Friday's Best NHL Picks: Two Underdogs With Value

Frank Doyle | Updated Nov 29, 2013

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New Jersey Devils at Carolina Hurricanes (-120, 5)

When Cory Schneider was traded to the New Jersey Devils most figured his time sitting on the bench was over. So far, that hasn’t been the case. With Martin Brodeur playing well in the twilight of his career, the Devils have handed Schneider only four starts this month. Schneider was uncharacteristically frustrated publicly when he didn’t start in Wednesday’s loss to Carolina. He says he’s over it now, but expect him to be out to prove a point Friday evening in another meeting with the Hurricanes. Schneider might steal this one on the road.

Pick: New Jersey Devils

Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild (-130, 5)

Patrick Roy used to be a fiery competitor on the ice and he hasn’t cooled down much since climbing behind the bench. He got into a war of world with Blues veteran coach Ken Hitchcock earlier this week and has his team playing with that same edge. The Avalanche have enough speed to skate with any team in the league and Minnesota is coming off consecutive losses. Colorado also has just two road losses on the year, so you don’t have to worry about the visitors’ dressing room bugging this team.

Pick: Colorado Avalanche

Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals (-105, 5.5)

The Canadiens have been protecting their own net much better lately, allowing two or fewer goals in each of their last seven games. Some of those matchups include tilts against the likes of Pittsburgh, Washington and Tampa Bay, so it’s not like they haven’t been tested either. Carey Price is expected to get the night off, but Peter Budaj has been excellent in relief. He owns a 1.58 goals-against average and is 4-1 this season. We hoped to see the Habs as a short underdog here, but with the line as it is, we’ll get down on the under.

Pick: Under 5.5 goals

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