NHL Picks: Thursday Hockey Picks of the Day

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, December 5, 2013 3:20 PM GMT

Welcome back to another edition of NHL Hockey Picks of the Day. Today we breakdown Thursday's NHL betting lines for some winning NHL picks for our Hockey betting.

San Jose Sharks (19-8) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (19-10)

Battle of NHL Heavyweights

The Penguins have won 4 in a row and 7 of their last 9. They currently lead the Eastern Conference with 39-points, and are in 1st place in the Metropolitan Division 9-points ahead of the 2nd place Washington Capitals.

The Sharks enter tonight having won 6 in a row, and 9 of their last 10. San Jose has lost just 3 of their first 27-games this season in regulation time. They’re currently first in the Pacific Division, and 2nd overall in the Western Conference. The Sharks have averaged 3.4 goals per game which is 2nd best in the NHL, and are allowing just 2.1 goals per game ranking 5th best in the league.

NHL Super System

Play against any home team that’s -100 to -150 on the NHL betting odds that’s won 6 or 7 of their last 8-games, and they’ve played 8 or more games in the last 14-days. When you wager on the road team in this exact situation, you would be 36-13 (73.5%) since the beginning of the 1996-1997 year.

NHL Pick: San Jose +100 over Pittsburgh

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Ottawa Senators (11-17) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (16-11)

Underachiever versus Overachiever

This is definitely a tale of two teams in this contest. There were high expectations for the Ottawa Senators heading into this season. They surprised the majority of the experts a season ago by finishing 7th in the Eastern Conference and qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Then they further surprised by knocking off the favorite Montreal Canadians in 5 games of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. However they’ve been an early season disappointment thus far. The Senators are currently 6th in the Atlantic Division, and 12th overall in the Eastern Conference. The good news is that they’re only 2-points out of 8th overall in the East, and they still have 54-games left to play in the regular season.

You can make the argument that the Tampa Bay Lightning is the biggest surprise team in the first quarter of the NHL schedule. They’re currently 5th in the Atlantic Division and just 5-points behind the first place Boston Bruins. If the season were to end today they would be the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference, and would qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Unfortunately for the Lightning things haven’t been quite as rosy of late. They enter tonight having lost 6 of their last 8-games. In addition, they’ve been shutout in their last 2-games, and 3 of the last 5. The Lightning suffered a huge blow in the 2nd week of November when they lost star center Steven Stamkos to a broken leg. At the time of his injury Stamkos was off to a terrific start. He has 14-goals and 9-assists in the first 17-games. He will be sidelined until at least February.

NHL Super System

Any team that scored 4 or more goals in their previous game, versus an opponent that’s been shutout out in their last 2-games is 39-18 (68.4%) since the beginning of the 1996-1997 season. Given these trends who are you deciding to back for your NHL picks?

NHL Pick: Ottawa +105 over Tampa Bay

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