This is my first write up of the season for my NHL picks. I’ll try to get one up every week throughout the course of the season, but don’t forget that you can get my daily picks every single day at the NHL Betting Tips Facebook page.
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Alright, on to the picks….
Buffalo Sabres @ Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers are coming off a tough loss in Montreal last night and now play a back to back at home against the Sabres. I don’t think that Buffalo is as bad this year as many people think. They do have just 1 win in 4 games, but they are only a minus 1 in goal differential on the season and they’re also the only team to beat the Oilers yet this year.
Seeing as it’s a back to back game for the Flyers, I like the Sabres in this one at these odds.
Play: Sabres 2.35 @ 5Dimes.eu
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Toronto Maple Leafs
The Lightning probably have the best team on paper in the NHL this season. They have great depth up front with two very high quality top lines who can put the puck in the net at any time. On the back end I think Victor Hedman may be the most underrated defensemen in the league and that’s even after two deep playoff runs in the past two seasons. The Lightning will have no trouble scoring goals against the Leafs tonight and I expect them to also be able to slow down the Maple Leafs offense that has looked fairly solid to this point in the season.
Play: Lightning 1.80 @ WilliamHill.com
Anaheim Ducks @ San Jose Sharks
These rivals seem to be trending in opposite directions at this point in the season. The Ducks have finally put together a couple of wins after losing their first four games out of the gate, while the Sharks have dropped their past two and now sit with a .500 record. At these odds the sharp money has to be on the Ducks here. These two teams always battle each other hard and this will likely be another low scoring game where a couple bounces decide the game. In those types of games you gotta take the big dog.
Play: Ducks 2.40 @ 5Dimes.eu
Columbus Blue Jackets @ LA Kings
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Kings are not a good team anymore. They do have Doughty as a decent shut down defensemen, but with the Blue Jackets spreading their offensive talent around the lineup they will find some very good match ups, even on the road, against this Kings team.
Both teams have won their past two games, but the Blue Jackets have looked far more impressive. I think they get another win tonight and show they are a somewhat legitimate team this year, while the Kings are not.
Play: Blue Jackets 2.40 @ 5Dimes.eu