 in their last eight games and on a bigger scale, are 11-13-2 over their last 26.
This whole game is a tossup but I’ll take a shot with the over as it’s 4-0 this season and has cashed in 16 of 24 when the Blackhawks are at home with a total of 5.
NHL Pick: Over 5 at 5Dimes
Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Odds: Penguins -140
The Penguins continued their inconsistent ways on Saturday with a 5-0 shutout loss in Vancouver. While the team has still won two of three, overall they’ve also lost seven of their last 11 and 12 of 20. On the flip side, Detroit comes into this game having won nine of 10.
The challenge is that the Pens typically bounce back well as they are 7-3 after scoring one goal or less in their previous game. They are also 15-11 against teams above .500 compared to the Red Wings, who are 8-9 against winning squads.
It’s a tough game to handicap but I’ll go with the under. Peter Mrazek will be in net for the Red Wings and he has a 0.67 GAA over his last three. And Marc-Andre Fleury should be back in net for the Pens and he’s posted shutouts in his last two starts.
Under is 8-0 when the Pens score one or less in their previous game and 8-2 following a loss by two or more. Take under with your NHL Picks here.
NHL Pick: Under 5.5 at Bodog
Washington Capitals vs. San Jose Sharks
Odds: Sharks -125
Both teams are coming off ugly efforts as the Caps three-game winning streak was snapped with a 3-1 home loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. They managed just 14 shots in that game. As for the Sharks, they’ve lost four of five with three home losses to the Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames. That stinks.
While the momentum right now points to a Caps win, history definitely won’t be on their side. The San Jose Sharks have won 22 of the last 26 in this series including 11 of the last 12 in San Jose. They’ll need goaltender Braden Holtby to continue to shine. He’s posted a 0.80 GAA in his last five outings.
I’m surprised to see a total of 5.5 here as Sharks home games are usually set at five, so I’ll go under the number. They’ve played 11 home games this season with a total of 5.5 and eight have gone under.
NHL Pick: Under 5.5 at The Greek