Our FREE NHL picks for Friday, February 19th are out, with just four games scheduled for the evening. We are only seeing the Central and North divisions in action with the East and West teams getting the night off.
The main event of the evening sees the Chicago Blackhawks, 2nd in the Central division, get on the road to take on the Carolina Hurricanes, who are just one point behind in fourth place!
Find out who our winners are for that big clash and the three others in our NHL picks below.
Chicago Blackhawks @ Carolina Hurricanes – 7:00 PM ET
Chicago defeated Detroit on Wednesday, 2-0. Kevin Lankinen stopped all 29 shots he faced for his first NHL shutout. The Blackhawks are red-hot, winners of three straight and are 6-1 in their last seven games. That has them moved to 9-5-4, tied for first in the Central.
Lankinen will be back between the pipes on Friday. In 12 games, he has a 2.29 GAA and a .931 save percentage. Alex DeBrincat scored his team-leading ninth goal in the victory over the Red Wings.
The Captain has 5 goals in his last 4 games 🔥 pic.twitter.com/SO5WjwHZqd
— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) February 18, 2021
Carolina loss to Florida in overtime on Wednesday, 4-3. The Hurricanes are now 10-3-1 with a +13 goal differential. They are 4-0-1 at home this season, which is good because Friday night’s game is the third in a five-game homestand. James Reimer remains in net for Carolina on Friday. He has appeared in eight games, posting a 3.10 GAA and a .895 save percentage.
NHL Pick – Carolina Hurricanes (-189)
Spread Pick – Chicago Blackhawks +1.5 (-165)
Total Goals Pick – Under 6.0 (-110)
Florida Panthers @ Detroit Red Wings – 7:00 PM ET
Florida defeated Carolina in overtime on Wednesday, 4-3. The Panthers are 10-to-two, tied for first in the Central Division. They are 5-0-1 on the road this season.
Florida got two goals and an assist from Jonathan Huberdeau, giving him a team-leading 20 points. He is tied for the team-lead in goals with seven. Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start. He has appeared in seven games for Florida with a 3.33 GAA and a .884 save percentage.
Detroit was shut out by Chicago on Wednesday, 2-0. The Red Wings are in last place in the Central at 4-11-3. They have a -21 goal differential, worst in the division. Thomas Greiss was solid in the loss to Chicago and will be back in the net on Friday.
The Red Wings netminder has appeared in 13 games with a 2.90 GAA and a .899 save percentage. It is embarrassing that this team has played 18 games and the team leader is tied with nine points.
NHL Pick – Florida Panthers (-175)
Spread Pick – Florida Panthers -1.5 (+311)
Total Goals Pick – Under 5.5 (-105)
Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames – 9:00 PM ET
Edmonton beat Winnipeg on Wednesday, 3-2. The Oilers are 5-2-0 in February. That moved the team to 10-8-0, tied for second in the division. It is improved goaltending that has turned things around for the Oilers.
Mikko Koskinen will get the start on Friday. He has appeared in 14 games with a 3.43 GAA and a .894 save percentage. Leon Draisaitl had two goals and Connor McDavid added two assists in the victory over the Jets. Draisaitl leads the team with 10 goals. McDavid has 32 points.
— NHL on NBC Sports (@NHLonNBCSports) February 18, 2021
Calgary loss to Vancouver on Wednesday, 5-1. They are now 8-7-1, tied with the Canucks. Jacob Markstrom has started 14 of the team’s 16 games, posting a 2.61 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm are tied for the team lead in points with 16.
NHL Pick – Edmonton Oilers (-105)
Spread Pick – Edmonton Oilers +1.5 (-192)
Total Goals Pick – Over 6.5 (+100)
Winnipeg Jets @ Vancouver Canucks – 10:00 PM ET
Winnipeg lost to Edmonton on Wednesday, 3-2. That dropped the Jets to 9-6-1. They are 3-3-0 on the road this season. Winnipeg will start Connor Hellebuyck in net. He has been between the pipes for 13 of the team’s 16 games, posting a 2.61 GAA and a .916 save percentage. Mark Scheifele added a goal in the loss to Edmonton, giving him points in eight straight games.
Vancouver dominated Calgary on Wednesday, 5-1. Braden Holtby finally got a rare start and was dominating, stopping 35 of 36 shots. Brock Boeser scored a goal and added two assists. He now leads Vancouver with 12 goals and 21 points. Thatcher Demko is expected to be back in net. He has started 11 games, posting a 3.52 GAA and a .895 save percentage.
NHL Pick – Vancouver Canucks (-115)
Spread Pick – Winnipeg Jets +1.5 (-303)
Total Goals Pick – Under 6.0 (+100)
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of Bet365.