NHL Picks: Wednesday Free Picks & Odds Analysis

David Lawrence

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:34 AM GMT

There are just five games on the board for Wednesday and I’ll be previewing four of them. Here is the first three NHL odds reviews to help you assess your betting options.

NHL Betting: Wednesday Picks

You can check out an individual preview on the Boston-New Jersey game in a separate article and below we’ve got brief previews and selections of three more games.

Record: 115-136 (-1528)

Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames

Considering how awful Calgary has been this season – and recently in particular – it’s tough not to like the Canucks in this spot. Vancouver has won nine of 11 and goaltender Cory Schneider is red hot right now. He’s posted a 1.29 GAA in his last 11 starts and he’s won three straight over Calgary.

On the flip side, we’re expecting Miikka Kiprusoff in net and he’s 3-8-1 in his last 12 starts against the Canucks with a 3.96 GAA.

With the NHL odds being so high on the Canucks, I’ll lay the puck line with them.

Picks: Canucks -1.5 +185 at BetOnline

[gameodds]7/224427/43-1537-19-999996/us[/gameodds]

Phoenix Coyotes at Edmonton Oilers

I think the side in this game is a coin toss as Phoenix is a dicey bet on the road while the Oilers have lost three straight. Instead, my choice of the NHL picks in this spot is the under as I see a low-scoring affair between these teams.

Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith is 4-0-1 with a 1.75 GAA in his last five starts against Edmonton and he should approach those numbers again as the Oilers have scored just two goals in their last three games. His counterpart, Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk, has given up six goals in his last three starts against Phoenix.

Pick: Under 5 at Bovada

[gameodds]7/224428/43-1537-19-999996/us[/gameodds]

Colorado Avalanche at Anaheim Ducks

With this game, there are really only two options: Ducks on the puck line or the under. The puck line seems to make sense since the Avalanche have lost six straight and are the worst team in the NHL. They also have a league-low two road wins this season. Under makes good sense since the Avs have scored two goals or fewer in six straight games.

The Ducks have won four straight overall and 10 of the last 12 meetings. I see the Ducks as having a very good chance of winning, so we just need them to cover the extra goal.

Pick: Ducks -1.5 +135 at Pinnacle

[gameodds]7/224429/43-1537-19-999996/us[/gameodds]