Thursday’s NHL card features 10 games and we’ve got predictions on five of them. Read on below for three previews and picks, and we’ve got individual articles up to analyze the Washington-Boston and Pittsburgh-San Jose showdowns.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Winnipeg Jets
The Kings are a team that’s picking up steam and you’ll want to keep them in mind for your sports picks until we see something change. They’ve won five straight and made a big move at the trade deadline, acquiring Marian Gaborik to help their offense. It’s a sign that management backs this team to win now. Unfortunately, the Jets did not get a similar vote of confidence as they were idle at the deadline.
Winnipeg has played well under Paul Maurice, beating the teams who are around .500 or better. They still struggle against the league’s best, and that’s what the Kings are right now.
Pick: Kings -116 at BetOnline
St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators
Normally, I don’t like to lay a ton of juice with my NHL picks but the Blues at -140 make sense here. There’s the general assumption going around that the Preds can be competitive now that Pekka Rinne is back but this is a team that has a bunch of flaws. It wasn’t all goaltending.
St. Louis has won two straight since acquiring Ryan Miller and I expect them to keep on rolling. They’ve won seven of their last eight against Nashville, averaging 3.9 goals per game in their wins. They own the Preds and should take care of business again.
Pick: Blues -139 at BetMarathon
Montreal Canadiens vs. Phoenix Coyotes
The Canadiens turned out to be buyers at the trade deadline and that should give the team’s confidence a boost. They’ve been a top-four team in the Eastern Conference so far and if Thomas Vanek can give their offense a boost, the Habs might emerge as a dark horse.
In this game in particular, look for the Habs to play with some fire after management went out and got them some help at the deadline. They’re a road dog on the NHL odds and they look like good value here against a Coyotes team that’s dropped four of five.
Pick: Canadiens +110 at Pinnacle