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FREE NHL PICKS OF THE NIGHT: November 14, 2017

Last night was totally unexpected, nobody saw Dallas allowing five and St. Louis allowing seven. I completely missed the call on those games but, who had Tuevo Tervanien scoring a hattrick and Calgary scoring seven? No one! Turn the page though here are four NHL games I’ll give you tonight. 

Buffalo Sabres(5-9-3) vs Pittsburgh Penguins(9-7-3)

As one would expect the Penguins should easily come away with this game but things in Pittsburgh have not been great recently, of their last five they are 1-4, of their last ten they are 2-8, the Penguins end of October and beginning of November has been a rough one, to say the least. A team with such high caliber forwards, currently rank 17th in goals for(50) and to add some more salt to the wound, they ranked 2nd for goals against(67). It has been a tough start to the season as the back-to-back Stanley Cup champs are not playing their usual hockey. Buffalo well is Buffalo we don’t know what to expect from this team and they have been inconsistent and sub par all season. Buffalo is 2-3 in their last five and 4-6 in their last ten. Buffalo has trouble consistently scoring goals and last game vs Montreal, captain Jack Eichel came out and said “he didn’t feel like he was contributing to the team”, well I’m sure Buffalo wouldn’t mind some more production from Eichel and the rest of their forwards. We can expect a back and forth game here tonight, I like Pittsburgh at home, but running the risk of Buffalo does not look too bad. Penguins, 4-3.

Columbus Blue Jackets(10-7-1) vs Montreal Canadiens(8-9-1)

Even without Carey Price, the Canadiens have been stringing together wins recently and has brought their record to one game away from .500. In Montreal’s last five they are 4-1 and in their last ten they are 7-3. A team that started off dropping eight straight have slowly resurged their season. Columbus is a powerhouse of the Metropolitan and production comes from all sides for this team, even with Alexander Wennberg off to a slow start they are still tied for 10th in goals for(53). I would expect this to be a tough game for Columbus traveling to Montreal, that is not an easy place to play and with how successful the Canadiens have been it won’t come easy. I like the Canadiens home crowd advantage and the hot streak to continue. Canadiens 3-2.

Dallas Stars(9-8-0) vs Florida Panthers(5-9-2)

It is probably expected to see Kari Lehtonen in net tonight as Ben Bishop and the Stars got shelled 5-1 last night vs Carolina. The Stars have been extremely unpredictable and a team I think we all overshot in the beginning of the season, the forward depth is just not there and if Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn do not get on the score sheet multiple times per game this team is done. Kar Lehtonen is 2-3 with 2.40 goals against and .914 save percentage, not terrible numbers for the backup veteran goaltender. But with Flordia’s offense, they can easily slot four-plus on this team. I would not expect Dallas to get the doors blown off them again two games in a row, but it is possible tonight as that travel from Carolina to Florida won’t be a joyful ride, plus going to back-to-back is never easy. I’m going with Flordia here tonight, 4-2.

Washington Capitals(10-7-1) vs Nashville Predators(9-5-2)

This will be a fantastic game and it is featured on NBCSN so everyone should be watching this game. The Capitals reach the ten win mark, being the 10th team to do it this season. The Capitals are another team where it could be a real close game to a blowout game due to their defense. But Braden Holtby has stood tall for Washington and now the Capitals sit tied for second in the Metro. The Capitals are 4-1 in their last five and Holtby has allowed just nine goals over his five games, averaging 30 saves per game. But Nashville is home and everyone knows the home atmosphere at Nashville, it won’t be an easy game for Washington nor Holtby tonight. The Predators look to create some spark in their lineup with Kyle Turris, plus having that d-core doesn’t hurt either. I could see this being a 2-1, or back and forth game. Going Washington, 3-2.

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