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Vancouver Canucks(9-6-1) vs Boston Bruins(8-4-2) 

The Bruins are coming into this game for their second home game of the week as the Canucks stay on the road coming from Detroit. Vancouver dropped a tough game to Detroit in a shootout, least they got a point. Tonight I do not foresee the Canucks having the same luck as Tuesday. The Bruins are one of the more defensively sound teams in the league the Canucks have been successful due to their 3 goals per game, 8th ranked shooting percentage and almost20 percent power play. I see the Bruins playing a solid game here tonight only allowing one game to Dallas Tuesday and with a hot Jaroslav Halak in net the Bruins are the better team all around here and I think they take this one easy. This game looks like the Bruins have to cover a 1.5 goal spread, -240 and over/under of 5.5. My advice is either stay away from the game or go money line. Not much value in this game but the Bruins are going to win and the game will be close. Maybe the under.

Edmonton Oilers(8-6-1) vs Florida Panthers(3-5-3) 

The Panthers are starting their three-game home stand after returning to the US from their Global Series games. The Panthers are not off to a great start they have struggled to be consistent, hold leads and get much offensive production going. While they do rank 3rd in shots on goal with 34.8 they also rank 27th in shooting percentage(8.6) on top of that they allow 3.55 goals per game and take near the most penalties in the game. Very inconsistent to start, as Edmonton is a capable of 3 goals a game, and has one of the more efficient power plays, it will be Florida staying out of the box and capitalizing on the chances they are given. I see this game being an under type of game, the Oilers are coming off a loss to Tampa Bay Tuesday as the Panthers have not played since last week. Low scoring game in my eyes, Panthers take the edge here though. Lines look like Panthers are covering a 1.5 goal spread (no), -125 and over/under of 6, going under for sure and Panthers.

Arizona Coyotes(7-6-0) vs Philadelphia Flyers(7-7-1) 

Usually I would over look this game and not go with it but these two teams play out to be a good match up the Coyotes are hot right now although losing their last game to the Flyers except the roles have reversed and the Flyers are home this time. The Coyotes also have Antti Raanta on the IR so Darcy Kuemper gets the load of starts now until he is back. The Flyers goaltending is well the Flyers, this will be an under type of game I think. The Flyers scored 5 last game on this team and the over hit, turn around three days later and I can’t see either team scoring each 3 goals, I see this being a 3-2 game. I am also leaning towards the Yotes here…

New York Islanders(8-4-2) vs Tampa Bay Lightning(11-3-1) 

The Islanders get a good test tonight in one of the best teams in the NHL as the Islanders have been hot from the start they play a team that can end their streak and bring them down to earth. Yet they can’t be overlooked, the Devils came in just a week ago to Tampa and scored five on them, which the Islanders can do the same. Tonight the Lightning are going with Andrei Vasilevskiy who has a 1.98 goals against and has allowed more than 3+ goals only two times this year. The Islanders Robin Lehner seems to be healthy and ready to be back for tonight. Which worries me a little although he was not sidelined for a while, first game back against a very good offensive team that scores around 3.6 goals per game and throws 34.6 shots on net per game. Lehner will have hands full, I am going with the Lightning here. Tough one but Lightning home ice seems to never be a bad choice. Lightning are to cover a 1.5 goal spread, -220 money line and over/under six. Probably go money line or spread.

San Jose Sharks(8-4-3) vs Dallas Stars(8-6-1)

For some reason I look at this game and I see overtime or past regulation. I think this will be a competitive back and forth game, there will be no one team dominating and the goaltender keeping them in net. The Stars are coming off a tough loss in Boston as the Sharks are coming off a big win vs Minnesota. Both are playing pretty good hockey right now and both could use some momentum with a win tonight. It will be a low scoring game, both Martin Jones and Ben Bishop draw in the net for tonight, plus both teams are pretty solid defensively only allowing 2.6 goals per game and around 30 shots or less on net per game, they defend well and both seem to score only 3 goals per game or less. I see the under in this game hitting, I think we see a 2-1, 3-2 overtime game.

