The Tuesday schedule is the busiest in the NHL this week as we’ll see 11 games in total. Here’s a look the NHL odds for three of the contests as well as predictions.
Record: 69-79 (-738)
Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Islanders
I’m somewhat surprised that the Canadiens are not a very big road favorite in this spot. When you look at the standings, they have the most points in the East yet if a team like Pittsburgh or Boston was playing on the Island, they’d be favored by a lot more.
The Habs are 6-1-2 on the road this season while the Isles are just 3-8-1 at home. What’s not to like about the Habs in this spot?
NHL Pick: Canadiens -115 at Pinnacle
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New Jersey Devils
I have a hard time seeing a total of 5.5 in a Tampa Bay game and not taking the over. In this contest, not only do we get the total at 5.5 but it’s also plus-money to take the over.
Tampa Bay is a dead-over team. Even with three straight unders (or four if depending on the outcome on Monday night) the over has still cashed eight time in their last 12 games (with a push). On the season, it’s 13-6.
Beyond that, we’ll likely see Anders Lindback in net for Tampa Bay since Mathieu Garon played on Monday night and we’ll likely see either Johan Hedberg for New Jersey, who has been a walking red light, or someone else as Martin Brodeur is still out. Either way, the Over is clearly the choice for our NHL picks in this one.
NHL Pick: Over 5.5 at Bodog
Edmonton Oilers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
It’s hard to believe that the Oilers have played three straight overs considering they are barely generating any offense. They only have 38 shots in their last two games combined and have scored two or less in 12 of their last 15 games.
Columbus has just 10 goals in their last five games and I think defense will be the name of this game. Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk has been great on the road this season, posting a 2.31 GAA while away compared to 3.55 at home. I am backing the Under as the last of my free picks.
NHL Pick: Under 5.5 at BetOnline