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NHL expert Chris Wassel's picks for today's hockey action

The NHL has five more games for us to examine on Friday night. Let’s dig in and see what we can pick at tonight!

Here are Today’s NHL Picks:

Pittsburgh Penguins @ New Jersey Devils

- The last ten Friday New Jersey home games have all hit the over. (Statschecker).

The New Jersey Devils come off a disastrous 4-2 home loss to the lowly Ottawa Senators which places them dead last now in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh is not exactly feeling too good about themselves either with the news Sidney Crosby is out for six weeks (core surgery). Three of the previous four meetings have hit the over with one game being a push. New Jersey is awful at home with a 2-3-4 record while yielding a slate worst 3.78 goals per game. New Jersey has had some success against Matt Murray of late (Murray has allowed a hair more than three goals per game against New Jersey in that span). MacKenzie Blackwood has been confirmed for New Jersey. It is vital New Jersey comes out with pace and sustains it especially after the Ottawa debacle. They are 10-6-1 on the over this season.

1u – Over 5.5 Total Goals @ -153

Boston Bruins @ Toronto Maple Leafs

- Each of the last six Toronto home games against the Atlantic Division have connected on the over.

Also, there is a level of innate revenge still on the minds of the Toronto Maple Leafs as the last two postseasons ring in their minds. This is their third meeting of the year already as the first two have split along home lines. Toronto took the first tilt 4-3 and then Boston held serve 4-2 in Boston. So, an over and a push has been what has occurred so far. Tuukka Rask is confirmed in net for Boston while Frederik Andersen should start for Toronto. It shapes up to be another high-event game especially with Boston’s defense and offense a bit banged up and Toronto relatively healthy for a change. The question becomes does this game conform to the typical 4-3 type of contest? It appears like this will and that is why, we tip toward the over on Friday night.

1u – Over 6.5 Total Goals @ +140

Montreal Canadiens @ Washington Capitals

- The Montreal Canadiens have lost each of their six road games following a shootout and the over has connected on all of them. (Statschecker).

Both teams have been in good form of late as Montreal is 3-1-1 In their last five while Washington is 4-0-1. They also possess a penchant for covering the over. Montreal is 9-7-2 but five of their last seven road contests have covered the over. Washington is a league leading 14-5-1 with the over yet comes off a bit of a clunker in Philadelphia. Both teams will want to get back on track. Washington is also a league leading 14-2-4 on the moneyline. The Montreal penalty kill is just 28th in the league and Washington continues to rank in the top-ten on the power play plus come in with the top shooting percentage in the league at 12.3%. Montreal is no slouch at 10.3% (over 12% in their last ten games). This game could be higher paced than expected.

1u – Over 6.5 Total Goals @ +106

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By Chris Wassel


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