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New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Islanders
Thu 21 Jan
PUCK LINE PICK

The New York Islanders have started the season 2-1, with their only loss coming in a game without starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov. With Varlamov back in net, the Islanders will likely have no problem taking down the New Jersey Devils. There’s a ton of value in the -1.5 line, as the Islanders are going up against an inferior Devils team. Anders Lee has led the way for the Islanders offense, leading the team in goals with two so far this season. The Islanders got off to a hot start this season by scoring four goals in their season opener against the Rangers. A similar performance should be expected on Thursday, when they try to pick up points against an East Division foe.

The Devils are coming off a hard-fought win over the Rangers thanks to a three-goal second period. Unfortunately for Devils fans, their team won’t be going up against a young, inexperienced goalie in this matchup. Their failure to convert on power-play opportunities (10 percent conversion rate) could really hurt in this one. They have also struggled on the penalty kill so far this season, giving up four goals on only 13 opportunities. The Islanders are a very talented team and will take advantage of New Jersey penalties. Look for the Islanders to win this one and perhaps get an empty-net goal to cash the puck line.

GAME TOTALS PICK

The Islanders are 0-3 against the over so far this season, combining for just one goal in their last two games. Varlamov has started the season 2-0 with two shutouts and should have no problem containing a Devils team that has a 1.7 xGF (goals expected in 5-on-5) this season. The Islanders have posted a disappointing 0.8 xGF, as they have only scored three goals in 5-on-5 situations this season. This bodes well for the under considering how good New Jersey has been at defending in these situations, only allowing one goal at even strength. The Devils will struggle to find the back of the net against Varlamov to keep this total under 5.5.

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Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus Blue Jackets
Thu 21 Jan
Money Line Pick

With so many back-to-back games in the NHL season so far, it is odd to see that the Lightning have not played in six days. They are 2-0 with both wins coming by more than a margin of -1.5 against the struggling Blackhawks. Tampa Bay has picked up right where it left off after their Stanley Cup win despite missing former Hart Trophy winner Nikita Kucherov, who is out for the season with an injury. The Bolts have scored 10 goals for and allowed only three in the first two games, as Andrei Vasilevskiy has shown he is an elite goaltender with a .950 save percentage. The Lightning’s top line has been the driving force with captain Steven Stamkos leading the way with five points, while his linemates Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat each have three points.

Columbus did not start the season the way it wanted, as star player Pierre-Luc Dubois requested a trade but agreed to keep playing in the meantime. He has registered only one point in four games. As head coach John Tortorella tries to figure out what his team will look like, third line center Aexander Texier is their leading scorer and offseason acquisition Max Domi has only one point. On Tuesday against Detroit, the Blue Jackets battled back to tie it up late before losing in overtime…but that was against a Red Wings team that is destined for last place in the division. Take the Lightning.

Game Totals Pick

Only one of the Blue Jackets’ four games this season has gone over the game total number, but this is a Columbus team that should be scoring more. Eight goals on the season and 0-for-7 on the power play is not going to make Tortorella happy. But worse than that is their star defenseman who are making a ton of money are not playing up to their ability. Seth Jones is -5 with no points and linemate Zach Werenski is -4 with no points. In contrast, the Lightning are showing their depth on the back end as Mikhail Sergachev is starting to show why he will be an elite defenseman in the NHL for a long time; he already has two goals this season and is an amazing +5. Add in Conn Smythe winner Victor Hedman–who has two points on the power play–as the quarterback of their top unit and I can only see Tampa Bay filling up the net in all situations on Thursday. Take the over.

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Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers
Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins
Thu 21 Jan
Money Line Pick

The start to the Bruins season has been a polarizing one. On Sunday the Bruins were able to hold the Islanders to just 17 shots on net, but still lost the game 1-0. The new faces on the Bruins blueline have been spectacular! They rank fourth in team defense allowing just 1.67 goals against per game and haven’t allowed a single power play goal against all year. (So much for missing Zdeno Chara!) 

 Offensively, however, the Bruins are in desperate need of their reigning Rocket-Richard trophy winner, David Pastrnak. Boston has only scored three goals this season, none of which came at even strength! However, a deeper look into the Bruins offensive misfortunes shows that the Bruins have generated a significant number of expected goals but have been snake-bit by some stellar goaltending. Luckily for the Bruins the Flyers have been one of the weakest teams in the league defensively five on five. Philadelphia has allowed five goals or more in three of its four matches so far this year. Things will only get more challenging for them to defend as they will be without the reigning Selke Winner, Sean Couturier. Expect to see a hungry Bruins team eager to take advantage of this weaker-defensive Flyers squad.  The Bruins will also be playing their first game at home this season which should provide some extra confidence.  Take the Bruins to win a close one as they finally breakout for some well-deserved goals.

