10 games in the NHL on Saturday night with a number of contests starting early. Half the games will start at 5:30 PM ET or early while the remaining will start as usual. Here’s our top NHL picks.
New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Odds: Rangers -135
The Philadelphia Flyers are a tough team to back these days as it looks like they’re tuning out head coach Craig Berube. He had no answers for the team’s latest two losses as they fell to Toronto and Carolina after beating Nashville and Washington. As perplexed as he was, the truth of the matter is that this team hasn’t been reliable all season long. This month alone, they have seven losses in 11 games.
They don’t play well against the Rangers as they’ve lost four straight regular season meetings between the teams. And the Rangers playing at a very high level right now, coming into Saturdays contest on a four-game winning streak and winners in eight of their last nine. That being the case, I’ll take a shot with the Rangers as a NHL odds road favorite in this spot.
Free NHL Pick: Rangers at 5Dimes
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens
Odds: Canadiens -240
The Montreal Canadiens are playing very well these days and much of that has to do with goaltender Carey Price. Price has gone 13-1-1 with a 1.31 GAA in his last 15 starts, one of which was a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Leafs are a mess right now as they’ve already started traded away parts of their team. They know that the next couple of days could be a firesale, so the players aren’t going to go all out. The offense has been sluggish for Toronto recently as they’ve scored seven goals in their last two games but had just six in the four games prior. As a result, they’ve seen five goals or less in five of their last six games. We’ll look for that to happen once again on Saturday.
Free NHL Pick: Under 5 at The Greek
Ottawa Senators vs. San Jose Sharks
Odds: Sharks -155
The Ottawa Senators appeared to have been decimated by injuries at the goaltending position as they’re without their top two men but rookie Andrew Hammond has come in and played phenomenally. He has a 0.75 goals against average during the team’s four-game winning streak and he’s posted back-to-back shutouts on the road in Anaheim and Los Angeles. He’s only given up one goal in his last three games.
On Saturday, Hammond and the Sens will be in San Jose, facing a Sharks team that’s coming apart at the seams. San Jose has lost nine of their last 12 games and has been absolutely pathetic at home. The Sharks have lost six straight at the Shark Tank and have basically tuned out head coach Todd McLellan, who is likely to get fired soon. The Sharks have scored just 14 goals in those seven home losses.
That being the case, we’ll go under with our NHL picks in this one thanks to the Sharks offense and Hammond’s recent play.
Free NHL Pick: Under 5.5 at Bodog