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Ice picks: Thursday’s best NHL bets

San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues (-155, 5)

Despite everything the St. Louis Blues accomplished in the regular season, many are wondering if this team is all it’s cracked up to be.

The Blues don’t have a dominant scorer (David Backes paced the team with 54 points in the regular season) and rarely blow any team away, but what they do is defense. They’re responsible in all three zone and have had great goaltending with Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak splitting time in the crease.

In short, they’re everything coach Ken Hitchcock wants them to be.

"The players' buy-in has really made me proud," Hitchcock told reporters. "They've been willing to look in the mirror, do the hard things, change in some cases individually, and collectively. I'm very impressed. That's what's given us a chance."

They have a great chance to get a leg up on the Sharks in Game 1. The Blues won all four meetings between the two teams this season while shutting out the Sharks twice.

St. Louis just doesn’t allow many quality scoring chances and you never know what you’ll get from the Sharks this time of year.

Pick: Under

Chicago Blackhawks at Phoenix Coyotes (-125, 5)

The Coyotes might be the best bargain on Thursday’s board.

With Mike Smith leading the charge to the playoffs, Phoenix allowed just two goals during its current five-game winning streak and has downed Chicago in each of the last three meetings between the two clubs.

"We've worked hard, gone through some trials and tribulations throughout this year and the guys have hung in there," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett told reporters. "There were some times when it could have turned the other way and our guys grabbed it and kept pushing along. We've finished on a nice streak and hopefully we'll play our best hockey of the season in the playoffs."

Radim Vrbata certainly looks ready to go. He finished the regular season with five goals in the last five games and finished with 35 on the year.

Phoenix may not have Chicago’s firepower, but with Vrbata and Ray Whitney pacing the attack and Smith boarding up the net, watch out for the ‘Yotes.

Pick: Coyotes

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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

Dammit BOS where was that jaz in regulation ???........Last night I didn't get back for the start of o.t in PIT and missed that goal and now same deal with the BOS game.......cripes my clicking skills are as bad as my picks P-FAVS sheesh
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Posted by pure_favs_83
2 years ago

lol dont worry your picks cant be as bad as mine have been.
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

Stuart & Cotoure in STL....................Seguin & Laich in Beantown.......................Found the game on TSN2 and nice start by the B-HACKS
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

Cmon dude I have TSN2 I'm a sports junkie lololol.......the program guide just didn't have it labeled on that channel so I kept scrolling through and found it after the commercial after the goal. A greasy goal but I'll take it
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Posted by pure_favs_83
2 years ago

well good luck.... last night i went o-3,,, nice eh lol.... bad night but tonight i hit my 2 team parlay so far, need the blues on my other parlay,,,
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

Now I'm missing the start of the CHI/PHX game so I can watch intermissions ???.......this is insane
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Posted by pure_favs_83
2 years ago

wow ddh u got a shittaaaaa cable package, the game is on tsn2
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Posted by kherakhera
2 years ago

san jose scored, 2 all, looks like a push tonite
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Posted by ncdcbag
2 years ago

pens melt down hurt last night. With not much time left pens and under looking good,then came back to see score and was dumdfounded. Ihope the blues come back and when tonight.Got the coyotes,blues,rangers,and caps on a multi sport parlay
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Posted by ncdcbag
2 years ago

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Posted by pure_favs_83
2 years ago

boston game is on ch 129 in ontario region ddh
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

In A.B and it's nowhere to be found.............thanx for the help though buddy I hope all is well with you and yours.......You think VAN bounces back tomorrow ????
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Posted by pure_favs_83
2 years ago

no idea in that series, without one of the sedins its tough, l.a playing good hockey right now
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

I know they're in BIG trouble.........even if they win G2
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

BUILT that was quite te call on thePissed-On's bro......under 5 mins left and thy're up 35.......Dang
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

Any thoughts on DAL/GS..........thinking DAL to over
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

This is nucking futs !!! I live in Canada,I have a maxed out cable package including NHL Centre Ice and yet I don't get the BOS/ASH game ??? Complete bullshit in this day and age. Sure I get trade deadline coverage on TSN 1 & 2 and Sportsnets for 16 straight hours all over the place but I can't get a playoff game PLAYOFFS !!! PLAYOFFS !!!! sorry I started to channel Jim Mora there for a sec
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

Well I'm still pissed about the game not being on but I had to howl. Right after I was done typing I saw a commercial were that numpty P.J.Stock was wearing a diaper hahahaha that was a great ad cuz it makes you piss your pants and need to buy some depends.
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Posted by Spikester
2 years ago

Nashiville slides by the Red Wings last night. Bouya. I'll take it. For Thursday's play, I have this nasty gut feeling that Was/Bos game goes over. Also protected the push of 5, but I'm paying -135. Play #1 Was/Bos Over 5 (-135).....Risk 2.70u.......Win 2.00u........Wed./+2.00u (Nas.)......Season +6.00u. GLTA.
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

Things were rolling along nicely for about a week there and then the pucks come back and I poop the bed and that ugly meltdown by the PENS didn't help either. So overall I dropped -3.65 units last night but thats nothing that can't be recovered starting with a solid night tonight hopefully lead by my p.o.d the BLUES doing work on the SHARKS.....................................................NHL(1)OTT reg +0.5 (2)BOS reg -0.5 -115 (3)BOS -1.5 to the O 5 +345 (4)STL (full time) ML -160 (5)STL reg -0.5 +105 (6)SJ/STL U 5 -120 (7)CHI/PHX U 5 +125 (8)OTT +1.5 to BOS ML to STL ML to CHI +1.5 +420.................................... Enjoy the games and kick some ass Puck-Heads
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Posted by NYBUILT
2 years ago

What's up bro? Looking for you earlier, locked in on Leeks Sharks/Blues under 5. Had Tigers earlier on bases.. Loving Pistons tonight..GL
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

Not much just got hosed on that Angels collapse earlier this afternoon. And hey nice play I like that U 5 almost as much as the BLUES and it's 30 cents cheaper. And thanx for the heads up with the Pissed-On's
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

The NBA is on pace but I don't trust it so I'll hedge a bit as well as try for a middle...........Final Last Call:(1)G.S SH -1 to the O 98.5 +260
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Posted by NYBUILT
2 years ago

Mr. Leek..on the under 5.... NBA Pistons -5 is a strong play tonight. Thanks for all your help..
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Posted by LeeK3
2 years ago

You are welcome and I am glad I can help sometimes. I do not bet on the NBA, but thanks for offering a play. Good Luck on all of your bets!
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Posted by jimmyknowitall
2 years ago

"wow, was I ever off, 0-5-1 last night"