Minnesota Wild(8-4-2) vs Los Angeles Kings(5-8-1) 

The Kings are coming off a big win vs Anaheim Tuesday night as the Wild are coming off a loss to San Jose and stay on the road to play L.A. for another Western Conference battle. The Wild have been a very solid team this year, defending well, getting good goaltending and scoring around 3 + goals per game. The Kings on the other hand have trouble scoring and defending this year. This is a game the Wild need to win because they play Friday night as well and they drop all three on this West Cost road trip, not a good sign for the team. I see the Wild winning big here, over under is 5.5 and they are giving a 1.5 goal spread to start but -115 money line. Over and spread for tonight.

Other games on tonight: 

Vegas vs Ottawa: Vegas needs a win, here’s their chance to get it.

Carolina vs Chicago: First game under new head coach for Chicago, on home ice. I like Chicago.

Buffalo vs Montreal: Tough, stay away.

 

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Montreal Canadiens(8-4-2) vs New York Rangers(6-7-1)

The Canadiens are on a back to back for their New York area road trip. After coming back 3-1 to beat the Islanders 4-3 in a shootout Monday night. The Canadiens and their 2nd place record now gives this team a whole new set of confidence. It will for sure be tough to go back to back but the travel is not long for the Canadiens and the Rangers are a young, struggling team trying to find their identity right now. The Canadiens are most likely going with Carey Price tonight also as Antti Niemi started Monday night. As Henrik Lundqvist is set to start for the Rangers. These two teams have been pretty good over their last ten, the Canadiens are 6-3-1 in their last ten as the Rangers are 5-4-1 on a three-game win streak. I think this will be a close game, with the Canadiens playing back to back and Rangers not being a consistent offensive team. Set to be a low scoring game. The Rangers are 4-3 on home ice as the Canadiens are 3-1-2 on the road. Tonight, unpopular but going the Rangers.

Vegas Golden Knights(6-7-1) vs Toronto Maple Leafs(9-5-0)

The Golden Knights have not started out the way many expected nor coach Gerard Gallant would like to. The Golden Knights are 7th in the division right now, one game below .500 and beginning their four game road trip with Toronto. The Golden Knights are 2-5 on the road this season as well as 5-4-1 in their last ten. The Leafs are 6-4-0 in their last ten and have been struggling without Auston Matthews, there is no timetable for Matthews return right now but the Leafs seem to need him. The Leafs are 3-5-0 on home ice and with the Atlantic pretty tight right now and struggling over the last two weeks, this is going to be a game the Leafs must win. With both Marc Andre Fleury and Frederick Anderson in net, both starters will be on their best as they have all season. Anderson has a 2.28 goals against (GAA) and Fleury has a 2.51 GAA, we could see a low scoring game for sure. Choice here tonight, Leafs.

Dallas Stars(8-5-1) vs Columbus Blue Jackets(7-6-1)

The Stars have been playing pretty decent over their last ten and are now coming into tonight off a game Monday night in which they lost 2-1 in overtime. This is bizarre schedule for Dallas, they go from on the road in Boston to Columbus in less than twenty-four hours. That is a nightmare of traveling, and going to be tough to shake off the tired legs. The Blue Jackets are coming into this game on a two-game losing streak, 4-5-1 in their last ten and their last game was a mess. They allowed two short handed goals in their loss to the Kings but with two days rest they should be good to go. With projected Ben Bishop and Sergei Bobrovsky in net, it could go either way. Either a high scoring game or low scoring. Bishop has a 2.32 GAA while Bobrovsky has a 3.33 GAA, well see what Bob we get in net tonight. The Stars are going to be exhausted that is for sure, the Blue Jackets should take advantage of the Stars terrible schedule and jump on them early. Going with Columbus tonight.

