NHL Weekend Free Picks & Predictions: Jan 17 - Jan 19

NHL Weekend Free Picks & Predictions: Jan 17 - Jan 19

An unexpected loss last night for the Lightning in Minnesota, after bouncing back with a win against the Kings in their previous game. Similarly with the Maple Leafs, who are vying for the second-spot in the Atlantic, losing out 2-1 to their Canadian rivals the Flames.

The Bruins took the first leg of the head-to-head series versus the Penguins 4-1. It was business as usual for the Canucks and Capitals as the both recorded wins, and the Rangers took the second win in The Battle of New York.

The Bruins to win both games in the series?


Tampa Bay Lightning (2.12) @ Winnipeg Jets (2.84)

Tampa Bay are red hot right now, and have been for the past month or so, they are right on the tail of the Bruins at the top of the Atlantic Division with 28-15-4 for the 2019/20 campaign.

Last night’s loss to the Wild was certainly a frustrating one for Tampa. Though their leading goalscorer Nikita Kucherov continued in great form and scored a hatrick, leaving him with a record of 20 goals and 32 assists outright.

The Lightning have been fluid in attack, working as a team and clinical in front of goal - the likes of Alex Killorn (19 goals, 19 assists), Steven Stamkos (18 goals, 28 assists) and Brayden Point (18 goals, 22 assists) will cause the Jets trouble in Winnipeg.

The Jets 4-0 shutout win versus the Canucks, Kyle Connor picked up 2 goals and an assist. He now leads the line for Winnipeg, with 24 goals and 23 assists overall for the 2019/20 campaign.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are favourites to win in the bookmakers eyes. The NHL betting odds offer the road team the advantage and we tend to agree.

Take the Tampa Bay Lightning to win here.

Tampa Bay Lightning To beat Winnipeg Jets
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Washington Capitals (2.51) @ New York Islanders (2.43)

The Capitals, who are 32-11-5 overall, remain on top of the NHL power rankings, though they have conceded games to a struggling Devils side, in the first game of the head-to-head series, as well as the the Flyers.

Ovechkin bagged himself a hatrick against the New Jersey Devils in their last game, which brings him to 31 goals and 16 assists for the season overall.

The young Czech Jakub Vrana has also been in form of late, netting 3 goals in his last 4 and 21 goals and 18 assists for the season.

The Islanders will want to forget the past week as quickly as possible. They stomped the Red Wings 8-2, but lost both legs of The Battle for New York. The Rangers swept them aside 6-2 in the first and took it 3-2 in the third at the Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders are 28-14-4 outright and will look to take the victory in front of the home crowd, as they owe it to the fans after a pretty tragic week.

Expect the Washington Capitals to win.

Washington Capitals To beat New York Islanders


Boston Bruins (2.69) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2.25)

The Bruins entered the first of the head-to-head series looking to snap a 2-game losing streak. They managed to overcome the Penguins winning 4-1, with goals for Marchand, Lindholm, Kuraly and Bergeron.

Although Pastrnak didn’t score against Pittsburgh, the Czech winger is on pace to lead the league and become the fastest player to reach 100 points in a season. Given the quality of players around him and the way the Bruins are playing this seems quite likely.

The Bruins are 28-9-12 overall for the 2019/20 campaign. While the Penguins are second in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 29-13-5.

The statistics that should concern the Bruins, is the fact Pittsburgh have managed 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. Boston won the first game 4-1, with a lot of the praise going to Jaroslav Halak who made 29 saves.

We wanted to include this game in our NHL free picks for the weekend, as this will be a solid contest. The Penguins will be frustrated by the result at TD Garden. But now back in Pittsburgh, they’ll be keen to make amends.

The Smart money favours a Bruins win.

Boston Bruins To beat Pittsburgh Penguins


New York Rangers (2.30) @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2.62)

On Sunday, the Columbus Blue Jackets will travel to Madison Square Gardens for a Metropolitan Division clash against the New York Rangers.

The Rangers are on a 2-game win streak, after their success in the head-to-head against the the Islandes, with Chris Kelder finding the net in both games.

Kelder has 16 goals and 15 assists for the season overall. While Artemi Panarin continues to lead in points for the Rangers, putting up 26 goals and an impressive 42 assists.

The Blue Jackets have had a great week. They took two 3-0 shutout wins over the Golden Knights and Bruins, then edging out the Carolina Hurricanes in the third on Thursday night. Columbus are 7-2-1 in their last ten and will carry momentum into this one.

We feel the Rangers are playing well in offense and fancy them to turn Columbus over on the road.

Expect the Rangers to make it three wins in three.

New York Rangers To beat Columbus Blue Jackets