NHL Picks: Saturday Picks of the Day

David Lawrence

Saturday, January 18, 2014 2:40 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 2:40 PM UTC

We’ve highlighted our three best NHL picks of the day, so read on below for the analysis and predictions.

Rise and shine early on Saturday as the NHL will feature three games on Saturday afternoon – all starting at 2:00 PM ET.Don’t worry if you miss out on those as there will be 13 games in total, which means that all but four of the 30 teams will be in action on Saturday. 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Buffalo Sabres

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been playing their best hockey of the season over the last couple of weeks, which is why they’re worth a shot on Saturday. On Friday, they won their fifth straight by pounding the Washington Capitals 5-1. It’s no coincidence that their stellar play has coincided with the return of Vezina Trophy winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky as the Blue Jackets have allowed just six goals in their last four games.

The Sabres are the worst team in the Eastern Conference and while they had been showing some pep in the early part of January, that seems to have dissipated with losses in three of their last four games.

The Blue Jackets appear to be streaking towards the playoffs, so they can ill-afford to give away games like this. Look for them to put forth another strong effort and take the two points here.

Pick: Blue Jackets -116 at Pinnacle


New Jersey Devils vs. Phoenix Coyotes

Neither team has been playing particularly well but overall, the Coyotes have been much worse over the last few weeks. That negative momentum combined with the fact that the Devils are a road dog is while I’ll add New Jersey to my NHL picks.

The Devils are 3-0-2 in their last five games, which shows they’ve been very competitive of late. They’ve been a team that’s been trending upwards since the middle of December, going 8-5-5 since the middle of that month. Meanwhile, the Coyotes are a mess. Even though they are coming off a 1-0 win over Vancouver, that was just their fourth win in their last 16 games. That’s why the Devils are worth a look on the NHL odds here.

Pick: Devils +125 at WillHill


Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators

The Colorado Avalanche look like they’re worth a look for your NHL picks on Saturday. They’ll enter Saturday on a three-game winning streak and beyond that, they’ve won seven of nine.

They’ve gotten back to their roots during this winning stretch as goaltending has been the key to their success. Semyon Varlamov has won seven of his last eight starts and he hasn’t allowed more than three goals in any outing (just 17 goals in total).

As for the Preds, they’ve won two straight but they still have just three wins in their last nine games. They are just 10-13 against winning teams this year while Colorado is 14-7 against teams below .500. With the Avs getting the plus sign on the NHL odds, the price seems right for a bet on them.

Pick: Avalanche +107 at Matchbook


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