Wednesday's Hockey Picks & Odds Report

David Lawrence

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:56 AM GMT

Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2014 11:56 AM GMT

We go over tonight's short NHL schedule to help you locate the best options for your hockey picks. We highlight three games that look to offer you great betting value.

There are just four games in the NHL on Wednesday but we’ve got them all covered for you. Check out our St. Louis-Chicago preview to get some insight for that game and read on below to get analysis on the other three games:

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

This is a tough spot to bet the Maple Leafs. This is a team that has had to do a ton of travel, which included a game last night in Detroit. Wednesday night will now make it six games in nine nights for this team and it’s not crazy to expect that they’ll be out of gas – especially since it’s their first game home after a five-game road trip.

On top of that, they’re without their top goalie as Jonathan Bernier is still out. Take a shot with Tampa Bay on the NHL odds.

Pick: Lightning +100 at Pinnacle

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Colorado Avalanche vs. Winnipeg Jets

The Avalanche are coming off a tough loss in Montreal last night. The game was tied 3-3 with just over five minutes remaining in the third period but they ended up losing 6-3. Now they have a quick turnaround to face a Jets team that’s dropped seven of eight.

I’d like to bet against Colorado here because of their travel schedule but Winnipeg is also in their third game in four nights, and fourth game in six nights. They’re a team that’s demoralized as they continue to fade out of the playoff picture, so I can’t add them to my NHL picks. I’ll take the Avs as a small road favorite. 

Pick: Avs -115 at 5Dimes

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Nashville Predators vs. Vancouver Canucks

It’s pretty tough to play a side in this game as the Predators have dropped nine of 13 and are in a back-to-back situation after losing in Edmonton Tuesday. As for the Canucks, although they’ve alternated wins and losses over their last six, they’ve still dropped 23 of their last 31.

I’ll go with the over here as the Preds score more on the road (2.83 goals per game) than they do at home (2.31) while the Canucks have been playing a number of overs thanks to Eddie Lack’s porous netminding. There’s been at least five goals in each of their last five games. Also, three of the last four meetings in Vancouver have gone over the number. 

Pick: Over 5 at Bodog

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