Tonight, February the 10th, sees 8 games on the NHL slate, just 2 days away from the opening ceremonies from the 2010 Winter Olympic games from Vancouver, BC. Tonight’s featured games include the New York Islanders traveling to the Igloo in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins, the Minnesota Wild are set to play host to the Phoenix Coyotes, and the Atlanta Thrashers will travel West to collide with the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Be sure to keep on eye on your last few chances to cash in before the two-week Olympic break, and also be sure to get your FREE NHL predictions and picks below.
NHL Predictions and Free Picks February 10th:
New York Islanders @ Pittsburgh Penguins – The Islanders come into tonight’s game after a huge victory last night, tying the game with 11 seconds left, and winning 4-3 in SO over the Nashville Predators. The Penguins last action was quite the opposite, coughing up a 4-1 lead only to lose 5-4 in overtime to Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. The Penguins have scored 12 goals in the previous 3 meetings with the Islanders this season, and are among the top of the NHL in goals per game (3.05). Over is 4-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 5 vs. the Eastern Conference, and 7-2 in the Penguin’s last 9 overall. Over is also 23-8-3 in the last 34 meetings between these two overall. Look for a high scoring effort from both teams tonight.
Free Pick – OVER 5.5 at -120
Phoenix Coyotes @ Minnesota Wild – A red-hot Coyotes team invades Minnesota tonight as Phoenix is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall, and 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Minnesota has been no pushover at home this season as they are 23-8 in their last 31 home games. This is the 4th meeting of the season between the Wild and Coyotes, with Phoenix taking all 3 earlier this year, outscoring the Wild 11-6 in those 3 games. The Wild are 0-6 in their last 6 vs. the NHL’s Pacific Division, and the Coyotes are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings vs. the Wild. I am leaning towards the hot road underdog tonight from Minnesota.
Free Pick – COYOTES to win at +120
Atlanta Thrashers @ Colorado Avalanche – The first and last meeting of the season between these two interconference squads, with Atlanta taking both meetings of 09′, with one of those victories coming 2 seasons ago. The Avalanche have been in a Northwest Division battle all season long, winning 3 of their last 4 to keep pace with the Vancouver Canucks. Both teams sit atop the division with 72 points apiece. The Thrashers have kept pace in the East, sitting just 3 points behind Philadelphia and Tampa Bay for the 7th and 8th spots respectively. Goal scoring has not been a problem in Atlanta, but preventing them has. Over is 4-1 in the Thrashers last 5 overall, and 4-1-1 in their last 6 trips to Colorado. Take the Over in what should be a wide open game.
Free Pick – OVER 5.5 at -115