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Canadiens vs. Oilers NHL Pick from Jimmy Boyd: October 27th 2014

Jimmy Boyd - NHL PickMontreal Canadiens vs. Edmonton Oilers
NHL Pick: Montreal -132 odds (October 27th 2014)

The Canadiens will return to the road after sweeping their 4-game homestand to improve to an Eastern Conference-best 7-1 on the season. Montreal has gone 3-1 on the road this season and I look for them to come out motivated against a team they haven’t had a whole lot of success against in previous years. The Oilers are 12-4-3 in the series since 2000. However, the Canadiens did win at Edmonton last year and are the much stronger team in 2014. Montreal is playing with all kinds of confidence and it’s too early in the season for them to letdown on the road off a big homestand.

The Canadiens are 17-8 in their last 25 after playing 2 or more consecutive games at home and 13-3 in their last 16 against a team with a losing record. Edmonton is 13-38 in their last 51 against a team that’s winning more than 60% of their games, 1-8 in their last 9 home games off a home win where they scored 4 or more goals and 0-11 in their last 11 after a game where 9 or more total goals were scored. Take Montreal!

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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Calgary Flames NHL Pick: October 23rd 2014

Jesse Schule - NHL PickCarolina Hurricanes vs. Calgary Flames
NHL Hockey Pick: Calgary -150 odds (October 23rd 2014)

The Flames appeared to be well on their way to their fifth victory of the season before surrendering the game tying goal late in the third period in Tuesday’s home game versus Tampa Bay. The Bolts went on to win that game in overtime, leaving Calgary to settle for just one point. They host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight, and anything less than two points would be a major disappointment.

The Canes are still without a win through their first five games of the season, and several of their star players are battling injuries. Brothers Jordan and Eric Staal are both on injured reserve, and neither will be available tonight. That’s going to make it all the more difficult for Carolina to snap a five game losing streak at the Saddledome.

On a positive note, the Canes got leading scorer Jeff Skinner back, and he made his season debut in the loss to the Jets. It could take a few games for him to get back into top form though: “It was good to have him back, but we need Jeff Skinner, you know what I mean?” coach Bill Peters said. “People think you’re going to parachute in the lineup and be a star, it’s not the way it works. We need him to get assertive and play responsibly.”

Calgary’s newly acquired goaltender Jonas Hiller has been on top of his game. Hiller has allowed just two goals on 85 shots in consecutive wins over Chicago and Winnipeg. He should get back between the pipes after Kari Ramo got the call against Tampa.

Calgary has outscored Carolina 17-8 during a five game home win streak in this series, and they look to continue that success tonight.

Washington vs. Edmonton NHL Betting Odds & Pick for October 22nd 2014

Jesse Schule - NHL PickWashington Capitals vs. Edmonton Oilers
Betting Pick: Edmonton +130 odds (October 22nd 2014)

The Caps are in Edmonton tonight, taking on an Oilers team that is coming off it’s first win of the season. Washington has yet to lose in regulation, boasting a record of 3-0-2. The home team should hungrier, looking to string a few wins together after opening the season with five straight losses. This is a tough spot for the visitors, playing on the opposite side of the continent against a Western Conference team that they don’t see a lot of.

Taylor Hall scored a goal and an assist in the win over Tampa on Monday, and he leads the team with four goals so far. Hall finished last year with 80 points, tied for 6th in the league. He’s only 22 years old, and may well develop into one of the league’s elite forwards. He’s not alone, Ryan Nudgent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov are all in their early 20s, and each player has superstar potential.

As talented as the Oilers are, they are dreadful defensively. They finished last season dead last in goals against, and they aren’t far off from that so far this year. Goaltender Ben Scrivens is coming off a couple solid outings in a row though, allowing just three goals on 53 shots against the Canucks and Lightning.

Home ice should be a big advantage here tonight, and it has been when these teams have met in recent seasons. The home team has won 10 of the last 13 in this series.

Take EDM

Rangers vs. Devils NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Matt Fargo: October 21st 2014

Matt Fargo - NHL PickNew York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils
NHL Betting Pick: New Jersey -125 odds (October 21st 2014)

After opening the season a perfect 3-0, New Jersey has dropped its last two games including a 4-2 loss in its home opener against San Jose. This is a good spot for the Devils to bounce back as they haven’t dropped their first two home games in regulation since going 0-3-0 in 2009-10. The day after San Jose defeated the Devils, the Rangers took care of the Sharks on Sunday in a 4-0 shutout. That was the second straight win for New York after losing three in a row so it clearly has been pretty inconsistent to start the season. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist is coming off his franchise record 51st shutout but he allowed three goals in each of his last three games following a shutout last season. His save percentage is still just barely above 90 percent at even strength and below it in all situations to an even worse 89.2 percent. On the other side, Devils goalie Cory Schneider has struggled over his last two games but some extra time off will be beneficial as will the fact he has a 0.86 GAA in three appearances against the Rangers, including a 4-0 home victory last Oct. 19. His save percentage is at 92 percent at even strength. The Rangers are 0-6 against the money line in their last six games off two or more consecutive home wins. Play (54) New Jersey Devils