Free NHL Picks Today for Monday, March 8th, 2021

Free NHL Picks Today for Monday, March 8th, 2021
Mon 8th March 2021

After a big weekend of hockey there is only one way to spend Monday night, by kicking your feet up and watching more hockey. There are 6 games on tonight and we’ve got them all covered below, have a read through for the best NHL picks.

Vegas Golden Knights @ Minnesota Wild 8.00 PM ET

The Golden Knights are coming off a 2 game sweep over the Sharks in San Jose, beating them in the second game on Saturday in a 4-0 shutout, taking their win streak to 6 games. The Knights are sitting in 1st place in the West Division with a record of 16-4-1, and just 2 losses in their last 10 games.

Boasting the 3rd best goal difference in the league (25), on average the Knights score 3.33 goals per game while conceding just 2.14. Alex Tuch buried 2 goals against the Sharks, bringing his point total to 19 for the season, which is more than he managed to score in 2019/20 in half as many games.

Marc-Andre Fleury played characteristically well, saving all of the Sharks 24 attempts on goal to earn his 4th shutout in 15 games.

The Minnesota Wild were defeated by the Coyotes in the second game of their 2 game road trip to Arizona, losing 5-2 on Saturday after beating them 5-1 the day before.

The Wild now host the Knights for 2 games, hoping to get some revenge for sweeping them across 2 games at the start of the month.

The Wild currently sit in 4th place of the very competitive West Division, with a record of 13-8-1, they have ran particularly well over the last 10 games, winning 7.

NHL Pick – Vegas Golden Knights (-120)
Spread Pick – Vegas Golden Knights -1.5 (+110)
Total Goals Pick – Over 5.5 (-111)

St Louis Blues @ San Jose Sharks – 9.00 PM ET

The St Louis Blues lost in overtime to the L.A Kings on Saturday to split their 2 game series, ending the Blues 4 game win streak in the process.

The Blues still sit in 2nd on the West table, and will be hoping to add some more points to their total against the bottom place Sharks before they host the Knights in a 2 game series.

David Perron picked up a goal and assist in Saturdays’ game, his 7th point over the previous 6 games, but it wasn’t enough to get the win as the Blues crumbled in the third team and allowed the Kings to complete a 3 goal comeback.

The Sharks are coming off of a shutout loss at home to the Golden Knights, the third consecutive defeat for the San Jose side, who now find themselves on the bottom of the West Division following the Ducks victory over the Avs.

The Sharks lost 4-0 to the Knights, their second shutout of the season, the match highlighted the problems that have plagued the Sharks all season, making a number of defensive errors, and racking up 13 penalty minutes.

The Sharks have played the Blues 5 times already this season, losing 3 of those encounters, winning 1 in a shootout and the other by 1 goal.

NHL Pick – St. Louis Blues (-156)
Spread Pick – San Jose Sharks +1.5 (-172)
Total Goals Pick – Over 5.5 (-151)

Arizona Coyotes @ Colorado Avalanche – 9.00 PM ET

The Coyotes scored a big win over Minnesota Wild in the second game of their series, coming back from a 2 goal deficit in the first term to win 5-2.

The win keeps them in 6th place on the West Division table, and was very important in keeping them within a playoff position. There were 5 players who scored 2 points on the Coyotes road to victory, but it was Connor Garland who put them ahead early in the third term before Tyler Pitlick scored a brace to put the game to bed.

The Avs were shocked by the Mighty Ducks on Saturday, losing 5-4 in overtime to end the Ducks 9 game losing streak.

The Avs went into the second term a goal down before conceding another 5 minutes in, but they came back by the end of the term (2-2), and found themselves leading 4-2 with 7 minutes left, the Ducks scored two quick ones late in the third, completing the comeback in overtime.

After only just defeating the Ducks in overtime the night before, the Avs are clearly missing the presence of Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar, who should both be returning within the next few days.

NHL Pick – Colorado Avalanche (-185)
Spread Pick –
Arizona Coyotes +1.5 (-156)
Total Goals Pick – Over 5.5  (-105)

Ottawa Senators @ Edmonton Oilers – 9.00 PM ET

The Senators picked up a big win over the Calgary Flames yesterday to take out their 5 game series, 3 games to two. The game went to overtime after the Flames mounted a regulation time comeback 4-4, a decider couldn’t be found in overtime and the Senators won the subsequent shootout 2 goals to 1.

The win was much needed for the Senators, who still sit on the bottom of the Northern Division with a record of 9-17-1, 5 points off 6th place Canucks. They will need to keep the momentum going though, as they prepare to face the 3rd place Edmonton Oilers in a 3 game road trip.

The Oilers go into this match following a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday, ending their 3 loss streak. The win will boost the confidence of the Oilers, who were embarrassed by the Maple Leafs across a 3 game series, scoring just 1 goal over the period.

Never likely to stay down for too long, the victory was unsurprisingly spearheaded by Connor McDavid, who assisted the first 2 goals before scoring the winner. Looking ahead, the Oilers will expect to be back on track, as they are unbeaten against the Senators from 4 games this season.

NHL Pick – Edmonton Oilers (-243)
Spread Pick – Edmonton Oilers -1.5 (+100)
Total Goals Pick – Over 5.5 (-181)

Los Angeles Kings @ Anaheim Ducks – 10.00 PM ET

The Kings got up big in overtime against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, the match was the second of a 2 game home series with the Blues, ending 1 game a piece.

The win brings their season to 10-8-5, just 2 points off the Minnesota Wild in a playoff position. Anze Kopitar led the Kings to a comeback victory, scoring goals in the first and second term to reduce the deficit to 1 goal (3-2) before providing the assist to level the game up, Kopitar leads the Kings scoring with 28 points this season.

The Mighty Ducks finally had something to celebrate on Saturday, beating the Avalanche in a thrilling 9 goal game thanks to an overtime goal from Ryan Getzlaf.

The win will be a major relief for the Ducks, who were on a 9 loss streak heading into the match, just 3 losses away from their longest ever loss streak.

The Ducks will hope that they have turned a leaf following the win, and need to carry this momentum into their 4 game homestand which sees them play the Kings and Sharks, both of which they have had a win over this season.

NHL Pick – Los Angeles Kings (-120)
Spread Pick – Anaheim Ducks +1.5 (-250)
Total Goals Pick – Under 6.5 (-217)

Montreal Canadiens @ Vancouver Canucks – 10.00 PM ET

The Canadiens went big against the Jets on Saturday night, rewriting the wrongs of their previous match by winning 7-1. It was an important win for the Montreal team, who have gone through a slump of form recently, with Saturdays’ win being just their 3rd over a 10 game period.

Brendan Gallagher continued his good run of form, scoring twice on the night, and registering a further assist to give him his 6th point across 3 games.

The Canadiens sit in 4th place in the North Division table, 2 points behind the Oilers and 4 points ahead of their competition for the next two games, the Canucks, who the Canadiens have dominated head to head this season, winning 4 games from 5.

The Canadiens are not the only ones’ going into this match confident though, the Canucks are fresh off a 2 game sweep at home over the top of the table Maple Leafs.

To get one win from the two games would have been a good result for the Canucks, but they took 4 crucial points to bring themselves a step closer to playoff territory.

Canucks point leaders’ Brock Boeser and JT Miller both contributed 3 points in the most recent victory, filling them with confidence as they welcome the Canadiens to the Rogers Arena.  

NHL Pick – Vancouver Canucks (+130)
Spread Pick – Vancouver Canucks +1.5 (-185)
Total Goals Pick – Over 5.5 (-156)

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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of Bet365.

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