New Jersey Devils(6-5-1) vs Ottawa Senators(5-6-3)

The Devils are going from Pittsburgh to Ottawa in a days notice and this will be an interesting game. After beating the Penguins 5-1 fueled by Brain Boyles hattrick hopefully Nico Hischier and Taylor Hall have something left in the tank to help the Devils stay in the win column. The Senators are now on a two-game losing streak and the locker room is probably in shambles after the video that was released yesterday about the team(more to come after this article). The Senators are on a two-game losing streak, 4-2-2 on home ice vs the Devils 1-5-0 record on the road. The Devils should be going with Corey Schneider and the Senators to go with Craig Anderson. The Devils are traveling a long ways, but I still think they take this game the Senators atmosphere is probably a mess right now. Devils with the under.

Carolina Hurricanes(6-6-2) vs St. Louis Blues(4-5-3)

The Hurricanes are coming into St. Louis on four-game losing streak, 3-6-1 in their last ten and 3-3-1 on the road. As the Blues are 3-4-1 on home ice, 4-4-2 in their last ten and having dropped their last game Saturday vs Minnesota. The Blues are doing all they can to stay in the mix of things in the Western Conference they are seeing some great production from Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron but again their goaltending has been shaky. Jake Allen has a 3.99 GAA and .879 save percentage. Their defense is at fault as well but they should be a team that plays all areas of the game well with the line up they have. I think the Hurricanes come in and make it competitive but the Blues get a much needed victory.

Minnesota Wild(8-3-2) vs San Jose Sharks(7-4-3)

The Wild have been an absolute wagon as of late, every time I go against them they prove me wrong. The Wild are coming into San Jose, 2nd in the Central and on a two-game winning streak. The Wild and Sharks are two high scoring teams they both average above 3 goals a game, above 30 shots on net, both power plays are at around 18.3 % to 21 percent, both allow less than 2.9 goals a game, less than 30 shots on net per game and penalty kills are neck and neck at around 85 percent. Two very similar teams, the Wild are seeing Devan Dubnyk at his best as well with a 2.07 GAA and .937 save percentage. This will be a low scoring, goalie battle. Both teams can score and defend and both goalies are very good. Tonight, I see Sharks getting a big win against a good team.

Other games on tonight:

Edmonton Oilers(8-4-1) vs Tampa Bay Lightning(10-3-1):

Going Lightning, Oilers back to back, Lightning are just a better team plus rested and on home ice. Lightning for sure. 

Vancouver Canucks(9-6-0) vs Detroit Red Wings(4-8-2):

Canucks continue the hot streak. 

Anaheim Ducks(6-6-3) vs Los Angeles Kings(4-8-1):

Worries me a ton both teams are lost right now and struggling. Going Kings though first game with interim head coach, going to play big while odds are against them.

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Tampa Bay Lightning(8-3-1) vs Montreal Canadiens(7-3-2)

The Canadiens are off to a HOT start, and coming off a big 6-4 win vs the former Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals as the Lightning are coming off a bad loss on home ice vs Nashville. Lightning are in Montreal as the Canadiens are on home ice for the third straight game in a row. Tonight’s game will be an interesting one as the Canadiens continue to try and keep their hot play alive and the Lightning try and get out of the loss column and take one on the road. The Canadiens are 5-2 on home ice as the Lightning are 3-2 on the road. The Lightning will stay on the road for another game tomorrow vs Ottawa so taking both would be great but splitting it is ideal. I think the Lighting can take both these back to back road games. I’d go Lightning tonight they are favorites here on the road even with Montreal’s hot play which is a reason why this game seems to be a trap to take Montreal. Going Tampa Bay tonight.

Edmonton Oilers(7-4-1) vs Detroit Red Wings(4-7-2) 

Hopefully the Oilers do not sh*t the bed like the Devils did Thursday night and lose to Detroit, because I am riding the hot hand Oilers tonight. Coming off a big home win vs Chicago and Mikko Koskinen first NHL win. Tonight the Oilers stay with the young goaltender as the Red Wings try and battle back after their slow start and get back on the right track. This game will be a close game in my eyes, early in the year there is a small margin between good and bad teams, the games are usually either blow outs or close games. This game is making to be a 3-2 type of game, I like Edmonton for the reason that well they are the hot team and coming into this game 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and taking 4 of their last five games. Oilers with the money line tonight.

