FREE NHL Picks March 21st 2019

NHL Picks March 21st 2019

Detroit Red Wings vs St. Louis Blues:

This one should not be too hard for people to decide between. Blues are going to need all the momentum they can get moving into the playoffs. They are coming off a convincing win vs the Oilers Tuesday night and the Red Wings are coming off a win vs the Rangers. Blues are 18-15-2 at home this season and 4-4-2 in their last ten games. They should easily handle the Red Wings with no issues. The over/under is 5.5 and Blues are -360, therefore heavily favorites to win this game. I’d go with the Blues to cover a two-goal spread as well. They are getting Patrick Maroon back on the board, David Perron is back, Jaden Schwartz is red hot. I can see a 5-goal game from St. Louis here.

Winnipeg Jets vs Golden Knights

This is going to be a great game. These two have played two times already this season. The Jets have won both games, one in Winnipeg and one in Vegas. The only downside for Winnipeg is that Connor Hellebyuck will not be in net (probable) as he played Wednesday night and the Jets are on a back to back and the Golden Knights have Marc Andre-Fleury their ace in net. The Jets 7-3-0 in their last ten on a four-game win streak but, Vegas is 9-1-0 in their last ten and on a three-game win streak. The Golden Knights are going to use their quick pace, high tempo hockey to their advantage and probably try to push the game speed on the Jets as the Jets are on back to back going from Anaheim to Vegas in 24 hours. I like Vegas tonight. Probably the under too.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Nashville Predators

The Penguins do not seem like the same team as they have been in the past but they are still a team you do not take lightly. They have lost three-straight now and have scored four goals in those three games. They have Phil Kessel who has been quiet, Jared McCann who has been quiet lately and Evgeni Malkin not producing a lot either. The Predators are on a three-game win streak and coming off a big home win shutout vs the Leafs. As much as the Predators may regarded as the favorite here, I like the Penguins. For some reason something tells me the Penguins come into this game a little over looked by Nashville, they jump out hot and control the tempo and Predators play catch up all game. I see a big game from Malkin and Matt Murray tonight. Going Penguins on the road.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Edmonton Oilers

The Blue Jackets are playing with fire right now. With only 9 games remaining they are barely in a playoff spot, leading Montreal by one point (who play at home tonight) and Flyers by six points. The Blue Jackets need to win this game. And if they do not win here tonight, I could see the Canadiens sneaking in the last wild card spot. The Blue Jackets are 4-5-1 in their last ten and have dropped two straight games. As the Oilers are 6-4-0 in their last ten and on a two game skid as well. The Blue Jackets have a huge advantage here tonight and need to win this game to at least give them some confidence moving forward. I except the Blue Jackets to come out flying and win 4-1.

Arizona Coyotes vs Florida Panthers

The Coyotes are in the same boat as the Blue Jackets. They have dropped two straight and have a one point lead on Minnesota for the last wild card spot. The Coyotes do not get an easy opponent either as the Panthers are a tough team and a very strong offensive tam that loves to shoot the puck from everywhere. We will have to see a great defensive game from Arizona and Darcy Kuemper. The Coyotes manage to get on the Panthers early I think wee an Arizona win but if the game is tight and or tied until the third I like the Panthers. Florida is 18-12-6 at home and 4-4-2 in their last ten as the Coyotes are 18-16-2 on the road and 6-3-1 in their last ten. I like the Coyotes tonight though.

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Ottawa Senators vs Detroit Red Wings

The Senators are a little under looked tonight, Detroit is 11-13-1 at home, coming into tonight off a win and 5-5-0 in their last ten. The Senators are equally as bad when they play on the road 7-18-1 with a 4-6-0 record in their last ten coming off a loss. Still even so, I like Ottawa tonight. The Red Wings took the last game they played 2-0 but Ottawa has edged them out two times already this season and I like the season series win for Ottawa here tonight. They won the first two meetings 2-1 in Ottawa and 4-2 in Detroit. The Senators are going with Anders Nilsson tonight who is 3-2 in his last five starts allowing 12 goals in that span. Red Wings go with Jimmy Howard (probable) who is 2-3 in his last five starts allowing 15 goals in that span. Although the Senators are not great right now, I like them vs a team they have been successful against in the past.

