NHL Picks and Predictions: Oilers vs Rangers and 16 Other Games
With the weekend approaching, we thought we’d give you an overview of the games to come and provide you with some insight as to how things may pan out with our unmatched NHL Free Picks.
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Good luck this weekend!
NHL Picks: Saturday Games (10/12)
We jump right into the action with 17 games on the weekend NHL betting board. There is a lot to catch up on from this week’s action with many teams looking to get maximum points, but who will win?
Edmonton Oilers vs New York Rangers
It seems Dave Tippett’s system is paying off for the Oilers, who have won 4 of 4. Thier last match, against the New Jersey Devil’s in Newark, went to a shoot out. Edmonton eventually triumphed thanks to a wonderful performance from the Finn Mikko Koskinen.
The Rangers have enjoyed a great start to the season with 2 wins in 2 games. David Quinn announced that Greg McKegg will make his debut for the team, slotting in next to Andersson and Smith. Expect to see the debutant ready to impress after joining this summer.
Take New York Rangers to win.
The @EdmontonOilers won each of their first 4+ games in a season for the fourth time in franchise history, following 1983-84 (7-0-0), 1985-86 (5-0-0) and 2008-09 (4-0-0). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/630jQzTrjr— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 11, 2019
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Ottawa Senators
Tampa Bay Lightning pulled off an upset at the Scotiabank Arena, as they ripped through the Maple Leafs with a 7-3 victory. They will be up against the home crowd tonight, but Stamkos and the rest of the Lightning look like a lot to handle.
Less can be said for Ottawa Senators so far this season, as we approach game 4 they are yet to record a win. They put on a good fight in their last game against the Blues, but they fell apart in the third and St. Louis capitalised winning the game 6-4.
Take Lightning to win.
Nashville Predators @ Los Angeles Kings
The Nashville Predators go into game 5 with a 3-1-0 record. Their last game against the Washington Capitals went to the wire. They were losing until the third, then the game was turned on its head with the Preds taking it 6-5 overall.
The Kings go into this one with a record of 1-2-0. There is much to work on after they took a beating in their last game, against the Vancouver Canucks, which ended 8-2 tfor the Canadian side. They need to make amends in front of their own fans tonight.
Take Nashville Predators to win as was predicted earlier this week.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Detroit Red Wings
The Maple Leafs will be rocked after getting a thrashing by the Lightning in their last game. We were equally shocked having picked them to produce a performance. Toronto is 2-2-1 and if they lose this it will be their 4th loss on the trot.
One plus point was Austin Matthews continued to produce. Let’s see if he does it again this weekend.
Detroit has a record of 3-1-0 this season. They also have the unstoppable Anthony Mantha, who currently sits joint second alongside the Leafs Austin Matthews for most goals. The game will be a great contest and it’ll be entertaining to see which leading scorer nets for their team.
Expect Red Wings to win in front of their fans.
Winnipeg Jets @ Chicago Blackhawks
The Jets travel south for this one and will look to make this 3 wins over 3 games. Their record this season is 3-2-0, with two comprehensive victories in their last two games.
The Blackhawks have had a shaky start to the season and the Canadian side should look to capitalise on that.
A slow start for the Blackhawks in their first two games means they aren’t carrying much momentum going into game 3. They lost their opening game to the Flyers and then in the second they narrowly lost to an uninspiring Sharks team.
They’ll need to regroup and work hard against this Jets side to get back in the win column.
Take Jets to win.
New Jersey Devils @ Boston Bruins
Since losing in a shootout during their opening game versus Winnipeg, the Devils are still in search of their first win this season. New Jersey (0-2-2) have suffered 4 losses in a row (two in shootouts) and really need to rally together to turn things around in game 5. The Bruins are a tough squad to beat, so the Devils need a big effort to take out home side.
The Boston Bruins have enjoyed a solid start to their NHL 19/20 campaign. After winning their opening 3 games, they lost 4-2 to the Avalanche leaving their record at 3-1-0. Brad Marchand is playing well and coach Bruce Cassidy will look to unleash him on the Devils this weekend.
Take Bruins to win.
St. Louis Blues @ Montreal Canadiens
After losing in a shootout (3-2) to Washington to open their season, St. Louis have taken 3 wins in a row to put them at 3-0-1. Thanks to the likes of Perron, Schenn and O’Reilly the Blues have posted quality performances in three tough games. They’ll be counting on their star performers again this weekend.
The Montreal Canadiens have had a sluggish start to their 19/20 NHL campaign, as they currently stand at 1-1-2. The Canadiens dropped their home opener against the Red Wings, failing to come back after going behind in the first.
The home fans will expect more in their second match at the Bell Center. We gave you the low down on this Blues team already this week.
Take Canadiens to bounce back and win.
Florida Panthers @ New York Islanders
The Panthers started the season with a road loss to State rival Tampa at Amalie Arena. Florida recovered well in game 2 as they beat the Bolts 4-3 on home ice at BB&T Arena. They were punished by the Hurricanes 6-3 in game 3 as their defensive woes continued and sit with a 1-2-0 overall record
With a 1-2-0 current record - the Islanders face a tough test against the Hurricanes prior to this match. They’ll have no rest against Florida, but they will have the home ice advantage. Winger Anthony Beauvilier has been a bright spark for New York and they’ll look to him to light the lamp again this weekend.
Take New York Islanders to win.
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Carolina Hurricanes
A tough start to the season for the Blue Jackets after being handed heavy defeats by the Maple Leafs and Penguins. Columbus bounced back in game 3 with a 4-3 OT home victory over the Sabres, leaving them 1-2-0 overall. The Hurricanes will be grueling matchup this weekend.
