NHL Picks of the Day: Turn Tonight's Hottest Bets into Hard Cold Cash

David Lawrence

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:57 AM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 11:57 AM UTC

There are just three games on the NHL betting menu on Wednesday, which means our daily roundup has you covered. Below are our predictions for the three games on the ice.

Calgary Flames vs. New Jersey Devils
Devils -123
The New Jersey Devils continue to roll as they’ve now won four straight games. On Wednesday, they’re presented with another situation where they should come out on top. The Flames had been playing well at the end of January/early February, but they’ve since hit the skids. They entered Tuesday’s game against the Rangers just 3-3 in their last six. On top of that, they’ll be in a back-to-back situation, so fatigue could be a factor.

As for New Jersey, they’ve won four straight games and have outscored their opponents 12-4 in that span. Goaltender Cory Schneider is on fire right now as he has a .951 save percentage and 1.51 GAA since the All-Star break.

Stick with the hot team here and take the Devils with your NHL picks.

Free NHL Pick: Devils -123 at Pinnacle

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals
Capitals -120
Typically, the best bet when the Penguins and Capitals meet is the under. Five straight meetings between the sides have stayed under the number. However, in this spot, I’m going to take a shot with Pittsburgh. They had been in a scoring slump, totaling just one goal in three straight losses prior to making a lineup change and scoring nine in back-to-back wins. The change was moving Blake Comeau to a line with Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz. When you factor that in with how well Marc-Andre Fleury has played (posting a 1.00 GAA in his last seven) and it looks like the Pens could be a decent play.

Part of what’s enticing here is the price and when you add in that the Pens have won three of their last four trips to Washington, it looks like it makes sense to take a shot with them.

Free NHL Pick:  Penguins +105 at Bovada

Ottawa Senators vs. Anaheim Ducks
Ducks -200
The Ducks seem like they’re back on track as they’ve won three straight games. However, that might be considered a tad premature as their goaltending woes haven’t been fixed. Instead, they’ve merely managed to outscore their opponents in high-scoring affairs in those wins. Over his last three outings, John Gibson has still given up seven goals. For the month of February, he has a 3.02 GAA and a .903 save percentage. Those numbers aren’t particularly good. That could be a problem facing a Sens team that’s scored 15 goals in their last three games.

Wednesday will be rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond’s first NHL road start and while he’s played pretty well so far – winning his first two starts – he could have trouble against a Ducks team that is clicking right now. Anaheim is averaging 3.09 goals per game this month, which is the sixth-best number in the NHL.

The price is so high on the Ducks NHL odds here and with their goaltending situation being unsteady, there is no way I can bet them here. Instead, I’ll go with the over as it looks like we could see more than 5.5 goals here.

Free NHL Pick:  Over 5.5 at The Greek

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