NHL Free Picks and Preview for Thursday October 1st

NHL season is finally here! We kick off the NHL tonight (Thursday October 1st, 2009) with four great games:  Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks at Colorado Avalanche, and Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames.  Looking through the lines at the different online sports betting sites we have found a couple games that have really good betting value.  Of course it’s always hard to predict winners on the opening night of the NHL season, but below have listed some free picks for each game.  Check out the betting lines and preview of the October 1st NHL regular season opening night:

Montreal at Toronto – The Maple Leafs are a totally different team this year with Brian Burke in town.  They have added a lot of depth, and have one of the tougher teams in the NHL.  With that said the Montreal Canadiens have also juggled their roster up quite a bit.  Tonight should be an interesting game to see which team has come together faster.

Free Betting Pick – Over 6 at -105 at www.5dimes.com

Washington at Boston – Ovechkin and the Capitals visit Boston to take on the Bruins, in what is a match up of the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference last season.  Neither team has done too much in the off season, and should both still be among the top of the East.

Free Betting Pick – Boston to Win at -135 (www.5dimes.com)

San Jose at Colorado – The Sharks head to Colorado, in a game which Joe Sakic’s retirement will be honored.  Could this ceremony give the Avalanche any bit of extra motivation?  Probably – but I doubt it will be enough to beat a strong San Jose team.

Free Betting Pick – Over 5.5 at +100 (www.5dimes.com)

Vancouver at Calgary – This rivalry has maybe gotten bigger than the Calgary/Edmonton rivalary over the past two season.  Both teams are rated high in the Western Conference power rankings, and should make for a good game tonight.

Free Betting Pick – Vancouver to win at +105 (www.5dimes.com)

Enjoy the four NHL games tonight and make sure you place your bets online at www.5dimes.com!

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