New York Islanders vs Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets are on a four-game win streak, gaining some traction in the Metro right now and 5-5-0 in their last ten games. They also have a 15-11-2 home record. As the Islanders are coming off an unexpected loss to Buffalo, 6-2-2 in their last ten and 16-10-2 on the road. The Islanders lead the Blue Jackets by five points, therefore a loss would not kill them but they only lead the Capitals by two points and the Capitals play a tough San Jose team which means perfect chance for the Islanders to gain a four point lead. The Islanders won the first game of the season series 3-2 and this is only the second of four meetings between the two. The Islanders are probably going with Thomas Greiss as Robin Lehner started last game. Greiss is 4-0-1 in his last five games allowing three goals in this five game span. The Blue Jackets go with Sergei Bobrovsky who is coming off a shutout win vs Washington but is 4-1 in his last five starts allowing 12 goals in that span. This is a very tough match up and call to make, I like the Islanders on the road for the sole reason it is a divisional rivalry, the Blue Jackets coming off a win and Islanders coming off a tough loss. Going Islanders.

Colorado Avalanche vs Winnipeg Jets

This seems like it is a shoe-in and the Avalanche are out before it started. The Jets are on a two-game win streak, 5-4-1 in their last ten and 21-6-3 at home. As the Avalanche look to be the old Avalanche we knew from a couple of seasons ago. They are on a 8-game skid, 1-6-3 in their last ten and 12-12-6 on the road. Versus one of the best home teams in the NHL it will be nearly impossible for the struggling Avalanche to come into this building and take a win. The Jets go with Connor Hellebuyck who is 3-1-1 in his last five games allowing 15 goals in that span. Varlamov is obviously winless in his last five games and has allowed 19 goals in his last five games and 3 of his last five losses have come in overtime. The Avalanche have a tough road ahead of them right now with Winnipeg, Vegas, Winnipeg, Chicago in their next five games. Going Winnipeg tonight.

New Jersey Devils vs Chicago Blackhawks

The Devils are full on fold mode. They are not making a run for the playoffs and are juts getting through the season. They are coming off a terrible loss to St. Louis, are 3-6-1 in their last ten and 7-18-3 on the road. The Blackhawks are coming off a tough loss to Boston but head back home. Where they are 12-10-6 but also are 7-3-0 in their last ten games. The Blackhawks are 5-2-3 in their last ten home games though and have been playing well at home recently. The Devils are 4-6-0 in their last ten road games. The Devils seem to be going with Corey Schneider in net as the Hawks go with Cam Ward. Schneider is 0-6-2 with a 4.12 goals against on the year, while Ward has won his last four starts allowing 9 goals in that span. Going Blackhawks tonight.

Vancouver Canucks vs Los Angeles Kings

The Canucks are coming off a tough loss to Anaheim where they got blanked by rookie goaltender Kevin Boyle. The Ducks snapped a 7-game skid vs the Canucks and that is not going to sit well for them tonight. The Canucks are 12-15-4 on the road, with a 4-5-1 record in their last ten. As the Kings come into this one off back to back losses and are 5-3-2 in their last ten games with a 12-13-1 record at home. The Canucks give their newly acquired goaltender Marek Mazanec the start. Mazanec has played in 25 NHL games with a 8-13-4 record, 2.98 goals against and .895 save percentage. The Kings go with Jonathan Quick who is 2-2-1 in his last five starts allowing 19 goals in that span and 5+ in his last two starts. Going Canucks here tonight, they want to be a playoff team and have any shot at contending a back to back game with the odds stacked against you. This is how you make the playoffs. Also except a good game from the new goaltender Mazanec who has been shuffled around the NHL his entire career.

