Free NHL Betting Picks for February 8th

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I am ready to release my top three picks for this Saturday's NHL slate after crunching the numbers and analyzing the betting trends.

Saturday, February 8th
Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins
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Ottawa will try and head into the break with a three-game winning streak after knocking off St. Louis and Buffalo in its last two outings. While the Senators bring some solid momentum into this matchup with a 5-3-2 record in their last 10 games, they are just 2-6 in their last eight games playing on one day's rest. Another trend working against them is a 2-7 record in their last nine trips to TD Garden.
The Bruins have gone 7-1-2 in their last 10 games to extend their lead over Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division title race to seven points with a total of 76 points. They are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to St. Louis this past Thursday as 125 road underdogs, but they have won four of their last five home games. Boston is 22-6-2 at home this season and 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on one day's rest.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
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The Red Wings have won three of their last four games including a 3-1 road victory over Florida this past Thursday as 125 favorites. It was just their first road win in their last five contests, but overall they are a very productive 15-8-4 on the road this season against a very pedestrian 11-11-8 mark at home. The Red Wings are a perfect 5-0 in their last five Saturday games.
Tampa Bay will try and avoid a three-game skid heading into the break after back-to-back losses to Minnesota and Toronto. The Lightning are just 4-5-1 in their last 10 games and they have lost six of their last eight home games. This will be their third game in five days and they are 2-5 in their last seven games playing on one day's rest. The real concern for Saturday is the fact that both Ben Bishop and Anders Lindback are listed as questionable so that means Tampa Bay may have to go with Cedrick Desjardins in goal.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predatorss
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The Ducks may be the top team in the NHL in points (85), but they may be looking forward to the break after dropping their last three games as part of a surprising 4-6 record in their last 10 outings. Anaheim may also be happy to be playing this game on the road after losing an even more stunning four of its last five games at home. It is 12-4 in its last 16 road games against a team with a losing record at home.
Nashville could probably use a break after falling to the bottom of the Central Division with an overall record of 25-23-10. The Predators have showed some signs of life with a 5-2-3 mark in their last 10 games, but they are just 5-16 in their last 21 home games against a team with a winning record on the road. Anaheim should come in as a healthy road favorite for this matchup and while there is some risk going against a home underdog, the Ducks are just too good of a team to lose this game.

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