NHL Picks & NHL Predictions

NHL picks and NHL predictions for every game of the 2019/20 season. We crunch the numbers, analyse the data and provide free NHL expert picks each and every day.

Fri, Jul 31st - 8:00pm ET:
Chicago Blackhawks @ Edmonton Oilers picks, expert predictions & betting tips

Chicago Blackhawks
Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Series Winner

Series Pick

The well-known Chicago Blackhawks are looking for the upset as they will take on the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Chicago got their wish granted as they made the playoffs in the new NHL format for 2020 as they come in with a 32-30-8 record. On the flip side, Edmonton has a far superior record with a 37-25-9 regular-season finish. For Edmonton, they are led by superstars Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid, and goaltender Mikko Koskinen. Those three can easily turn it up during the series and take over this average Blackhawks team. Even though Chicago won two out of the three matchups against Edmonton in 2020, it was a very high scoring ugly game. Given the time-off, expect Edmonton to return back to their impressive form and slow down the fast place Chicago team. Both teams are scoring more than three goals per game and allowing 2.8 goals per game. However, the difference is the Oilers having a plus eight-goal differential. It may not be a sweep, but Edmonton has the firepower to win this series. Expect lots of goals throughout this series as the Oilers are the play for this series pick.

Fri, Jul 31st - 8:00pm ET:
Arizona Coyotes @ Nashville Predators picks, expert predictions & betting tips

Arizona Coyotes
Nashville Predators
Arizona Series Winner

Series Pick

We have a Western Conference clash as the Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators square off in the first round of the expanded NHL playoffs. Arizona comes into this series with an overall record of 33-29-8, while Nashville enters with an impressive 35-26-8 record. For Arizona, they can be one of the most exciting teams to watch with their shutdown defense. The Coyotes finished the regular season with an outstanding 2.47 goals allowed per game which was 4th in the league. Tie that into one of the most surprising goalies in the league in Darcy Kuemper and I smell an upset. Kuemper finished the season with a 16-11-2 record with allowing just 2.22 goals per game. It’s still unknown how many games Kuemper will play as he splits time with Antti Raanta, but I’m confident in this Coyotes defense. Even though Nashville might have the upper hand on offense with scoring 3.1 goals per game, their defense is not much better. The Predators are allowing nearly three goals per game as Arizona should be able to sneak in a couple per game and keep the game close and in control. I’m smelling an upset here and love the odds given to the Coyotes. Plus money is always great especially knowing Arizona has scored more combined goals in the two matches against the Predators in 2020. Let’s ride with Arizona.

Fri, Jul 31st - 8:00pm ET:
Vancouver Canucks @ Minnesota Wild picks, expert predictions & betting tips

Vancouver Canucks
Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Series Winner

Series Pick

Two high scoring teams will face off in a five-game series as the Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Cancucks will meet once again in the playoffs. For Minnesota, they finished the regular season with an overall record of 35-27-7 while the Vancouver finished with a 36-27-6 record. These two teams are practically twins as they love to score and often. Vancouver comes in with a higher goal per game average with 3.25 while Minnesota holds 3.16 goals to their name. This series has high scoring written all over as even the series finale in the regular season came down to a shootout. Even though Vancouver comes in as the favorites, I’m loving the odds given to Minnesota. At even odds, I can get a high scoring team that will not go down without a fight. Especially with how goaltender Alex Stalock played to finish off the regular season, I’m riding with the Wild. The goalie finished with a 20-11-4 record with allowing 2.67 goals per game. Looking at the film, Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom was very hot and cold. He finished the regular season with a 23-16-4 record with allowing 2.75 goals per contest. It’s going to come down to the goalies and defense, and with those odds, you have to side with the Wild. Give me Minnesota at +100.

Fri, Jul 31st - 8:00pm ET:
Winnipeg Jets @ Calgary Flames picks, expert predictions & betting tips

Winnipeg Jets
Calgary Flames
Calgary Series Winner

Series Pick

The Calgary Flames are looking to be the dark horse in the new NHL playoff format as they take on the Winnipeg Jets. Last season, both teams were bounced in the first round as this should be one of the closest series from the bunch. Calgary finished the regular season with an impressive 36-27-7 record as Winnipeg was right behind with a 27-28-6 record. However, one key area that separates these two teams is killing the power play. The Flames have been one of the best in league killing the advantage as they finished eighth in the league with an 82.1 percent penalty kill. Over the last 196 power plays, Calgary only allowed just 35 goals. On the other side, Winnipeg would have been the second-worst penalty kill team if the original 16-team format was in effect. Winnipeg is ranked 22nd in the league with a 77.6 percent penalty kill as they allowed 39 goals over 174 attempts. Adding onto that, Calgary adds onto their advantage with a superior goaltender of David Rittich. Throughout the regular season, Rittich posted a 24-17-6 record and have a decent backup of Cam Talbot if need be. With most of these matchups playing at a neutral site, I’m leaning towards the Flames with confidence out of all of these teams. They were also one of the best road teams in the league. In conclusion, I’m loving the Flames and would count them winning this series as one of my best bets.

