The Florida Panthers get their 2021 season underway against the 0-2 Chicago Blackhawks this Sunday. While the Capitals are headed to Pittsburgh for the Penguins first home game of the new season.
Find all of our free NHL picks for the two scheduled games below!
Washington Capitals @ Pittsburgh Penguins – 12PM ET
Washington and Pittsburgh couldn’t have gotten their seasons off to more differing starts in 2021, with the Penguins dropping both games of their opening stint in Philadelphia and the Capitals claiming two wins from their opening two games in Buffalo.
The Penguins suffered three goal losses in both of their games against the Flyers, going down 6-3 and 5-2. Whereas the Capitals recorded a 6-4 win in their season opener against Buffalo, before claiming a gritty 2-1 victory in the second game of their regular season series with the Sabres.
Pittsburgh have certainly had a rough start to the season, with their opening four games scheduled against the two teams that finished higher than them in the Metropolitan Division last season. However, now that they are back at home, the Penguins will be much more competitive.
Although the Capitals will show why they were last year’s division champions claiming their third consecutive win on the road.
NHL Pick – Washington Capitals (-110)
NHL Spread – Washington Capitals +1.5 (-300)
Game Totals Pick – Over 6.5 (-105)
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— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 16, 2021
Chicago Blackhawks @ Florida Panthers – 7PM ET
The Florida Panthers will get their 2021 season underway when coming up against the 0-2 Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.
The Panthers finished last season with the fourth best record in the Atlantic Division on 78 points. Florida made the playoffs before they were knocked out in the Qualifying Round, going down 3-1 against the New York Islanders.
The Blackhawks have had a rough start to their 2021 season currently 0-2 after their two games against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Chicago only managed three goals across the two games while allowing Tampa Bay to score 10 times (five in each game).
Although this will be Florida’s first opportunity to take the ice this season, Chicago’s offense gave no reason to suggest that they are capable of defeating a quality opponent in their opening two games.
The Panthers will open up their 2021 season with a win at home, leaving the Blackhawks 0-3 with one game remaining in their stint in Florida.
NHL Pick – Florida Panthers (-145)
NHL Spread – Florida Panthers -1.5 (+175)
Game Totals Pick – Under 6.5. (+110)
A reminder: One more sleep ‘til Cats hockey is back. 😻
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) January 17, 2021
Dallas Stars @ Tampa Bay Lightning – PPD
*This game was postponed due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, a new date has not been confirmed at this time*
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.