FREE NHL Picks: January 16, 2019

FREE NHL Picks: January 16, 2019

Colorado Avalanche vs Ottawa Senators

Things are getting a little better for Colorado at the moment, a big win vs Toronto was much needed for this team. A sure confidence boost, the Avalanche had success vs Toronto because their depth forwards had six points, Carl Soderberg had two goals, Matt Calvert had one, depth goes a long way. The Avalanche now head to Ottawa who are not playing well in their recent games (2-7-1) but also 11-9-4 at home. The Avalanche are 12-11-3 on the road and 2-6-2 in their last ten. They out match the Senators in most if not all areas of the game, goals, goals against, penalty kill, power play. The Avalanche are definitely favorited here and I’d expect a win out of them with how close the race in the Western Conference is right now. Every two points count. Colorado is -1.5 and -185 where Ottawa is +1.5 and +150, I’d go Colorado money line, puck spread too difficult to tell.

Buffalo Sabres vs Calgary Flames

Things are not getting easier for Buffalo at this point, they have been on a complete drought since their 10-game win streak. The Sabres are at the moment out of a wild card spot and slowly throwing their playoff hopes out the window. The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last ten on a three-game skid, 9-11-3 going up against a Calgary team who is on a five-game win streak, 8-1-1 in their last ten and 15-4-4 at home. I would be completely shocked if Buffalo win, if Buffalo wins this will also probably be the last picks article I write. I am going the house on Calgary tonight. Calgary is -1.5 and -240, Buffalo is +200 and +1.5. Calgary with David Rittich (not confirmed but likely) in net makes me feel better as well.

San Jose Sharks vs Arizona Coyotes

The Sharks have been rolling lately, defeating the Penguins 5-2 Tuesday night and on a seven-game win streak, 9-1-0 in their last ten but 11-9-3 on the road. Where as Arizona is 5-4-1 in their last ten coming off a loss and 8-12-2 at home. The Coyotes are no where near the Sharks skill level but they are also no easy match. They always give teams difficult games, while I like the Sharks here they are coming into this game on a back to back. From San Jose to Arizona is not crazy but it’s a back to back and teams do not perform well in these situations. I am still going San Jose but maybe not the puck spread, just San Jose straight up. Sharks are -155 and Coyotes are +135. Aaron Dell is in net for San Jose and Darcy Kuemper for Arizona (not confirmed).

Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers

The Bruins are coming into this game off an overtime loss to Montreal at the TD Garden, they need to get back in the win column as things are not easy in that Eastern Conference. The Flyers got a big game from James Van Reimsydk and Nolan Patrick vs Minnesota for their 7-4 win, don’t expect that again. The Bruins are 6-3-1 in their last ten and 10-9-4 on the road, where Philly is 2-7-1 in their last ten and 9-10-3 at home. The Bruins are my choice for tonight, one the road sure but the Flyers fans have given up on the team this year so it is not really much of a “home team advantage”. Bruins will handle the Flyers accordingly, I also could see them covering the puck spread. My risk of the night would be Bruins to cover -1.5 puck spread. They are -165 while Flyers are +135. Bruins all the way.

Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks

These teams are separated by zero points, the Oilers have one less game played but they both have 47 points. The Canucks with an even 21-21-5, Edmonton 22-21-3 very close in records and very close for a wild card spot. The Oilers are 4-6-0 in their last ten coming off a big win vs Buffalo the other night. Where Vancouver is 5-4-1 in their last ten coming off a big win vs Florida. The Canucks had two and a half days rest coming into todays game and the Oilers had a day and a half. The Oilers are 10-11-2 on the road vs Vancouver’s 10-9-2 home record. This game means a lot for both teams, as much as the Canucks did not anticipate on being here they still are going to do whatever they can to win. The Oilers are my team for tonight. They are also favored +1.5 goals to start both teams are -110 though. I am going Oilers and riding Mikko Koskinen in net.

Also note I have been on a losing streak myself with picks but feel pretty confident in every game tonight besides Colorado vs Ottawa. Minor set back to a big come back. 5-0 tonight let’s go.


FREE NHL Picks: March 8, 2018

Philadelphia Flyers(34-22-11) vs Boston Bruins(41-15-8)

The Flyers get another test at one of the top teams in the league, the Bruins. The Flyers dropped Wednesday nights game against one of their division rivals and top teams in the league Pittsburgh. Not a great sign for Flyer fans, but one cannot be disappointed in the Flyers play as of late. Now, they with a quick turn around travel from Pittsburgh to Massacheutts, the Flyers will have to turn the page quickly looking to get in the win column. Luckily the Flyers face off against the Bruins when the Bruins are without David Backes(suspended), Charlie McAvoy(LBI) and Patrice Bergeron(LBI). Both teams will be dealing with their own issues. Flyers tired legs, Bruins injured line up. The Bruins are six points behind the Lightning for the division lead and have been chasing the Bolts for the entire season, with another two on the line the Bruins will look to close in on the Bolts before the season comes to an end. The Bruins are 7-3-0 in their last ten, on a 4-game winning streak and 23-7-4 at home, while the Flyers are on a 2-game losing streak, 6-3-1 in their last ten and 18-11-5 at home. Tonight I am going to stick with the Bruins on home ice, hot, and ready for the playoffs.

