Tonight, December the 19th sees 8 games beginning after 7 PM ET, after 4 afternoon games on what should be a spectacular day and night in the NHL. Tonight’s featured games include the Boston Bruins traveling to Air Canada Center to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New Jersey Devils hope Martin Brodeur can break the shutout record tonight in Atlanta against the Thrashers, and the Montreal Canadiens visit Long Island to battle the New York Islanders. Other games to be seen tonight include the Florida Panthers traveling to Carolina, the Ottawa Senators are set to host the Minnesota Wild, the Pittsburgh Penguins invade Buffalo tonight to take on the Sabres, the Columbus Blue Jackets are in Denver to battle the Colorado Avalanche, and the Washington Capitals continue their Western swing as they visit the Edmonton Oilers this evening. Do not miss out on tonight’s unbelievable coast-to-coast NHL action and be sure to get your FREE NHL predictions and picks below.
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NHL Predictions and Free Picks December 19th:
Boston Bruins @ Toronto Maple Leafs – This is the 3rd meeting between these two teams this year and Boston had already managed to put 12 pucks past Toronto goaltending this year. However, this is the first meeting between these two at the ACC this year, where Toronto has had better fortunes as of late. Both of these teams are coming off of losses last night, Boston 5-4 to Chicago and Toronto a 5-2 decision to the Buffalo Sabres. Boston has won 8 in a row against Toronto, and the Leafs have given up 5+ goals two games in a row. The Toronto offense hasn’t been the problem this year, it’s the defense that has struggled, and I look for both of these trends to continue tonight in Toronto.
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New Jersey Devils @ Atlanta Thrashers – Despite a sluggish start on home ice this season, the New Jersey Devils sit atop the Eastern Conference standings due to a very impressive road record so far this season (11-2-1). The Devils just concluded a homestand where they won 4 of 5, including a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators last night. Atlanta beat the Dallas Stars 6-5 in OT on Thursday night, and continue to roll on offense. Patrick Elias has 4 goals during a 6-game point streak, while Brian Rolston continues to contribute with 5 points in his last 4 games. Martin Broduer looks to notch his all-time leading shutout tonight in Atlanta, and I am leaning towards his Devils tonight on the road.
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Montreal Canadiens @ New York Islanders – Two mildly struggling teams meet tonight in Long Island as the Canadiens are 3-6-1 in their last 10 overall, while the Islanders boast a 4-6-0 record in their last 10 overall. Montreal has taken the first two meeting between these two this year, both at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QUE. Montreal embarks on a 7-game road trip beginning tonight, after dropping a 3-1 decision to Minnesota on Thursday to increase their losing streak to 5 straight games. The Islanders dropped a 5-2 decision to the Rangers on Thursday, but could be in more trouble tonight as Montreal gets arguably their most valuable player back tonight as Defenseman Andre Markov returns to the lineup after being out since opening night with lacerated ankle tendons. I look for Montreal to be sparked by the return of Markov, and end a 5-game losing skid tonight in Long Island.
Free Pick – CANADIENS to win at +110 – Bet on it at Bodog.com