Ice picks: Wednesday's best NHL bets
Washington vs. Chicago (-140, 5 ½)
The Caps are one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now with four straight wins. The Blackhawks are one of the coldest with five losses in their last six.
Washington is fighting for a playoff spot, just two points out of the top eight. Chicago can see a playoff spot, but it needs binoculars to do it.
Washington’s power play is rolling at 33.3 percent over its last three games. Chicago has allowed four power play goals over its last three.
Add it all up and you get – the Caps underdogs at +120? There is just too much value here to pass up.
The Caps played last night, beating Nashville 4-2, so that plays a factor in the line. However, Washington is 12-5 on the puckline on zero days of rest.
Pick: Caps +120
Columbus vs. Detroit (-300, 5 ½)
It doesn’t look like oddsmakers have much faith that the Red Wings will lose back-to-back games against the Blue Jackets.
Detroit fell 4-3 to the CBJs on Sunday, backed by two goals and an assist from Manny Malholtra. Since then, the Jackets have beaten Calgary in a 3-0 game, while the Wings have been left idle to stew over the loss.
That makes it three straight wins for Columbus over Detroit this season and the Jackets have also won three of their last four games heading into tonight. Columbus can thank goalie Fredrik Norrena for the last two wins. He made a combined 54 saves in the two starts while filling in for the injured Pascal Leclaire (concussion).
Norrena can expect more flurries of shots again tonight. The Blue Jackets are coming off an emotional and physical game against Calgary Monday that featured some big hits and scraps. That could mean some tired legs and lapses in the defensive zone.
Pick: over 5 ½
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