All sports including hockey have a limited number of games with betting odds and of course betting for those partaking in such activities because of the college football national championship contest.
In the frozen water-covered rinks, we have only four games to choose for NHL picks, leaving us one to eliminate for today. That turns out to be an Orginial Six matchup between Boston and the New York Rangers. Not that any of the games are that easy, but the Bruins are coming off a loss and are 2-6 in last eight contests and the Rangers are also lost their last outing and are marginally better at 3-6 in past nine.
Here are today’s selections (besides Alabama -7) versus the NHL odds and beginning today will start making picks in order of preference instead of rotation numbers for those who would prefer to know that.
Detroit (22-20 SU) has been fantastic on this six-game road trip, winning the first four, with superb defense (just five goals allowed) and just enough offense (four one-goal victories). The Red Wings will use former starter Jimmy Howard in net for the first time on this trip, as a blazing hot Petr Mrazek was brilliant last night again in 2-1 victory over Anaheim, but probably needs a blow. This move was also calculated by the coaches, as Howard has shined in his last six matchups against Los Angeles with a 5-1-0 record and 1.65 goals-against average. It should be noted Howard has not faced them in over 14 months.
The Kings (26-15 SU) are off a rare home loss, falling to St. Louis 2-1 Saturday, which was only the fourth time in 17 games they have failed to notch a victory at the Staples Center. L.A. is just average offense club, ranked 16th in the league at 2.58 goals a game and scored a frosty six times in last four outings.
Los Angeles opened as -175 home favorites, which makes perfect sense as the home team in this matchup has won four in a row and 10 of 11.
Free Pick – Los Angles wins
Florida (26-16 SU) has a won 12 in a row and really has not come close to stumbling, even if a half their wins have been by one goal. This winning streak in now the longest in the NHL since Pittsburgh strung together 15 straight four years ago. This has gone beyond just a hot streak also, as the Panthers have been victorious in 18 of last 21 tilts.