Three NHL Picks For Tuesday Night

David Lawrence

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 12:32 PM GMT

Tuesday is an active day in the NHL with 10 games on the docket. Let’s have a look at the NHL betting action and see what we’ve got for our picks

New Jersey Devils vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Odds: Penguins -235
The New Jersey Devils have hit a brick wall as they’ve dropped four straight games and 10 of their last 13. One of the main reasons for it is that their offense has completely disappeared. New Jersey was a top 10 team in scoring during the month of October, averaging 2.90 goals per game. In November, they’ve shaved nearly a goal per game off of that as they’re at just 2.00. That average actually dips to 1.92 if you factor their last 13 contests.

On Tuesday, they’re a huge dog in Pittsburgh. The Pens have been one of the best teams in the NHL this season, winning 16 of 23 games. The Pens are coming off a loss at home and should be very focused to get back on track. I’m not going to lay all of the juice here but I’ll lay the Pens puckline in this spot.

Free NHL Pick: Pens -1.5 at 5Dimes

 

Vancouver Canucks vs. Washington Capitals
Odds: Capitals -120
The Capitals are a slight -120 home favorite on the NHL odds on Tuesday but they’ve been struggling of late. They’ve lost three of four, five of eight and 10 of their last 15 games. The Caps have been a subpar home team as they are just 5-7 in their 12 home games. That figures to play into the hands of the Canucks, who have been pretty steady on the road. Vancouver is 9-4 in their 13 road games so far.

The Caps are not a very strong defensive team at home as they give up 2.75 goals per game on their home ice. That’s the seventh-worst number in the NHL. Take a shot with the Canucks as a road dog in this spot.

Free NHL Pick: Canucks +103

 

Boston Bruins vs. Los Angeles Kings
Odds: Kings -140
The Los Angeles Kings are coming off a loss at home, which is unusual for them. They fell 4-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday but there’s a good chance they bounce back on Tuesday. They’ll be hosting the Boston Bruins, who are on a west coast road trip. The Bruins played last night in Anaheim, so they’ll have a very quick turnaround. On top of that, the Bruins have been having a tough time scoring goals as they had tallied just 13 in their last eight games entering Monday’s action. The Kings are second in the NHL in goals allowed at home with a 1.46 average. That means the Bruins could have a tough time lighting the lamp.

Even with Saturday’s loss at the Staples Center, the Kings are still 10-3-1 at home. Those 10 home wins tie them for the most in the NHL. Take them as your NHL picks and look for them to add to that number on Tuesday when the Bruins visit.

Free NHL Pick: Kings -140 at 5Dimes