NHL Game Predictions - Free Hockey Bets March 14
This is the time of the year where two points can mean all the world to a team's ultimate position in the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs so motivation is a strong driving force in the outcome of quite of few games. I have found three on Saturday's slate that have the best chance to payoff for bettors.
Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins (1 p.m.)
Boston has gotten hot at just the right time with a four-game winning streak as part of a 7-2-1 record in its last 10 games. It is holding down the eight spot in the Eastern Conference with a six-point lead over Florida for that final playoff spot. During this recent four-game run, the Bruins have outscored their opponents 14-8. They have scored three or more goals in their last seven games.
The Penguins have also gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games to climb within three points of the lead in the Metro Division. Pittsburgh is ranked ninth in the NHL in scoring with 2.87 goals per game and it has scored at least four goals in six of their last nine games. I expect both of these offenses to stay hot this Saturday afternoon at the CONSOL Energy Center to take this game OVER an expected total line of 5.5.
Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks (4 p.m.)
Chicago has won five of its last seven games including a 2-1 road victory over Arizona this past Thursday as a heavy -200 favorite. It has come out on top in five of its last eight road games to improve to 19-12-1 on the year. Despite the loss of Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks continue to win far more games than they lose behind a defense that is ranked second in the NHL with a goals-against average of just 2.3.
The Sharks have made up some ground in their quest for a playoff spot in the Pacific Division with four victories in their last five games, but this followed five losses in six games so consistency remains a big issue for this team. San Jose is averaging 2.8 goals a game, but it has now scored two or fewer goals in six of its last eight games. That is not going to get it done this Saturday against Chicago, which has a 5-3 edge in the last eight meetings.
Nashville Predators at Los Angeles Kings (10 p.m.)
The Predators have hit a real rough patch in their quest for the top spot in the West with a 3-7 record in their last 10 games. They are coming off a 2-0 loss to San Jose this past Thursday as slight -105 road favorites to fall to 1-3 in their last four road games. During this 10-game stretch, Nashville has only averaged two goals a game as opposed to a season average of 2.8. On the other end of the ice, it has allowed three or more goals in six of its last eight games.
Los Angeles is in a three-way logjam for second-place in the Pacific Division with 79 points on the year. The defending champs appear to have regained their form at the right time of the year. The Kings are coming off victories against Colorado and Vancouver by a combined score of 9-2 as road favorites to improve to 6-3-1 in their last 10 outings. Nashville has won the last four meetings in this series including a wild 7-6 overtime victory in early January as a 109 road underdog, but I am going with Los Angeles to snap this losing streak with a win on Saturday night.