Dallas Stars(7-5-0) vs Washington Capitals(5-4-2) 

Capitals a little Stanley Cup hung right now? In their last 10 games they are 4-4-2 the positive sign though is that they can always score goals. Not sure what the poor play from Washington is right now but is a perfect time to shake it off and the perfect game to do it. Against a competitive, skilled Dallas team that can bury you if you make stupid mistakes. The Stars are coming into Washington on a two-game win streak and fourth road game in a row, they beat the Canadiens and Toronto on the road so their confidence is high. I think this is a game that Washington ratchets things up and takes a big win on home ice. Capitals, over tonight.

Minnesota Wild(7-3-2) vs St. Louis Blues(4-4-3) 

The Blues are starting to get the pieces together now and getting moving in the right direction. The Wild though are a well balanced team from forward to defense to goalie. Their last game coming Tuesday vs Edmonton on the road in which they won, they have had now three days to travel. I like the added rest and legs to Minnesota tonight, on the road a good game to go after the road team. St. Louis Ryan O’Reilly continues to impress but the worry for St. Louis and this game is their goaltending consistency, when Jake Allen is on he is solid but I like Minnesota tonight with the money line.

Carolina Hurricanes(6-5-2) vs Vegas Golden Knights(5-7-2) 

Seems like the Vegas fire has run out this year? The Golden Knights as you can tell are not off to a good start, what used to be sure games for them at home are not anymore. They are 2-4 at home this season and while they started off the season with five road games, losing 3 of 5 makes it difficult for a team to get much going. After losing to Nashville and St. Louis on the road the Golden Knights come back to home ice with a chance to get some confidence going as they prepare for another four game road trip after this game. The Hurricanes are 3-4 on the road and their real bright spot has been Finland forward Sebastian Aho, seems like every game he is setting a record. Aho has 17 points in 13 games. The Golden Knights keep him off the scoresheet they are good to go. Staying with Vegas here as they need a win desperately before this road trip. Vegas money line.

Columbus Blue Jackets(7-5-0) vs Los Angeles Kings(3-8-2) 

The Kings have been off to a terrible start, struggling to score, struggling to get any offense going and now Jonathan Quick needs surgery and Petr Budaj and Jack Campbell will have to pick up the slack. A rough start for L.A. this season and it won’t look better after they lose to Columbus tonight at home. Columbus is coming off a big road win vs San Jose and stay in the California area for another road tilt. I think this is a good give me type of game. The Kings will compete for sure but I see the Blue Jackets coming out on top and taking this game at the end. Columbus money line.

Other games on tonight…. (don’t bother with games highlighted)

Devils(5-4-1) vs Islanders(7-4-1): Islanders

Leafs(8-5-0) vs Penguins(6-2-3): Don’t bother. Both coming off loses and struggling a bit right now. Not a good game to go after. 

Bruins(7-3-2) vs Predators(10-3-0): Don’t bother Predators are hot don’t even bet against them and betting with them provides little value. 

Blackhawks(6-5-3) vs Flames(8-5-1): Both inconsistent and don’t like this game. 

Flyers(6-7-0) vs Sharks(6-4-3): Sharks should win but anything can happen with the Flyers.

