NHL Picks: Thursday Hockey Picks & Predictions

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:27 PM GMT

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:27 PM GMT

With Thursday offering hockey fans a rather large slate, we focus in on three games with our NHL picks tonight. Find out which matchups we have selected and why we believe they offr value.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:05 PM ET 

The Flyers are coming off a decisive 5-2 home win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. They enter tonight’s game with Columbus having a .441 money line winning percentage on the season. This sets up a strong two-part NHL totals betting system. Any home team that comes off a home win by 3-goals or more, and they have a money line winning percentage of between .400 to .490, they’ve seen 112 of those 170-games (65.9%) go under the total since the beginning of the 1996-1997 year. If the home team is playing in the first half of their schedule, then the system has seen 64 of those 91-games (70.3%) go under the total since the beginning of the 1996-1997 year.

Free Pick: Columbus/Philadelphia to go under the total of 5.5.

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Calgary Flames vs. Detroit Red Wings 7:35 PM ET 

The Detroit Red Wings have lost their last 5 home games in a row. The Calgary Flames put together a brief 3-game road winning streak then subsequently have lost their last 2 away from the Scotiabank Saddledome. The combination of both teams recent futility in those specific roles sets up a very strong NHL betting system. Any time you have a money line favorite that’s lost 2 or more home games in a row, versus an opponent which has lost 2 or more straight games on the road, the favorite has gone 48-12 (80%) on the money line since the beginning of the 1996-1997 year.

Free Pick: Detroit -140 over Calgary

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Colorado Avalanche 9:35 PM ET 

The Colorado Avalanche come off a 3-2 road loss versus their division rival the Dallas Stars on Tuesday evening. The loss dropped Colorado’s money line record to 22-11 on the season, which equates to a .667 winning percentage. The Edmonton Oilers enter tonight with a money line record of 11-25 on the season. The combination of all these factors, in addition to this being just the 34th game of an 82-games regular season schedule for Colorado, creates a very profitable NHL totals betting system. Any home team with a total of 5.5 which is playing in the first half of the season, that comes off a loss to a division opponent, and has a winning percentage of between .600 to .700 when listed as the NHL odds money line favorite, versus an opponent with a losing record versus the money line, has seen 29 of those 37-games (75.7%) go over the total since the beginning of the 1996-1997 season.

Free Pick: Edmonton/Colorado to go over the total of 5.5

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