Recap of picks: 

  • Senators
  • Islanders
  • Jets
  • Blackhawks
  • Canucks

 

 

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Edmonton Oilers vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Not an exciting night in terms of games for the NHL tonight. Only two on and this is one of them. Pittsburgh at home this year are 15-10-2, they are 4-5-1 in their last ten but coming off a big win vs the Flyers two nights ago. The Oilers on the other hand are 12-11-4 on the road, 3-5-2 in their last ten coming off a loss to San Jose. The Oilers have not played since Saturday night, as the Penguins last game came Monday. The Oilers should be well-rested and prepared for this game. The Penguins go with Matt Murray who is essentially impossible to get a read on this season. He played unbelievable vs the Flyers Monday but who knows what he can do tonight. Murray is 2-3 in his last five starts allowing 15 goals over that span. The Oilers go with Mikko Koskinen who has been very subpar since his signing. Koskinen is 1-3-1 in his last five starts allowing 17 goals in that span, he has allowed 3+ in four of these five starts. The Penguins are currently one point ahead of the Hurricanes for the final wild card spot and have no time to waste right now with the way the Hurricanes are playing. They need these two points desperately. We will see what they can do after a big win and no Evgeni Malkin tonight. Going Penguins.

Vancouver Canucks vs Anaheim Ducks

This is a rough match up. The Ducks are still spiraling out of control it feels like, they have their GM as their new head coach, they can barely score goals and things are not looking good. Chad Johnson is a probable in net for tonight as John Gibson either is hurt or has given up on the Ducks. Johnson is 2-11-0 on the year with a 3.63 GAA but is 0-5 in his last five starts allowing 15 goals in that span. The Ducks are on a seven-game skid and 2-8-0 in their last ten but 10-8 at home. The Canucks are 12-14-4 on the road, 4-4-2 in their last ten and coming off a loss vs San Jose. The Canucks are currently two points out of a playoff spot right now. They are a hopeful team just playing the season and taking whatever comes their way. They are a very young, competitive team that can sneak into the post season and a win tonight helps those chances. The Canucks go with Jacob Markstrom (probable), who is 2-2-1 in his last five starts allowing 13 goals in that span. I like the Canucks tonight but something tells me that with Bob Murray behind the bench for his first game, the Ducks pull this one out and end their skid. Going Ducks.

 

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Philadelphia Flyers vs Winnipeg Jets

The Flyers are coming into todays game off an overtime loss to Columbus and a win vs Buffalo. Now they get another big test vs Winnipeg on the road. The Flyers are 3-5-2 in their last ten and 7-5-1 on the road as the Jets are 6-4-0 in their last ten and 9-4-2 at home. The Jets are clearly the better team, they have an all around sound team when Connor Hellebuyck wants to show up and even with Hellebuyck playing mediocre the Jets still have 17 wins on the year. The Jets score 3.32 goals per game vs a Flyers 3.11 goals per game but the Flyers allow 3.48 goals per game as the Jets allow 2.78 goals against. The Jets power play is 4th in the league as the Flyers is 30th, on top of that the Flyers have the 29th ranked penalty kill in the league so if the Jets find themselves up a man at all this game could be over before we know it. The Jets are clear favorites coming into today, they are -230 as the Flyers are +180, the Jets are -1.5 as the Flyers are +1.5 and the over/under is 6.5 so basically 7 which is possible but tough. I see this game going to the Jets but there is not much draw in anything for this game.

Vancouver Canucks vs St. Louis Blues 

These two teams have been struggling over the last month or so, the Blues come into todays game off a win but still 3-6-1 in their last ten as the Canucks are 2-7-1 in their last ten. The Blues post a 6-7-2 home record vs the Canucks 6-9-2 road record. Really a tough game to go after both teams are unpredictable, they can show up or not on any given day they are never consistent which worries me. The Blues score 2.85 goals for and allow 3.22 goals against as the Canucks score 2.84 and allow 3.42 goals against. I could see this game being a shootout. Both offense can score and both defenses are not great this year, this could easily be a 5-4 game in my opinion as both goalies have above a 3.00 goals against and .904 save percentage or lower. The Blues are -150 and Canucks are +130, Canucks are favored 1.5 and Blues need to cover 1.5, not going to happen. I’d go Canucks puck spread or just Canucks straight up.

Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators

The Bruins are going from Boston to Ottawa in a days span this is a tough travel schedule and it will not be beneficial for the already banged up Bruins roster. The Bruins are coming off a big win vs Toronto but that may not mean much as this game will be a totally different style of play. The Senators are banged up, up front as well, they play a pretty quick, open the ice style of game. The Bruins are coming into todays game 5-4-1 in their last ten, 5-7-4 on the road as the Senators are 4-6-0 in their last ten and 10-5-2 at home. The Bruins go from a 7:00 PM puck drop Friday to a 5:00 PM puck drop today the turn around is less than 24 hours and the Senators are solid at home. I think you get what I am saying here. The Senators are +150 and +1.5 puck spread, I’d honestly go Senators straight up.

New Jersey Devils vs Anaheim Ducks

The Devils have major issues with closing games out in regulation and beyond. They have four overtime loses in their last ten games and just two wins. They are 2-4-4 coming into tonight and 3-10-1 on the road as the Ducks are 7-2-1 in their last ten and 8-4-5 at home. I could see this game going into overtime to be honest. The only reason this game is a little enticing is because Adam Henrique vs the Devils and Sami Vatanen vs the Ducks. The offense in today’s game may be slim, the Ducks score just 2.35 goals per game as the Devils score 3 goals per game but while the Ducks don’t score a lot they also allow just 2.81 goals against vs the Devils 3.48 goals against (28th). These two teams have similar special teams, both have a strong penalty kill and decent power play. At the moment the Devils are +105 and +1.5 puck spread as the Ducks are -125 and -1.5 (+240), I really cannot trust the Ducks to score four goals and win by two or shutout the Devils really. Their offense is not favorable for the puck spread, I do see the Ducks winning this game as the Devils struggle on the road. Ducks money line.

Other games on tonight

Calgary vs Edmonton (As of now Calgary are the under dogs, so I’d probably ride Calgary for that reason even though they go back to back, Calgary under dogs right now is a good reason for me to take them.)

Montreal vs Chicago: Who cares.

Dallas vs Vegas: Dallas

 

 

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San Jose Sharks vs Dallas Stars

These two teams are neck and neck in terms of records. Luckily they fall in different divisions. The Stars are fourth in their division the Sharks are third. The Sharks come into this game on a two-game win streak but 4-4-2 in their last ten. As the Stars are on a three-game win streak and 6-3-1 in their last ten. It will be tough for San Jose to knock off Dallas at home where the Stars are 9-3-1 and San Jose is 5-7-3 on the road. We can probably expect very few or no power play goals from either team, as both teams penalty kills are top-5 kills and both teams average around 8.5 penalty minutes a game. As well the Stars defend very well allowing 2.57 goals against (2nd) and the Sharks should be better on the back end but do allow 3.03 a league average. The Sharks score a bit more 3.1 as the Stars only score 2.79 goals per game. The Stars struggle a tad with throwing pucks to the net if they can just shovel shots on net it will make this game easier for them. The Stars Ben Bishop and Sharks Martin Jones get the nod tonight. Both goalies are solid goaltenders so I don’t think we see a 4-3 or higher game. This game has 3-2 or 2-1 written all over it. With the Stars +120 and Sharks -140 it would draw a lot of people to go after the Stars, and it makes sense because I am doing the same. Stars for this one here.

St. Louis Blues vs Winnipeg Jets

I don’t think St. Louis has any shot really you can throw everything and the kitchen sink at this Winnipeg team they still won’t lose to St. Louis tonight. The Jets are at home, on a four-game winning streak, 6-3-1 in their last ten and 9-3-2 at home. The Blues are struggling greatly all year, on a two-game skid, 3-6-1 in their last ten and 3-6-2 on the road. The Blues allow 3.35 goals against vs a Jets offense that scores 3.44 goals per game calls for disaster. This game has potential to be a 5-2 game in Winnipeg’s favor. There is not really much to look at for this game. Especially with Jake Allen going for the Blues his 3.16 goals against does not look good vs Winnipeg plus this is the perfect game for Connor Hellebuyck to get some confidence going. The Jets are -225 and -1.5 puck spread that is +135, I would probably go puck spread here for Winnipeg.

