Free NHL Picks Today for Monday, November 29th, 2021

Free NHL Picks Today for Monday, November 29th, 2021
Mon 29th November 2021

We are loving the action throughout this impressive NHL season so far. As we move towards the mid way point in the season, each division’s ladder is starting to take shape. Every single win or loss can have a significant impact on where each team will finish at the end of the season, so it is important that you don’t miss any of the action!

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Look below to find our free NHL picks, as we preview the four games on today’s schedule. 

Seattle Kraken @ Buffalo Sabres – 7.00PM ET

The Seattle Kraken enter game three of their four game road trip when they take on the Buffalo Sabres, who have a one game homestand before heading out on the road again. The Kraken have got some big wins as of late, winning three of their last four, and their victories have come against the Capitals, Hurricanes and Panthers. The Sabres struggles have continued in November, with one game left to play, they have only won three games, which has dropped their season record to 8-10-3.

Denis Kirilov

Two of the teams who fight at the bottom of the table will face each other on Monday night in the NHL. The Seattle Kraken will travel to Buffalo to face off against the Sabres in what promises to be a really exciting contest between teams who fight for each single point. The Kraken are 14th in the Western Conference with a record of 7-13-1, while the Sabres are 13th in the West with 8-10-3. Seattle has been the better team recently as they posted 3 wins in their last 4 games, while Buffalo is on a 1-5 run lately. They have only managed to defeat the Montreal Canadiens in their last home game, while the Kraken whitewashed the best teams in the NHL – the Washington Capitals, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Florida Panthers.

This further proved that Seattle will be a tight contender in the years ahead. They will just need some time to adapt to one another. Both the Sabres and the Kraken frequently concede a lot of goals in their matches, which makes their defense one of the worst in the League. That’s why I think there might be more open spaces which might eventually result in plenty of goals. So, I will recommend picking “over 5.5 goals”.

Denis’ NHL Pick: Over 5.5 (-114)

Tony Battalio

The Seattle Kraken are nearing the end of their four game road trip, as they make their third stop of the trip in Buffalo to play the Sabres. It has not been a Cinderella season for the Kraken as the clock seemingly struck midnight before the year even began. They come into this game with a record of 7-13-1, although they have won three of their last four games. In those three wins, they have beaten impressive teams like the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers, and Carolina Hurricanes by a combined score of 11-4. Their lone loss over that stretch was to two time defending champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

The Buffalo Sabres got off to a surprisingly hot start to open the year but have since come back down to reality after a rough month of November. They come into this matchup with Seattle with a record of 8-10-3, having lost five of their last six games. As for the result of this game, I think Seattle comes up with yet another huge win as they attempt to claw their way back to a .500 mark on the year, as 2021 nears its end.

Tony’s NHL Pick: Seattle Kraken (-146)

Michael Lantz

The Seattle Kraken have gone through the expected ups and downs of an expansion franchise. They had a tough stretch of games in the beginning of the month, losing six straight. But in the past week they’ve looked like a transformed team. They beat the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes at home, and then beat the Florida Panthers in Miami. Beating three of the league’s best teams is a confidence booster for this young franchise, as they’re starting to click on both sides of the puck. We’ll see if they can continue this winning mentality as they face the Buffalo Sabres in Western New York.

The last time these two met, Buffalo fell to the Kraken in Seattle 2-5; they’ll look to put that loss in the past on Monday night. The Sabres have been in a bit of rut lately, winning only one of their last six. A victory against a Kraken team that’s had some big wins lately could push them in the right direction. At 8-10-3, Buffalo is probably meeting the expectations most would’ve had for them through 21 games before the season started. But, they can’t feel good about this recent abundance of losses after starting off the season surprisingly well. The last time these two met, the Sabres were missing a couple of players including leading scorer, at the time, Victor Olofsson. That being said, the Kraken are a much better team since that last matchup. I think this one will be close, but I’ll pick this apparently reformed Kraken team. 

Michael’s NHL Pick: Seattle Kraken (-146)

Arizona Coyotes @ Winnipeg Jets – 7.30PM ET

The Arizona Coyotes start their road trip when they travel to Winnipeg and take on the Jets. The Coyotes have the worst record in the league, at 4-15-2, and they have lost their last two games in a row, to the Oilers and Stars. The Jets are looking to get back on track as last time out they got a win against the Flames, 4-2, which helped snap a five game losing streak.

