NHL Picks of the Day for Wednesday 12/3

David Lawrence

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 12:52 PM GMT

There’s only four games in the NHL on Wednesday night and we’ll cover three of them right here. Let’s see where there’s some NHL betting value on the card, even though it’s a light night on the ice.

St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Odds: Blackhawks -150
This is a really tough game to handicap as we’ve got two of the best teams in the NHL going head-to-head in this one. The Blackhawks have 31 points, are 7-3-1 at home and have won six of their last seven games. As for the Blues, they have 34 points, are equally 7-3-1 on the road and have won 14 of their last 18 games.

I’m going to take a shot with the Blues as a road dog in this one as Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is not going to make the start for Chicago in this one. Crawford has been excellent this season, going 12-5-1 with a 1.87 GAA and a. 929 save percentage. While the Blackhawks can do just fine with a backup, the price seems a bit high considering their best goaltender is not playing. I’ll take a shot with the Blues for my NHL picks.

Free NHL Pick: Blues +130 at The Greek

 

Montreal Canadiens vs.  Minnesota Wild
Odds: Wild -130
The Minnesota Wild have been fading a little bit as they’ve lost three of their last five games. Remember, this team started 7-3-0 and was determined to be a team on the rise. Since that time, though, the Wild are just 6-6-1, which is a very average record. A big issue for them has been the travel as their last outing on Saturday was their third game in four nights, and their fourth game in six nights. The Canadiens have played well this season, for the most part, even though they’ve dropped three of their last four overall. Goaltender Carey Price is 7-2-0 with a 1.67 GAA in his last nine.

The Wild are one of the best defensive home teams, giving up just 2.20 goals per game while the Habs road offense is one of the weakest. They score just 1.85 goals per game on the road. That being the case, I’ll look for a low scoring game here and an under.

Free NHL Pick: Under 5 at BetOnline

 

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Anaheim Ducks
Odds: Ducks -200
The Ducks are laying a huge number on the NHL odds because the Flyers are in a tight spot. They played last night in San Jose and entering that game, they had lost eight of their last nine games. They have been brutal in that time span and could be on the verge of getting head coach Craig Berube fired. The Flyers have lost by at least two goals in five of those games and have allowed an average 3.44 goals per game in their last nine.

Playing in a back-to-back spot puts them in a bigger hole, so look for the Ducks to take advantage at home where they are usually a pretty good team. The Flyers were just 2-8-1 in road games entering Tuesday.

Free NHL Pick: Ducks -1.5 at 5Dimes