 

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Nashville Predators(26-11-7) vs New Jersey Devils(24-15-8) 

The Devils are coming into this game on a three-game losing streak and currently tied with the Flyers for the second spot in the Metropolitan division. The Devils dropped their last game to Boston, 3-2. Had a day off and now get back to it vs another top team in the NHL. Over the last ten the Devils are 2-6-2, and while offense has been a strong suit for this club all year, over the last ten they have scored just 21 goals in the last ten games. They have played now nine games in January and through this month of the Devils have only won twice and have been held to two or fewer goals five times. The Predators are coming off a loss to the leagues best, Tampa Bay. They are currently two points behind Winnipeg for the divisional lead and post a 6-2-2 record in their last ten. The Predators have been a top-five team all season and continue to show signs of returning for yet another Stanley Cup. The Predators despite playing amazing on home ice, fare well on the road with a 12-7-4 record. I like the Predators here tonight, usually every night, but the Devils need to get back in the win column. Going, Devils.

Tampa Bay Lightning(33-12-3) vs Philadelphia Flyers(24-16-8)

The Flyers are coming into this game red-hot and the way the Flyers have been playing this matchup could not have come at a better time. Usually, we would look at this game and think oh, Lightning for sure. But as the Flyers continue to climb the Metro division rankings, their play continues to get better. With the help of depth scoring, Travis Konecny, per usual suspects in Courtier, Voracek, and Giroux. The Flyers are coming into this game on a four-game winning streak posting an 8-2-0 record in their last ten. They don’t post an amazing record on home ice but through the month of January, they have won five of their six home games. The Lightning well are the Lightning we know everything about this team already, deep, can score on all four lines, a solid goaltender, and a defense that may be banged up a tad, but manages to get the job done. The Lightning are coming into this game on a two-game winning streak posting a 5-4-1 record in their last ten. The Lightning on the road this season are 16-7-2, one of the better road records and during this month on the road, they have dropped three of their five road games. And they are currently wrapping up a four-game road trip as we speak. The Lightning are a solid team and all, and I really think they can take this one against a hot Flyers team but I don’t know, I think we stay with the hot hand here. Going, Flyers.

Minnesota Wild(26-17-5) vs Pittsburgh Penguins(26-21-3) 

The Penguins are battling for a playoff spot as of late, with the Rangers and Islanders poor play it has made it easier for the Penguins to secure a spot at the moment. The Penguins are coming into this game off a 3-1 vs Carolina and in their last ten have played much better, as they post a 7-3-0 record. The Penguins struggles on the back end continue but their offensive help has picked up a bit, their depth players are chipping in more as well as their goaltending has been solid from two unlikely names. The Penguins are much better on home ice as they are on the road, they post a 16-7-1 home record this season. The Wild now are in a similar situation to the Penguins they need a win to continue their fight for a playoff spot, but it won’t be easy. The Wild are coming into this game tied for a playoff spot, on a two-game winning streak and a 6-2-2 record in their last ten. The Wild are a solid bunch in all facets of the game, they see a little more offensive depth production and this team is a contender. The Wild come into the Penguins home ice, posting a 9-13-1 record on the road. While the Avalanche play tonight a team they are tied with this game is crucial. Tonight, if we go back 2.5 months this game was won 2-1 by Minnesota well fast forward now on the Penguins home ice and they meet again. Tonight I am going Pittsburgh.

Colorado Avalanche(27-17-3) vs St. Louis Blues(29-18-3) 

The Avalanche recently had their streak snapped by one of the worst teams in the league, figures, weird stuff like that always happens. A true test to this team will be how they respond now. And it’s a great test tonight as they face of one the top teams in their division and a team they trail only four points behind. The Avalanche are coming into tonight with a 9-1-0 record in their last ten and a 9-10-2 road record. The Blues have died off a ton from the beginning of the season, everyone thought they were legit contenders, while they merely a fake. The Blues are a solid team don’t get me wrong, but they struggle with depth scoring and consistent goaltending. The Blues are coming into this game winning their last game and a 6-3-1 record in their last ten, they also post a 16-10-0 home record. My bet for tonight, the Blues loss, Stars win, jump the Blues in the rankings and this begins the Blues fall out of a playoff spot. Going Avalanche tonight.

