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Pete Blackburn
Pete Blackburn
CBS Sports Lead NHL Writer
Pete Blackburn has relentlessly covered and analyzed the NHL in a professional capacity for half a decade now. He has been CBS Sports’ lead NHL writer for nearly two years and previously served as lead NHL writer for FOX Sports. His approach to breaking down the game is much like his approach to making picks -- the numbers and analytics sometimes only tell part of the story. A Boston native, he knows winners when he sees them. For Pete Blackburn media inquiries, contact Pete.Blackburn@CBSInteractive.com.
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Minnesota 3 @ Anaheim 1 | 02/19 | 3:00 AM UTC

UNDER 5.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: Minnesota has played well defensively to start this season and the Wild are not giving up much in the way of high-danger chances. They'll be facing a Ducks team that ranks last in goal scoring, so it's fair to expect little offense out of Anaheim. Combine that with the fact that the Wild lack high-end talent and will be facing John Gibson, one of the best goalies in the league, it appears goals might be tough to come by Thursday.

+295 8-5 IN LAST 13 NHL PICKS

Ottawa 2 @ Edmonton 4 | 02/03 | 3:00 AM UTC

Edmonton -1.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Senators are an absolute disaster right now and, with the defensive issues on both sides in this matchup, it seems fair to expect a lot of goals. But Edmonton has elite talent that's performing extremely well and Ottawa's goaltending has been atrocious, so I feel comfortable playing the puck line - even with such a small payout.

+295 7-4 LAST 11 NHL SIDES
+305 3-0 IN LAST 3 OTT ATS PICKS

Minnesota 1 @ Colorado 2 | 02/03 | 1:30 AM UTC

Minnesota +140

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Colorado is one of the better teams in the league, but it will be without top-line center Nathan MacKinnon (lower body) in this game. That's a big blow while going up against a Minnesota team that has looked really strong to start the season, especially in the defensive end. There's a lot of value on the Wild here.

+295 7-4 LAST 11 NHL SIDES
+240 4-2 IN LAST 6 COL ML PICKS

Dallas 6 @ Columbus 3 | 02/03 | 12:00 AM UTC

Dallas -110

WIN

ANALYSIS: This a matchup featuring two of the league's better defensive teams, and the Under would typically be the best play if it weren't set at a rare mark of five goals. As such, I think the Stars have good value here because they're capable of shutting down Columbus and have a little more offensive upside, even with Patrik Laine making his Blue Jackets debut.

+295 7-4 LAST 11 NHL SIDES
+469 5-1 IN LAST 6 DAL ML PICKS
+302 7-5 IN LAST 12 CLB ML PICKS

Pittsburgh 1 @ N.Y. Rangers 3 | 02/02 | 12:00 AM UTC

OVER 6.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: This is a matchup of two teams that aren't great defensively and have some of the worst collective save percentages in the league. They both have solid offensive groups, so getting the Over at plus money provides a lot of value Monday.

+295 8-5 IN LAST 13 NHL PICKS