Last Update: 10/19/2021

NHLIt’s time for another week of NHL action as we look to build off a successful first week! Kicking off the week we take a look at teams like Philadelphia, Boston and Columbus. Towards the weekend, our eyes are set on premier matches involving the Penguins, Blues and Senators.

New York Islanders @ Columbus Blue Jackets

October 21 @ 7:00 P.M. (EST), Nationwide Arena

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The Islanders are in the basement of the Metro Division and rank low in GF and GA. As for the Blue Jackets, they are in the top half of the league in both categories. In this one, I think the Blue Jackets could dismiss the Islanders in regulation. Right now, New York are struggling on both ends of the ice while Columbus has been lockdown defensively. The enhanced odds of a Blue Jackets’ victory in regulation is also worth noting for this expert NHL pick. The Islanders have a high compete level but I am unsure they match Columbus’ defense.

Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets Moneyline 60 Minutes (+175)

Colorado Avalanche @ Florida Panthers

October 21 @ 7:00 P.M. (EST), FLA Live Arena

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The Panthers will put their perfect record (3-0-0) on the line against the currently underachieving Avalanche (1-2-0). Colorado should be a playoff team but are off to a rocky start. With that being said, I feel like the Avs could put an end to the winning streak of Florida. The Panthers are 2-5 against Colorado in their last 7 and the road team is 4-0 in their last 4 meetings as well. The Panthers are good but Colorado is destined for a victory. I am taking the Avs for this free NHL pick Thursday night.

Pick: Colorado Avalanche Moneyline (-110)

Boston Bruins @ Philadelphia Flyers

October 20 @ 7:30 P.M. (EST), Wells Fargo Center

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Is this a game that should focus on the winner straight up? Looking at advanced betting statistics, the favorite is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these teams. Boston rolls into this game as the favorite and it’s hard to not look at the Bruins. The Bruins are 19-9 in their last 28 games as favorites, while the Flyers are 4-13 in their last 17 against a team with a winning percentage above .600. For this free NHL pick, I think taking the B’s is smart. All betting statistics point to a Boston win on Wednesday evening on the road.

Pick: Boston Bruins Moneyline (-143)

New York Rangers @ Toronto Maple Leafs

October 18 @ 7:00 P.M. (EST), Scotiabank Arena

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Still without Auston Matthews, Toronto has done a fine job securing victories in the early part of the season. But could this be the night Toronto sees their number one C return to the lineup? Both the Maple Leafs and Rangers are eager for two consecutive wins Monday. For this expert NHL pick, it’s only fitting that the focus is total goals. The under is 4-0-1 in New York’s last 5 against an Eastern opponent. As well, the under is 5-0 in Toronto’s last 5 games, combined with the under cashing in 5 consecutive games with Toronto being the favorite.

Pick: Total Goals Under 5.5 (+120)

Dallas Stars @ Boston Bruins

October 16, @ 7:00 P.M. (EST), TD Garden

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With no concrete goalie direction for the Bruins, how will Boston manage this season? Dallas has a chance to compete for a playoff spot and a win against Boston (on one day rest) will prove the grit of this team. However, the Stars are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on a single day of rest. Advanced trends point to this being a total goals type of game. The over is 3-0-2 in last 5 games for Boston on a Saturday and the B’s last 4 games against a Western opponent has seen the over cash. All signs lead to total goals for this expert NHL pick.

Pick: Total Goals Over 5.5 (+105)

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Washington Capitals

October 16 @ 7:00 P.M. (EST), Capital One Arena

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Two teams with prolific goal-scorers go head-to-head. The Caps and Bolts are two teams gunning for playoff success once again and a win Saturday evening will put the league on notice. As underdogs, Washington is 0-4 in their last 4 games, while Tampa Bay are 70-25 in their last 95 games playing on one day of rest. Betting trends point to Tampa Bay taking this game straight up and I think the Lighting ML will be your play. Let’s roll with TB for your expert NHL pick.

Pick: Tampa Bay Moneyline (-125)

Calgary Flames @ Edmonton Oilers

October 16 @ 10:00 P.M. (EST), Rogers Place

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The first Battle of Alberta should be interesting. Last season, the Oilers went 6-4 against the Flames in the regular season. There are some additions and subtractions for both teams that could impact this game. Calgary is opening their season tonight, while the Oilers are currently 1-0 on the year. I think both teams could bolster up their defense. With the firepower of both teams, I see Edmonton and Calgary finding the back of the net. The o/u total is relatively high but I trust the firepower of Calgary and Edmonton. Hammering total goals is your free NHL pick.

Pick: Total Goals over 6.5 (-105)

Vancouver Canucks @ Philadelphia Flyers

October 15 @ 7:00 P.M. (EST), Wells Fargo Center

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There is nothing better than some Friday night puck and this should be a doozy. The Canucks’ expectations this season are to make the playoffs and do damage. They should be tested against the Flyers, another team destined to play post-season puck. Philly will need to bounce back after a disappointing season but I like the young guns on Vancouver. The Canucks bolstered their lineup and matured over the summer, so hockey in Vancouver seems promising. Vancouver is a smidge better than Philadelphia, so I think the Canucks’ straight-up will be your best NHL bet for this game.

Pick: Vancouver Canucks Moneyline (+135)

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Ottawa Senators

October 14 @ 7:00 P.M. (EST), Canadian Tire Centre

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The Ottawa Senators are predicted to be stronger this season, but can they hang with the big dogs of the Atlantic Division? The Sens will be without Brady Tkachuk on opening night and his absence will provide a gaping hole in their lineup. Toronto will also be without Auston Matthews and are playing on the tail-end of a back-to-back, but Toronto provides more depth than Ottawa. I think this game slightly favors the Maple Leafs, despite the added travel. Ottawa is missing a big piece and I think the Maple Leafs straight up is your best NHL bet for this game.

Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs Moneyline (-175)

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