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    Scott Erskine

    Prince of Pucks

    Scott Erskine is a longtime NHL expert who has covered the sport for outlets including ESPN.com, NHL.com and NBCSports.com. As the senior hockey editor at ESPN SportsTicker, Erskine covered numerous Stanley Cup Finals and NHL All-Star Games in person. Now a SportsLine staff writer, Erskine is sharing his extensive expertise through his NHL betting picks. For Scott Erskine media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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    Scott's Past Picks

    Feb 25 2024, 11:00 pm UTC
    League
    N.Y. Rangers
    2
    @ Columbus
    4
    +22
    5-4 in Last 9 NHL ML Picks
    Analysis:

    The Rangers haven't lost in nearly a month and can set the franchise record with their 11th consecutive victory in the opener of their home-and-home series with the Blue Jackets. Columbus is last in the Metropolitan Division and just 9-15-4 at home. It's hard to imagine New York's winning streak will come to an end here.

    Pick Made: Sun 9:49 pm UTC
    Feb 21 2024, 2:00 am UTC
    League
    Vancouver
    1
    @ Colorado
    3
    +246
    6-3 in Last 9 NHL O/U Picks
    +88
    2-1 in Last 3 COL O/U Picks
    Analysis:

    Vancouver leads the NHL with 212 goals after scoring seven at Minnesota on Monday. But the Canucks allowed 10 in that loss and now face a Colorado team that is third in the league with 209 tallies. At least seven goals have been scored in five of the Avalanche's last six games, and this contest shouldn't be any different as the teams combined for seven in their first meeting of the season.

    Pick Made: Feb 20, 7:15 pm UTC
    Feb 21 2024, 12:00 am UTC
    League
    N.Y. Islanders
    5
    @ Pittsburgh
    4
    +22
    5-4 in Last 9 NHL ML Picks
    Analysis:

    The Penguins have won only four of their last 13 games and one of the past five. The Islanders also are struggling, with just five wins in their last 19 contests. However, they've earned points in five of their past six (2-1-3). New York has gone 3-3-3 under new coach Patrick Roy and will be seeking revenge after suffering 7-0 and 3-1 losses to Pittsburgh in December.

    Pick Made: Feb 20, 7:03 pm UTC
    Feb 14 2024, 1:30 am UTC
    League
    Vancouver
    4
    @ Chicago
    2
    +246
    6-3 in Last 9 NHL O/U Picks
    Analysis:

    The Canucks are second in the NHL with 195 goals but have scored more than three only twice in their last 11 games. The Blackhawks have allowed 183 goals, the fourth-most in the league, but have held 11 of their last 13 opponents to three or fewer. Vancouver has two players in the top 10 in goals who have combined for one in four games since the All-Star break. I expect a big night from the Canucks, who may exceed this number on their own.

    Pick Made: Feb 13, 10:17 pm UTC
    Feb 07 2024, 12:30 am UTC
    League
    Colorado
    3
    @ New Jersey
    5
    Analysis:

    The top-scoring team in the NHL (191 goals), the Avalanche were limited to a single goal by the Rangers on Monday, marking just the second time since Nov. 4 they failed to score at least twice in a contest. Colorado is 6-2-1 over its last nine games, with each win coming by two or more goals. The club has tallied at least five times in each of its last five victories. Two of the Devils' last three defeats have been by a minimum of three goals, and they suffered a 6-3 loss at Colorado earlier this season. They're tied for 25th in the NHL in goals allowed (168), and I don't see them stopping the Avs.

    Pick Made: Feb 06, 10:36 pm UTC
    Feb 07 2024, 12:30 am UTC
    League
    Colorado
    3
    @ New Jersey
    5
    +22
    5-4 in Last 9 NHL ML Picks
    Analysis:

    The Avalanche, who had their three-game winning streak halted on Monday, haven’t lost back-to-back contests since Dec. 7-9. That was just the fourth time this season they suffered consecutive defeats, as they’ve gone 16-5-2 over their last 23 games. The Avs posted a 6-3 victory over New Jersey at home in their first meeting of 2023-24, with Mikko Rantanen netting two tallies and setting up another. The Devils have lost seven of their last 10 games and haven’t played since losing 6-3 at Tampa Bay on Jan. 27. Expect Colorado to prevail against a rusty opponent that’s still without star center Jack Hughes.

    Pick Made: Feb 06, 10:14 pm UTC
    Feb 06 2024, 12:00 am UTC
    League
    Colorado
    1
    @ N.Y. Rangers
    2
    +22
    5-4 in Last 9 NHL ML Picks
    Analysis:

    The Avalanche entered the All-Star break with a three-game winning streak, with each victory being by three or more goals. They're facing a Rangers team that has won only four of its last 12 contests. Former New York G Alexandar Georgiev has allowed just three goals over his last two outings and is 1-0-1 with three goals allowed in two games against the Rangers. Nathan MacKinnon is second in the NHL with 84 points and is riding a 13-game streak during which he has recorded 12 goals and 16 assists. I don't see New York slowing him and his teammates down.

