Sunday Free NHL Picks of the Day

David Lawrence

Sunday, November 24, 2013 1:12 PM GMT

After a couple of action-packed days in the NHL, Sunday will be rather leisurely. There are just two games on the card, both with 5:00 PM ET start times.

Maybe the league new that most sports fans will be tuning in to the Peyton Manning-Tom Brady matchup on Sunday Night Football, so they avoided any scheduling conflicts.

Ottawa Senators @ Carolina Hurricanes

The theme of the day is slumps as all four teams in action are playing miserably. For Ottawa, they ended their three-game losing streak on Saturday night with a 4-2 win in Detroit. As for Carolina, they come into this matchup as losers of four straight games after dropping Saturday’s visit to Boston 3-2 in overtime.

This game is quite the tossup as the betting odds indicate. The Hurricanes are not a good home team as they have just five wins in the 13 contests they’ve hosted while the Sens are not particularly strong on the road (5-6).

The trend with Ottawa seems to be that they play pretty good when burgeoning goaltender Robin Lehner is in net but struggle when veteran Craig Anderson is between the pipes. Lehner clearly has the better numbers and the Sens have won four of his last five starts. As for Anderson, the Sens have just one win in his last seven outings and that’s probably because he’s given up 31 goals in those starts (4.43 goals per game).

Since the Sens are in a back-to-back and Lehner started on Saturday night, I think it’s safe to assume that Anderson will be in net on Sunday. If that’s the case, take a shot with the Hurricanes and maybe even the over for your NHL picks. The Sens can’t seem to win or prevent their opponents from scoring when Anderon is in net. 

Free Pick: Hurricanes -113 & Over at Pinnacle

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Detroit Red Wings @ Buffalo Sabres 

Two teams that are playing very poorly will square up in this matchup. On one hand, you have the Sabres, who have been horrendous all season long. They’ve already fired their head coach and traded their best offensive weapon (Thomas Vanek) but nothing seems to be sparking this team. Their 11 points are the fewest in the NHL.

You’d like to think that the Red Wings would be able to take advantage but you might want to think twice about laying -130 on the NHL odds with Detroit on Sunday. They lost at home to Ottawa on Saturday, which now makes it eight losses in nine games. They can take some solace in the fact that five of those losses came in overtime but for bettors, this is a team that’s been costing them a lot of money recently.

I can’t really bet either side in this game, so what I’ll suggest is the over for your sports picks. The total is set at five and that seems like a low number when you consider that 10 of the Red Wings last 11 games have seen five goals or more. The same is the case in five of the last six Sabres games.

Free Pick: Over at Ladbrokes

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