NHL Picks: Tuesday's Free Hockey Picks

David Lawrence

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 12:25 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 12:25 PM GMT

Tuesday night will be a busy one in the NHL as 20 teams are in action. We’ve had a rough start to the week but let’s take a closer look at the NHL odds for Tuesday as see if we can get back on track with some winning NHL picks.

Record: 18-24 (-592)

Dallas Stars vs. Detroit Red Wings

The Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings will meet for the second time this season when they gather on Tuesday. The Stars took the first matchup in Detroit, but they might have a tough time taking the second matchup. The Stars will be playing their third game in four nights and they don’t exactly have a lot of momentum. They’ve lost three straight, including a 2-1 shortcoming in Columbus on Monday night. Now they’ll have to venture to Detroit on a short turnaround, and it looks like the shortened season is taking its toll on the Dallas squad.

The Red Wings are just 2-2-1 this season but they’ve played relatively well since an embarrassing 6-0 loss to St. Louis to start the year. They tend to play much better at home and having already lost once to Dallas, you can bet they’ll be focused. I don’t want to lay the juice here but I’ll add a play the Red Wings' puck line to my NHL picks tonight.

NHL Pick: Red Wings -1.5 +200

[gameodds]7/218177/43/us[/gameodds]

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Minnesota Wild

The Columbus Blue Jackets are in a tough spot on Tuesday as it will be their fifth game in seven nights. They played on Monday night and eked out a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars. With a quick turnaround, we shouldn’t really expect their offense to pick up at all. 

Scoring has been an issue for Columbus as they’ve totaled just five goals in their last four games. The Wild have lost three straight and that’s mostly been because defensive breakdowns, but that should change on Tuesday. Look for the Wild to put a complete defensive effort, lock down the fatigued Blue Jackets and keep this game under the the NHL odds makers offering. 

NHL Pick: Under 5.5

[gameodds]7/218178/43/us[/gameodds]

Winnipeg Jets vs. Montreal Canadiens 

The Winnipeg Jets were a very different team at home compared to the road last season and we can already see some of those trends coming back up. They have won one of two road games this year while averaging 2.5 goals per game compared to winning two of three at home while averaging 3.3 goals per game in front of the home audience. They’ve actually scored 13 goals in their last three games but that seems like a trend that’s unlikely to continue – especially away from home.

The Montreal Canadiens have scored at least four goals in three straight games and while you’d think that leads to plenty of overs, they’ve in fact gone over the total just once this season. With Max Pacioretty out and P.K. Subban (just re-signed) not expected to rejoin the team until Wednesday, the Habs will have to play good defense to keep their winning streak going. Take the under in this spot. 

NHL Pick: Under 5.5

[gameodds]7/218175/43/us[/gameodds]
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