Back at digging deep into the betting odds for hockey to come with hopefully three winners on the ice. With a half dozen options for money line or totals plays, have it all broken down for Hump Day.
One game I will not be choosing but following very closely is Washington at Los Angeles. The Capitals ended Anaheim’s lengthy 11-game win streak and get a shot at another top Pacific Division squad before heading to San Jose on Saturday. If they manage to sweep the four-game trip, which started with OT victory in Boston, this would further enhance Washington’s status as the league’s best club.
For NHL picks, this is what I have for today.
The Islanders (37-27 SU) might be without their hot goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who left last contest with four minutes remaining unknown injury in 2-1 win over Pittsburgh. Halak has a 1.66 goals-against average in his last six starts, but backup and essentially co-starter Thomas Greiss is hardly a hack between the pipes and is 7-0-1 with a 2.24 GAA in his last 10 games. His .930 save percentage is the best in the NHL for anyone who has faced at least 800 shots and he has the trust of his teammates if needed.
While New York has won four in a row and seven of eight, Toronto (21-44 SU) has been the complete opposite with six consecutive losses and being taken down in 10 of 11. These teams last met in December at the same venue and the Maple Leafs were whipped 6-3 and are 3-21 revenging a same season loss this campaign.
Free Pick – New York wins
Nashville (34-33 SU) continues to be a force in the top heavy Central Division, having picked up points in 13 games in a row with 9-0-4 record. The has the Predators in a very good spot to at least have the top wild card position and being only five points behind St. Louis, they could catch the Blues before season’s end.
Nashville has opened five-game road trip with a pair of wins and travels to Calgary (27-39 SU), who is really laboring in losing 11 of 13 since Feb.12th, to tie Edmonton and Winnipeg for the fewest points in the West with 59. The Scotiabank Saddledome used to be a safe haven the Flames, but having lost five of six to fall to 17-16 SU at home, this is no longer the case.