New York Islanders(24-20-5) vs Vegas Golden Knights(32-11-4) 

Well, it does not get easier for the Islanders as they head to Vegas to face off against one of the hottest teams in the NHL, and a team that seems unbeatable on home ice. Vegas is coming into this game on a two-game winning streak posting a 6-2-2 record in their last ten. Vegas leads the division by nine points, and have lost just two games at home all season. This team is a true Cinderella story and something that still feels like a dream to some. They seem to do everything right, their goaltending has been remarkable and their top six is just about as good as any top-six in the league. The Islanders are struggling for a playoff spot and have been playing mediocre in their last ten posting a record of 4-5-1 in their last ten and an 11-13-2 road record. A team that struggles on the road going into one of the hardest places to play this season will not be good. Tonight, I am sticking with the hot hand and going Vegas. They may be the first team to reach 70 points this season, wow.

Other games on tonight, that don’t get the special card preview…

Rangers vs Sharks: Preview coming…

Hurricanes vs Canadiens: Canadiens 

Bruins vs Senators: Bruins 

Blackhawks vs Red Wings: Blackhawks OT

Capitals vs Panthers: Panthers 

Maple Leafs vs Stars: Stars 

Flames vs Oilers: Oilers

Blue Jackets vs Coyotes: Blue Jackets 

Sabres vs Canucks: Sabres

Jets vs Ducks: Jets

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Los Angeles Kings(14-8-3) vs Washington Capitals(14-10-1) 

As the Capitals climb the ranks in the standings each game is extremely pivotal, especially in that tight Metropolitan division. The Kings have in a sense slowed down, definitely not as successful as they were the first 13 games, the Kings offense has also slowed down. Tonight the Kings hit the road, in which they have been pretty good this year posting a 7-3-1 record, while the Capitals are 8-4-0 at home. I like the Capitals offense more than the Kings defense and offense, plus with two elite goaltenders going head to head tonight it will make for an interesting matchup. I can confidently go with Washington tonight.

Vancouver Canucks(11-10-4) vs Nashville Predators(15-6-3) 

This is another easy choice for me as the Canucks head into Nashville one of the better teams at home this season, and with Nashville’s recent success, it will take a lot to knock off the Predators. Nashville’s 9-1-1 record at home is something I am quite confident in, and is 8-1-1 in their last ten, while Vancouver is 3-5-2 in their last ten. Vancouver is by no means a bad team, just not a playoff team yet and that is what they are playing tonight. Nashville easy tonight.

Vegas Golden Knights(15-7-1) vs Minnesota Wild(11-10-3) 

For some reason, I saw this game and immediately said Vegas for sure. Vegas dropped a tough one to Dallas on home ice the other night and there is no way this team gets shutout two games in a row, nor will they drop a game like that again. At this point in the season, Vegas is said to have a 91 percent chance of making the playoffs. I like Minnesota but they are a bit too streaky for me, good offense, solid defense and a solid goaltender, but on some nights Minnesota just do not look there. I am also feeling a Vegas road win, something to give Vegas, even more, accreditation this season. Vegas is 6-3-1 and Minnesota is 6-3-1 in their last ten games. Vegas tonight, I’m feeling it.

Arizona Coyotes(6-17-4) vs Calgary Flames(13-10-1) 

Arizona has no business going into Calgary and stealing a game and for god sake, I hope Calgary does not let this team hang around. The Coyotes went to overtime with the Oilers Tuesday night, something you cannot allow for a team that wants to make a playoff push. The Flames offense fueled by Sean Monohan and Johnny Gaudreau will take over this game, if Calgary does not take this game, I think there is some area of concern. Calgary is 5-4-1 in their last ten while Arizona is 4-4-2 in their last ten. Calgary tonight, please.

Toronto Maple Leafs(16-9-1) vs Edmonton Oilers(10-13-2)

Call me crazy people but if Edmonton wants to continue to climb the rankings they better start beating teams like Toronto. In Edmonton’s last ten they are 4-5-1, not great but better than what they were. As Toronto is 7-2-1 in their last ten. Toronto stays on the road with this one and hopefully, Auston Matthews can throw a shot towards the net in this game, as he had zero last game vs Calgary. An Edmonton win would be monumental to the team at this point in the season as they are five points out of a playoff spot. Toronto is making the playoffs either way. I like Edmonton tonight, call me crazy but Edmonton needs a big win.

