NHL Picks: Tuesday Hockey Picks & Predictions

David Lawrence

Monday, October 14, 2013 9:19 PM GMT

Tuesday is a busy day in the NHL with 12 games on tap. We’ve got full previews and free NHL picks for three games below, and the Edmonton-Toronto separated off in it’s own article. Good luck to you tonight.

Record: 16-32 (-1269)

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Carolina Hurricanes

The Chicago Blackhawks offense hasn’t done much this season as they’ve scored just nine goals over their last four games. As for their opponent on Tuesday, the Carolina Hurricanes, four of their six games have stayed under the number.

While the under might look good, I’ll actually be adding the over to my NHL picks because of the goaltending situation. Anton Khudobin (2.00 GAA, .929 save percentage) has outplayed Cam Ward (3.32 GAA, .903 save percentage) this season but he’s out. That means we’re likely to see Ward again, who has given up at least three goals in three of his four outings.

Look for the Blackhawks offense to perform quite well and lead us to expect a score higher than that listed on the NHL odds boards.

Pick: Over 5.5 at 5Dimes

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Dallas Stars vs. Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche are an unstoppable force of momentum right now and we’ll continue to ride them on the NHL odds. They’re a young team that’s playing with plenty of confidence right now. More importantly, their goaltending has been flawless so far as they’ve allowed just four goals in their first five games. Dallas has had a tough time scoring as they’ve scored two or less in three of their four games.

The Stars are without lead goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who is out with injury. Dan Ellis filled in for him on Saturday and immediately was bombed for five goals. I’ll add the Avs puck line to my sports picks for Tuesday and expect their stellar play to continue.

Pick: Avs -1.5 at Bodog

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Winnipeg Jets

I understand why the Canadiens are favored in this spot but I’m not interested in laying the juice. It’s their last game on a four-game Canadian road trip and sometimes teams are a little flat in their final game before coming home.

Winnipeg is a streaky team but their confidence goes as their goaltenders do. On Sunday, they got stellar play from Al Montoya and they won 3-0. Ondrej Pavelec was subpar in the three previous games and the Jets lost them all.

I’m looking for the Jets to carry some momentum over from that win and get their second straight win as a home dog.

Pick: Jets +100 at Bookmaker

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