Tuesday's NHL Picks: Habs supporters getting restless

Frank Doyle | Updated Nov 19, 2013


Columbus Blue Jackets at Edmonton Oilers (-110, 5.5)

The Edmonton Oilers are going to get a close look at a team they’d like to be more like. The Columbus Blue Jackets get by with an aggressive forecheck, putting pressure on their opposition. They have five players with at least 10 points and aren’t going to be easy to deal with in the corners and in front of the net. That’s what the Oilers want their young players to start doing better. Tuesday night might turn into a major lesson for Edmonton.

Pick: Blue Jackets

Minnesota Wild at Montreal Candiens (-110, 5)

The locals are getting restless in Montreal. Three days after a 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers, the Montreal media is still up in arms. The Habs had shut out New York four straight times leading up to that game, so they weren’t happy when the shoe was on the other foot. The Canadiens will be better tonight. Brendan Gallagher played with the flu Saturday and wasn’t a factor and Max Pacioretty hasn’t scored a goal in eight games. Montreal, which scores just 2.4 goals per game, needs much more from those two.

Pick: Canadiens

Boston Bruins at New York Rangers (-115, 5)

Rick Nash’s return couldn’t have come at a better time for the New York Rangers. They have scored just three times in the last three games and now face a Boston team that eliminated them in the second round of last year’s playoffs. Nash will certainly help, but let’s not get carried away. This should be a major battle and goals should be hard to come by.

Pick: Under