Other games on tonight

Canadiens vs Red Wings: Uhhhh, Carey Price is hot, going back-to-back, if so, stay away.

Stars vs Blackhawks: Blackhawks. Period.

 

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Buffalo Sabres(6-13-4) vs Montreal Canadiens(8-12-3)

Buffalo is coming off a loss to Minnesota Wednesday night, and Montreal gets Carey Price back after being on the IR for several weeks. The Canadiens are coming into this night on a five-game losing streak, as Buffalo has not been great either. The good sign for Buffalo is that Jack Eichel is finally getting back into a rhythm with 3 goals, 2 assists in his last fourteen days. The Canadiens continue to see slow offensive production as the Sabres struggle to see offensive depth scoring. Other good news is that Rasmus Ristolanen is back off the IR and had two assists in his first game back. Canadiens at home has to be a win, plus with Carey Price back he needs to come back with a chip on his shoulder. I like Montreal. No lines out yet, but either way this game will be a push I think, maybe take the under that’ll be around 5.5. Montreal with the under. 

New York Islanders(13-7-2) vs Ottawa Senators(8-7-6)

The Islanders are red hot right now and the Senators are cold as can be, after getting lit up for five goals last night and the Islanders coming off a massive come back win in overtime. The Islanders are flying high and their offense seems to be a sure four plus a night. The Senators are in a rut right now and their offensive success has been slow to come by during this skid. In the last five games, they have scored 7 goals and have dropped five of their last five games. While the Islanders have scored 22 goals in their last five games and have won four of their last five. Plus with Ottawa home, the Islanders may be the underdogs tonight, if so slam that game. Islanders easily tonight.

Vegas Golden Knights(14-6-1) vs Arizona Coyotes(6-16-3)

The Coyotes have picked up a win in four of their last five games! They welcome the red-hot Golden Knights but this Vegas team is cold on the road, good at home but have not seen success on the road. Arizona has some confidence going and even without Antti Raanta. This one is tough because Vegas looks to be the better team but Arizona is hot right now and home. Vegas could easily take this one on the road so don’t think as Arizona to be a sure-fire win tonight. If the Golden Knights are dogs, then yes go Vegas. Vegas for the win.

New Jersey Devils(13-5-4) vs Detroit Red Wings(10-9-4)

The Red Wings are coming off a tough overtime loss, where Jimmy Howard stood on his head, luckily the Red Wings got a point out of the night and get ready for a home game vs the Metropolitan leading Devils.  The Devils are looking to be a deep team right now who are getting the solid goaltending they have needed. I would have to assume that the Devils may be the underdogs tonight due to Detroit being home but Detroit has been terrible at home this season losing six of their ten home games. The Devils have won seven of their eleven away games. If the Devils are dogs take them tonight for sure. Devils win on the road.

Minnesota Wild(11-8-3) vs St. Louis Blues(16-6-1) 

The Blues are coming off a tough loss getting shutout 2-0 to the Predators, they won’t happen again tonight. But this will be a tight game, two central division teams, some divisional play always leaves for a great game. This is the first of four meetings between the two.  We will probably see Jake Allen in net and Devan Dubynk for Minnesota if I had to assume this game’s over will probably hit and the Blues will come out with a win here tonight. At the same time, I could see this being a 2-1 game. Not too sure on the over/under, stay away but go Blues for the win. 

Other games on tonight

Capitals vs Leafs: No idea. 

Blackhawks vs Panthers: Would not be surprised to see Panthers take this one. 

Lightning vs Penguins: Lightning drop two straight? Penguins drop four straight? Yeah, I’ll pass on this game. 

Jets vs Sharks: Jets, riding high with them. 