Game Totals Pick

The Bruins faced lots of scrutiny for letting go of veteran-defensemen Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug this offseason. Thankfully for Bruins’ General Manager Don Sweeney, the stellar play of the young replacement players has silenced all the critics.  The Bruins allowed just four regulation goals against over their first three games. Not only are they a perfect 13 for 13 on the penalty kill, but they also scored a short-handed goal making them the only team in the league with a +1 goal differential shorthanded. Although the Flyers have been scoring at an above average rate, they have done so vs less-than-average goaltending. Whether Boston goes with Tuukka Rask or Jaroslav Halak in net this will easily be the best goaltender they have faced this season. Take the under as it will be hard for either team to score more than three goals in this one.

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Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets
Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Senators
Thu 21 Jan
Money Line Pick

The Jets and Senators meet again on Thursday night in Ottawa. Winnipeg battled back after going down 3-1 in the previous meeting on Tuesday and managed to pull off a surprising comeback victory in OT. Both of these teams have looked pretty even in terms of offensive production, so the advantage on Thursday could be in net for the Jets. Last season, Connor Hellebuyck won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie. He currently has a 2.50 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. And since Laurent Brossoit–Winnipeg’s backup goalie–got the win against the Senators on Tuesday night, Hellebuyck should be well-rested heading into this one. The Sens also have only managed 21.5 shots on net per game, that’s good for second-to-last in the league. With not many chances against one of the best goaltenders in the league, it doesn’t sound like a recipe for success.

The Jets’ offense, on the other hand, has managed 31 shots on goal per game. Going up against Matt Murray, who’s had all three starts for the Senators, could play in Winnipeg’s favor. Kyle Connor on the Jets is in rare company right now. He joins a small list of six active players to have scored in each of their teams’ first three games of a season multiple times. He solved Murray once on Tuesday night, so he might be expecting to extend that streak to four games in this one. Winnipeg might have the edge after their huge comeback win earlier this week and because Helleybuyck is in the net. Taking them on the money line is the way to go.

Game Totals Pick

This game could play similar to Tuesday night and should be tightly contested for a full 60 minutes. The North Division hasn’t been as high scoring as previously anticipated. So, with a Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender on the Jets and two-time Stanley cup champion in net for the Sens, the under seems like a good call in this one. Yes, the last game between these teams hit the over, but that was with Winnipeg’s backup in net and Murray had his worst statistical games of the season with a .857 save percentage. The Jets are struggling to score goals (2.5 per game right now). Oddsmakers might be focused the Jets’ lethal players and Ottawa’s record last season when making these lines. With the grind-it-out style of play the Senators employ, this second matchup shouldn’t be as high scoring.

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Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Canucks
Thu 21 Jan
MONEY LINE PICK

After an exciting matchup last night that ended in a shootout win for the Canucks, the Canadiens look to even the series on Thursday night. In what’s sure to be another hard-fought battle, the Canadiens will need to limit their penalties after giving Vancouver six power play opportunities last night. Montreal was able to score on 100% of their power play opportunities last night but unfortunately were only given the lone chance. Tyler Toffoli led the offense last night by scoring three of their five goals. Coming into last night, Cary Price was 7-0-1 in his last eight starts against the Canucks. He’ll bounce back tonight and help the Canadiens get back in the win column.

Vancouver was able to snap a three-game losing streak to move out of last place in the North Division. After starting the season 0/15 on power play opportunities, the Canucks were finally able to capitalize on the power play scoring three goals on only six chances. That was very uncharacteristic of the Canadiens, who had only allowed two power play goals with an 85.7% PK this season. That shouldn’t be expected again in this one and Montreal will remain at the top of the North Division by grabbing two points tonight.

GAME TOTALS PICK

Vancouver made drastic changes on Wednesday night by only allowing one power play opportunity. They had allowed 20 power play opportunities in just four games leading up to their first showdown against the Canadiens. Expect the Canadiens to follow suit and clean up their undisciplined play that produced six minor penalties last night. By eliminating penalties, that’ll allow Montreal to take advantage of their experienced netminder who has a great history against the Canucks. With both teams putting an emphasis on defense and eliminating penalties this meeting will look much different than the first. J.T Miller and Bo Horvat took advantage of the Montreal penalties last night but will struggle at full strength in this one. Wednesday’s matchup was an off night for Montreal and has gifted us with an inflated game total of 6.5. Take advantage of this by betting the under.

