After the Christmas break, the NHL gets back to business on Saturday night. 26 of the 30 teams are in action, and we’ve rounded up our three favorite NHL picks of the night.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Ottawa Senators
Odds: Red Wings -130
The Red Wings have been hot and cold this season, and much of it is related to their offense. When they’re scoring goals at a healthy rate, they’re winning. When they’re not, they’re losing. Imagine that? Right now, they are enduring a cold spell. Although they scored six goals against Buffalo in their latest game, they had scored just six goals in their previous six. Now they’ll be facing a Sens team who are starting to play better defense under their new coach, Dave Cameron. They have allowed just 52 shots in their last two games, which is decent.
Neither team is lighting it up right now, which is what’s going to lead us to expect a low-scoring affair in this one.
NHL Pick: Under at 5Dimes
New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers
Odds: Rangers -220
The Rangers are laying a huge number in this spot as they’re red hot and are facing a Devils team that just fired their head coach. The Devils don’t score much as their 2.11 goals per game is among the worst in the NHL (28th). That could be a problem on Saturday when they’re facing the Rangers, who have won eight straight and are now even giving up many shots per game in that span. Their penalty kill has been fantastic too, giving up just two goals in their last 18 shorthanded situations.
The Devils have just two wins in their last 10 while the Rangers have won 10 of their last 11 against the division. The juice is too high, so I’ll take a shot on the puck line as my NHL pick and see if the Rangers, who have outscored opponents 23-10 over their last seven games, can cover the two-goal spread.
NHL Pick: Rangers -1.5 +140 at Bodog
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Nashville Predators
Odds: Predators -200
It will be a battle of familiar faces on Saturday as Peter Laviollette, who know coaches the Predators, will face the team that fired him just three games into last season. The Predators have been the better of the two teams this year as they currently have the third-best record in the Western Conference whereas the Flyers are a borderline playoff team.
The Preds should win this game but I don’t want to lay a ton of juice on the NHL odds here. Instead, I’ll go over. The Flyers have won five of seven and scored 16 goals in their last three games. Their offense should do their part. As for the Predators, they should see Ray Emery in net for the Flyers and his 3.71 road GAA is the fifth-worst number in the NHL. He also sports a 3.57 GAA against the Predators, which is his fourth-worst mark against any team. Go over.
NHL Pick: Over 5.5 at BetOnline