FREE NHL Picks: February 23, 2018

Pittsburgh Penguins(35-22-4) vs Carolina Hurricanes(27-23-10)

The Penguins seem to be doing their typical, let’s decide to actually play hockey the second half, and since the second half has started they have won 10 of their last 12 games, posting an 8-1-1 record in their last ten and on a five-game win streak currently. Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel have 66 points and Malkin has been on a mission as of late with 70 points. If this line up did not scare you enough, its rumored the Penguins are all in for Derek Brassard as well. See them in the Conference finals. The Hurricanes are a borderline playoff team right now, flirting with some potential playoff hopes and barely hanging on as they are one point out of a playoff spot and with the way the wild card is going, as much as you want to believe(like I once did) they are not going to make it. Carolina is 4-4-2 in their last ten with a 15-10-6 record at home coming off a road loss to New Jersey Sunday. Both of these teams are coming off a four-day rest and with how the Penguins are playing we cannot go against them. Going Penguins tonight.

Winnipeg Jets(35-16-9) vs St. Louis Blues(34-23-4)

These two have met now three times and on the season the Blues hold the advantage 2-1, last game Blues took it in Winnipeg, 5-2 which was not too long ago, exactly 15 days ago. It is still fresh in the Jets mind and I cannot see the Jets even going on the road and losing and dropping the season series 3-1. Jets on the road are 12-10-7, not amazing but they are still one of the best teams in the league. St. Louis losing their last two games, dropping their last six games and struggling as of late, Winnipeg needs to start getting some confidence and momentum going into the playoffs and I see them taking this one on the road. Blues are 19-13-0 at home but still going with the Jets coming off a tough loss to L.A., Winnipeg for the win.

San Jose Sharks(33-20-8) vs Chicago Blackhawks(26-27-8)

Day of the road dogs tonight. Not shot I see Chicago winning this game, competing yes, coming out with a win, no. Especially against a hot San Jose team, a playoff contending team and a team that has been pretty consistent all season. Dropping their last game Thursday night vs Nashville 7-1 will make this Sharks team come out with a chip on their shoulder and pissed off. IT never looks good getting blown out but getting blown out and being a playoff team that wants to earn some respect makes it worse. The Sharks are 6-4-0 in their last ten with a 16-11-5 road record as Chicago is 2-7-1 with a 14-14-3 home record. Honestly, the Blackhawks are a solid team they are just struggling with goaltending, defensive depth, and consistent scoring, have to go with the Sharks a little more consistent and a playoff team that cannot drop two straight.

Vancouver Canucks(23-20-7) vs Vegas Golden Knights(40-16-4) 

These two have met just one time of their scheduled four meetings. The first matchup came on Vancouver soil where the Golden Knights smoked them 5-2. This was in November though and a lot has changed, in a sense. The Canucks are out of the playoff race and the Golden Knights are fully in the playoff race and not to mention they are on home ice tonight. Where they are 23-5-2 at home with a 6-4-0 record in their last ten. The Canucks are 12-15-3 on the road with a 3-6-1 record in their last ten. Honestly, let’s keep it short and sweet the Canucks are not going to Vegas and beating one of the best home teams in the league. Going Vegas.


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