Tonight, February the 11th, sees 7 games on the NHL slate, just the second last night of NHL hockey before a two-week break for the Olympics. Tonight;s featured games include the high-flying Washington Capitals making their way to Canada’s capital to take on the hot Ottawa Senators, the slumping Buffalo Sabres will head to Carolina to do battle with the Hurricanes, and Roberto Luongo returns to where it all started as he and the Vancouver Canucks will visit the Florida Panthers. Other games to keep an eye on tonight include the Tampa Bay Lightning hosting the Boston Bruins, the San Jose Sharks visit Detroit, Dallas is in Calgary, and the Edmonton Oilers hit Hollywood tonight as they take on the Los Angeles Kings. Don’t miss out on this week’s continued excitement all throughout the NHL and be sure to get your FREE NHL predictions and picks below.
NHL Predictions and Free Picks February 11th:
Washington Capitals @ Ottawa Senators – Both of these teams recently had heavy win streaks snapped recently. The Senators are 12-1 in their last 13, and had an 11-game win streak snapped Saturday in Toronto as the Leafs punished the Sens 5-0, while Washington got dumped in Overtime last night by the Montreal Canadiens, despite climbing back from a 3-goal differential in the 3rd period. A tough prediction for this one so I go to the trends. The Capitals are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, and 5-0 in their last 5 vs. the Northeast Division. Although Ottawa is 12-1 in their last 13, the Capitals play Ottawa tough as they are 7-3 in their last 10 meetings with the Senators overall. Take the Capitals tonight in a battle of the 2 hottest teams in the NHL.
Free Pick – CAPITALS to win at -130
Buffalo Sabres @ Carolina Hurricanes – The Sabres come into tonight’s action having lost 5 straight games, while the Hurricanes have been turning things around, going 4-0 in their last 4 home games. A 2-7-2 slide for the Sabres has found them in tie atop the Northeast Division with the surging Ottawa Senators. The Cane’s on the other hand are 7-3 in their last 10 and no longer sit alone in the bottom of the Eastern Conference. This is the 3rd meeting of the season between these two, with both team each winning one on the road. The teams cominbed for 13 goals in those 2 games and that’s what I am looking for tonight, offense. OVER is 3-1-1 in the Sabres last 5 overall, and 6-1-1 in the Hurricanes last 8 vs. the Northeast. OVER is also 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these teams in Carolina, and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings overall. I look for the OVER tonight as an underdog.
Free Pick – OVER 5.5 at +100
Vancouver Canucks @ Florida Panthers – Roberto Luongo makes only his second return to where it all began tonight as he returns to face the team that took him in as a 20 year old kid. After winning 7 straight games to close out the month of January, the Canucks have dropped 3 of their last 4, and will play their 6th of a season-high 14 straight road games tonight. A big reason for Vancouver’s success this year has not been the usual stellar goaltending, but an offense that ranks 2nd in the Western Conference with 3.14 goals scored per game. Florida is 0-4 in their last 4 games overall, and 6-22-1 in their last 29 games vs. the Northwest Division. The Canucks are 7-3 in their last 10 games as a favorite, and 6-1-2 in their last 9 games vs. Florida. Take the Canucks tonight to put their foot down on a slumping Florida team.
Free Pick – CANUCKS to win at -150