My NHL lock picks for the week of October 31st to November 6th start this Wednesday with a duo of picks. Will Detroit beat Philadelphia on the road in the Wells Fargo Center? Also, how will Anaheim handle defending champion Pittsburgh at home on Wednesday night? On Thursday, Colorado travels to Chicago. Could the Avalanche upset the mighty Blackhawks?
NHL Lock Picks Oct 31-Nov 6
Detroit at Philadelphia
When: Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Analysis: Detroit is 6-4 both straight up and against the spread as of Oct. 31. Philadelphia has a 4-5-1 record. What you must worry about with Detroit is that they have now lost 2 games in a row after starting out the season going 6 and 2.
Can Detroit turn things around against the Flyers on Wednesday? I don’t think so. The Red Wings have been outscored 6 to 2 in their last 2 matches. They average 2.7 goals per game while giving up 2.4 goals per game.
The Flyers average 3.5 goals per while giving up 3.8 goals per. Detroit doesn’t have the offense to take advantage of Philadelphia’s bad defense. At least, Detroit doesn’t have the offense right now. I’m going with Philly.
NHL Lock Pick: Philadelphia
Pittsburgh at Anaheim
When: Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
Analysis: So much for the Pens not being as strong this season as they were last season. Pittsburgh is a fantastic 6-2-1 on the season. The Penguins have won 3 wins in a row going into this week. They beat Florida 3-2, they beat the New York Islanders 4-2 and they took down the Flyers 5 to 4 on the road.
Anaheim is now 3-4-2 after losing 3 out of their last 4 matches. What’s worrisome, if you’re a Ducks’ fan, is how Anaheim gave up 4 goals to Columbus in a 0 to 4 loss as a -189 favorite in their last. I don’t see how a team reeling the way that Anaheim is can beat the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby are both healthy. I’m siding with the Pens.
NHL Lock Pick: Pittsburgh
Colorado at Chicago
When: Thursday, Nov. 3 at 8:30 pm ET
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
Analysis: The Avalanche take on the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night before a day of rest and then traveling to Chicago for this match. If nobody gets hurt in the game versus the Preds, Colorado has a decent chance of upsetting the Blackhawks.
The Avalanche are 4-3 while Chicago is 5-3-0-1. The Blackhawks haven’t been the lock down, awesome, team that everybody thought they’d be going into the season. Chicago is riding a 2-game win streak. There’s every reason to believe that they’ll take down the Avalanche on Thursday.
But I’m going with Colorado. They’re worth a shot at what should be nice, overlay, moneyline odds.