Ice picks: Thursday's best NHL bets

Feb 10, 2010 |
Ice picks: Thursday's best NHL bets

Washington Capitals at Ottawa Senators (+110, 6)

Hockey fans have had this matchup circled on the calendar ever since the Capitals and Senators started their red-hot runs.

Washington has won 14 games in a row heading into Wednesday's game in Montreal while Ottawa rebounded from its first loss in 11 games with a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames Tuesday.

The Senators took a one-goal lead in the second period but didn’t just lay back and weather the Flames’ storm in the third period. They kept pushing on offense – outshooting Calgary 10-to-6 in the final frame after being edged in the shot count in the first two periods. That offensive push is what the team needs to match firepower with the Capitals’ scoring prowess.

Senators coach Cory Clouston mixed his lines up midway through the second period, adding Jonathan Cheechoo to Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek’s line. That trio produced the game-winning goal from Spezza in the second period.

“They’re both really good players. You’ve just got to work hard trying to get open for them,” Cheechoo told the Toronto Sun of his new linemates. “You know they’re going to make some space for you.”

The win over Calgary improved Ottawa to 22-8-1-2 at home this year and was its sixth straight victory inside Scotiabank Place.

Pick: Ottawa

San Jose Sharks at Detroit Red Wings (+100, 5.5)

The Sharks are loving life on the road this season, posting a 20-6-1-1 record in opposing barns and starting their current six-game road swing with three straight wins.

San Jose bettors are loving life on the road too. Not only are they cashing in on the Western Conference’s top team but they are doing so at discount prices. Oddsmakers priced the Sharks at -135, -116 and -157 in the opening games of this road trip, which is a steal when compared to the -200 pricing or higher on San Jose at home.

Books may drop the price even more on San Jose when they come to Joe Louis Arena Thursday. The Sharks have struggled against the Red Wings, losing all three meetings with Detroit this season – the last two by 4-1 scores.

San Jose will be coming off a game in Columbus, having won eight of its last 10 heading into Wednesday. Detroit, on the other hand, has dropped three in a row and has won just three of its last 10 outings.

Pick: San Jose

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