It has been a perfect start for the team from Raleigh, taking 4 of 4. They play the Islanders before facing off against the Blue Jackets on Saturday. The Hurricanes have players like Haula, Hamilton, Dzingel and Slavin to provide the firepower and it will likely be enough in this one.
Take Hurricanes to win at home.
Washington Capitals @ Dallas Stars
The Capitals have had a turbulent start to their season. After winning their first two games the Caps have lost 3 straight (2 in shootouts) leaving them at 2-1-2.
After falling apart in their last game against the Nashville Predators, allowing four third period goals, they will want to ensure they don’t repeat that this weekend.
A lackluster start to the season for the Dallas Stars leaves a lot to be desired. The one saving grace is that they were victorious when these two teams last met. In that match, the Stars defeated the Capitals 4-3 in OT. Dallas desparately needs a win to improve on their 1-3-1 record
Take the Washington Capitals to earn some revenge and win this one.
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Minnesota Wild
As it stands, the Pittsburgh Penguins go into game 5 even at 2-2-0. They’ve relied on Crosby, McCann and Hornqvist to find the back of the net in their first few games and with the Wild conceding 14 in their opening 3 games, they’ll be hungry for more this weekend.
The Minnesota Wild haven’t got going at all yet this season. The Wild have losst all three of their opening games leaving them 0-3-0.
But this weekend they need to put that behind them and look to find more goals. They need their forwards to turn up, plus tighten things up at the back, to post a win on home ice at the Xcel Energy Center.
Expect Pittsburgh to earn their third win of the season.
Two points for Crosby, a Guentz-goal, and 31 Murray saves... Tonight was a solid night! pic.twitter.com/lWaBJiKHV9— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 11, 2019
Arizona Coyotes @ Colorado Avalanche
Arizona opened their season with two low-scoring games ending in losses for the Coyotes. But, thanks to a win in game 3, they should feel rejuvenated going into this one. A home win against the Golden Knights was just what they needed as the 'Yotes sit 1-2-0 overall.
A clean sweep in their first three games puts the Avalanche at 3-0-0. Leading goal scorer Mikko Rantanen has been a stud on offense for the Avs. Colorado also has stars like Landeskog, Donskoi and MacKinnon, so it will be a long night for the visitors.
Expect Avalanche to make it 4 wins in 4.
The @Avalanche won each of their first 3+ games in a season for the sixth time in franchise history.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 11, 2019
Their longest season-opening win streak is seven games, a mark set in 1985-86 as the Quebec Nordiques. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/fmknuYUVeU
Calgary Flames @ Vegas Golden Knights
It’s been a mixed bag of results for the Calgary Flames sitting at 2-1-1. Calgary defeated the Stars in their last game, which was a hard fought 4-3 SO victory that went right to the wire. Stud Johnny Gaudreau scored the shoot out winner for the Flames.
A confident start from the Golden Knights saw back-to-back victories. However, since then they’ve struggled to find the form they launched their campaign with. Reilly Smith and Mark Stone have been in fine form of late. Sitting at 2-2-0, they’ll want to win this one at home in Las Vegas.
Take Knights to bounce back from their losing streak with a win in Sin City.
Philadelphia Flyers @ Vancouver Canucks
The Flyers are off to the perfect start with 2-0-0. Alain Vigneault’s team had a tough time during the preseason, but are playing with vigor and will be looking to record their third win on the bounce.
After a frustrating couple of games, the Canucks stepped things up and gave the Kings a hiding in their last with the game ending 8-2. This leaves the Vancouver side 1-2-0 overall.
The Flyers will pose a real challenge for the home team, so the 'Nucks must play with the same energy they displayed in game 3.
We told you about this Vancouver side already this week, so expect us to call it again.
Canucks to win this one.
“It’s nice to get that first goal off your chest and to do it on this night, with everything that went on, it’s definitely a night I’ll never forget.” - Hughes 💥 pic.twitter.com/tb0WnFiHKP— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 10, 2019
NHL Picks: Sunday Games (10/13)
Sunday brings us 3 games to close out the week. The Jets forward line are back in action and certainly our pick of the games to watch this weekend.
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Winnipeg Jets
The Penguins result against the Wild will really set the tone going into this one. They are out for revenge after losing 4-1 on Tuesday. The visitors will need to work on the mistakes from game one of the series in order to overcome this Jets team.
The Jets are one of the most exciting teams the league has seen in ages. Relentless offensive pressure and little defensive awareness. It’s worked, to a degree, so far this season and it certainly came off against the Penguins earlier this week. Let’s see if it works again.
Expect the Jets to overpower the Penguins and win.
Vegas Golden Knights @ Los Angeles Kings
The Knights host the Flames at home on Friday, which will be key to how they go into this one. As we mentioned already, they’ve really struggled to find any kind of form of late and will want to get a result against the Flames before Sunday’s matchup.
Like the Knights, the Kings are straight in from a home game against the Predators. No rest for the Knights before this Sunday fixture, they’ll need to dig deep.
We got it right already this week, take Kings to win at home.
Calgary Flames @ San Jose Sharks
The Flames matchup against the Golden Knights in game 5, and will look to kick on after their victory over the Stars. They’ll get no rest from their game, whereas their opponents will have had time to prepare for this one.
San Jose took a while to get going, but after 4 consecutive losses they finally made their way into the win column and will look to use that momentum going into game 6. It’ll be another tough test for this San Jose team.
Expect the Flames to win.