The NHL betting card is fairly light for Wednesday as there are just three games on the schedule. Not to worry as we’ve got you covered with previews, analysis and picks on all three contests.
Ottawa Senators @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Odds: Penguins -180
The Sens had lost four of their last five heading into a Tuesday night home game against Buffalo, while the Pens have been off since Sunday, when they lost their second straight game, so you know they won’t be in a good mood. This will be a matchup of offense (Pittsburgh is sixth in the league in goals scored) against defense (Ottawa leads the NHL in fewest goals allowed), but the Penguins have won three of their last four at home against the Senators, who could be battling fatigue in the second half of a back-to-back and Pittsburgh will be waiting to jump all over them, especially early in the game. This could be over quickly as the Pens’ stars will skate circles around the Ottawa defense.
St. Louis Blues @ Detroit Red Wings
Wednesday, 7:30 PM ET
This will already be the fourth meeting of the shortened season between these two, and the Red Wings have won the last two since getting blanked 6-0 in St. Louis to open up the campaign. The Blues have lost seven of their last 10 in the Motor City and are currently on a five-game skid that began with a 5-3 loss in Detroit, while the Red Wings have won three in a row and are starting to roll. St. Louis’ offense is ranked fourth in the NHL in goals scored, but they’re starting to lose their way and that is never a good thing when you’re heading into “Hockeytown”, and like the Ottawa-Pittsburgh game, this could be over by the end of the first period if the St. Louis goalie (either Jaroslav Halak or Brian Elliot) doesn’t stand on their head.
Pick: Red Wings
Dallas Stars @ Calgary Flames
Wednesday, 9:00 PM ET
The Flames are awaiting the return of goalie Miikka Kiprusoff from a lower-body injury, but he may not even be able to save Calgary, who have lost two in a row and have scored two goals in those games. The Stars have won four of their last five, but they’ll have to go through fatigue to win this game as they play in Edmonton on Tuesday night before making their way south to the Saddledome. Dallas has won six of their last 10 trips to Calgary and they should be able to take advantage of a Calgary team that isn’t, even when they’re at full strength, a very good hockey team. It all depends on how tough of a time they have with a quick Edmonton team on Tuesday night and they’ll have to battle through it early, but the Flames may not have to firepower to take advantage of their fatigue and the Stars will eventually get into the flow of things. Take them on the betting lines.