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

After a light Monday night, Tuesday night features a large 13-game slate. Let’s dig in to our picks!

Here are Today’s NHL Picks:

Boston Bruins @ New Jersey Devils

  • Boston has won 24 of the last 30 matchups between the two teams. (statschecker).

This is a matchup that started out with an over/under of 6 because of the starters – Tuukka Rask and MacKenzie Blackwood. Blackwood has won two straight starts while Rask shut out the Devils behind a 31-save performance.

The problem is how does Boston come out after all the injuries and sub-optimal play? That’s a great question. It is not like they have been terrible, but the Bruins are 1-1-3 in their previous five games. Boston has not fared well during the shootout of late either.

Furthermore, the fear is that there is some carryover from the previous three losses. Despite how Boston dominates the pace of play against New Jersey, there is some concern that New Jersey has a chance to win even at home. The Devils have had numerous issues at home winning games. It is no secret with all the blown leads, etc. They did waive Cory Schneider and that paves the way for Blackwood to be the full-time starter.

Like mentioned above, the projected starter matchup is Tuukka Rask vs MacKenzie Blackwood. The under at 6.5 goals could be interesting here but our pick is still the moneyline for Boston.

1u – Boston Bruins ML @ -142

Edmonton Oilers @ San Jose Sharks

  • San Jose has defeated all six of their previous opponents to climb back to .500.

It appears Mike Smith will be projected in net along with Martin Jones. That is the tentative starting goaltenders for this Tuesday evening contest. Jones has looked better of late while Smith has struggled a good bit and has even been pulled.

Both teams have streaks when it comes to the over as Edmonton has seen it connect four straight times while San Jose has seen it in three consecutive games now. It is amusing that the trending analysis overall has been toward the under for this game despite the fact these two teams faced each other in San Jose just last Tuesday. That game was a 6-3 result which arguably left goals on the table so to speak.

The question becomes how much either team has left in their tank on Tuesday. This is a tough part of the season schedule wise. Trying to gauge how many goals will be scored and who may be banged up is almost a guessing game. It is challenging to say the least.

San Jose is now 7-4 at home while the Edmonton Oilers are a respectable 6-4-1 away from home. One huge variable thrown into the mix is this. San Jose swept the season series last year outscoring Edmonton by a score of 15-6. They averaged five goals a game by themselves.

Tonight’s slate has so many ways to go and options to examine. The one thing that has been the norm is to expect the unexpected. Our pick here is the over for this late game.

1u – Over 6.5 Total Goals @ -110

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By Chris Wassel


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