The Maple Leafs are a huge favorite in this contest but it’s actually Buffalo who has played better over the last stretch. However, the Sabres are in a back-to-back and are a better bet at home, so I’ll stay away from the side.
Instead, I’ll take the under. The Sabres are the lowest-scoring team in the NHL and that should help out Toronto’s beleaguered defense and goaltender. As for the Sabres, they’ve been playing well defensively, so I’ll count on that continuing. Take the under with your NHL picks.
Pick: Under 5.5 at Bovada
The Pittsburgh Penguins are a massive favorite on Wednesday night as they host the Washington Capitals. The reasoning is quite simple as the Pens have been tough to beat at home (19-3-0) while the Capitals have been quite the pushovers over the last month. They’ve dropped eight of their last 11 and five of their last seven on the road.
This is a back-to-back situation for the Capitals and their third game in four nights, so I’ll take a shot with the Pens on the puckline with my NHL picks. Fatigue and the road setting should hinder the Caps from making this one competitive.
Pick: Penguins -1.5 +145 at 5Dimes
Vancouver Canucks @ Anaheim Ducks
The Canucks are a big road dog on the NHL odds and it’s tough to like them in this setting. They have dropped six of seven (one of those recent losses was in Anaheim), are playing without lead goaltender Roberto Luongo and are having a tough time scoring goals (12 goals in last six games).
The Ducks have won 17 of 18 and have still yet to lose at home in regulation (19-0-2). While they should win this game, the juice is too high and the fact that the Canucks don’t often lose by more than a goal (four of last six losses by one goal), will keep me away from the puck line.
Instead, I’ll bank on the over. The Canucks have had issues keeping opponents from scoring as backup goaltender Eddie Lack has been struggling. The Ducks should be able to expose him again.
Pick: Over 5.5 at 5Dimes