A number of entertaining matchups await us with betting odds attached today for Thursday in eight hockey rinks. We will attempt to provide some direction as to whom to look at tonight.
Yesterday’s tough card was punctuated by Florida having to play on the road after seeing their 12-game winning streak snapped. I made mention of the fact that teams often have carry over after such a setback and one loss becomes two, but I gave them the benefit of the doubt for picks. Bad move, as the Panthers barely had a pulse in losing 6-0 at Calgary. Hopefully today for NHL picks we don’t find another team not willing to put in the effort.
As stated, new policy has the selections against the NHL odds listing top play first, with choices in order 1-thru-3.
Alex Ovechkin of Washington (32-10 SU) became the 43rd member of the NHL’s 500 club with a goal Sunday in 7-1 rout of Ottawa. The Capitals are the league’s best team and have won four in a row and 13 of 15 and are in the midst of a 10-game home winning streak, their longest in six almost six years.
Sportsbooks have made them -215 money line favorites to continue their winning ways and the next potential victim is Vancouver (17-26 SU).
The Canucks are tied for third place in the weak Pacific Division, as they begin a six-game road trip with a 8-14 SU away record. It appears Vancouver is throwing goalie Ryan Miller into the fire pit, with him making first start after missing eight games with injury and in his four starts before he was sat down, he had 4.22 goals-against average. The Canucks faced rested Caps club that is 13-2 if they have allowed one or fewer goals in previous outing.
Free Pick – Washington wins
San Jose (21-20 SU) for many years was a premier home team, but like Boston this year, something is amiss and the Sharks are only 6-12 SU at the SAP Center. That is why backing as -180 ML home favorites can make a hockey bettor, stop, swallow hard and blink before proceeding. But here is why it works tonight.
Edmonton (17-27 SU) has lost 17 of 22 away contests and its offense has been feeble of late with 11 goals in a half dozen games. Six of those road defeats have come in the past six tilts, but at least the Oilers picked up a couple points, as two were in OT.