Denis Kirilov

Arizona Coyotes will face another top contender for the Playoffs in the face of the Winnipeg Jets. The Coyotes are dead last in the overall standings with just 4 wins out of 21 matches. They have the worst goals difference amongst all NHL teams as they have conceded as twice as they have scored. Their issues are on both ends and the current situation within the team is helping them much. They have 6 players who are recovering from injuries and this makes everything for them go from bad to worse. 

The Winnipeg Jets are 7th in the West with 24 points out of 21 games. They have scored 60 goals and have conceded that much as well. The team has been struggling recently as they had 5 straight losses before winning against the Calgary Flames in their last match. The Jets are a well-structured and well-balanced team that has big hopes for this year. Although nobody probably expects them to win the title, they are favorites to qualify for the Playoffs. I think the victory over the Flames is a great way to start a long winning streak. I will go with them covering the spread against a weak and troubled Arizona Coyotes squad. 

Denis’ NHL Pick: Winnipeg Jets -1.5 (-120)

Tony Battalio

The Arizona Coyotes are by far the worst team in the National Hockey League. They come into this game with a record of 4-15-2 as this year has already become a lost season for them. They also come into this game on a two game losing streak after falling to the Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars. This game against Winnipeg will be the first of a quick two game road trip that ends in Minnesota on the final day in November. 
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The Winnipeg Jets come into this game with a record of 10-7-4 as they have been a mixed bag so far this season. They have lost five out of their last six games, as their lone win during the current slump has come against the Calgary Flames on Saturday by a score of 4-2. As for the result of this game, I expect the Winnipeg Jets to pick up a victory over the Arizona Coyotes. They have the advantage of being on home ice so they should end up covering as well. 

Tony’s NHL Pick: Winnipeg Jets -1.5 (-120)

Michael Lantz

After five straight losses, where they failed to generate much offense, the Winnipeg Jets used Saturday night to come away with their win of the year. They downed the league’s hottest team, the Calgary Flames 4-2, to remind the league that they’re still a threat. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck tallied 34 saves and Kyle Connor scored two goals to guide the Jets over their Canadian rivals. They’ll look to make it consecutive wins against a team that’s the exact opposite of the Flames—the last place Arizona Coyotes.

Yes, the Coyotes are 4-15-2, but over the past two weeks they haven’t been a walk in the park for opposing teams. They won consecutive games against the Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings, and only lost by one to the Blues, Blue Jackets, and Stars. It’s been nice to see this team show some signs of life, and give some of these playoff contenders a tough time. They’ll look to continue that against the Jets. While Winnipeg got a big confidence booster against Calgary, I don’t entirely trust their consistency. I still think they’ll pull off the home victory, but I like the Coyotes to cover.

Michael’s NHL Pick: Arizona Coyotes +1.5 (-102)

Vancouver Canucks @ Montreal Canadiens – 7.30PM ET

It’s the battle of two teams with similar records, when the Vancouver Canucks (6-13-2) take on the Montreal Canadiens (6-15-2). The Canucks losing streak continues, they have currently lost four games in a row, and lost last night to the Bruins, 2-3. The Canadiens have only won four games so far this month, but last time out they did get a win over the Penguins, 6-3.

Denis Kirilov

The Vancouver Canucks and the Montreal Canadiens are among the teams who have struggled in the opening phase of this season. Both teams have injury issues which is at the core of their problems so far. The Canucks are 15th in the Western Conference, while the Canadiens hold 14th place in the East. The runners-up from last year, Montreal, started off this campaign on a really negative note as they lost their opening five matches. This performance has continued throughout November as they are still trying to make their way back to the top 10.

Vancouver is without a doubt one of the weakest teams in the NHL at the moment. Neither do they have the budget of other teams, nor the players their opponents have. The Canucks will play game by game, as they have set reaching the Playoffs as an ultimate target for this year. However, I don’t see how they will be able to do that with the competition in the West. For me, the Canadiens are the better team and they should be able to easily close out such games. My preferences go to Montreal and I’ll pick them to win this one.

Denis’ NHL Pick: Montreal Canadiens (-140)

Tony Battalio

It’s an all Canadian battle in this one as the Vancouver Canucks take on the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal on Monday night. Both of these teams have had rough starts to the year as we have reached the quarter mark of the season. They also come into this one with near identical records as Vancouver is 6-14-2 and Montreal is 6-15-2 on the year. Vancouver heads into this one with a ton of bad momentum following them as they have lost nine of their last ten games, a streak that spans nearly the entire month of November.

