If Wednesday night’s two-game NHL slate was as dry as Merlot, then Thursday’s 12-game slate is juicier than a Georgia peach. The loyal followers of this piece know that we are still in search of an Underdog pick ‘em winner. But I crunched the numbers, and the good news is that we are picking correctly at a 40% clip. So, let’s remain laser-focused and keep our degen status intact, and this article will yield a positive ROI. With that, here are my four best NHL Underdog Fantasy Picks for October 19!
The Quick Pick: Daily NHL Underdog Fantasy Pick ’em Picks for October 1
Alex Tuch Higher Than 0.5 Points
Some would label me a homer here, but let me assure you that this pick has nothing to do with Alex Tuch and me sharing the same hometown. The Sabres got off the schneid on Tuesday with an overtime win against the Lightning. On Thursday, Calgary comes to town, a team that Tuch tallied three points against across two meetings in 2022. The Sabres top line also started showing signs of a much needed chemistry. So grab your periodic tables. Our first pick ‘em entry is Alex Tuch Higher Than 0.5 Points.
Chris Kreider Higher Than 0.5 Goals (1.25X Odds)
How does the saying go? Hell hath no fury like a New York Ranger going for a record. On Thursday night, Kreider will try to tie a team record for scoring in a 4th straight night to start a season. His opportunity also comes against a Predators team that is already leaking oil and conceding goals. Follow the hot hand going for a record, and let’s punch Chris Kreider Higher Than 0.5 Goals.
Phillip Danault Higher Than 0.5 Points
The Kings centerman is off to a flying start in 2023, registering points in two of their first three games. On Thursday night, he travels to Minnesota, where the last three meetings between these two teams have yielded 25 goals. The Kings also welcome the Wild home, who are just returning from a two-game Canadian road trip. Tired Wild legs, a good Kings power play, and a history of goal-fests? Let’s key in Phillip Danault Higher Than 0.5 Points in leg three of our Thursday night Underdog pick ‘em entry.
Mikko Rantanen Higher Than 0.5 Assists
Rantanen and his Avalanche are a perfect 3-0 to begin the 2023 season. Thursday night will be their home opener as well as their first encounter with rookie sensation Connor Bedard. Shockingly, the Blackhawks have played good hockey, but the Avalanche pedigree will prove too much to handle in this one. Particularly Rantanen, who already has two assists and five points in 2023. He also tallied six assists across three games in 2022 against Chicago. So let’s trust Mikko Rantanen to get this Underdog entry across the “Finnish” line and take Higher Than 0.5 Assists.
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