Free NHL Betting Picks for January 11th
There is a full slate of games in the NHL this Saturday and after breaking down all the matchups the following are my top three picks that you can take to the bank.
Saturday, January 11th
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Montreal Canadiens
Money Line: Chicago (-130) Montreal (+120)
Total Line: 5.5 Un -120
The bad news is that the Blackhawks are coming off a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers this past Wednesday as 180 home favorites on BetOnline's closing moneyline after losing to San Jose 3-2 at home last Sunday as 165 favorites. The good news is that they will be well-rested for Saturday's matchup and the odds that they lose three in a row are not that high. That has only happened once this season behind an overall record of 29-8-9 with a 14-5-4 mark on the road.
Montreal comes into this matchup with four losses in its last six games including a 3-1 setback to Philadelphia this past Wednesday as a 102 road underdog. The Canadiens are 13-7-3 at home this season but they have dropped three of their last five games at the Bell Centre. They are ranked 21st in the league in scoring with 2.5 goals a game as opposed to Chicago's 3.6 scoring average, which is tops in the NHL.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Phoenix Coyotes
Money Line: Anaheim (-120) Phoenix (+110)
Total Line: 5.5
Anaheim has been completely dominant at home this season with a record of 18-0-2, but it kicked off a quick two-game road trip with a 4-3 victory over Nashville this past Thursday night as a 134 favorite to improve to 15-8-3 on the road. The Ducks have an excellent shot at completing the sweep this Saturday night given the fact that they have already beaten Phoenix four times this season by a combined score of 15-8.
The Coyotes come into this Pacific Division matchup with a 3-3-4 record in their last 10 outings and just one victory in their last four games at home. This past Thursday they fell to Minnesota 4-1 as 185 home favorites and on the year they are ranked 22nd in the NHL in goals allowed; giving up an average of 3.0 a game. This will pose a problem against an Anaheim team that is ranked third in the league in scoring with an average of 3.3 goals.
Boston Bruins vs. San Jose Sharks
Money Line: Boston (+135) San Jose (-145)
Total Line: 5 UN -115
Boston's current West Coast swing through the Pacific Division has gotten off to a rough start with back-to-back losses to Anaheim and Los Angeles while getting outscored 9-4. It is now an even 10-10 away from home this season after losing five of its last six road games. The Bruins are 28-14-2 overall on the strength of an 18-4-2 record at home. Scoring has been the issue in this recent slide on the road with an average of just 2.1 goals a game as opposed to a season average of 2.9 goals.
The Sharks hammered Detroit 4-1 this past Thursday night as 179 home favorites on the closing moneyline. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games and 28-11-6 overall. While they have had their share of trouble at times on the road this season, the Sharks come into this inter-conference clash with a 16-1-3 record at home that includes six straight victories at the SAP Center. The road weary Bruins are prime candidates to extend this streak to seven.