An exciting slate of 11 games in the NHL tonight and though the sportsbooks betting odds appear to be extremely accurate, for sports picks, there are some real some excellent opportunities.
Coming off yet another winning week of NHL picks with a 3-0 sweep on Sunday, I have four games to choose, including a legitimate long shot that this hockey handicapper thinks can come through.
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The Islanders 7-1 streak has sent them soaring to second place in the Metropolitan Division. New York (18-13 SU) has been collecting points each time out, now up to 10 games at 8-0-2. Florida (14-15 SU) also had a hot spell as November turned into December with five victories in a row, but they are 1-3 since. The Panthers opened as +140 road underdogs, but slipped 20 cents on the money line to +120, having a 5-1-1 recent record versus New York. Goalie Jaroslav Halak is expected to start Tuesday and has a 1.89 goals-against average over his last six outings and versus Florida he is 9-2-1 with a 1.89 GAA in 12 starts. Too good a price to pass up on Iles who are 24-10 having won three of four.
Free Pick – New York wins
From betting perspective, I would go light on this contest, but Edmonton (14-17 SU) has a shot at Madison Square Garden. The Oilers off their 3-2 OT victory at Boston last night have won six straight and they last time they reached lucky seven was 2001. Edmonton is playing with supreme confidence and at +170, they are taking on New York Rangers (18-13 SU) who has slid from first to third place in their division by virtue of losing eight of 10. At least the Blueshirts are back home after 0-3 road trip, but impossible to tell if they will help their defense which allowed 14 goals away from home. Edmonton has won four the last six against the Rangers, including a wild 7-5 encounter this past Friday and might have just enough juice to reach another W.
Free Pick – Edmonton wins
After scoring not more than two goals in a half dozen outings and losing five of six, Montreal (20-11 SU) coach Michel Therrien reunited Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec on the top line to hopefully kick start the offense. It worked as Plekanec assisted on Pacioretty’s first period goal in a 3-1 win over Ottawa. Nevertheless, one pretty good home game does not guarantee the Canadiens will start scoring more regularly.