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NHL picks and NHL predictions for every game of the 2019/20 season. We crunch the numbers, analyze the data, and provide free NHL expert picks each and every day.
The Blues continued to play poor hockey in game one, losing 5-2. While they may not have “tried” in the placement group games, they now find themselves in a rough position, down 0-1 in the first-round. Things are going to need to change quickly if their Stanley Cup defense is going to continue, but when exactly is St. Louis going to wake up? They were especially bad against power plays, allowing three goals to Vancouver in these situations. The Blues did have more shots and a power play goal of their own, but when your defense looked as bad as they did, it really does not make a difference. Jordan Binnginton looked awful as well, allowing all five goals, making 17 saves. That gave him a save percentage of 77.27. The Canucks looked just the opposite and they continue to pound the puck in the back of the net. Basically it comes down to the high scoring Vancouver team against the lackluster defense of St. Louis. Until the Blues proved they can limit their opponent’s goals, I am going back to Vancouver to beat them in game two.
Normally an under play is pretty safe when you know you have a defensive minded team like St. Louis. Even against a goal happy Canucks side, I would have thought the Blues would have stepped it up defensively and grind out a win in game one. Clearly the opposite is the case and I do not see the Blues’ defense being fixed overnight. They may just have to score to win this game and series for the matter and I like there to be goals in game two. The Blues are allowing 4.5 goals through four games so far and the Canucks are scoring 3.4. It will be a lean, but I expect the Blues’ defense to continue to collapse just like they did in game one.
Two Eastern Conference teams are back for game two of this series as the Islanders look to take a commanding lead. They won game one by a score of 4-2, after a three-goal third period. This especially does not look good for Washington because they clearly were controlling the game in the second period before allowing four straight goals. Also, Alexander Ovechkin has failed to get involved in really any game since the restart, having not earned a single point in any of the placement group games or game one of this series. Actually none of the first line guys for the Capitals scored in the series opener, as it was T.J. Oshie from the second line to net both goals. Seeing how the Capitals respond, especially in the first period, is going to be huge if they want to tie up this series. It will also come down to the play of their goalie, Braden Holtby, who allowed all four goals to New York and had a save percentage of 85.19%. Plus, the Islanders were able to balance their attack, with four different guys picking up goals in game one. Nothing I saw from game one gives me confidence in a quick turnaround for Washington, so until Ovechkin starts to look like himself, I will take the Islanders to go up 2-0 in the series.
It really looked like goals were going to be hard to come by in the first game, with none being scored in the first period. Three goals in the second period changed the tone however, and allowed a more open game as the Islanders pushed for that tying goal. Once the Islanders took the lead, Washington looked defeated which allowed New York to score once again. Now the last four head to head meetings have seen at least six goals scored, so I look for Washington to really put on the pressure to try and tie this series. We have already seen the Capitals’ goalie play a below average game one, so I will look for this one to be a shootout and will grab the over.
The Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames continue their first-round series with game three on Friday night. Yes, they are playing back to back games in the playoffs and yes that is crazy if you ask me. The Flames are led by three guys in particular, that being Johnny Gaudreau ((20 G, 41 A), Sean Monahan (24 G, 30 A) and leading scorer Elias Lindholm (31 G, 26 A). So far in the playoffs, it is Monahan leading the way with points, having scored two goals and assisted four. Both of the other top forwards mentioned have contributed three points each, two goals and one assist. They are also getting production from some of their other lines, including Dillon Dube, who opened the scoring in game two. Can they use this depth to continue breaking through what tends to be a stifling Dallas defense? That really depends on if Cameron Talbot can remain stout in goal. He did so well in game one, but allowed two goals in the first period of game two. Regardless of how the series has gone so far, I think the Flames have been the better team since the restart and will find a way through the Stars’ defense in game three. It would be a lean to Calgary, but a small one.
Game two got off to a quick start, seeing a goal come in the first 19 seconds. A total of three goals came in the first period as neither team’s defense looked to be on their A-game. Especially Calgary, who had already allowed more goals in the second period of game two than they had in game one. These playoffs have started to become a goal-fest for whatever reason, but I think we will see another game of scoring here. Both teams have scorers all over the ice, so the only way I can lean is to an over.
NHL picks and NHL predictions for every game of the 2019/20 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 an 82-game season that runs from October to April.
The St Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals in 2019 in a seven-game thriller to conclude the 2018/19 season. But who will bring home the Stanley Cup in the 2019/20 season?
After a four-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL will forgo the remaining regular-season games, instead, 24 teams return to compete for the Stanley Cup 2020.
The NHL restart and playoffs will be played in two regional hubs, both in Canada to circumvent the travel issues and reduce the risk to players, coaches, and staff.
The Eastern Conference games will be played at Scotiabank Place in Toronto, and the Western Conference matchups will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
The 24 teams that will take part in the NHL restart are the top 12 ranked teams in each conference. The top four in each conference, as decided by points percentages, receive a bye into the first round of the playoffs. The top 4 from each conference will play a round-robin style tournament to determine their seed ahead of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, while the remaining 16 teams will play eight best-of-5 series to earn a spot in the first round of the NHL playoffs.
The 24 teams that will participate in the NHL restart are the top 12 ranked teams in each conference, as follows;
Top 4 seeds – Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers
Remaining teams – New York Rangers, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets
Top 4 seeds – St. Louis Blue, Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights, and Dallas Stars
Remaining teams – Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Arizona Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks, Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets
The NHL restart is scheduled to start Saturday, Aug. 1, with the first round of the playoffs set to start on Aug. 11. While the remainder of the NHL playoff schedule isn’t set in stone, there are provisional dates through to the Stanley Cup Finals which are to be completed no later than October 4th. The NHL playoffs as they stand are scheduled to take place as follows;
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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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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