Wednesday night's slate gives us five games to choose from, so I have picked threee matchups that I feel hold the best value for NHL bettors. Check out my NHL picks for these games, as we try to maxamize out our NHL betting payouts.

Lets check out some of tonight's biggest games and cover the NHL picks I find to have the best chance of in cashing for us as the sportsbooks.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres

NHL Odds: Sabres -165 

Buffalo SabresWe’re going to take a flier with the Buffalo Sabres on the puck line in a game where they should get the win, but don’t want to lay the juice in case they flop (see: Sharks-Ducks pick on Monday). 

The Sabres have won four of the five meetings already this season and are just two points out of a playoff spot. Without question, they need this game. If they have any prayer of making the playoffs this season, they need to figure out ways to beat teams like the Habs, who are last in the Eastern Conference.

Leaning on goaltender Ryan Miller might help. He’s 7-1-2 in his last 10 starts with a 2.15 GAA. He’s also 5-0-1 with a 1.31 GAA against the Canadiens in his last six starts. On the flip side, Carey Price has just one win in his last seven starts against Buffalo and just three in his last 10 overall. 

Admittedly, it’s a bit of a shot in the dark laying the puck line with Buffalo, but the payout is worth it. The Habs have quit in many games down the stretch of the season so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them do it again. 

NHL Picks: Sabres -1.5 +180

Vancouver Canucks vs. Chicago Blackhawks

NHL Odds: Blackhawks -110 

The full preview of this game can be seen in the NHL section and although in that version, the prediction for the game was the over, it’s tempting not to take the Blackhawks on the side here too. 

Without question, this game is a coin flip and betting against Vancouver when they’re facing elite teams is not ideal. Even so, it’s hard to pass up the Blackhawks for two reasons: they’re playing better and they have home-ice advantage. 

The Blackhawks come into this game on an 8-1-1 streak while the Canucks have just three wins in their last 10. The Blackhawks have also won 25 of 32 games at the United Center, which indicates a significant advantage.

A sports pick on this game might be a coin flip, but the price reflects that. If we had to lay some reasonable juice one way or the other, it might sway the pick. At -110, the Blackhawks two key advantages should lead them to a win. 

NHL Picks: Blackhawks


St. Louis Blues vs. Anaheim Ducks

NHL Odds: Over/Under 5 

We’ve been ripping on the Anaheim Ducks for quite some time now as they’ve been riding goaltender Jonas Hiller harder than Kenny Powers rides his fastball. The good news is that Hiller finally got the night off on Monday, and should be rejuvenated to get back between the pipes on Wednesday. 

The St. Louis Blues are always a threat to go under whenever they play but Wednesday’s affair should be especially the case given how good Hiller has played recently. And while the Blues are 10-2-1 in their last 13 games, they haven’t been scoring much. They’ve scored 37 goals in that span, which is a bit above average for them, but still not so overwhelming.

The Ducks have a five-goal outburst in their 5-3 win over San Jose on Monday but prior to that, they had notched just 20 goals in their previous 11 games. This looks like a good spot to take the under to the sportsbooks

NHL Picks: Under