NHL Game Predictions - Free Bets Feb 14
This Saturday's schedule in the NHL features a number of intriguing matchups on the ice, but I am looking for the top three "best bets" that I can take to the bank. After digging deep into all the stats and betting trends for the games, the following are this Saturday's picks..
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m.)
Toronto comes into this heated rivalry reeling with just one victory in its last 14 games and a dismal 7-17-4 record on the road this season. While the Maple Leafs are averaging a respectable 2.79 goals per game, they are allowing an average of 3.05 goals to their opponents. They have fallen to 0-6 in their last six games against a team with a winning record.
The Canadiens would love nothing more than to pin another loss on their 'North of the Border' rivals after winning four of the last five meetings going back to last season. They are tied with Tampa Bay for the lead in the Atlantic Division with 74 points after going 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. Defense has been the key to their success with a goals-against average of just 2.24, which is tops in the league. Montreal should open as heavy chalk in this one, but it is well worth the risk given the current form of both teams.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames (10 p.m.)
Vancouver will first have to face Boston at home on Friday night before making the trip to Calgary for another 'North of the Border' showdown. The Canucks have a 2-1 lead in the season series against the Flames and they are a perfect 4-0 in their last four road games against their rivals. Vancouver has struggled with consistency lately with an even 5-5 record in its last 10 games, but it remains a solid 16-9-2 on the road this year.
Calgary is tied with the Canucks in the Pacific Division with 63 points and it has been able to string together four wins in its last six games. The Flames have won four of their last six home games as part of an overall record of 15-11-2 at home. Saturday night's matchup offers a golden opportunity to go with the home team as a slight favorite as Calgary takes full advantage of some possible fatigue on a Vancouver team that will be playing its fourth game in six nights.
Washington Capitals vs. Los Angeles Kings (10 p.m.)
The Capitals will be going for the season series sweep on Saturday night after shutting out the Kings 4-0 as 118 home favorites earlier this month. This snapped a previous seven-game losing streak to Los Angeles going back to the 2008/2009 season. Since that win, Washington has gone 3-1 in its last four games including a big 5-4 victory over San Jose this past Thursday as a slight 102 road underdog. It is now 14-9-5 on the road this year.
The defending champs are battling for a spot in this year's playoffs with an overall record 24-18-12, but the Kings are headed in the right direction with three straight victories starting with an impressive 4-2 road win against Tampa Bay as 138 underdogs. They have tallied a total of 13 goals in these last three outings and they are averaging 2.74 goals on the year. Los Angeles should open as a slight favorite against the Capitals on Saturday night and it successfully avenges that earlier road loss with a win at home this time around.