Ice picks: Friday's best NHL bets

Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers (-150, 5.5)

The Habs are hanging on to the final postseason ticket in the Eastern Conference with white knuckles. Montreal is sitting in eighth with just two points separating it from the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Canadiens have lost back-to-back games heading into Friday and have only one win in their past six games. Montreal’s offense has fallen flat in that stretch, scoring fewer than two goals per game. The Habs already have one of the worst scoring attacks in the NHL, ranked 24th in goals and 26th in shots per game.

"The guillotine's tightening," goaltender Carey Price told the Montreal Gazette. "It's a crunch time. Five games (to play). This is what makes it fun. It's always more fun to be in a race than to be sitting and watching this position."

It seems total bettors are the only ones having fun during this slump. Montreal’s offensive woes have led the team to play under the betting total in five of those six games. The Canadiens are 32-41 over/under this season.

Pick: Under

Chicago Blackhawks at New Jersey Devils (-130, 5.5)

The Blackhawks were hoping to be picking up momentum at this time in the schedule – not snapping losing streaks.

Chicago put an end to a three-game slide with a 4-0 road win against the Minnesota Wild Wednesday night. That victory was just the team’s third win in the past 10 games, dropping the Stanley Cup sleeper to second in the Western Conference. If the young Blackhawks can build off this latest win, they can still make a run at the San Jose Sharks, who lead them by three points in the standings.

'We just got to continue to work,'' defenseman Brent Seabrook told the Chicago Sun-Times. ''I don't think we want to worry about a turning point or that things are going to be easy now. We just got to continue to work and continue to play hard and do the little things.''

Chicago owns back-to-back victories over the Devils, winning their first meeting of the season 5-1 back in December.

Pick: Blackhawks

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Posted by LeeK3
4 years ago

Hey Porto, why are you giving out an address to Saint Luke Catholic school in Toronto, Ontaio? I don't expect you to put your real address, and I agree with Luke that you should not put your address on here. But just don't go putting a church address pretending to be yours, so you can look tough giving out an address on the internet. Let's just all stick to winning and drop the nonsense.
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Posted by lukewantsbigbuc
4 years ago

Porto, you might want get covers to delete your address off the last post, you have a family, I'm not gonna post my number on here
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Posted by lukewantsbigbuc
4 years ago

Why exactly do you think i'm in love with TSB? I rarely ever post anything towards tsb. what the fuck is your deal dude. As for not mentioning me? Did you read what you wrote? My name twice. What the hell are you talking about me acting tough on a computer? Its you who is acting tough. So because someone says something you don't like you wanna beat them up. You need to calm down dude. What are you so angry over. And ya i am in ontario.
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Posted by matty_t
4 years ago

i just want to clarify for my posts... i dont mind hearing about things ppl have done or do, its nice to share with covers friends. the shit talking, the childish shit that has no place on a friendly sports forum is all i care to remove... (to be honest, im a little jealous of the large home cooked meal you had/are having tonight port... im having some lack luster turkey with canned gravy..... boooo) i dont give a flying shit about tsb, she posts good sports posts and i dont mind hearing about the poker and what not, thats all i like about tsb stevenGA you want your name kept out of my "text" then stop comin in here and talkin shit to ppl................ i like when you post your picks, i dont like when you act like a cocky asshole as im sure none of us do... i dont want to add fuel on to this childish shit storm that you all started, i would like to stop it, get back to the posts about sports and such... agreed?
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Posted by LeeK3
4 years ago

Okay, here are my plays for tonight without any reasoning or stats. Maybe that will lift my hockey jinx and allow me to win again. I just don't see why the Flyers team experts are on them and the UNDER. Boucher is horrible and the Flyers are going down the drain and will miss the playoffs. Shoot, they just signed Caron today and isn't that their 7th goalie this year? Next they will tell the towel guy and skate sharpener guy to suit up the goalie pads! Anyway, I can't see why the Flyers or the Blackhawks are favored today so I'm going against them both. Also love three totals so I made those too. My plays are: NEW JERSEY even vs Chicago, 1 unit. Montreal +125 vs PHILLY, 1 unit. UNDER 5.5 (-135) Rangers vs LIGHTNING, to win 1 unit. UNDER 5.5 (-130) Blackhawks vs DEVILS, to win 1 unit. OVER 5.5 (+110) FLYERS vs Habs, 1 unit. Good luck to everyone and enjoy your Easter weekend!
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Posted by Rocket10
4 years ago

It's a night for the overs my friends. Hawks / Devils - light the lamp. Avs / Flames - goals a plenty ........
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Posted by matty_t
4 years ago

you obviously missed the message there pal.... i dont give a fuck about tsb, and i dont give a fuck about you.... go show off your ghetto talk some where else.
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Posted by ginder123
4 years ago

