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Tampa Bay Lightning
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Dallas Stars
Dallas Stars
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Faceoffs, penalties, and giveaways. Those are three major focal points that head coach Rick Bowness has preached since taking over the Stars, and it’s a big reason why they’re in the Stanley Cup Finals. However, Dallas had one fewer faceoff win and two fewer penalty minutes than the Lightning in Game 2, and they still couldn’t win. Plus, while they carried over the intensity and aggressiveness that they displayed in Game 1, it didn’t have the same impact on their opponent; the Lightning scored three early goals and managed to put it on cruise control for the rest of the game. Dallas was always going to be playing as underdogs, but it’s especially worrisome that all of the attributes that made them successful proved to be fruitless on Monday night.

Plus, let’s not forget that basically everything was pointing in Tampa Bay’s direction entering the series. For instance, the Lightning have dominated the Stars in recent years, going 6-1-3 in their last 10 matchups. Tampa Bay also had the superior road record (30-14-3 vs. 24-16-3), which is relevant for neutral ice purposes. Hell, Tampa Bay even had the upper hand in favorite vs. underdog records (49-28-6 vs. 24-14-3). Tampa Bay is the favorite for very good reason, and nothing in this series has convinced us otherwise. We’re taking Lightning money line.


Both the Lightning and the Stars have seemingly played in low-scoring affairs for the past month. That’s somewhat true, but it’s also hyperbole. The first two games of this series have averaged five goals per game, and while both offenses are struggling with inconsistency right now, there’s plenty of reasons to think we’ll see a change towards the over on Wednesday.

For starters, the total has gone over in five of Tampa Bay’s last seven games against a Western Conference opponent, and the total has gone over in five of their last seven road games against the Stars (take that for what you will, but we still think it’s important on neutral ice). It goes even further than that; the total has gone over in 14 of the last 20 meetings between these squads. Sure, Dallas prefers to play in these low-scoring grinders, but Tampa Bay is clearly in control of this series, and that means the play style should pivot to their high-flying, fast-paced strategy. We’re confident the total is going over.

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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, 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?

NHL restart schedule – NHL Playoffs 2020 

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;

Eastern Conference

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

Western Conference

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

When do the NHL playoffs start in 2020?

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;

  • Qualifiers and round-robins: Saturday, Aug. 1
  • First round: Aug. 11
  • Second round: Aug. 25 (tentative)
  • Conference finals: Sept. 8 (tentative)
  • Stanley Cup Final: Sept. 22 (tentative)

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 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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