Winnipeg Jets(40-17-9) vs New Jersey Devils(34-25-8)

What’s the story coming into tonight, the fact Patrik Laine is now two goals out of the lead league and has scored 13 goals in 9 games or that Taylor Hall has collected a point in 26 straight games. The Jets are coming into full stride it seems since the trade deadline, they are 8-2-0 in their last ten and on a 3-game winning streak. The Devils are “comfortably” sitting in a playoff spot due to how poorly some teams in the hunt are playing, the Devils are 5-5-0 in their last ten, and 5 points in a playoff spot. The Devils are playing mediocre hockey and with 15 games left to play and some teams on their tail, the Devils need to start picking it up as a whole. The Jets are within in a playoff spot and will be meeting either three seed or last wild card team they trail the Predators for the division lead by six points and with how Nashville is playing the Jets can’t take a night off. The Jets are a high powered offense who is finally healthy on almost all facets off the ice(Jacob Trouba out), but despite Trouba, the Jets are enjoying a well balanced top six and top four defense. Tonight I am going with the better team and the road team, Jets.

Vegas Golden Knights(42-19-5) vs Detroit Red Wings(26-29-11)

The Golden Knights are in a playoff spot people, they have 16 games to play and ahead of the Ducks by 9 points, it seems like we will see Vegas in the playoffs during their first season, what the hell is what I am thinking. Anyways Vegas seems to be a contender this year and with how their 5-4-1 record in their last ten, we may be seeing a slowing down Vegas team though. The story going into tonight is Tomas Tartar and his return to Detroit since the trade. Tartar will make his way back to his old stomping grounds relatively quickly since the trade so we can expect emotions to be high and Tartar to bury at least point. Detroit is just trying to play some spoiler hockey tonight and the rest of the season, well out of a playoff spot and have not much to play for. Detroit is 3-5-2 in their last ten and 13-13-8 at home, while Vegas is 18-12-3 on the road. With a healthy Vegas line up and a couple of days rest, despite being on the road, I am going to go Vegas.

Anaheim Ducks(34-21-12) vs Nashville Predators(43-14-9)

Two extremely hot teams right now, one is one a NINE game winning streak the other has won seven of their last ten and on a three-game winning streak. The Predators look to be cup favorites with the way they are playing right now, nine straight is some serious business and the Predators are not going to be stopping anytime soon. The Predators also stay home tonight a place they see a ton of success, with a record of 23-7-3, going up against the Ducks 15-12-7 away record. The Predators top six, hell even top nine is about the best in the league, not many teams can handle this offense and it is showing as the Preds have absolutely torn through the league lately. The Ducks have propelled themselves into the second spot in the Pacific, at one point this team was a borderline playoff team and since taking off some off the top teams in the league, stringing together some big wins, the Ducks are playing with confidence and energy. I’m telling you, folks, watch out for this team come playoff time, they are extremely deep down the middle on the front end as well as on the back end, if John Gibson or Ryan Miller can pull a couple games out their ass, we may see this team pretty deep in the playoff hunt. Tonight though have to stay with the hot hand, at home, nine straight, going, Predators.

Washington Capitals(37-22-7) vs Los Angeles Kings(36-25-5)

The Capitals are entering game two of their west coast trip, the first one vs Anaheim Tuesday night did not turn the way they expected it, as they got shutout. They now turn around and face a team that is hunting for a playoff spot and looking to stay afloat in the wild card race. The Kings, they themselves are coming off a terrible loss to one of the worst in the league, Chicago. But, a nice five days rest compared to the Capitals one day rest should give the Kings the advantage here. The capitals are bouncing in and out of a first place and trail the Penguins by one point now. They are 5-5-0 in their last ten and have been playing mediocre hockey at best, with how competitive the Metro has been this year, the Capitals have no time to start falling off now. They do have two games in hand to Pittsburgh but every point counts for this club. The Kings though are tied for a wild-card spot with the Avalanche and have the same amount of games played as them. The Kings are 6-4-0 in their last ten, again playing mediocre hockey, for a team wanting to make a push we should expect to see a hungry Kings team tonight. Two teams coming off bad losses, this one should be fun. Tonight though I am going Capitals.

Other games on tonight…

Rangers vs Lightning: Preview coming around 4 p.m. (EST)

Avalanche vs Blue Jackets: Blue Jackets

Sabres vs Senators: Sabres

Canadiens vs Panthers: Panthers (two points out…) 

Hurricanes vs Blackhawks: Who cares…

Islanders vs Oilers: HUGE snore fest here, bye bye Johnny T. Oilers here. 

Blues vs Sharks: Sharks