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Wednesday's Top Expert NHL Picks: Favorites Roll on Busy Slate

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Wednesday's Top Expert NHL Picks: Favorites Roll on Busy Slate
Brady Skjei #76 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates with the puck. Photo by: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images via AFP.

Check out our top NHL expert picks for Wednesday’s 14-game slate on the ice.

Our hockey experts select their top moneyline and Over/Under picks for Wednesday’s schedule of NHL games (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Top Expert NHL Picks

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Top Expert NHL ML Picks

Rangers (-130)

The Rangers won five of their last six games and are 11-7 against the moneyline this season. G Igor Shesterkin and D Adam Fox have both been among the league’s best at their respective positions and the Blueshirts are getting a major contribution from LW Chris Kreider, who has 13 goals, including eight on the power play.

The Islanders played 13 games on the road to start the year and have seen their lineup decimated as they opened their new arena. They are 5-10 against the moneyline overall There are seven regulars out of the Isles lineup right now, including their top defence pair of Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock, as well as their leading scorer, Brock Nelson.

This might be a rivalry game, but the Islanders are not showing up at full strength. - Cullen

Maple Leafs (-175)

Maple Leafs G Jack Campbell is slowly transforming into a brick wall.

Facing his former team on Wednesday night, the Toronto goaltender has completely forgotten what it was like to miss rubber, posting an astonishing 1.66 goals against average and .944 save percentage over 15 games this season.

The dreaded “Campbell might actually be a boring transformer who transforms into a wall instead of something cool like a jet” problem is only exacerbated by the Kings’ inability to score goals. Los Angeles is averaging only 2.56 goals per game this season, and that number drops to an appalling 1.8 goals per game over their last five outings. - Smith

Hurricanes (-140)

This is a game between two very different teams. 

The Hurricanes sit atop the league with a 14-2-1 record, and no team has more wins than Carolina.

The Kraken sit near the bottom of the league with a 5-12-1 record. Only the Arizona Coyotes and Ottawa Senators have fewer wins than Seattle.

Despite this, the Hurricanes are only modest favorites. Smash Carolina in this spot. - Gilbert

Top Expert NHL O/U Picks

Bruins-Sabres Over 5.5 (-124)

The Bruins were just shut out at home by the Calgary Flames, but they had a combined goal total of six or more in six of their previous seven games. Overall, they are 8-7 against the O/U this season but should have a favorable matchup in Buffalo. The Sabres are 9-7-2 on totals but tonight’s expected goaltender, Aaron Dell, enters Wednesday with a .874 SV% through four games. - Cullen

Ducks-Avalanche Over 5.5 (-120)

The Avalanche know how to fill a net.

Despite the absence of superstar C Nathan MacKinnon, the Avalanche are averaging 6.2 goals per game over their last five games (all victories). During that stretch, Colorado managed to pot seven goals three times! (!!!) 

The Ducks are a top-10 scoring team with 3.32 goals per game, and they have found the back of the net 3.6 times per game over their last five contests.

It shouldn’t be hard for these two high-octane offenses to combine for six goals on Wednesday night. - Smith

Maple Leafs-Kings Under 5.5 (-130)

The Leafs and Kings are two of the lowest-scoring teams in the league at 2.55 and 2.56 goals per game. They're pretty solid defensively, too. The Kings also allow 2.56 goals per game with the Leafs allowing just 2.25 goals per game.

It helps that we have a good goalie matchup here. Campbell should get the start for Toronto, and Jonathan Quick has a .939 SV% and 1.88 GAA for the Kings.

The Leafs' last four games went Under the total, as have six of their last seven. Kings games have gone Under in five of six and eight of the last 10. 

We’re looking at a low-scoring game in Los Angeles on Wednesday. - Gilbert

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