Saturday is a busy day on the ice with action from the afternoon to evening. We’ve circled our three favorite NHL picks of the night, so read on below to check out the predictions.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks
Odds: Blackhawks -110
The San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks have both been playing well of late but I have far more faith in the Blackhawks than I do the Sharks in this position. The Blackhawks have won five of their last seven games with their two losses coming to Tampa Bay and in overtime to the New York Rangers – two fairly good teams. San Jose has also picked up the pace as they’ve won four of five.
Corey Crawford plays pretty well in this series as he’s 3-0-2 in his last five against the Sharks with a 1.74 GAA. He’s been hot of late too, winning four of five while posting a 0.99 GAA. I’ll take the Blackhawks here with my NHL picks.
Free NHL Pick: Blackhawks -110 at Bovada
New York Rangers vs. Buffalo Sabres
Odds: Rangers -340
At this point, it seems like betting against the Buffalo Sabres is money in the bank. They’ve only won five times in their last 31 games, so there’s a pretty good chance that when they step on the ice, they’re going to be coming up short that evening.
As for the Rangers, they’re about as good as it gets these days which is why they are favorites tonight on NHL Odds. They’ve now won 12 of their last 15 games and are really clicking. Goaltender Cam Talbot has stood tall between the pipes, allowing one goal or less in four of his last five (allowed two goals in the other start). So far this month, he has an incredible .966 save percentage. On the flip side, the Sabres have allowed at least three goals in six straight games while giving up an average of 4.0 goals per game.
It’s a huge moneyline in this spot, so I’ll take a shot with the Rangers on the puck line here.
Free NHL Pick: Rangers -1.5 at The Greek
Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Islanders
Odds: Islanders -120
Both the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders are slumping these days. The Habs have five of six as Carey Price has a 2.41 GAA in that span. While his numbers are not bad, the bigger issue for Montreal has been that their offense has disappeared. They’ve scored just eight goals in their last five. As for the Islanders, they’ve dropped seven of their last 11. They started the season with 17 wins in their first 21 home games but are just 6-7 since at Nassau Coliseum.
So with that in mind, we’ll go with series history. The Habs have won both meetings this season and five of six. Carey Price has gone 4-1-0 with a 1.40 GA in his last five starts against New York while posting a .965 save percentage. That’s quite impressive. That being the case, I’ll roll with the Habs here.
Free NHL Pick: Canadiens +100 at 5Dimes