NHL Picks - Free Hockey Predictions

Puck Heads can get another opinion on some of the games from our resident hockey handicapper who gives out his free NHL picks throughout the hockey season. Stop by frequently to see what wagers Ross Staring is laying down on in his quest to make the hockey season a winning one.

Saturday Feb 18, 2017

The Oilers have played well since Saturday’s loss with 11 goals in their last two games, but the well-rested Blackhawks went into their extended break about as hot a team as any in the league. Chicago also knows just how important a series sweep would be with a tough stretch of four games in six nights following the week off.

I would take the Blackhawks to pull off the sweep at home given their current winning streak. However, with the total line for Saturday’s matchup set at 5, I am going with the OVER in the backend of this home-and-home conference clash as my “best bet” pick.

Free Pick: 
Take the Over 5
Saturday Feb 11, 2017

Anaheim still remains one of the top teams in the NHL and a legitimate contender to win the Western Conference; however the Ducks are coming into a very tough situation to get a second-straight win on the road. The simple fact of the matter is Washington is the best team in the league probably playing its best hockey of the year.

The road team does have the recent edge in this series, but I am not about to bet against the Capitals. In fact, taking Washington and the -1.5 goals (+158) on the puck line is the way I am going in this one given just how good this team has looked during its current five-game winning streak.

Free Pick: 
Take the Washington Capitals -1.5
Saturday Feb 04, 2017

Anytime you have two division rivals that are very familiar with one another it becomes a bit more difficult to predict how a game might actually play out. This is especially true for this Saturday’s matchup given Boston’s current injury situation.

The Maple Leafs have the early edge in the season series, but I still like the Bruins to get the win on Saturday even if Rask is on the shelf. I also think that Boston should be able to outscore their rivals to take this game OVER the total line.

Free Pick: 
Take the Over 5.5
Saturday Jan 21, 2017

Both of these teams are at the top of their respective divisions through the first half of the season and while the Ducks have won a number of games on the strength of their defense, the Wild can beat you either way as one of the most balanced teams in the league.

Anaheim has gotten the best of things in this series over the past several years, but I am taking the Wild at home this Saturday to take a 2-0 series edge this season following an earlier 2-1 road win on Jan. 8.

Free Pick: 
Take the Minnesota Wild -135
Saturday Jan 14, 2017

Both of these teams have struggled with inconsistency this season with the Flyers having their issues on defense and the Bruins coming up short in the scoring department. Philadelphia has also struggled to win on the road, while home ice has not been all that kind to Boston.

When it comes to Saturday’s match-up I would have to lean towards the Bruins as home favorites given some of the past trends in this series. However, when it comes to betting on this game I am going with the UNDER on the total line as my top play.

Free Pick: 
Take the UNDER 5 -DS
Saturday Jan 14, 2017

Both of these teams have struggled with inconsistency this season with the Flyers having their issues on defense and the Bruins coming up short in the scoring department. Philadelphia has also struggled to win on the road, while home ice has not been all that kind to Boston.

When it comes to Saturday’s match-up I would have to lean towards the Bruins as home favorites given some of the past trends in this series. However, when it comes to betting on this game I am going with the UNDER on the total line as my top play.

Free Pick: 
Take the UNDER 5 -DS
Sunday Jun 12, 2016

I have been wrong at almost every turn in this series between my plays on a side as well as on the total line, but I always thought in the back of my mind that it would still go the full seven games. Since I am not backing down on that prediction my "best bet" pick for Game 6 is San Jose.

Free Pick: 
Take the San Jose Sharks -115
Thursday Jun 09, 2016

The Sharks are obviously in over their head in this series against the faster skating Penguins and I do not see things turning around on the road this Wednesday night. You know that Pittsburgh does not want to make another long trip to the West Coast so look for the home team to take care of business in this one.

Free Pick: 
Take the Pittsburgh Penguins -148
Friday Jun 03, 2016

The change of venues out to the West Coast should work in the Sharks' favor and while I like their chances to close the gap with a win on Saturday night, my "best bet" pick is the OVER on the 5.5 total line with things opening up at the SAP Center.

Free Pick: 
Take the OVER 5.5 +140
Wednesday Jun 01, 2016

You can already tell that this is going to be a hard-fought series that should go the distance. Look for the Sharks to get a few lucky bounces on Wednesday night as a solid valued underdog to even things up at one game apiece.

Free Pick: 
Take the San Josew Sharks +120
Monday May 30, 2016

While the goalies are usually the focal point of any championship series, I am looking for the offensive firepower on both of these teams to set the pace early in this series with a Game 1 matchup that goes OVER the 5.5-goal total line.

Free Pick: 
Take the OVER 5.5 -110
Wednesday May 25, 2016

Both teams have shown some great resiliency in getting to this point of the playoffs and while I do have San Jose closing things out at home, my "best bet" pick in this one is the OVER on the total with the high scoring trend in the last few games continuing on Wednesday night.

Free Pick: 
Take the OVER 5 -110
Monday May 23, 2016

I am going to go with St. Louis in this one. Backes should be in the lineup to help build off the momentum in Game 4 and Allen did provide a spark in goal. This is one of those series that should continue to go back and forth right to a Game 7.

Free Pick: 
Take the St. Louis Blues -125
Saturday May 21, 2016

St. Louis is due for a much better effort on Saturday given the firepower that is on this team, but the Sharks are just too hot to bet against on their home ice. What I will bet on in this matchup is the OVER on the total line with both teams matching their postseason scoring potential this time around.

Free Pick: 
Take the OVER 5
Wednesday May 18, 2016

That was a big win for Pittsburgh on Monday night, but I like the Lightning's chances to hold on to their early home-ice advantage in this series with a win on Wednesday night. Vasilevskiy looked pretty good in goal despite the loss, and I expect a much better effort from Tampa Bay's sharpshooters in front of the home-town crowd.

Free Pick: 
Take the Tampa Bay Lightning +112
Sunday May 15, 2016

Both of these teams have proven that they can win under pressure and they have also demonstrated the ability score goals in bunches when they have to. I like St. Louis as a home favorite in the series opener, but I am betting on the total going OVER the current five-goal line.

Free Pick: 
Take the OVER 5 -110
Thursday May 12, 2016

Home ice has prevailed through the first six games of this series so there is no reason to changes things up in a deciding Game 7. However, in light of the upward scoring trend in this series I am going with the better value in the OVER on the total line as my "best bet" pick.

Free Pick: 
Take the OVER 5 -110

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