Free NHL Betting Picks for March 22
After going 2-1 in last Saturday's picks, I feel very confident that I will pull off the hat trick with this Saturday's selections. I grinded through the number for all the games on the slate to come up with the following three picks you can take to the bank.
Saturday, March 22nd
St. Louis Blues vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Money Line: St. Louis -136
Total Line: 5.5
The Blues will kickoff Saturday's action looking to bounce back from a 4-0 loss to Chicago on Wednesday night as 104 road underdogs. The loss to their bitter rivals snapped a three-game winning streak and it was the first time St. Louis was shutout since back-to-back 1-0 losses to Vancouver and Los Angeles in late February. Since that slide, it has averaged 3.3 goals per game in its previous nine contests.
Philadelphia has been tearing it up lately with a four-game winning streak by a combined score of 15-7. It is now holding down the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference standings with 81 points. The Flyers are averaging 2.8 goals per game which matches a goals-against average of 2.8 as well. The total has now gone OVER in seven of their last 10 games and it is primed to go OVER this Saturday with an anticipated line of 5.5
Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Money Line: Pick'em
Total Line: 5.5
Montreal is sitting in fourth place in the East with 83 points, but its lead over Toronto is just three points. It has gone 5-5 in its last 10 games and coming off a 3-2 loss to Columbus as a 127 home favorite this past Thursday night. The Canadiens will now go on the road for this Atlantic Division clash with a respectable record of 18-14-2 on the year.
The Maple Leafs losing streak reached three games with a 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay as 117 home underdogs this past Wednesday. Defense has been an issue all season long with a GAA of 3.0 that is ranked 26th in the NHL, Thing have gotten even worse lately with a GAA of 4.0 in their last five games. The season series is tied 2-2 with the home team winning three of the four games. Despite the slight edge, look for Montreal to take advantage of their rival's defensive woes with a crucial win on the road.
Washington Capitals vs. San Jose Sharks
Money Line: San Jose -204
Total Line: 5.5
Puckline Line:San Jose -1.5 +145
The Capitals are just one point out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East and even though they are just 4-4-2 in their last 10 games, Thursday's 2-1 shootout loss to Los Angeles as 183 road underdogs left them 3-0-1 in their last four outings. This followed a 3-2 victory over Anaheim as 156 road underdogs as part of a three-game tour of the Pacific Division. The problem for Saturday's game is they are now facing the best of the bunch.
San Jose has been able to create a slight separation from the Ducks in the division race with an 8-1-1 record in its last 10 games that includes a 3-2 victory over Anaheim its last time out. During this run, the Sharks are averaging 3.5 goals per game while allowing an average of 2.1 goals to their opponents. Overall, they are ranked seventh in the league in scoring goals (2.9) and fourth in goals allowed (2.3) so it is safe to say that San Jose is playing as a very high level right now.