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NHL Week 16 Predictions

NHL Week 16 Predictions

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San Jose Sharks at Arizona Coyotes

Pick: Coyotes SU +120

Gila River Arena – Tuesday, January 16th

Injuries

Sharks – None

Coyotes – Dave Bolland

Projected Starting Goaltenders

Sharks – Aaron Dell

Coyotes – Antti Raanta


Sharks vs Coyotes Preview

San Jose travels to Arizona three days after edging the Coyotes during a 6-5 victory at the Shark Tank. The rematch will be in the desert, and the Sharks played the evening before in Los Angeles. This will be the third game the Sharks play in four days, which reduces the odds of San Jose producing great hockey. They’ve beaten the Coyotes in three straight meetings, but a fourth consecutive win will be difficult.

Just because Arizona’s in the lead for the race to bottom doesn’t mean that the team wants to lose. The Coyotes posted points in half of their last ten, including wins against the Capitals, Avalanche and Predators. Arizona’s also well rested, enjoying a three-day break after an overtime loss to the Sharks. San Jose won’t have the same energy that carried them through their past couple of games, greatly improving the odds of a Coyotes win.

Starting Goaltender Update And Prediction

Antti Raanta (6-12-3, 2.73 GAA, .915 SV%) was confirmed as the starter for the Arizona Coyotes, while San Jose Sharks backup Aaron Dell (9-3-2, 2.29 GAA, .924 SV%) remains extremely likely to start. Last night, the Sharks beat the Kings 4-1, so Martin Jones will probably get the night off.

Arizona’s listed as a +120 straight up underdog according to Sports Interaction, understandable given their record this season. San Jose features a -140 moneyline, which isn’t the greatest considering the Sharks lack of rest. Expect Arizona to outhustle the Sharks for a low-scoring win in the desert.

San Jose vs Arizona Results

Arizona lost to the Sharks in a shootout, tantalizingly close to pulling off the upset.


Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames

Pick: Calgary Flames Straight Up (-135)

Scotiabank Saddledome - Saturday, January 20th, 3:05 PM EST

Injuries

Jets – Mark Scheifele, Adam Lowry, Shawn Matthias, Steve Mason

Flames – Jaromir Jagr, Kris Versteeg, Michael Frolik

Projected Starting Goaltenders

Jets – Connor Hellebuyck

Flames – Mike Smith


Jets vs Flames Preview

Calgary’s officially the hottest team in the NHL, winning seven in a row to remain unbeaten since New Year’s Eve. Pretty much everything’s going right for Calgary right now.

Johnny Hockey’s in the middle of a Hart Trophy season, Mike Smith’s gathering steam for Vezina consideration, their defense is one of the deepest in the league and secondary scoring hasn’t been an issue. Even better, Calgary’s last four wins were on the road. All the Flames need to do is replicate this on home ice, where they’re one game above .500.

The Winnipeg Jets entered their week off by losing two in a row, dropping games against the Minnesota Wild and Chicago during back-to-back road games over 24 hours. Before then, the Jets rocketed to the top of the Central Division by winning six of seven games around the turn of the calendar. Unlike Calgary, Winnipeg’s nearly unbeatable at home. On the road, the Jets have a 10-10-6 mark, a trend they’ll look to improve with a win over the hottest Canadian team in the NHL.

Starting Goaltender Update And Prediction

Winnipeg and Calgary will play their number one starters on Hockey Day In Canada, with Connor Hellebuyck (23-6-6, 2.40 GAA, .922 SV%) suiting up against Mike Smith (20-13-3, 2.46 GAA, .924 SV%). 

The last time these teams met, the Flames singed the Jets 6-3 in early October. Calgary's dominated Winnipeg over the past few years, winning five of the last six games, with the Flames beating the puckline five times. Calgary's the hottest Canadian team in the NHL, winning seven in a row before taking a week off. Winnipeg's dropped two in a row, but they have a 6-3-1 record over their last ten.

Calgary enjoys the home, health and momentum advantage over Winnipeg this afternoon. A sixth consecutive Flames victory by two goals or more isn't likely, and a -135 moneyline for a straight up win represents solid value. Pick Calgary to win a tight, one-goal contest.

Winnipeg vs Calgary Results

Another disappointing shootout loss, as Calgary was close to defending home ice against the Jets.


Florida Panthers at Nashville Predators

Pick: Nashville Predators Puckline (-1.5, +140)

Bridgestone Arena - Saturday, January 20th, 8:05 PM EST

Injuries

Panthers – Roberto Luongo

Predators – Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson

Projected Starting Goaltenders

Panthers – Harri Satari

Predators – Pekka Rinne


Panthers vs Predators Preview

Nashville defeated the Edmonton Oilers before embarking on their break, which arrives at a good time. Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson remain sidelined with injuries, removing two of the best Predators forwards from the equation.

The Predators haven’t been as sharp as usual without Forsberg, while Arvidsson’s injury required him to be helped off the ice during practice. These two possess underrated two-way games, sapping scoring depth from the lineup while reducing the quality of defensive coverage.

The Florida Panthers have played relatively well over the past two weeks, including a five-game win streak to finish 2017. A recent 7-4 shellacking of the Blues highlighted the talent of Florida’s lineup, which includes Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck producing nearly a point per game. The Panthers will visit the Predators with less than 24 hours rest, but Florida’s beaten the Predators in three of their last four meetings. Florida might not be the favorites, but they’ll have a good shot at beating an injury-depleted Nashville.

Starting Goaltender Update And Prediction

On the second day of a back-to-back, Harri Sateri (0-0-0-, 2.60 GAA, .929 SV%) will clash against Nashville starter Pekka Rinne (22-8-3, 2.41 GAA, .929 SV%), which should be one of the biggest mismatches of the evening.

Nashville's lost three of the past four meetings with the Predators, including a surprising 7-4 loss that last they played in February 2017. However, Florida will struggle with a home and rest disadvantage tonight, which will greatly benefit the Predators.

Injuries won't slow the Predators this evening, with bookies giving Nashville an expensive -225 straight up moneyline. Instead, select the puckline, which has a much improved +140 line.

Florida vs Nashville Results

Truly a bad beat: Keith Yandle scored with a neutral zone slapshot that caught Pekka Rinne offguard, denying the Predators a puckline win.

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