NHL Picks of the Day: Trio of Locks to Maximize Monday's Short Slate

David Lawrence

Monday, February 16, 2015 12:04 PM GMT

Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 12:04 PM GMT

There’s an 8-game card tonight and if you’re celebrating Family Day or Presidents’ Day, you’re probably going to be doing some betting. So read below for the previews and our NHL picks of the day.

New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders
Odds: Islanders -130
Prior to this season, the Rangers had typically dominated the Islanders but much of that credit has to go to goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. For his career, King Henrik is 29-15-5 against them with a 2.22 GAA and .921 save percentage. Obviously, the Rangers would like to have him in the lineup but he’s out with injuries and Cam Talbot is filling in. Talbot is clearly a step down as he’s posted a 2.68 GAA and .904 save percentage this month.

I’m looking for the Islanders to take advantage in this spot. They’ve already beat the Rangers three times this season, winning all three meetings by a combined score of 13-4. Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak has clearly slammed the door shut while the Rangers have had a tough time containing the Isles offense. With King Henrik out of the lineup, that only tips the scales further to the Isles favor.

They’ve won four in a row and five of six, and seven of nine at home. Lay the juice with them in this spot.

Free NHL Pick: Islanders -130 at Pinnacle

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Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks
Odds: Canucks -135
The Vancouver Canucks continue to be one of the league’s most unpredictable teams. In the last week and a half, they’ve beaten Pittsburgh, Chicago and Boston, yet lost to Minnesota, Calgary and were blown out at home by the San Jose. That loss to the Wild is a concern considering they’re laying -135 against them at home now a week later.

Goaltender Ryan Miller has been fading for the Canucks as he posted a 2.30 GAA and .918 save percentage before the All-Star break but is just 3-5-0 with a 3.13 GAA and .889 save percentage since. He’s faced the Wild twice this season and lost both contests while giving up eight goals on just 37 shots (.784 save percentage).

That being the case, the Wild look like a decent play here as a road dog. Take them with your NHL picks.

Free NHL Pick:  Wild +118 at BetOnline

 

Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets
Odds: Jets -220
I’m going to give the Jets a shot as there is lots of optimism surrounding the franchise these days. They’ve won four of five, occupy one of the last two wild card spots in the Western Conference and made a blockbuster trade this week. Now they get a layup on Monday when the Edmonton Oilers visit. The Oil can has dropped four of six and continues to struggle giving up goals. They gave up seven to Ottawa on Saturday and have given up at least three in a game in four of their last five.

With so many positive vibes flowing through Winnipeg, I’ll take them on the NHL odds puckline to take care of the Oilers, who are making their final stop on a six-game road trip.

Free NHL Pick: Jets -1.5 at The Greek

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