NHL Free Picks & Predictions: November Weekend 22-24
With December almost here we look to the NHL standings, where the league is edged by the Washington Capitals who are slightly ahead of the Islanders.
A number of teams have been playing title-contending hockey in this campaign. The Oilers are among them and are boasting the most effective offense in the league, with Draisaitl alongside McDavid still atop of the scoring tables.
There are a number of excellent fixtures for you lot to get into this weekend. The Maple Leafs against the Avalanche is our favourite NHL free pick of the weekend.
- 01New York Rangers (2.57) @ Ottawa Senators (2.32)
- 02Vancouver Canucks (3.45) @ Washington Capitals (1.87)
- 03Toronto Maple Leafs (2.44) @ Colorado Avalanche (2.45)
- 04Minnesota Wild (3.72) @ Boston Bruins (1.80)
New York Rangers (2.57) @ Ottawa Senators (2.32)
We head to the Canadian Tire Centre, where a pair of Eastern Conference will faceoff. The Senators, who sit 24th in the NHL power rankings, will host the New York Rangers.
The Rangers go 9-8-2 for the season outright and will be buoyed by the 4-1 victory they took against the league leaders, the Washington Capitals.
But the Rangers have been hot and cold this season, they lost three of four before the win over the Capitals.
Ottawa, who are 10-11-1, also won their last game overcoming Montreal on the road midweek. The Senators have won 7 of their last ten meetings between these two sides, which will certainly give them a little confidence boost.
The fact the Senators are in better form, coupled with them having the homeside advantage, we see this one going to the Sens.
Take the Senators to win this at home.
Vancouver Canucks (3.45) @ Washington Capitals (1.87)
The Washington Capitals go into this one heavy favourites in the bookmakers’ eyes. This is unsurprising given their league position and the way they’ve been playing this season.
Minnesota had a torrid time at the start of the season and were rock bottom of the table for a while. But they’ve kicked on since then with big wins over a number of teams, putting them at 9-11-2 for the season outright.
The Capitals are 16-4-4 for the campaign. They’re led in offense by the Russian Alex Ovechkin, who has 15 goals and 20 assists for the season.
They have other players doing work offensively, namely Oshie, Vrana and Kuznetsov who have 10 goals a piece.
The Capitals are simply playing better hockey and it will take a slip-up from them, or a phenomenal performance from the Canucks to get the points here.
The NHL betting odds paint the picture in this one.
Take the Capitals to win at home.
Toronto Maple Leafs (2.44) @ Colorado Avalanche (2.45)
This will be the best game over the weekend. The Maple Leafs broke a 6-game losing streak in their last, by overcoming the Arizona Coyotes 3-1. This is the kind of confidence they’ll need up against a strong Avalanche side.
Their counterparts, the Colorado Avalanche lost out to the Minnesota Wild in a closely fought 3-2 game. There was some light in the game, though they lost 21-year-old Calgary boy Cale Makar managed to score both goals for the Avalanche.
Nathan MacKinnon still leads the scoring tables for the Avalanche, he sits on 13 goals and 19 assists for the season outright.
The Maple Leafs will turn to Auston Matthews to make things happen on the night. He has a record of 15 goals and 13 assists for the campaign.
It’ll be a closely fought contest, with both sides finding the net. But we think it’ll be Avalanche to edge it in the tie.
Expect the Avalanche to win this here.
Minnesota Wild (3.72) @ Boston Bruins (1.80)
Our final pick for the weekend takes us to TD Garden, as the Boston Bruins host the Minnesota Wild.
The Bruins are looking for a third straight win in this one, as are the Wild, who beat the Sabres and the Avalanche in their last two.
The Bruins are the second-best defensive team in the league right now, keeping their opponents to 2.38 goals per game. This is problematic for the Wild, who are only managing to score an average of 2.71 goals per contest.
The Wild has struggled in defense all season long. They are giving up 3.33 goals per game.
We mentioned the Bruins defensive excellence, but they aren’t bad at the other end either. Bostons’ offense is managing 3.57 goals per game. This will spell many problems for Minnesota, unless something drastic changes on the night.
The Wild seem to be improving, but we see this only going one way.
Take the Bruins to win this one at home.