Three Best Value NHL Picks for Sunday Night

David Lawrence

Sunday, January 11, 2015 11:50 AM GMT

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 11:50 AM GMT

It’s a quiet night in the NHL with just three games on the ice. We’ve got our NHL picks set up for Sunday though, so read on to find previews and picks for each game.

Florida Panthers vs. Edmonton Oilers
Odds: Panthers -125
The Edmonton Oilers have played much better of late…do we dare take a shot with them as a home dog on Sunday? The Oilers were just 7-22-7 on December 27th but they’ve since gone 3-1-2 over their last six games. What’s more impressive is that they’ve topped the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks in that span. That’s three quality wins against three upper echelon teams.

Now the Florida Panthers come to town and the Oilers have played well against them. They’ve won nine of 10 against the Panthers and now they catch them in what could be a tight spot. The Panthers are on the fifth game of a six-game road trip and this will be their third game in four nights. With those factors in mind, taking a shot with the Oilers on our NHL picks seems to make sense. Edmonton is always a risky bet but given that they’ve shown a pulse of late, they look like they’re worth a shot.

NHL Pick: Oilers +110 at The Greek

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Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks
This is a matchup of two slumping teams but there are different levels of slumping. While the Blackhawks have dropped three of five, the Wild have completely fallen apart. They’ve dropped 10 of 12 and are allowing 3.92 goals per game in that span. Two of those losses have come to Chicago with 5-3 and 4-2 results.

Corey Crawford has thrived against Minnesota, going 14-5-2 in with a 1.94 GAA in his career versus the Wild (including playoffs). As for Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom, he’s just 2-9-1 with a 3.59 GAA in his last 13 versus Chicago. With the NHL odds being so high, take a shot with the Blackhawks on the puckline.

NHL Pick: Chicago -1.5 


Winnipeg Jets vs. Anaheim Ducks
Odds: Ducks -200
The Anaheim Ducks have been so-so of late with just six wins in their last 11 but the good news is that they haven’t had consecutive losses in that span. As a matter of fact, the Ducks have only lost back-to-back games once since the middle of November. They’re coming off a loss to the New York Rangers, who are the hottest team in the NHL right now, so there’s nothing to be ashamed of there. At the same time, given how this team bounces back, it’s a good bet to expect them to get the win on Sunday.

The Jets are in the midst of a west coast road trip and it’s hard to expect them to be fresh for this one. They played on Thursday in Arizona and then played in Los Angeles on Saturday, so this will be a back-to-back for them and their third game in four nights. They’ve been struggling of late, having lost four of five entering Saturday.

While the Ducks probably win, I’m actually going to aim for an under here – especially with the juice so high. The Jets allow the fewest goals per game in road games (2.10) and Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen is much better at home (.925 save percentage, 2.15 GAA) compared to on the road (.904 save percentage, 2.54 GAA). He’s faced the Jets three times in his career and registered a .924 save percentage against them. Look for the Ducks to win a low-scoring game in this one.

NHL Pick: Under at 5Dimes

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