Remember being a kid and you sat down to eat dinner with your family and what was served was not what you had in mind but there was no other options? That’s how today’s betting odds look in hockey.
Need to make three NHL picks for Wednesday and we have just three games and while puck line and totals create more options, because I seldom play them, not going to try and play hero and impress you like I’m suddenly some expert on a topic I don’t know that much about. Instead, I will stick with what I know and take my plate of NHL odds that look like liver and onions with two vegetables and make the most of it.
After just missing another 3-0 day thanks to OT loss by Ottawa, take a look and see if I can better winning 10 of last 13 days.
Anaheim (34-27 SU) faces Montreal (30-33 SU) and the Ducks stock is rising like nearby Disneyland prices with 17-2-1 move and they have earned points in 10 consecutive contests. On an eight-game winning streak, Anaheim has moved to within two points of Los Angeles for the lead in the Pacific Division. The Ducks have been excellent all season defensively and are fourth in goals allowed at 2.31 presently. What changed their season was the offense. After averaging a league-worst 1.85 goals game in first 31 contests, Anaheim has blossomed to 3.75 GAG in their last 20, making them a real Stanley Cup contender and they are -215 home favorites tonight.
Montreal is in definite trouble of missing the playoffs and opened four-game with another clunker, losing at San Jose 6-2 on Monday. That was the third time in only eight encounters the Canadiens have given up six goals, which tells you how their defense is performing. With Montreal 5-16 out of conference and Anaheim 11-2 with two days’ rest, betting the home team makes sense.
Free Pick - Anaheim wins
In a confrontation of the best versus the worst, it is very easy to take Washington (46-16 SU) over Toronto (21-40 SU). Some of you hockey bettors are thinking it is crazy to take the Capitals at this high of money line odds (opened at -300) and why not back them on the puck line. I cannot disagree, but here is why I won’t.