Thursday Hockey Picks of the Day

David Lawrence

Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:23 PM GMT

There’s a big menu of NHL odds on Thursday with 10 games going. It’s getting down to crunch time as the NHL regular season is winding down in just about three weeks. Here’s our picks from the board:

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings
The Habs have been rolling, so I think they’re worthy of a look as a slight road dog in Detroit. Montreal has won six of seven while allowing just 14 goals in the process. However, I’m instead going to side with the under in this one. Montreal doesn’t play particularly well against Detroit, losing 14 of the last 20 meetings. The Red Wings have won seven of the last nine times they’ve played host. They’ve held Montreal to just two goals in the two meetings this season.

With the Red Wings missing Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and a slew of other scorers, and the Habs playing well defensively, I’ll go under the number here.

Hockey Pick: Under 5 at Bovada

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Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues
The Wild are an absolute train wreck these days. Case and point: they lost at home 5-2 to the Vancouver Canucks last night. This is a team that is still in playoff position but doesn’t look like they’ll do much in the postseason once they get there. They have dropped eight of their last 11 games.

On Thursday, they’ll face a Blues team that’s won eight of 10. Four of their last five wins have been by more than two goals, so I’ll take a shot with them on the puck line. They have won eight straight over the Wild.

Hockey Pick: Blues -1.5 +150 at Bodog

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Buffalo Sabres vs. Nashville Predators
I’m definitely surprised to see a 5.5 total on the NHL odds for this game. On one hand, you have a Sabres team that has gone over that number just twice in their last 12. They have scored just 11 goals in their last 10 games. Meanwhile, the Predators are the NHL’s second-lowest scoring home team. They average just 2.35 per game in front of their own audience. This total should be set at 5.0, so I’ll take the under with my NHL picks.

Hockey Pick: Under 5.5 at 5Dimes

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