Minnesota Wild vs Edmonton Oilers

The Wild’s Canadian swing ends tonight, they are 1-1 in their two Canadian games, they picked up their first loss 2-0 vs Calgary Thursday night and now they go back to back vs Edmonton. The Wild are 4-6-0 in their last ten and 7-7 on the road, they are struggling right now and have slowly fallen out of that Central division race. They will not be shutout once again on back to back nights but Mikko Koskinen in for Edmonton is a concern. The young goaltender has rode Cam Talbot out of net and he has done an unreal job this year. The Wild did play Alex Stalock Thursday night so Devan Dubnyk draws in the net for tonight. The Wild play a pretty quick game, transition well and try to use all four lines as effectively as possible. They score a decent amount and defend well same goes for Edmonton. The Oilers come into tonight off a win, 5-4-1 in their last ten and 7-4-1 at home. The Wild go home to stop bleeding hopefully after this, but they need a win and a big one. The Wild go home to Montreal, Calgary, Florida and San Jose not easy opponents. There is not puck spread out right now but the Wild are just +100 and the Oilers are -120. I like the Wild here tonight in a big game for Dubnyk and Wild’s offense.

Carolina Hurricanes vs Anaheim Ducks

Both teams are playing the opposite of each other right now. The Ducks are on a five-game win streak and Carolina a four-game losing streak. The Hurricanes go with Curtis Mcelhinney tonight and Ducks go with John Gibson. The Ducks are 7-1-2 in their last ten and 8-3-5 at home as the Hurricanes are 5-4-1 in their last ten and 5-7-1 on the road. Both teams score 2.4 goals per game and both teams allow 2.7 goals per game. The Ducks are just a better team right now, Canes are struggling on the road and I cannot seem them coming into tonight getting a win. I could see an overtime game honestly but the Ducks will come out with this one. The money line is Ducks -120 and Canes +100 the puck spread is Canes -1.5 (+245) and Ducks -1.5 (-300) I honestly can see the Canes keeping it to a one/two goal game. But Ducks for the win, maybe Canes for the puck spread…

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Colorado Avalanche vs Florida Panthers

The Panthers are coming off a 5-0 win over Boston and this is their second of eight straight home games. This is a chance for the Panthers to revive their season and get back in the hunt. The Avalanche are coming off a loss in Pittsburgh and head to Florida, weird travel schedule for the Avalanche but, they are 7-1-2 in their last ten, 10-5-2 on the road as the Panthers are 6-4-3 on home ice and 4-4-2 in their last ten. The Panthers and Avalanche offense are both high scoring offenses, Panthers average 3.31 goals per game (10th) as Avalanche average 3.64 goals per game (2nd) as both power plays are both top 10 in the league. Colorado is first with a 32.2 and Panthers are 6th with a 27.2 percent. The Panthers defense is not as good as the Avalanche though as they allow 3.42 goals per game vs a Colorado 2.79 goals per game. It seems based off a 5 goal performance from Florida last game and a strong Colorado offense we can expect a 4-3, 5-4 game realistically. The Avalanche are under dogs tonight which makes me really want to go heavy on them the puck line is +1.5 in favor of Colorado. I think after a loss to Pittsburgh and Panthers riding a little high right now, I am going to go Colorado.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Philadelphia Flyers

Columbus comes into another metropolitan division team on a two-game skid and slowly slipping away from the top three in the division. The Blue Jackets are coming off a terrible loss to Calgary on home ice. They allowed 9 goals, no empty netters either. The Blue Jackets ae 6-4-0 in their last ten, 8-5-1 on the road as the Flyers are 4-5-1 in their last ten and 5-7-1 on home ice. The Blue Jackets score around 3.56 goals per game compared to the Flyers league average 3 goals per game, the Blue Jackets power play though is not great nor is the Flyers which is a good sign because both penalty kills struggle as well. If this game ends up going to special teams it may favor the Flyers in their own building. The Blue Jackets play 5 on 5 they can beat the Flyers straight up. The Flyers have Michael Neuvirth going for the first time in god knows how long (October 27th). With the Blue Jackets and Flyers money line basically being a toss in the air (both -110) the Blue Jackets are favored +1.5 on the puck line that is -300 so it provides very little draw. I would say an over/under of six is possible but I would still take Columbus money line.

