NHL Game Predictions - Free Bets Feb 21
Most of the NHL will be in action this Saturday with 11 games on the schedule, but I have narrowed my focus to my top three "best bets" when it comes to wagering on the games. This past Saturday, I posted a 2-1 record in my picks and this time around I am going for the three-game sweep.
Nashville Predators vs. Philadelphia Flyers (1 p.m.)
The Predators continue to set the pace in the Western Conference with a league-high 84 points, but they are coming off a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders this past Thursday as slight 101 road underdogs on 5Dimes' closing betting odds. This snapped a six-game winning streak in which Nashville tallied 20 goals while allowing just nine goals to its opponents. It comes into Saturday's contest with an 8-2 record in its last 10 games.
Philadelphia has gone 5-1-4 in its last 10 games, but it followed-up Tuesday's 5-2 pounding at the hands of Columbus as a 128 home favorite with this past Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo as a heavy 230 favorite at home. The Flyers have been a streaky team all season long with a goals-per-game average of 2.6 trying to keep pace with a goals-against average of 2.8. They will also have a tough time keeping pace with Nashville as likely underdogs for Saturday's game in what will be their fourth straight loss at home.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. St. Louis Blues (8 p.m.)
Pittsburgh is six points off the pace in the Metro Division title race while in the midst of a three-game losing streak. It has scored a grand total of three goals in this slide which is a far cry from a season average of 2.8 goals a game. The total has now stayed UNDER in 11 of the Penguins last 14 games. Defensively, they remain one of the more stingy teams in the league with a 2.4 GAA.
The Blues are six points in back of Nashville in the Central Division with a 7-3 record in their last 10 outings. They fell to Dallas 4-1 this past Tuesday as prohibitive 203 home favorites which does not happen all that often with an overall record of 21-6-2 at home this season. This will be the first meeting between these two inter-conference foes this season, but St. Louis comes in with four victories in the last five meetings with the total has stayed UNDER in four of those games. My primary pick is to go with the Blues as likely home favorites, but this could be a good opportunity to parlay this with a play on the UNDER if the total is set at 5.5.
Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks (10 p.m.)
The defending champion Kings have returned to form with a six-game winning streak in which they have outscored teams by a combined 23-12. They are now 7-3 in their last 10 outings to pull within three points of Vancouver for second place in the Pacific Division. Los Angeles remains one of the better defensive teams in the NHL with a 2.5 GAA and with Jeff Carter leading the way with a team-high 45 points it is averaging 2.8 goals a game.
San Jose has a 2-1 edge in this season's series against the Kings including a 4-2 victory on Jan. 21 as a 109 home favorite. The Sharks come into Saturday's division showdown with just three victories in their last 10 games, but they did post a 5-2 victory over Dallas this past Thursday as slight 105 favorites on the road. The total has now gone OVER in San Jose's last five games. I am leaning that way again this Saturday night with these two rivals lighting-up the scoreboard to take this game OVER on a probable total line of 5.5.