NHL Sunday Picks of the Day: Betting on a Trio of Value Favorites

Doug Upstone

Sunday, November 22, 2015 2:44 PM GMT

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 2:44 PM GMT

Time to close out another week of taking on the sportsbooks betting NHL odds this week. On Sunday we have four choices to peruse over and find the best value NHL picks available.

One more winning day on Sunday would give us yet another winning week for NHL picks to keep building our pucks profits. This hockey handicapper is definitely looking to close the week in style and has a trio of choices for you to look over.

All NHL odds are from SBR's live odds board. 

 

Los Angeles Takes Matinee in Charlotte
Having won three in a row, L.A. Kings coach Darryl Sutter was none to happy with his team's 3-2 loss in Detroit on Friday. He expressed frustration in the defense allowing three goals to Red Wings team not scoring well and his own club's inability to score only twice with numerous excellent chances among its 37 shots on goal. This is the Kings (12-7 SU) third stop on an Eastern road trip and fortunately they have been playing in this time zone, otherwise the 1:00 EST puck drop might be hard for these West Coasters.

Los Angeles is 5-2 in the visiting whites and faces a Carolina crew (6-13 SU) which has lost five in a row. The Hurricanes are not being wiped out, as three of the defeats have come in OT, so they picked up points, but losses still build exasperation and they are only 2-8 playing at home.

The Kings are -145 favorite and are presumed to have Jonathan Quick in net and he is 4-1 with a 1.38 goals against average in five games against Carolina. The Hurricanes do not figure to have any easy time scoring, ranked 28th at 1.89 goals a game. With Carolina 1-14 off a one goal home loss the last two seasons, for sports picks L.A. is the choice.

NHL Free Pick: Los Angeles Kings (-140) at Bovada

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Columbus Favored Over Sizzling Sharks for Reason
Before San Jose (12-8 SU) embarked on six-game road trip, there was little indication they would be attempting to conclude away excursion at 6-0, having lost three of four at home. But the Sharks have come up large with its defense allowing only eight goals and dependable scores like Patrick Marleau doing their part on the offensive end to give San Jose a chance.

While the city of Columbus mourns about its Buckeyes first loss, the Blue Jackets (8-13 SU) have won four of five and are 8-6 under replacement coach John Tortorella, who has brought focus and discipline to group evidently needing it.

Given how San Jose is playing, seems peculiar Columbus would be a -120 home favorite, but this tells me the oddsmakers see the Blue Jackets as team that can certainly compete here and their netminder Sergei Bobrovsky is 8-3 with a 2.04 GAA in his last 11 starts and has beaten the Sharks three straight times.

NHL Free Pick: Columbus BlueJackets (-120) at William Hill

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Montreal Sweeps Islanders in Back-to-Back Encounters
After smoldering start, Montreal (15-6 SU) has cooled, but it's offense was on fire in 5-3 victory at the New York Islanders Friday. That game saw the return of goalie Carey Price and though he was definitely rusty, by the third period he was playing brilliantly as usual.

Not sure at this time if Canadiens coach Michel Therrien will bring back Price again, but Montreal has to feel it's top-rated offense can find more holes against Islanders defense, with club who is dealing with off-ice issues. New York is only 10-10 SU and Travis Hamonic made it public he wanted to be traded, which tells you about the locker room, which captain John Tavares is trying to control.

In many cases, any sports bettor would consider the team that just lost in this scheduling situation, but New York appears to be fuzzy with focus and has dropped seven of eight to Montreal. With the Iles just 9-15 after two home games and the Canadiens 30-14 after a two or more goals win, I am pounding the -140 money line with the Habs.

NHL Free Pick: Montreal Canadiens (-135) at 5Dimes

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