It’s a day of pucklines on Saturday as there are a few good favorites but I’m not interested in laying a bunch of juice. Let’s take some shots minus the goal-and-a-half with our NHL picks.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Detroit Red Wings
Odds: Red Wings -155
The Winnipeg Jets made a blockbuster trade this week but it didn’t produce the intended result they were looking for. They still scored just one goal in a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday, which means they’ve now dropped seven of their last nine.
On the flip side, Detroit is on a roll right now as they’ve won nine of their last 11 games. On top of that, they’ve got lead goaltender Jimmy Howard back in net as he’s back from injury and he’s ready to start. The Jets have lost six of seven against teams with a winning record and 19 of 27 this season. Meanwhile, Detroit has won six straight against teams with a losing record and 19 of 28 in that spot this season.
That being the case, let’s take a shot with the Red Wings on the puckline.
NHL Pick: Red Wings -1.5 at 5Dimes
New Jersey Devils vs. Nashville Predators
Odds: Predators -220
The Predators NHL odds favored them for this match as they continue to roll, the return of Pekka Rinne has recharged them. With him out of the lineup, they had lost four of five. However, they have righted the ship with their Vezina Trophy-caliber goaltender. They have allowed just seven goals over their last four games and now host the Devils on Saturday, who are a very low-scoring team. The Devils have lost three straight and scored just four goals in the process. On the season, they have scored just 2.32 goals per game on the road, which is good for 23rd in the NHL. And while they’re known as a solid defensive team, they’ve been much better at home than away. They have allowed 3.07 goals per game on the road, which is the seventh-worst number compared to 2.15 at home, which is fifth-best.
Beyond that, the Devils are in a back-to-back spot after visiting Chicago on Friday night. That means we might see a fatigued team. Nashville is the league’s best home team at 23-3-1. Take them with your NHL picks in this spot.
NHL Pick: Predators -1.5 at The Greek
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Minnesota Wild
Odds: Wild -180
Minnesota continues to climb the standings as the acquisition of Devan Dubnyk has changed the course of this team’s season. They’ve now won seven of their last eight games and have received some stellar play from Dubnyk, who has had a remarkable turnaround.
On Saturday, they’ll host a Carolina team that is last in the Metropolitan Division and has just eight wins in 29 road games. While they had been playing well earlier in January, they have hit another slump, losing four of their last six games. That being the case, take the Wild on the puckline in this spot. They should take care of business.
NHL Pick: Wild -1.5 at Bodog