Play Over/Under the Total as Best NHL Picks for Sunday

David Lawrence

Sunday, December 21, 2014 2:25 PM GMT

Sunday’s NHL betting card features just six games in total. We have a separate preview of the Toronto-Chicago showdown and below, we have picks on three other games.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Winnipeg Jets
Odds: Jets -160
Although the Flyers are not a reliable offensive team on the road, it does seem like there’s a bad line on the NHL odds total in this one. Rarely do you see the Flyers with a total of 5 but that’s what we have here. Even though they are just 18th in road scoring this season with just 2.44 goals per game, they actually give up 3.25 goals per game on the road, which is the fifth worst number. When you add those two averages, you get well over the total of five that we’re faced with here.

The Flyers played last night and scored seven goals in Toronto. Four of their last six games have seen at least five goals, so we’ll bank on that happening here once again.

Free NHL Pick: Over 5 at The Greek

 

Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings
It seems like just last week, the Detroit Red Wings were one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference (they were). Now when you look up at the standings, they’ve fallen thanks to a rough patch that’s seen them lose five straight games. The biggest issue right now is goal scoring as the Red Wings have totaled just five goals in that span. It’s hard to win hockey games when you’re averaging just 1.0 goals per game.

Jimmy Howard is expected to be out for Sunday’s game, which means Peter Mrazek will be between the pipes. That’s not a bad thing as he has a 1.90 GAA this month. He’ll be up against Calvin Pickard, who has a 1.76 GAA in his last five outings.

Factor in that the Avs scored just 2.19 goals per game on the road, which is 24th in the NHL, and we figure to see a low scoring affair in this one. Go under with your NHL betting picks.

Free NHL Pick: Under at Bovada

 

Dallas Stars vs. Edmonton Oilers
Odds: Stars -160
The Edmonton Oilers fired their head coach Dallas Eakins last week but little has changed. Since then, they’ve lost a pair of games and haven’t done much to be competitive. The lone bright spot is that they did score more than two goals in a game against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday but the issue is that this was just the first time they did that in nine games. They’ve lost 10 of 11 at home while coughing up a 1.63 GAA in the process.

The Stars have won five straight in Edmonton while holding the Oilers to just five goals in the process. The two sides have combined for just 21 goals in those contests, which averages out to just over four goals per game. That being the case, go under in this one.

Free NHL Pick: Under 5.5 at 5Dimes