NHL Predictions and Free Picks December 18th

NHL action continues tonight, December the 18th, as 6 games can be found on the schedule.  Some good Eastern Conference matchups as well as some of the best from the West in action as well.  Tonight’s featured games include the Tampa Bay Lightning traveling to Missouri to take on the St. Louis Blues, the Boston Bruins invade Chicago in a classic original 6 match up, and the high-flying Washington Capitals travel to GM in Vancouver, BC to battle the Canucks.  The 3 other games to keep an eye on over the course of the evening include the Toronto Maple Leafs visiting the Buffalo Sabres, the Ottawa Senators visit the swomp in New Jersey, and the Florida Panthers are set to host the Carolina Hurricanes.  Get your free NHL predictions and picks for tonight’s games below.

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NHL Predictions and Free Picks December 18th:

Tampa Bay Lightning @ St. Louis Blues – Both of these teams are desperate for wins, as they both dropped 3-0 decision in their most recent action.  The Lightning lost last night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, and the Blues lost to Chicago 3-0 on Wednesday night.  Both of these teams are seeking offense, especially the lightning who hold a 1-8-1 record in their last 10 overall after an impressive start to the campaign.  The Bolts are winless on their current 6-game road trip which concludes Monday on Long Island.  The Last meeting between these two went over the total, and I expect the same tonight, a change of pace from the statistics this season.

Free Pick – OVER 5.5 at +125 – Don’t know how to read these odds? Learn at Bodog.com

Boston Bruins @ Chicago Blackhawks – The Boston Bruins open a 3-game road trip tonight against an original six foe in Chicago.  The Bruins have dropped their last 2 games, but are still 6-2-2 in their last 10 overall.  Boston has been mildly hit by the injury bug this season, but managed to climb their way to the top of the Northeast Division standings before they lost back-to-back games.  Chicago has gotten back-to-back shutouts from Cristobal Huet and Anti Niemmi recently, while their offense has accelerated as well.  However, the Bruins need these 2 points more than Chicago, who I believe will be cooled down tonight on home ice.

Free Pick – Boston to win at +160 – Bet on the game at Bodog.com

Washington Capitals @ Vancouver Canucks – The annual Capitals vs. Canucks match up takes place in Vancouver tonight, who are currently 3-1 on their 8 game homestand.  The Canucks need a win tonight as they sit 10th in the West, but hold the 2nd best home record in the Western Conference.  Washington may meet their offensive match tonight as the Sedin brothers have been on fire with Henrik scoring 15 points in his last 8, and Daniel 9 points in his last 5 games.  Roberto Luongo has solid career numbers against the Caps, going 15-10-3 with a GAA of 2.26 and a save percentage of .930.  Luongo has also posted 2 shutouts again the Caps, most of these games coming as a member of the Florida Panthers.

Free Pick – Vancouver to win at -120 – Bet on NHL at Bodog.com