After several days of light scheduling in the NHL, we have a jumbo-sized 11 games with numerous betting odds options for what is appropriately named Fat Tuesday by many today.
Despite this many NHL odds, there were a number of questionable teams coming off bad games which cast a doubt on their chances. Anaheim, Tampa Bay and Florida are all in action and each performed miserably last night. Boston is at home against Los Angeles and taking the Bruins away from home has been far more profitable.
For NHL picks, we have three other choices and look to continue money-making ways having won 18 of 23 days after yesterday.
In half the divisions in the NHL, St. Louis (30-25 SU) would be tied or in first place by themselves. However, the Blues reside in the Central and their 68 points is viewed with a yawn, being behind both Chicago and Dallas. St. Louis does not doing anything to attract a lot of attention. Ranking sixth in goals allowed is their most positive attribute at 2.35. But offensively, hard to get excited about 24th rated offense (2.40 GAG) and they have a goal differential of only +3, which tied for 13th in the league.
What makes St. Louis a good pick over Winnipeg (23-29 SU) tonight, it starts with knowing how to win. In games determined by one goal, the Blues are sparkling 17-9 SU, showing when the game is on the line, they have come through frequently. The same cannot be said of the Jets, who are often undermined by leaky defense, which is listed 25th at 2.88 GAG. Winnipeg will have to face goalie Brian Elliott, who is 5-0-1 with a 1.92 goals-against average in his last six starts against the Jets. With Winnipeg 10-33 in away games off a road win, no wonder St. Louis is a -160 home favorite.
Free Pick – St. Louis wins
Against a lot of opposing squads, you might not think twice about backing San Jose (27-24 SU) since they have the fourth-best win percentage away from home with 17-10 SU record. The Sharks are attempting to salvage a .500 four-game road trip and they are headed in a place where they have killer whales, the United Center in Chicago.
The Blackhawks (36-20 SU) are the defending Stanley Cup champions and the model franchise of the league with three cups in the last six years. And despite salary cap issues, Chicago retool instead of rebuild and take full advantage of the – Madhouse on Madison – posting a league-best 21-6 SU home record.