NHL Weekly Free Picks & Predictions: December 9-13

NHL Weekly Free Picks & Predictions: December 9-13

We look to the NHL table as we enter the second week of December, and we can see that the Eastern Conference league leaders are still atop of the NHL.

The Bruins and Capitals are a few wins ahead of the rest of the pack and will play each other on Wednesday night. We have much more of the action for you from throughout the week, from the Avalanche, Oilers, Hurricanes and many more.

Will the Bruins be able to snap the Capitals streak?


Calgary Flames (3.17) @ Colorado Avalanche (1.97) - Monday, 9pm (ET)

Monday evening pucks brings us a Western Conference matchup as the Colorado Avalanche host the Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center.

Both teams are playing well at the moment and will likely fancy themselves to take the points from this one. The Avalanche are second in the Central Division two points behind the current Stanley Cup holders the Blues, on 19-8-2.

The Flames are 15-12-4 for the season outright and playing with the wind in their sails at the moment. A win in this one would be their fifth consecutive victory.

Calgary have been relying on Elias Lindholm (14 goals, 7 assists) to provide the firepower this season, while it’s been all about Nathan MacKinnon (18 goals, 27 assists) for Colorado. The Calgary wingers Donskol and Burakovsky have also made solid contributions.

The NHL betting odds favour an Avalanche victory in this one and we tend to agree, they better them in almost all phases.

Take the Avalanche to win on the road.

Colorado Avalanche To beat Calgary Flames


Carolina Hurricanes (2.37) @ Edmonton Oilers (2.58) - Tuesday, 9pm (ET)

The Oilers hit-and-miss form has led them to drop down to 9th in the NHL power rankings, though they still maintain top spot in the Pacific Division.

Edmonton were punished in Overtime by the Sabres at the weekend. They lost 3-2, in a game that the Oilers starmen, McDavid, Neal and Draisaitl didn’t manage to make an impression. The Oilers have struggled to get a decent win streak going all season.

The Hurricanes are 18-11-1 for the season outright and are looking to win their third game on the bounce. They lost out to the Bruins midweek, before handing losses to both the Wild and the Sharks.

The young Finn, Sebastian Aho has been in excellent form of late, putting up 16 goals and 11 assists so far. If Aho and the Hurricanes can get at this Oilers team early on, this could make for a very interesting tie.

Expect the Oilers to get a win at Rogers Place.

Edmonton Oilers To beat Carolina Hurricanes
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Boston Bruins @ Washington Capitals - Wednesday, 7pm (ET)

Without a doubt our NHL free pick game of the week. If you’re a real hockey fan, you know this is going to be a goodie. These two Eastern Conference giants will take to the ice at the Capital One Arena on Wednesday night.

The Capitals go 22-4-5 overall and have shown great form of late, going for a seventh consecutive win against the Bruins. They’re still led in offense by Alex Ovechkin, who’s 20 goals and 11 assists for the season.

David Pastrnak still leads the league in goals scored on 25, whilst working alongside the Bruins left-winger Brad Marchand (18 goals, 26 assists) to provide one of the most dangerous partnerships in the NHL.

Edmonton, who are 20-4-6 outright, have been sloppy in defense this season. They’re allowing 2.71 goals per game, while the Bruins are allowing 2.20. The Bruins need to ensure they keep things tight in this one.

Take the Boston Bruins to win in the capital.

Boston Bruins To beat Washington Capitals


New York Rangers @ San Jose Sharks - Thursday, 10:30pm (ET)

We have a Metropolitan Division versus Pacific Division team battling it out on the ice, as the New York Rangers travel to California to face the San Jose Sharks.

Both teams sit sixth in their respective leagues and are coming into the game off of a loss, in the case of the Sharks they’re looking to snap a four-game losing streak.

The Sharks are 15-15-2 for the season outright, but have been having a horrible time recently. In their last four games they’ve conceded 20 goals. They’re led in attack by Kane Evander, who’s on 13 goals and 11 assists for the campaign.

New York are 15-11-3 overall and picked up a 5-0 shutout win against the Golden Knights in Nevada. The Rangers haven’t been particularly fluid in attack, but are led by Artemi Panarin on 14 goals and 22 assists.

San Jose are third highest in the league in goals against per game. They are currently conceding 3.51 on average per game, which is something th David Quinn and his men will be well aware of going into this one.

Expect the New York Rangers to win.

New York Rangers To beat San Jose Sharks