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NHL PICKS: Blackhawks vs Montreal & six more picks!

Seven NHL games are on display today, and a lot of exciting games as well. The Blackhawks are again featured on NBCSN tonight vs Montreal, the Golden Knights vs Arizona Coyotes for the second time this season tonight on NBCSN. Blues go back-to-back versus the Rangers, Dallas looks to earn their first win over the surprisingly undefeated Detroit Red Wings. Plenty of action, plenty of news and plenty of great NHL picks coming your way!

St. Louis Blues @ New York Rangers: 7:00 P.M.

Blues have opened the season up 3-0, with Jake Allen standing tall in net and Vladimir Tarasenko helping lead the way versus the Islanders last night, the Blues find themselves the second team to win three games this season. St. Louis will travel to Madison Garden for their second game in two days. Figuring a fatigued Blues team the Rangers will need to jump on the Blues early and often. The Rangers season did not start how they imagined it too. But, with a big shutout win over Montreal Sunday the Rangers are slowly gaining the confidence to string together some wins. Rangers, 3-2.

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Carolina Hurricanes: 7:00 P.M.

This will be the Hurricanes second regular season game and the free game of the night as well! The Hurricanes came into this season renewed, and ready to make a statement. After beating Minnesota 5-4 in a shootout to open the season, the Hurricanes saw some signs of life. Columbus dropped a tough one to Chicago but took their first win versus the Islanders to open the season. Artemi Panarin has been the bright spot for Columbus with three points and prospect Sonny Milano leads the team with two goals. Carolina has yet to see Jeff Skinner, Sebastian Aho, and Justin Williams score this season. The two offense will be on display tonight, with expected goaltenders of Sergei Bobrovsky and Scott Darling this could turn out to be a low scoring game. Columbus 4-2.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Montreal Canadiens: 7:30 P.M.

A battle of original six teams,  NBCSN matchup, the Blackhawks offense has looked promising this year as the Canadiens offense has been a blunder. The Blackhawks dropped a tough one in overtime to Toronto last night, as the Canadiens got blanked against the Rangers Sunday, October 8th. Both teams are coming off a tough loss and the Blackhawks are playing a back-to-back on the road, never an easy feat. The Blackhawks defense has been a surprise this season and luckily enough their offense has carried the slack. The Canadiens are still looking to find some depth scoring past Jonathan Drouin, Max Pacorietty, and Alex Galychenuk. Having Andrew Shaw on the second line is never a positive for any team looking to find some goal scoring. Blackhawks, 4-1.

Philadelphia Flyers @ Nashville Predators: 8:00 P.M. 

The Flyers started the season on the road and this will be there fourth and final road game until they have their home opener versus Washington Saturday night. Philadelphia has taken one game in regulation, one in overtime and lost a tough one to the Kings. As the Predators get ready for their home opener the fans of Smashville will be livid tonight. The Predators season was a great success last season and anytime this team is home they are an advantage, especially the home opener this will not be an easy place for the Flyers to play, including the fact this their fourth road game of the season. Nashville, 3-1.

Detroit Red Wings vs Dallas Stars: 8:30 P.M. 

Assuming Ben Bishop gets the nod tonight the Stars should and I said this before, should pick up their first win of the season. The Stars in two games have thrown 86 shots on goal, their offense looks to be clicking and the Radulov-Benn-Seguin duo looks to be a nightmare for defenses. A couple bad bounces and some penalties have left the Stars 0-2, the Red Wings I’m utterly confused about and cannot make much sense of this roster. They have shocked me and many others around the league with two impressive wins, but Stars need to win a game to get this monkey off their back. Stars, 4-1.

Ottawa Senators @ Vancouver Canucks: 10:00 P.M. 

Ottawa has dropped both games in extra time this season and has yet to officially record a loss, meanwhile the Canucks and Bo Horvat upset the Edmonton Oilers in their firts game of the season. Vancouver will welcome Ottawa for their second home game of the season. We’re expected to see Craig Anderson vs Jakub Markstrom in net. Markstrom made 33 saves on 35 shots vs Edmonton in their first win, while Craig Anderson five goals in two games. The goalie match up seems to be lopsided but with the birth of a new season, anything is possible. Vancouver, 3-2.

Arizona Coyotes vs Vegas Golden Knights: 10:00 P.M. 

The Coyotes get their chance on prime time to display their youthful, explosive roster as they enter the 2-0 Golden Knights, T-Moblie Arena. The Golden Knights came from behind to beat Arizona October 7 in overtime off of James Neal’s third and second game-winning goal in two games. The Coyotes got to see Clayton Keller and Anthony Duclair get on the board this season though which is a positive. I am not sure how much further I can ride this Vegas wave, but home against an unsure Coyotes team, it seems favorable. Vegas, 3-2.

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