NHL Picks - Free Hockey Predictions
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Given the way that Tampa Bay dominated the first two games at home, I would lay the 1.5 goals on the puck line and take the Lightning to win by two or more goals on Saturday to end this series in five games.
There is no way I can bet against Vegas to pull off the sweep, but I will bet on another grinder this Tuesday night that stays UNDER the total line.
This series is closer than most bettors might think, and I am banking on Minnesota evening things up in Game 4.
Ride the trend this Tuesday night with Columbus and the OVER as a pair of solid plays.
My ‘best bet’ pick for Game 2 is a series-tying victory by the Ducks in another low-scoring affair.
Look for the Bruins to keep the pressure on to grab the early 2-0 lead in this series.
I like the Lightning’s chances to sweep the first two games at home, but the ‘best bet’ could be the OVER on a probable total line of six.
I am banking on a series split this Saturday night given how hard it is to beat the same team twice in three nights on the road.
Lay the 1.5 goals on the puck line to get better odds on a Penguins’ win this Saturday night.
Boston just knocked off Tampa Bay 4-2 on Thursday night as -120 home favorites and I like their chances to pull off the Florida sweep by beating the Panthers on Saturday.
This will be a tight matchup, but I am betting on the Wild pulling off the three-game season sweep at Xcel Energy Center in the first of this home-and-home series.
I would bet this game on the more favorable puck line with the Maple Leafs covering the 1.5 goals this time around.
While Vegas is the second-highest scoring team in the NHL with 3.3 goals per game, Colorado is just a notch down on the list with an average of 3.2. I would go with the OVER in this one with an anticipated six-goal total line.
Both games stayed UNDER the total, and that could be the best way to go on Saturday, but I will still take the Flyers in a game they desperately need to win.
The Lightning is far too good of a team to not bounce back from a terrible loss with a massive win against a bitter rival on their home ice.
Each team in this matchup is winning some big games down the stretch to help their postseason plans, but my lean on Saturday is with Los Angeles on its home ice.
Saturday night's matchup is a situation where I will stick with the hot hand, especially with Nashville playing on its home ice.
This is another pick where I am going against the hotter side in favor of betting on a very good team winning at home.
Betting on the hot hand is a viable strategy in any sport, but so is betting on a very good team ending an extended slump in front of the hometown crowd, so I am taking Philly in this one.
Playing in an outdoor environment in front of a capacity crowd in prime time should bring out the star power in each of these teams to take the total OVER a projected 5.5-goal total line.