    Pick Made: Feb 05, 10:19 pm UTC
    Jan 25 2024, 2:30 am UTC
    League
    Washington
    2
    @ Colorado
    6
    +246
    6-3 in Last 9 NHL O/U Picks
    +88
    2-1 in Last 3 COL O/U Picks
    Analysis:

    Colorado is the highest-scoring team in the NHL with 179 goals. Each of the club's last five games and eight of its last 10 have had seven or more goals scored, with the Avalanche recording seven on their own twice in the last three contests. Washington doesn't score much as it ranks 30th with 109 goals, but its differential (-26) is one of the worst in the league, and I can see Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and company having a big night.

    Pick Made: Jan 24, 11:49 pm UTC
    Jan 23 2024, 1:00 am UTC
    League
    Florida
    4
    @ Nashville
    1
    +22
    5-4 in Last 9 NHL ML Picks
    +105
    2-1 in Last 3 FLA ML Picks
    Analysis:

    The Panthers ended their five-game homestand with four straight losses, including two in overtime, so they'll likely be happy to get away for a game. Florida began the month with a perfect four-game road trip and has won six of its last seven away from home. The Predators haven't fared well in Music City of late, losing five of their last seven. I like the Panthers to end their season-high four-game skid.

    Pick Made: Jan 22, 11:13 pm UTC
    Jan 23 2024, 12:00 am UTC
    League
    Winnipeg
    1
    @ Boston
    4
    +22
    5-4 in Last 9 NHL ML Picks
    Analysis:

    The Bruins have been the best team in the NHL at home this season, going 15-3-3. They are 3-0-0 on their current five-game homestand and have won five of their last six at TD Garden, outscoring their opponents 34-17 in that span. The Jets are a league-best 14-4-2 on the road, but Boston will be eager to avenge a 5-1 loss at Winnipeg last month.

    Pick Made: Jan 22, 10:58 pm UTC
    Jan 19 2024, 3:00 am UTC
    League
    Arizona
    1
    @ Vancouver
    2
    Analysis:

    The Canucks have won six of their last seven home games, with five of the victories being by two or more goals. Vancouver outscored its opponents 27-11 in the triumphs. The team returns home from a 5-1-1 road trip during which it recorded three of its wins by multiple goals. Arizona has gone 2-4-1 over its last seven games, with each regulation loss being by at least three goals. I like the Canucks to have an offensive outburst in their first home contest in over two weeks.

    Pick Made: Jan 18, 10:50 pm UTC
    Jan 19 2024, 12:00 am UTC
    League
    Colorado
    2
    @ Boston
    5
    +246
    6-3 in Last 9 NHL O/U Picks
    +88
    2-1 in Last 3 COL O/U Picks
    Analysis:

    Colorado leads the NHL with 170 goals and Boston is tied for eighth with 144. Six of the Avalanche's last eight games and six of the Bruins' last 10 have had a total of at least seven goals scored. The teams met in Colorado on Jan. 8 and combined for six goals before the Avalanche posted a 4-3 shootout victory. I like them to reach that total earlier in this matchup.

    Pick Made: Jan 18, 11:08 pm UTC
    Jan 17 2024, 2:00 am UTC
    League
    Toronto
    2
    @ Edmonton
    4
    +22
    5-4 in Last 9 NHL ML Picks
    Analysis:

    Yes, the Oilers are riding a franchise-record 10-game winning streak and have won 18 of their last 21 contests. And yes, the Maple Leafs have lost three straight and six of 10. But Toronto has been better on the road (11-3-6) this season than at home (10-9-2) and swept a three-game trip at the beginning of the month. Edmonton has to lose sometime, and this is as good a spot as any for it to happen.

    Pick Made: Jan 16, 10:40 pm UTC
    Jan 12 2024, 2:00 am UTC
    League
    Calgary
    6
    @ Arizona
    2
    +22
    5-4 in Last 9 NHL ML Picks
    Analysis:

    The Coyotes are 13-8-0 at home this season, but they lost each of the first three contests on their five-game homestand by three or more goals and needed overtime to get past Boston in their last outing. Calgary is 8-11-4 on the road but has played better of late as it went 2-2-0 on a recent four-game trip, with both losses coming by one goal. The Flames doubled up Ottawa 6-3 at home two days ago, and I like them to post another comfortable victory in the desert.

    Pick Made: Jan 11, 8:28 pm UTC
    Jan 10 2024, 2:00 am UTC
    League
    Ottawa
    3
    @ Calgary
    6
    +22
    5-4 in Last 9 NHL ML Picks
    Analysis:

    The Flames are looking to avoid a third straight loss and avenge a 4-1 defeat at Ottawa in November. The Senators have lost three straight contests and 10 of their last 13. Eight of those setbacks came on the road, where they are just 4-11-0 this season. I don't like their chances of posting a victory at the Saddledome.

    Pick Made: Jan 09, 9:13 pm UTC