NHL Picks: Wednesday Hockey Odds and Betting Lines

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:29 AM GMT

Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2013 11:29 AM GMT

Only four games are on tap tonight. Where can the best NHL betting value be found and which plays do our hockey cappers like most? 

Wednesday NHL Odds Report 

Home teams ruled the day yesterday, with seven of the eight hosts picking up win. The only home team to lose was the Edmonton Oilers, who were soundly beaten by the Minnesota Wild. 

Tonight's action is filled with considerably large favorites across the board, but here's a closer look at what we've got on our plates. 

Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 

This is by far the best NHL matchup of the day, with the two top seeds in the Eastern Conference doing battle in Pittsburgh. 

Currently, the Penguins are at -145 on the NHL odds board to get the win, with action on the Canadiens available at +125. 

As with the case with practically every Pittsburgh game, the total is at 5.5 goals. The Penguins have been the league's most dangerous offensive team, scoring 3.3 goals per game heading into tonight's game. Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis, and James Neal have all scored at least 15 goals each this season.

Montreal has been scoring at a good clip throughout the year too (ranked fourth at 3.0 goals per game), but they've lost three of their last four and have allowed 12 goals over their previous two games, losses to Philadelphia and Toronto. 

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Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins 

Emotions will be running high for tonight's game in TD Garden. The Bruins had their last game against the Ottawa Senators called off, but will return to the ice with heavy hearts as the favorites in the eyes of the oddsmakers. 

The Bruins were already a darn good home team to begin with, having recorded a 14-3-2 mark, so that extra motivation to put on a good show for the home fans has resulted in an even more inflated number at the sportsbooks. 

Boston is at as high of a number as -210 to get the win and Buffalo can be backed at anywhere from +175 to +190. There may be more value in the puck line if you believe the Bruins will set the tempo from the beginning, with that wager listed at +130. 

David Schwab will be analyzing this game and will have his final pick ready for viewing later on in the day, so make sure you check back with us to see what his thoughts are. 

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Detroit Red Wings vs. Calgary Flames

There could be some sneaky good value on the home team here. The Flames are actually underdogs at (+140), and even though they've gone 3-7 over their last 10, they have managed to go 11-9-2 on their home ice this season.

The Red Wings (-155) may have beaten up on the Nashville Predators the other night, but they're just 1-3 over their previous four. The season series is at 2-0 in favor of Calgary, who won 5-2 at home in the middle of March and 4-1 in Detroit in February. 

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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Anaheim Ducks 

Wrapping up the night will be the Ducks and Blue Jackets. Anaheim is favored to the tune of -160, leaving Columbus as a +140 dog. 

Though the standings suggest the Ducks are the far superior team, these two teams are going in different directions as of late. Anaheim has dropped two in a row and are a pedestrian 5-4-1 over their alst 10, while Columbus has won four in a row and is 7-3 over their last 10. Will David Lawrence be adding a play on this game to his NHL picks of the day article? We'll have to wait and see.

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