Damn StevenGA... I didnt know u had them kinda posts in u... u the man son
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Posted by StevenGA1011
4 years ago

natty dry ultra lite ice - Calm down kid keep my name out of your text if u really want what u ask for. Lay off the Ritalin and stop trying to hit on SB in a roundabout kinda way I'm sure she isn't interested. Try getting laid in real life its a wonderful thing and it will ease those temper tantrums too!
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Posted by matty_t
4 years ago

back to the school yard fights on the hockey blog eh? why dont you all fucking grow up.. tsb bets hockey, hence she posts on here... tsb likes poker and famous ppl, hence she tells us about her experiences some of us might not get... we all like/respect tsb because she keeps things flowing, doesnt pick fights, often has good imput... i for one could care less that she is a chick (nice avatar, but then again, so is mine) no one minds hearing our fellow covers friends story, however none of us want to sit here and listen to ppl cry and bitch, or ppl coming around talking like they are king shit of the world (stevenGA-we like the picks and opinions, not so much on the smack talk) so please, stop posting your fucking garbage on this blog, go post your sob stories on the hockey forums...........................and fourplay, unless you actually know tsb, and she is "your girl" then shut the fuck up, no one cares, no one is trying to pick us tsb (who for all we know could be a fucking dog, doubtful though) some of us fend for her because we like what she posts and picks... not because we're trying to secret get tsb to fall in love and come searching for her long lost covers lover... this is sooo fucking stupid, go fucking argue some where else, stop cloggin up the hockey picks blog with all the crap that doesnt mean a fucking thing........ BOLA
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Posted by -Fourplay-
4 years ago

hey luke stoptrying to defend and pick up my girl. if the sports b!tch wants you, im sure she'll let you know, son
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Posted by jabbadon
4 years ago

My plays for tonight: CHI -115, MON +110 and CAL +110 BOLA
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Posted by lukewantsbigbuc
4 years ago

Its weird how some people cry about people talking poker here, and than 2 days later are talking about family dinner? Another thing, nobody said you weren't a good capper, but for you to say that you add more is just plain stupid. Just as stupid as you saying you know more about hockey than anyone, how do you know? You add team names. except for today. Some people respect others who know more than them, others just get jealous and resort to immaturity. Regardless I could careless about what you have to say, but keep your thoughts to yourself, TSB has been here a hell of a lot longer than you. The fact that you seem so worried if shes a girl is amusing, Who gives a flying Fock, if she picks winners. I'm trying to win bets not pick up chicks. Good luck Boys and girls
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Posted by StevenGA1011
4 years ago

"I ususally pick from Stevenga too he the best. I played S.j" -- Not even close and never proclaimed to be either. When I signed up here in the Ice Picks I even stated how lousy I was at picking the NHL and wanted to work on my play calling thinking any informative insight from anyone who was pretty decent would help especially when I'm on the wrong side. There was a time when I just dropped my plays off and that was that believe it or not but, ya gotta roll with the changes sometimes. GL with the Sharks tonight!
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Posted by kchardbody
4 years ago

I ususally pick from Stevenga too he the best. I played S.j
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Posted by StevenGA1011
4 years ago

MON/PHI UNDER 5.5=====+===== SJ -130=====+===== CAL/COL OVER 5
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Posted by Skeigs
4 years ago

The only thing I got to say is my Canadiens have got to beat Philly tonight in order to be more comfortable with their standings, it's getting too close right now, gotta win 4-5 games left! As for my thoughts on the rest of the games i'm thinking Hawks, Lighting, Wild, Oilers, Flames and Canucks (gotta make up for the ass whooping they got last night)!
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Posted by lukewantsbigbuc
4 years ago

"Its better to keep your mouth closed and be an idiot, than open it and prove everyone right", 3-2 final. Good luck
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Posted by jabbadon
4 years ago

Right now the dogs are on fire. You want to make some easy money just bet a dog +1.5 Every single dog covered the +1.5 and I think 4 out of 8 won outright on thursday nite.
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Posted by jabbadon
4 years ago

Leaning on Flames vs Avs I can see the Flames making the playoffs this year.
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Posted by jabbadon
4 years ago

CHI vs NJ I am leaning on CHI at the moment. Lets see if they got some real nuts against a solid home team. I think CHI outscores them, Brodeur has been shaky at times.
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Posted by The_sports_babe
4 years ago

LeeK... I agree with your sentiment on how tough it is lately from your posts last week. Barely hanging on to my extemely miniscule plus. Nothing but the best from now to the end of the playoffs...TSB..
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Posted by StevenGA1011
4 years ago

Sure ya did if only my book let me turn 'em in once they are final. U and dogstalker have the same bookie eh. Which one of u squats in front of the other while u 2 work the soft machine?
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Posted by gushab
4 years ago

Hey Leeker thanks for the props there are 2 games I really like Friday, Habs to beat Phi, there is just no goaltendeing the most important position in hockey also look at SJ to spank Minny gl Bro
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Posted by ginder123
4 years ago

not white... cant be eminem.. good effort though... i had all opposite of yours... so i went 5-0.. thanks
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Posted by The_sports_babe
4 years ago

"-.5u/Bos thurs night...after capping Friday's games, no plays for me. Also no poker, as we always have a big family fish dinner [ bacala(cod) with potatos and all the trimings ] on Good Friday....+1.98u/season.... bol...TSB...ps.. jabb, never say nev..."