Free NHL Hockey Picks for Thursday December 18, 2008

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Ron Raymond has his free hockey picks for our readers. 

Ron's Comment:  The Game of the Night in my view, as the Sharks got caught looking ahead last night in Columbus, as they lost 2-1 in OT. The Red Wings need a big test and here's what the doctor ordered, a big game vs. the top team in the league. Normally a game like this will bring out the Red Wings top guns and I expect Hossa, Zetterberg and Datsyk to light it up tonight. When DETROIT team played as a home team - Last 2 years - During the month of December - Allowed 3 or more goals AGAINST in their last game; The Red Wings are 9-1 SU in this role the L2Y

Prediction:  Detroit 5 San Jose 2 is where you can bet this play

Colorado vs. Tampa Bay

Ron's Comment:  Hard to support a Lightning team who has 2 wins in their last 15 games and are averaging 1.67 goals for I their last 3 games. When COLORADO team played as a Road team - Total is 5.5 - With 1 day off - 3 games in 4 nights; The Avs are 8-2-1 SU in this spot since '96.

Prediction:  Colorado 4 Tampa Bay 2 is where you can bet this play

Columbus vs. Dallas

Ron's Comment:  Here's your ultimate letdown spot, as the Blue Jackets are coming off a huge home underdog win last night vs. the Sharks and it will be tough for them to match that intensity tonight after a night of traveling. When DALLAS team played as a home team - Total is 5.5 - With 1 day off - Coming off a Home win as a Favorite - Coming off a 1 goal win; The Stars are 8-2 SU in this spot.

Prediction:  Dallas 4 Columbus 1 is where you can bet this play

Nashville vs. Phoenix

Ron's Comment: If there's one thing about Phoenix, they've been a solid home fave this season at 7-3 SU and have allowed only 2.0 goals against in this role. When PHOENIX team Played as Home team as a Favorite - With 1 day off - Total is 5.5 - Coming off vs. Pacific division opponent; The Coyotes are 13-3-5 SU in this role since '97



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