New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins are coming off a big win vs Colorado as the Islanders are coming off a loss vs Winnipeg. The Islanders have had plenty of days to rest as the Penguins had a day rest and are back at it. Tomas Greiss gets the start once again and Casey DeSmith for Pittsburgh, two goalies we are kind of sure what to expect from them on most nights. The Penguins come into tonight 6th in the Metro, 4-4-2 in their last ten and 6-6-2 at home this season. As the Islanders are 5-4-1 in their last ten and 6-6-1 on the road. The Islanders score just 2.92 goals for as the Penguins score 3.42 goals, the Islanders allow 2.81 as the Penguins allow 3.27. A total 360 for both teams, the Islanders used to score a lot and allow a lot now it is the other way around. The Penguins really need every point they can get until the All-Star break comes they get some rest and recharge. There has been a lot of speculation about trades and Jim Rutherford seems to be moving everyone but Crosby and Malkin, an uneasy locker room it seems in Pittsburgh. The Islanders want to continue on this play of theirs as they are 3rd in the Metro and trending up. Tonight the line is Islanders +180 and Pittsburgh -210 and over/under is 6.5, I don’t know about the over/under but this line really makes you want to take New York. They beat the Penguins at the beginning of the month 3-2 which kind of indicates to me that they will probably lose and the Penguins win.

Minnesota Wild vs Calgary Flames

This could be the under dog game of the night. The Wild are falling off since their great start they have not played too well, dropping six of their last ten (4-6-0) and 7-6-0 on the road. The Flames are playing hot right now, winning their last three, 7-2-1 in their last ten and 8-3-2 at home. The Flames just got off a game where they scored nine goals in regulation, they are clearly capable of winning this game. The Flames score around 3.57 (5th) and allow 2.89 goals against (14th) as the Wild score 3.19 (12th) and allow 2.85 goals against (12th). I cannot see this game being a high scoring game although both offenses are solid, both defenses are just as good. I want to say we see a 3-2 game I’d be shocked to see a 5-4 or higher game. Both teams penalty kills click at around 76 percent, both power plays click at 23 percent these two teams are very similar. Once I saw this line I had a feeling Minnesota was going to win. The Wild are +120 and +1.5 to start as the Jackets are -140, I like the Wild here tonight honestly, straight up money line going Wild.

Washington Capitals vs Arizona Coyotes

The story of Adin Hill has to end somewhere right? The young goaltender is 4-0 with a .56 goals against and .977 save percentage. Do Ovechkin and Kuzy get to the young goaltender? I’d be surprised if Hill keeps the Capitals and Ovi to less than two goals this game. The Coyotes are hot right now, on a four-game win streak, 5-4-1 in their last ten and 6-6-1 at home as the Capitals are on a two-game skid, 7-3-0 in their last ten and 7-5-1 on the road. The Coyotes defense plays a large part in their success as they allow just 2.58 goals per game (4th) but their offense scores only 2.58 goals per game (28th) the Capitals are the opposite as they score 3.59 goals per game (4th) and allow 3.22 goals per game (22nd). This game worries me because the Coyotes strong suit is their penalty kill and the Capitals strong suit is their power play, this goes to special teams it may not change the course of the game too much. The Coyotes are at home +115 and +1.5 on the puck line as the Capitals are -1.5 and -135, to be safe I’d probably go Coyotes puck line.

Other games on tonight: 

Detroit vs Toronto: TORONTO SHOULD win.

Montreal vs Ottawa: Worries me too much. Too inconsistent, stay away.

Nashville vs Vancouver: Not worth it but Nashville.

Devils vs Kings: Both too inconsistent and unpredictable right now.

Boston vs Tampa Bay: Boston coming off a terrible loss may spark a fire in them.

Chicago vs Vegas: Chicago sucks, Vegas.

Parlays tonight (money line)

Wild, Penguins, Blue Jackets

Jackets, Avalanche, Predators

Predators, Wild, Blue Jackets

Parlays (puck spread)

Coyotes, Islanders, Red Wings

Coyotes, Wild, Predators

Coyotes, Wild, Kings