NHL Weekend Free Picks: January 31 - February 2

NHL Weekend Free Picks: January 31 - February 2

We go into February with the Canucks and Blues looking strong in the Western Conference. While in the East, the Capitals continue to lead the NHL for the 2019/20 campaign.

The Battle of Alberta is our NHL free pick of the weekend on Saturday night, as well as the Canucks vs Islanders and the big Metropolitan Division clash as the Penguins travel to the Capital One Arena.

Lot's to play for this weekend, who will take the points?

 

Boston Bruins (2.15) @ Winnipeg Jets (2.91)

The Bruins travel to the Bell MTS Place looking to make it two in two, after beating the Golden Knights 3-2 last Wednesday. Boston is 29-10-12 for the season overall.

Boston lost out to the Penguins in their previous game, with Pastrnak picking up a goal and an assist. Boston is sixth in average goals per game, putting up 3.3, while the Jets are only managing an average of 2.9 per game.

The Jets have had a rough week. They enter this one looking to snap a 4-game losing streak, narrowly missing out 4-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last.

Kyle Conor continues to lead the scoring tables for Winnipeg, putting up 25 goals and 25 assists for the season. Mark Scheifele has also been productive with 23 goals and 31 assists.

Boston's form in the league means third in the NHL power rankings. We can see the Bruins taking this game. Pastrnak is hot and will enjoy playing against the Jet's defence.

Take the Bruins to win.

Boston Bruins To beat Winnipeg Jets
2.15
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Vancouver Canucks (3.04) vs New York Islanders (2.10)

The Canucks will carry the momentum to The Big Apple with a record of 7-3-0 in their last 10. They sit atop of the Pacific Division with 29-18-4 outright.

Vancouver overcame the Sharks 5-2 at the SAP Center. J.T. Miller picked up two assists, taking his tally to 31 for the season, with 19 goals to boot. Goals for Hughes, Pearson, Myers, Sutter and Virtanen secured the victory.

The Islanders form of late hasn't been up to standard. They're 4-4-2 in their last ten games and 29-15-5 this campaign. After losing both games in The Battle In New York, the Islanders took the third in the series 4-2 in their last.

Nelson Brock continues to lead the line in scoring for New York, putting up an average of 20 goals and 18 assists for the season.

The NHL betting odds favour the Islanders in this one. Although it's the Canucks who are in the better form, we fancy the Islanders win.

Expect the Islanders to win here.

New York Islanders To beat Vancouver Canucks
2.10
Bet365

 

Edmonton Oilers (2.65) @ Calgary Flames (2.32)

Alberta welcomes another installment of the fierce rivalry between these two teams. The Scotiabank Saddledome is the venue as the Calgary Flames host the Edmonton Oilers.

The Flames are 2-0 up in the head-to-head series, taking the last game 4-3 in the SO. Calgary is second in the Pacific Division and is on 27-19-6 for the season, while the Oilers are slightly behind on 26-18-6.

The Oilers haven't struggled in offense this season, but they aren't gelling well as a team, and it costs them. They're averaging 3.1 goals per game, while the Flames are putting up just 2.6 per game.

Though this balances out in defence, the Flames are allowing an average of 2.75 goals per game, whereas the Oilers are allowing 2.94 per game. The Oilers will rely on the big guns McDavid and Draisaitl to turn up in Calgary.

Take the Oilers.

Edmonton Oilers To beat Calgary Flames
2.65
Sports Interaction

 

Pittsburgh Penguins (2.74) @ Washington Capitals (2.22)

Finally, we have a big battle in the Metropolitan Division. Both teams will enter this one coming off the back of a loss, as well as going 7-3-0 in their last ten games. The Capitals go 34-12-5, while the Penguins go 31-14-5.

It's the first match between these two since back in March 2019. The Penguins won the game 5-3 and lead the all-time win/loss 45-37.

Alex Ovechkin leads the line for the Capitals. His menacing, offensive power puts him on 35 goals and 17 assists for the season. The Capitals are third in goals per game, putting up an average of 3.6, while the Penguins are managing 3.3 per game.

The Penguins were shutout 3-0 in their last game against the Flyers. A poor display from Pittsburgh, but they'll be comforted by the fact the Predators beat the Capitals 5-4 putting both teams on an even keel coming into this one.

It will be a tight contest. But we feel the home advantage, coupled with the fact the Capitals have a white-hot Ovechkin, will be enough to grab the win.

The Capitals to win.

Washington Capitals To beat Pittsburgh Penguins
2.22
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