Flames vs Avalanche: The Av’s have been surprising this year, don’t look past them. 

Ducks vs Kings: Ducks never disappoint and the Kings are ICE COLD. 

 

FIVE FREE NHL PICKS OF THE DAY, November 24, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins(11-9-3) vs Boston Bruins(9-7-4)

It seems as if goaltender Anton Khudobin has taken over the ranks in Boston, well either that or the Bruins are riding the hot tender, Khudobin has 6 wins, 2.13 goals against(GAA) and .938 save percentage on the year, and in the last two weeks he has 3 wins, 1.71 GAA and .950 save percentage. The Bruins are riding the hot hand as Tuukka Rask has been off to a slow start. The Bruins may go back to Khudobin tonight, but either way, whoever is in net won’t mean much due to the Penguins deep offense. This game will be determined by the Bruins defense holding off the Penguins offense, and the Bruins taking advantage of the Penguins fragile blue line. Bruins at home is nice and this game is basically a push, I’m liking the Penguins though, they need a win tonight heading into two tough matchups. Penguins, 4-2.

Winnipeg Jets(13-5-3) vs Anaheim Ducks(10-8-3)

The Ducks are slowly getting back some pieces to their line up, Cam Fowler was activated off the IR last game, which helps their blue line, but still missing three key forwards is not great for Anaheim. Despite all the injuries to Anaheim, they are managing to string together wins, which comes from the help of players like Rickard Rakell getting his touch back. The Jets though are so dangerous on any given night this team can bury eight plus, so many offensive weapons and now throw in a hot goaltender, the Jets look to be one of those teams that are getting the confidence they need. This game again is a push, I’d take the over here for tonight as it is 5.5, Jets offense can slate four goals, Ducks bury two, easy. Jets tonight with the win.

San Jose Sharks(11-8-1) vs Vegas Golden Knights(13-6-1) 

The Sharks definitely do not scare me heading into Vegas, one of the best home teams this season and a team that continues to see offensive production from all over the lineup. The Sharks struggle to stay consistent and have not seen production on the front end all year, let alone the power play too. When Brent Burns has 7 points through 20 some odd games, that’s a problem. I think this one is easy tonight, although Vegas is the heavy favorite tonight, it just makes sense to ride the hot home team. Vegas for sure tonight. 

Toronto Maple Leafs(14-8-1) vs Carolina Hurricanes(9-7-4) 

Hurricanes are coming off a brutal home loss to New York Wednesday night, and it won’t get easier tonight vs the Maple Leafs. Anytime you go up against Auston Matthews it is never going to be easy. The Canes have a deep team but without goaltending this team is a borderline .500 team and nothing special. The offensive production has not been there for the Canes all season and Toronto is just a step away from being one of the best teams in the NHL, even with Mitch Marner and William Nylander not performing amazingly. Leafs money line may be better tonight.

Los Angeles Kings(12-8-2) vs Arizona Coyotes(5-16-3)

The Kings are looking to be coming back down to earth now, dropping five of their last six games, things are not looking great. But when you are struggling and get a chance like this tonight to completely blow a team out, get some confidence back in the room and get things going in the right direction, you must capitalize on it. Kings lose tonight, probably could write them off rest of the season, no joke. Coyotes have a solid team but they are just too young, and their goaltending has been an issue all season. Jonathan Quick helps the Kings get back in the win column tonight, going Kings money line. 

Other games on tonight

Avalanche vs Wild: Don’t be afraid to take the Avalanche. 

Islanders vs Flyers: Stay away. 

Lightning vs Capitals: Leave it, worth the risk on Capitals though. 

Oilers vs Sabres: I may throw up. This game could be ugly. 

Canucks vs Devils: 1000% do not be hesitant to take the Canucks. 

Senators vs Blue Jackets: Could go either way, but Jackets at home. 

Predators vs Blues: Avoid. 

Flames vs Stars: Same with Blue Jackets game, but Flames are hot.