Fri, Jul 31st - 8:00pm ET:
Florida Panthers @ New York Islanders picks, expert predictions & betting tips

Florida Panthers
New York Islanders
New York Series Winner

Series Pick

Head coach Barry Trotz will be looking to win another Stanley Cup as he leads the New York Islanders against the Florida Panthers. New York has been known for having a rough n tough backline as they only allow 2.79 goals per game which is 9th in the league. Without a doubt, the defense will be tested because the Florida Panthers are scoring an average of 3.30 goals per game which is 6th in the league. Do not be surprised if this series goes the full five games. The one area I see a clear edge is the Islanders’ ability to score on the Panthers goaltenders. The Panthers currently come into this series allowing 3.25 goals per game as Sergei Bobrovsky has been inconsistent the whole season. The goaltender held a .900 save percentage and will be tested every game. New York might not have a flashy offense, but they should be able to score against the Panthers more than once. When the lines opened in late May, New York was labeled as the underdogs but have quickly turned into small favorites here. Jump on the Islanders before they become heavy favorites and lose value.

Fri, Jul 31st - 8:00pm ET:
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Toronto Maple Leafs picks, expert predictions & betting tips

Columbus Blue Jackets
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Series Winner

Series Pick

The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to continue their offensive ways into the NHL playoffs as they square off with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Toronto has been known for being the powerhouse of the league as they enter this five-game series with scoring an average of 3.39 goals per game. Toronto will once again be leaning towards the offense to secure some much-needed wins as this will be the fourth straight playoff appearances for the Leafs. However, they have yet to make it out of the first round since the 2003-2004 season. Will they be able to finally break the curse? On the other side of this matchup, the Blue Jackets should be fully healthy for this series as that has been the biggest issue for the team thus far. Even though a lot of bettors are loving the value of the Blue Jackets knocking out the Maple Leafs in the first round, I’m loving the way, Frederik Andersen has been playing. With Toronto, he posted a record of 29-13-7 with 2.85 goals allowed per game and a .909 save percentage this season. Toronto is more well rounded than Columbus and should be able to finally move into the second round. Give me the Maple Leafs. 

Fri, Jul 31st - 8:00pm ET:
Montreal Canadiens @ Pittsburgh Penguins picks, expert predictions & betting tips

Montreal Canadiens
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Series Winner

Series Pick

The Penguins come into this playoff series against the Canadiens with a regular-season record of 40-23-6 with a winning percentage of .623 On the other hand, the Canadiens have a far worse record of 31-31-9 with barely making the playoffs. This will be the first time the Canadiens enter the playoffs since 2017 as they hold a roster of hopeful young stars and a veteran goaltender leading the way. Carey Price has been the spotlight of the Canadiens with a .909 save percentage and holding a 27-25 record.

As for the veteran filled Penguins, they won back to back Championships from 2015-2017 and will be one of the top teams heading into the playoffs. Captain Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Tristian Jarry are the core of Pittsburgh and should easily take care of the Canadiens here. Pittsburgh is way overpowered here and should be able to sweep Montreal. The Penguins have one of the highest series odds for a reason because they have the talent and experience to cause problems in this new playoff format. Even though the Pittsburgh Penguins ended their regular season losing eight of their last 11 games, they are the far superior roster team here. Pittsburgh is well-rested and should be back to their winning ways. 

Fri, Jul 31st - 8:00pm ET:
New York Rangers @ Carolina Hurricanes picks, expert predictions & betting tips

New York Rangers
Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Series Winner

Series Pick

The Carolina Hurricanes will be entering this playoff series matchup as the #6 seed as they will take on the New York Rangers with the #11 seed. With an impressive regular-season record of 38-25-5, the Hurricanes are the heavy favorites here with -150 odds to move onto the next round. Can they repeat the same type of energy and fight they did back in 2019? 

The playoff Canes are a different team in my eyes. It will not play in favor of New York as these two teams will be meeting for the first time in franchise history in the playoffs. New York has yet to see the fight of the playoff Hurricanes. Goalie Petr Mrazek will get the spotlight once again as he took it and ran with it back in 2019 during his impressive five playoff wins. During those five wins, two of those were shutouts, and never dropped below a .919 save percentage. On the flip side, this will be the first time since 2016 the New York Rangers enter the playoffs. It’s unclear who will get the starting nod at the goalie spot as Igor Shesterkin was a surprise success late in the regular season posting a 10-2 record. Even though the underdog story might be in place for the Rangers to knock off the once heroic playoff Hurricanes, I love Carolina in this spot.

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NHL Picks and NHL Predictions

Your Home For Free NHL Expert Picks For The 2019/20 Season

NHL picks and NHL predictions for every game of the 2019/20 season. We crunch the numbers, analyse the data and provide free NHL expert picks each and every day. The NHL is exciting to wager on and there is plenty of opportunities for wins with an 82-game season that runs from October to April.

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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 and 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 selech 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 goaltender as they have a huge part to play influencing the number of goals in the game. A goaltenders goals against average (GAA) is a key stat to measure the effectiveness of a goaltender.

Another interesting factor to take into consideration is the empty net play of teams near the end of the game.

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

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, 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 lines and watch the action happen live.

NHL Playoff Predictions 2019/20

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 OT’s) to finally decide a winner.

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