Only 2 games on today, but it doesn’t mean we haven’t put in a lot of effort into giving you some awesome awesome NHL picks! Who will come out on top?
Find all of our free NHL picks for the scheduled game below.
Chicago Blackhawks @ Nashville Predators – 7:30 PM ET
The Chicago Blackhawks will face the Nashville Predators for the second straight night. This article was written prior to Tuesday night’s contest, so that action is not included in this.
Chicago was expected to start Kevin Lankinen in goal on Tuesday, so that will likely mean that Collin Delia will be between the pipes on Wednesday. He has had a tough two contests this year, giving up five goals in each of his starts, giving him a .863 save percentage.
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) January 27, 2021
Patrick Kane is off to a fast start with seven points. He leads the Blackhawks in several offensive categories, including goals (3), assists (4), and points. Chicago has scored 19 goals while allowing 23 heading into Tuesday’s game.
Nashville is in a bit of a slump. After winning their opening contests they have lost the last three, including getting crushed by Dallas on Friday, 7-0. Pekka Rinne will likely be in net on Tuesday, which puts Juuse Saros in goal for Wednesday’s game.
The truth is that Saros has actually been better this season, posting a 3.02 GAA and a .905 save percentage. If he goes on Tuesday, then Rinne will go on Wednesday and he has not been nearly as good (3.78 GAA). Viktor Arvidsson leads the team in points with five and Filip Forsberg has four goals. Goal scoring has been an issue for the Predators, as they have 12 through the first five games.
NHL Pick – Nashville Predators (-175)
NHL Spread – Nashville Predators -1.5 (+145)
Game Totals Pick – Over 6.0 (-110)
Ottawa Senators @ Vancouver Canucks – 8:00 PM ET
Ottawa is coming off a crushing defeat to Vancouver on Monday, 7-1. That was the fifth straight loss for the Senators who dropped to 1-4-1. They are in the last in the North Division with just three points and have given up 27 goals while scoring 15. The -12 goal differential is the worst in the NHL Matt Murray, who is the team’s No. 1 goaltender, has been quite mediocre this season.
In five starts he has a 4.47 GAA and a .862 save percentage. Marcus Hogberg has been a little better, but he is not ready to be a top goalie in this league. Chris Tierney leads the team in goals with three but has not scored in the last two contests.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) January 26, 2021
Vancouver had their best performance of the season on Monday night. Brandon Sutter had a hat trick and Thatcher Demko stopped 35 of 36 shots he faced. Braden Holtby will be in the net on Wednesday night. He has a 3.70 GAA and a .888 save percentage.
The three goals now give Sutter four on the year, tied for second most on the team. Bo Horvat is the team leader in goals (5) and points (10). The Canucks had the worst goal differential in the league heading into this contest, but now have improved to -7. It is a start.
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of Bet365.