With only one game postponed, you’ve got some awesome NHL action coming your way on Saturday! Who will come out on top today?
Find all of our free NHL picks for the scheduled games below.
Florida Panthers @ Carolina Hurricanes – 7:00 PM ET
*This game was postponed due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, a new date has not been confirmed at this time*
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Columbus Blue Jackets – 2:00 PM ET
The Lightning remain undefeated after defeating Columbus in overtime on Thursday, 3-2. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 23 of 25 shots he faced. The Tampa Bay goaltender has started all three games for the team and has an impressive 1.65 GAA with a .941 save percentage.
Tampa Bay has allowed just five goals this season while scoring 13, giving them a +8 goal differential, second best in the NHL. Steven Stamkos leads the team in scoring with six points, but seven other players have at least three points this season.
Mikko Koivu was on the ice for today’s #CBJ optional practice. He was on the COVID absences list yesterday but this could mean he’s nearing the chance to make his Jackets debut. pic.twitter.com/KSt6inAW6x
— Jeff Svoboda (@JacketsInsider) January 22, 2021
Columbus has lost four of their first five games (1-2-2), but have recorded points in each of their last three games. They have lost in overtime in each of the last two contests. Joonas Korpisalo has been the top goaltender for the team, posting a 2.34 GAA and a .935 save percentage.
His backup has been terrible. Columbus has just 10 goals this season. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackets with five points. Alexandre Texier has three of the team’s goals.
Montreal Canadiens @ Vancouver Canucks – 7:00 PM ET
Montreal defeated Vancouver on Thursday, 7-3. The Canadiens got two goals and an assist from Tyler Toffoli to lead them to victory. Jake Allen saw very little action, needing to stop just 14 of the 17 shots he faced. This will be the third straight game between these teams. Carey Price will likely be back in goal for Montreal.
He has a 3.50 GAA and a .887 save percentage in three starts this season. Toffoli and Jeff Petry each have seven points for the Canadiens. Montreal has scored an NHL leading 24 goals this season, led by Toffoli who has five.
Carey vs. Tuna…
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 23, 2021
Vancouver has lost four of their first six games. They have had major issues in the net, allowing 28 goals this season, the most allowed in the league. Braden Holtby has a 3.58 GAA and a .892 save percentage.
Sadly, that is the best on the team as Thatcher Demko has been abysmal (5.47 GAA). Vancouver has 18 goals led by Bo Horvat who has five goals and two assists. Quinn Hughes has recorded six assists on the season.
NHL Pick – Montréal Canadiens (-169)
NHL Spread – Montréal Canadiens -1.5 (+262)
Game Totals Pick – Over 6.5 (-105)
Philadelphia Flyers @ Boston Bruins – 7:00 PM ET
After losing in overtime on Thursday, the Flyers dropped to 3-1-1. The Flyers are getting solid goal scoring as they have 19 goals, led by Travis Konecny with four. Kevin Hayes leads the team with seven points and eight different players have at least three points this season.
Brian Elliot has been great in net, posting a 1.31 GAA and a .964 save percentage in two games. However, Carter Hart, who is the team’s No. 1 goalie, has struggled. He has a 3.67 GAA and a .902 save percentage.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) January 22, 2021
After losing their previous two games, Boston earned a much-needed victory when they defeated Philadelphia in a shootout on Thursday. Nick Ritchie had a goal and an assist. With those two points, he moved into second place on the team with three points this season.
Brad Marchand is the team’s leading scorer with only four points. Boston has struggled to produce goals this season, scoring just nine, but they have only allowed nine goals as well. Tuukka Rask gave up four goals to Philadelphia, but had given up three total in his prior two appearances.
NHL Pick – Boston Bruins (-161)
NHL Spread – Philadelphia Flyers +1.5 (-214)
Game Totals Pick – Under 5.5 (-120)
Los Angeles Kings @ St. Louis Blues – 8:00 PM ET
Los Angeles finally earned their first victory of the season when they defeated Colorado on Thursday, 4-2. It was also the first time this season that the Kings received a quality performance in the net, as Jonathan Quick stopped 24 of 26 shots.
Quick had been bad through the first two games, but lowered his goals-against average to 3.18 and raised his save percentage to .897. With two assists on Thursday, Anze Kopitar moved into the team lead in points with six, all assists. Jeff Carter has five points.
Comeback kids get it done against Colorado.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) January 22, 2021
St. Louis has split their first two series of the season (2-1-1) after losing in a shootout to San Jose on Wednesday, 2-1. Jordan Binnington was exceptional in net, stopping 37 of 38 shots, including 12 when his team was a man short. Binnington lowered his goals-against average to 2.67 while raising his save percentage to .913.
The Blues have struggled to score goals this year, recording just 10 through the first four games. Eight of those goals have come from four players including two from Jordan Kyrou who leads the team with four points.
Ottawa Senators @ Winnipeg Jets – 10:00 PM ET
Ottawa fell to Winnipeg for the second straight time, losing 4-1. That dropped the Senators to 1-2-1. Ottawa has 11 goals the season while giving up 14. Matt Murray has been in the net for all but 20 minutes this year.
He has a 3.79 GAA and a mediocre .880 save percentage. Nikita Zaitsev leads Ottawa with five points, all assists. Five other players have three points this season. Chris Tierney is the team’s leading goal scorer with three.
🎥 Jansen Harkins on returning to the ice this season, the games in Ottawa, and much more. pic.twitter.com/eYKaAXxVxh
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) January 22, 2021
Winnipeg opened with victories in three of their first four games. Connor Hellebuyck had an outstanding outing against Ottawa on Wednesday, stopping 28 of 29 shots in the victory. That lowered his goals-against average to 2.00 and raised his save percentage to .935.
The Jets have allowed 10 goals this season, the second fewest in the North Division. They have scored 13 goals led by Kyle Connor who has three. Connor leads the team with seven total points. Six other players have at least three points for Winnipeg.
NHL Pick – Winnipeg Jets (-137)
NHL Spread – Winnipeg Jets -1.5 (+175)
Game Totals Pick – Under 5.5 (-115)
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of Bet365.