October 28, 2011; Denver, CO, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wing Ryan Smyth (94) reacts after center Shawn Horcoff (10) scores against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period at the Pepsi Center. The Oilers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Picks - Week 5

Last Week: 2-1, +1.85 Units
YTD: 5-4, +2.03 Units

For those who are new to the site, this is a weekly sports betting column where I will post my best bets from the NHL every Saturday morning for the games that day. All odds that I quote are from Bet365.

Last week I had three picks and we managed a winning record of 2-1. Given the return on each game we made almost two units. This week I am back with two games and hoping to continue my winning ways.

1) Philadelphia Flyers +130 (Moneyline) at Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens are returning from a successful 2-0 road trip in Florida and I am thinking that we might just be able to catch them napping against the Flyers. Although the Canadiens won both games in the sunshine state, they were not overly impressive. We are getting a pretty good return with a Flyers team that has been playing well and I think they are worth a shot as they try to avenge a loss from last night against the New Jersey Devils.

2)  Edmonton Oilers +120 (Regulation) vs. Colorado Avalanche

The Oilers have only won one game in their last seven, but from all accounts have played pretty well through that stretch. They have lost three times in either a shootout or overtime in that series and they probably played their worst game in the only win over Columbus, where they were out shot by a 40-14 margin. The Avalanche and Oilers have split their two games this season, each winning one at home. Colorado has also struggled and are missing key players in Gabriel Landeskog, Erik Johnson, Steve Downie and of course Ryan O’Reilly. They are going to have a hard time keeping up with the high flying Oilers. I’ll take the home team in regulation at a pretty good price.


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