The Montreal Canadiens have not been much better than their West Coast counterparts. Despite being the favorites in this one, they have dropped six of their last eight games on the year. Both teams are virtually dead last in their respective divisions and both carry goal differences of -20 or worse. As for the result of this one, instead of picking a winner between these two horrible teams, I think the safer bet is the over, for goals scored. 

Tony’s NHL Pick: Over 6 (-114)

Michael Lantz

In a battle between two of the league’s bottom dwellers, the Vancouver Canucks travel across the country to Quebec, where they’ll face the Montreal Canadiens. The Vancouver Canucks lost a close call against the Boston Bruins on Sunday night 2-3. “Close, but no cigar” has been the slogan for the Canucks this year as they’ve had eight one-point losses. They always seem almost there, but that just hasn’t been good enough as they now sit at 6-14-2. Luckily, they’re playing the 6-15-2 Canadiens on Monday, so they should have a good shot at getting a morale boosting win against the Habs.

But, not so fast: the Canadiens have scored six goals in two of their last four games. They’ve put up some poor performances recently as well, but at least this team has shown some life when they play. They have seven guys who are double-digit point scorers, but they’d love it if one of them could pull away and really be the “go to guy”, whether it be Nick Suzuki or Tyler Toffoli, they’d love to have a pure scorer to depend on. Regardless, I like the confidence the Canadiens have been playing with. I don’t think they’re capable of making another Stanley Cup run, but they should continue to improve as the season moves along. 

Michael’s NHL Pick: Montreal Canadiens (-140)

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Calgary Flames – 9.00PM ET

Looks like they’ve saved the best game for last on Monday night, when we get to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Calgary Flames. The Penguins are coming off a loss last time out, 3-6, to the Canadiens, but before that loss they had won five games in a row, outscoring their opponents in that period 16-2. The Flames are also coming off a loss last time out, to the Jets, 2-4, and before that loss they had won four games in a row, this takes their season record out to a nice 12-4-5.

Denis Kirilov

Two teams who have high ambitions for this campaign will play against each other on Monday in Alberta. Calgary hosts the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game that will put one of them on a 2-game losing streak. The Flames are 2nd in the Western Conference right behind the Edmonton Oilers, while the Penguins struggle in 7th place in the East with 5 points less than their opponents. Pittsburgh still awaits the return of Evgeni Malkin, but at least Sidney Crosby and Brian Dumoulin are back with the team. Their impact on the Penguins’ performance has been felt in the last couple of games as they are on a 5-1 run recently.

The Flames are a fantastic team that caused troubles to some of the best out there in the NHL. Not only have they defeated them, but they actually humiliated their opponents by 4, 5 or 6 goals. The team lost to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday which put an end to their 4-game winning streak. However, Calgary is probably better team at the moment and I think they will be able to close out the game against the Penguins. Furthermore, I will choose them to cover their spread just for higher value.

Denis’ NHL Pick: Calgary Flames -1.5 (+172)

Tony Battalio

This matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Calgary Flames is likely to be the best game of the Monday slate. Pittsburgh comes into this game with a record of 10-7-4, as they have won five of their last six games. They have gotten off to a rough start this season, as they have had to try and get the job done without stars like Malkin and Crosby for a good chunk of the season. 
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The Calgary Flames come into this game with a record of 12-4-5 on the year as they have won four of their last five games. They have been somewhat of a surprise so far this year as they have turned out to be one of the better Canadian teams and look to be on their way to a potential Stanley Cup playoff team if they keep this level of play up. As for the result of this game, I expect the Pittsburgh Penguins to pick up a big road victory. 

Tony’s NHL Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins (+118)

Michael Lantz

Calgary got hit with a tough loss on Saturday night, as they fell to the rival Winnipeg Jets 2-4. The Jets had been down badly in recent games, going winless in their previous five, but Calgary were blanked by them on both sides of the puck. The Flames had won their previous four before the Jets game, and they look to start up another win streak against the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Since the return of Sidney Crosby, the Penguins are skating back into contention. It should act as no surprise that the future hall-of-famer would be an instant boost, as this team went on a five-game win streak last week. Unfortunately, that came to an end when they inexplicably gave up six goals to a terrible Canadiens team on Saturday. Now they’ll face another team coming off a streak-killing loss in the Flames. While I have more confidence picking a Pens team that has Sidney Crosby back, I’m not sure I’ll do so against a team as good as the Flames. I’ll take Calgary in what could end up being the best game of the day.

Michael’s NHL Pick: Calgary Flames (-144)

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