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Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles Kings
Thu 21 Jan
Puck Line Pick

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This is a rematch of Tuesday night’s game where Colorado controlled much of it until the third period. The Kings were able to score two third period goals, but ended up falling short, with a final score of 3-2. The Avalanche were held to just 24 shots by the Kings, which is well short of their 32.2 shots per game pace of last season. Although they won the game, this is a Kings team that the Avalanche should be able to dominate with ease. The Avalanche have had no issue scoring goals so far this season, however, the only issue is a large majority of them have come on the powerplay. They have just four even-strength goals in three games. For a lineup as deep as they are, this is very poor. If this team is going to make a Stanley cup run like they are primed to do, they need to be able to produce both 5-on-5 and on the powerplay.

This LA Kings team is going through a rebuild and they are showing the signs of it. In their first three games, they have squandered two late third period leads and headed into the other third period trailing 3-0. The Kings have a respectable top two lines, which they rely on heavily for their scoring, but there is a serious drop off in their bottom six forwards. They are backed by Jonathan Quick who has a tough 3.73 gaa and .887 save percentage through his first two starts and has seen the better days of his career come and go. Colorado has the edge in every aspect of the game and look for them to get their 5-on-5 scoring back on track. Avs puck line is the play.

Game Total Pick

The Avs managed three goals on 24 shots last game. They have the ability to produce a lot more than 24 shots. Earlier this season when they were limited offensively by the Blues in the first game of the season, they followed it up with an explosive eight goal performance. I like the chances of seeing an explosive Avalanche performance. The Avs should be able to score four or five goals on their own in this game and the Kings do have some offensive fire power at the top of theirs that can chip in as well. Last game the total ended at five goals, which included a few missed empty net opportunities. This caused the game to stay under the total. The over is offering some good value for just 5.5 goals. That kind of value with an Avalanche team that can score at a very high clip, I will take that any day. The over will be the play here.

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NHL Picks and NHL Predictions

Your Home For Free NHL Expert Picks For The 2021 Season

NHL picks and NHL predictions for every game of the 2021 season. We crunch the numbers, analyze the data, and provide free NHL expert picks each and every day. The NHL is exciting to wager on and there are plenty of opportunities for wins with a rescheduled and reshaped 56-game season running from 13th January 2021 through to a last possible day of the Stanley Cup set for July 9th, 2021.

The Tampa Bay Lightning were crowned Stanley Cup Champions in September 2020 after defeating the Dallas Stars 4-2 in the Stanley Cup to win their second-ever title.  Lots of hockey is to be played in 2021 before we find out who the next Stanley Cup champions will be, but it’s the Colorado Avalanche that is the pre-season favorite at +700.

NHL 2021 Schedule – What is new in the NHL for 2021

Following a four-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the NHL chose to forgo the remaining regular-season games, instead, seeing 24 teams return to compete for the Stanley Cup. With the NHL season concluding on September 28th following Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup victory.

With this in mind, the 2020-2021 NHL schedule has been disrupted and it now aiming to kick off on January 13th, 2021, with a last possible date for the conclusion of the Stanley Cup set for July 9th, 2021.

Here are the key dates for the 2021 NHL schedule. As with all sport in the current climate, these dates are assumptive and open to change following Covid-19 developments.

  • Jan. 13 – 2020-21 NHL Regular Season begins
  • April 12 – NHL Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET)
  • May 8 – Last day of the NHL regular season
  • May 11 – NHL  Stanley Cup Playoffs begin
  • July 9 – Last possible day for the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final

Regular Season NHL Schedule Changes in 2021

Unquestionably the biggest change to the 2021 NHL season schedule is the realignment of the divisions. The two leading factors for what was an expected realignment is the reduction of travel across the US and the fact the US/Canada border is currently closed and travel restricted due to the pandemic.

Resulting from this, the divisions were realigned which includes an all-Canadian division, title the North division. There are also three more realigned divisions named East, West, and Central, as their names will suggest, divisions, have been regionalized to reduce travel across the United States, as teams will only play against other teams in their division throughout the NHL regular-season schedule.

Teams in the West, Central, and East Divisions will face each of their seven opponents eight times while in the North Division, the teams will face their six divisional rivals either nine or 10 times.

