NHL Weekend Free Picks & Predictions: December 5-8

NHL Weekend Free Picks & Predictions: December 5-8

The Bruins have been tipped for the NHL leaders by the Capitals as we enter the second weekend of December, with the Capitals on a 5-game win streak.

We have the best matchups over the weekend for you right here, starting with fifth-placed in the NHL power rankings, Colorado up against the Canadiens at Centre Bell.

So let’s get into it.


Colorado Avalanche (1.94) vs Montreal Canadiens (1.89)

We have an Interconference clash on the ice, as we head North of the border for a matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and the Montreal Canadiens.

Colorado have been playing well of late, and over the course of the season. They’re second in the Central Division and go 17-8-2 for the season outright.

The Avalanche are on a 4-game win streak, including wins over the Maple Leafs, Blackhawks and Oilers. Colorado took both games of a back-to-back series with the Blackhawks, scoring 12 goals in 2 games.

The Canadiens go 12-10-6 outright for the season. They’ve struggled a lot recently, but took a huge win in their last against the Islanders to break an 8-game losing streak.

But Colorado have the momentum and just winning one game, isn’t enough to claim they’re back in form. We will go against the NHL betting odds in this one.

Expect the Avalanche to win this one.

Colorado Avalanche To go to a Decision


Pittsburgh Penguins (1.96) vs Arizona Coyotes (3.26)

We have an East vs West matchup, as the Penguins head to Arizona for a matchup with the Coyotes. The Penguins snapped a two-game losing streak in the last, with a 3-0 shutout of the Blues.

The Penguins are 15-9-4 for the season outright. They’re led in attack by Jake Guentzel, who has 15 goals and 12 assists for the campaign so far. Pittsburgh have also had the likes of McCann, Rust, Malkin and Kahun in offense.

Arizona Coyotes are still led by Conor Garland, who hasn’t found the net in a while. The Coyotes snapped a 2-game losing streak in their last, putting them at 16-9-4 overall.

Arizona were excellent in their last game against the Blue Jackets. They took the game 4-2, with Soderberg and Crouse picking up the goals.

We like this matchup and fell the Penguins will come through in this one, so we chose this as our NHL free pick of the day.

Take the Penguins to win this one on the road.

Pittsburgh Penguins To beat Arizona Coyotes
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Los Angeles Kings (3.31) vs Edmonton Oilers (1.94)

The Oilers went against our pick and the NHL betting odds in their last game, losing 5-3 to the Senators at Rogers Place. Edmonton have been very poor at home this season and it’s cost them.

Though they are still top of the Pacific Division, going 17-10-3. The likes of Draisaitl, who picked up an assist against the Sens, and McDavid will be geared up for this one, having thrown away a win against a Sens team they should have beaten.

The Kings come into this one having lost their last two games, including a 3-1 loss to the NHL league leaders the Washington Capitals.

Los Angeles are right at the bottom of the Pacific Division and sit on a record of 11-16-2 outright. The Kings are still led in attack by Anze Kopitar (10 goals, 17 assists), while Carter, Brown and Toffoli are always producing.

Take the Edmonton Oilers to beat the Kings.

Edmonton Oilers To beat Los Angeles Kings