There are just seven games in the NHL on Wednesday but we’ve got you covered from top to bottom. And now we’ve got our totals picks of the night. Here’s a look at our three best over-under picks.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks
The Red Wings and Blackhawks meet up in the highlight game on Wednesday night in a matchup of old rivals. These are two of the better defensive teams in the NHL, so we’ll be looking at the under. The Blackhawks are second in the league with a 2.26 goals allowed per game average while the Red Wings are sixth at 2.42.
On top of that, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is 16-6-3 with a 1.98 GAA in 26 meetings with the Red Wings. He seems to have their number. The under is 16-9 this season when the Blackhawks play a team with a winning record and 14-3 in non-conference games. It’s also 7-1 when they play with two days’ rest.
Each of the last three meetings in Chicago and six of the last nine overall have stayed under.
NHL Pick: Under 5 at 5Dimes
Minnesota Wild vs. Calgary Flames
We’ve got a low NHL odds total in this spot but that might be the wrong number. This game should probably be at 5.5, so we’ll go over.
The main issue here is that the Wild are riding Devan Dubnyk into the ground. Since trading for him, they’ve started him every game and while he’s played great, the fatigue is starting to show. In his first eight starts with Minnesota, he was 7-1-1 with an had given up just 11 goals. However, over his last five starts, he’s 3-1-1 and has given up 12 goals in the process.
As for the Flames, they’ve been playing a bunch of high-scoring games recently as they haven’t seen a game stay under five in any of their last four. Only three of their last 11 have gone under that number too. That being the case, we’ll go over here.
NHL Pick: Over 5 at SportsInteraction
Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators
There’s some goaltending updates to keep in mind for this showdown. For the Canadiens, it looks like Dustin Tokarski will be between the pipes as the Canadiens start a back-to-back set. For the Senators, Robin Lehner is doubtful after leaving Monday’s game, which means we’ll see Andrew Hammond between the pipes (with Craig Anderson out as well).
Hammond has never made an NHL start but gave up two goals on five shots in relief work on Monday against Carolina. That’s not a good sign. As for our NHL pick consider that the Canadiens are a much better team with Price in net, so don’t be surprised if this game is high scoring. Tokarski has given up at least three goals in six of his last seven outings.
With two backups in net, expect to see this game head over the number.
NHL Pick: Over 5.5 at Bodog