The breakdown of each division and the teams in them can be found below.

North Division

Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, and Winnipeg Jets

West Division

Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, St Louis Blues, and Vegas Golden Knights

East Division

Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, and Tampa Bay Lightning

Central Division

Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Washington Capitals

2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule Changes

The 2020-21 NHL season will see the league break from its traditional wild-card format come the NHL playoffs. Instead, the top four teams from the four realigned divisions will progress into the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs to make up 16 playoff-bound teams.

From there, the top seed in each division will face the fourth seed within their division, while the second will face the third.  The winners of each playoff series will face off in the second divisional round of the playoffs to determine a winner from each of the four divisions. Once the divisional bracketing is taken care of, the four remaining playoff teams will be re-seeded to play for a place in the Stanley Cup Finals.

When do the NHL playoffs start in 2021?

As things currently stand, the NHL regular season is set to conclude on May 8th, 2021, and the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are due to start just three days later on the 11th of May. The Playoffs will be played through the remainder of May and June, with the latest finish date set for July 9th to reduce the knock-on effect the season will have on next year’s campaign. Lots of hockey is to be played between now and the NHL playoffs and with the pandemic a moving, fluid situation for league officials to navigate, these days are provisional and much like other sports in 2020 and into 2021, disruptions are likely to occur.

How Do I Get NHL Picks For Today?

NHL betting is most similar to that of the MLB. The most popular NHL wagering is done via the Moneyline (ML) where a bettor simply picks a winner or loser of the game finding value in the price. Just like an MLB pitcher, NHL game lines are determined largely in part by the goaltender matchup. You’re going to pay a premium price (-180 or more) for putting in an NHL free pick on a solid goaltender – but it’s one position that can literally win or lose the bet for you. Fatigue is also a factor in finding the best NHL free bets as Team A may be playing their first game in a week while Team B is in their 3rd contest in 5 nights.

We try to post our NHL predictions for today at least 24 hours in advance. However, due to the huge volume of games, this can sometimes be impossible if teams are playing back-to-back games. We want to get our picks up as close as possible to the opening lines so we can get on the early line value.

NHL Predictions For Today’s Games

We provide insight into each game of all 31 teams’ seasons. This includes sides, puck lines, and totals based on trends, injuries, schedule, value, and more. There’s a lot of hockey being played on each and every night which is why our free expert NHL picks are so valuable.

NHL Picks Against the Spread

NHL betting has a 1.5 goal spread known as the puck line (PL). Again just like baseball betting has the run line (-1.5). NHL wagers are exciting until the very last second of the game as teams often pull their goaltender near the end to get an extra skater on the ice. All of a sudden an empty-net goal pushes your NHL free pick to victory – or defeat. Betting on the puck line provides better payout odds and NHL picks against the spread can also be pushed to higher numbers such as -2.5 or 3.5 goals for an even better return on investment.

NHL Over / Under Free Picks

Most games are listed right around 5.5 goals in the NHL. The total number of goals is the total of combined goals by both teams and you can either select over or under the total. If the line is 5.5 and you wish to wager on the over then the total combined goals for the game must be 6 or more for you to cash your ticket.

NHL over/under betting is an interesting wager. A huge factor to take into consideration is the goaltenders as they have a huge part to play influencing the number of goals in the game. A goaltender’s Goals Against Average (GAA) is a key stat to measure the effectiveness of a goaltender.

Looking For Different NHL Predictions Tonight?

If you’re tired of betting on the same NHL markets day in, day out then don’t worry. We have you covered.

NHL teasers aren’t really available because the puck line is already relatively low at -1.5 goals. If you were to combine multiple teams in a wager and get, say, 4 goals added to your side the price wouldn’t be worth the return.

NHL parlays are a very popular option on both Moneyline and puck line plays. The ‘grand salami’ is available to wager, where you bet on all teams at once – whether they all combine to score ‘over’ or ‘under’ a certain amount of goals.

NHL player props are a fun bet to make on NHL games. You can bet on a player to score a goal, a player to score a point, have an assist, first and last goalscorer. For goalie props, you can bet on over/under saves.

NHL live betting is becoming very popular with the rise of online sportsbooks. You can wager on each period line and watch the action happen live.

NHL Playoff Predictions 2020/21

In addition to free NHL regular season picks, we also provide a detailed breakdown of every single matchup in the postseason. NHL postseason betting is thrilling because each game of a series is crucial and players leave it all on the ice – many times needing OT (or many OTs) to finally decide a winner.

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