NHL Predictions and Free Picks December 23rd

Tonight, December the 23rd, sees 12 games on the NHL schedule after a slow night last night that saw only 6 teams in action.  Tonight’s featured games include the Montreal Canadiens traveling to Raleigh, NC to take on the basement-dwelling Carolina Hurricanes, the Ottawa Senators invade Pittsburgh to collide with the defending cup champion Penguins, and the Florida Panthers visit the Big Apple tonight to butt  heads with the New York Rangers.  Other games to keep an eye on tonight include the Toronto Maple Leafs visiting the New York Islanders, the Edmonton Oilers are in Minnesota, the Philadelphia Flyers head south to battle the Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington plays host to Buffalo, Atlanta travels to Boston, the Chicago Blackhawks invade Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, the Dallas Stars are set to host the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Anaheim Ducks visit the desert in Phoenix, and the St. Louis Blues are in Calgary to battle the Flames.  Be sure not to miss out on tonight’s high-flying action all over the NHL, and be sure to get your FREE predictions and picks for our featured games below.

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NHL Predictions and Free Picks December 23rd:

Montreal Canadiens @ Carolina Hurricanes – The Montreal Canadiens come into this one currently sitting the 9th place in the Eastern Conference standings, 2 points out of a playoff spot.  However, the Canadiens are riding a 2-game mini win streak thanks to the return of their best player, defenseman Andre Markov.  Carolina has won 2 of their last 4 due to a disappointing Monday night loss to the Rangers, a game in which Carolina played stellar including goaltender Cam Ward who stopped 28 shots.  Along with the return of Markov, Montreal has seen inspired performances from Tomas Plekanec, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Andre Kostitsyn as of late, and I look for them to keep on rolling tonight in Carolina as road underdogs.

Free Pick – CANADIENS to win at +100 – Not sure how to read these odds?  Learn at Bodog

Ottawa Senators @ Pittsburgh Penguins – This is the 3rd meeting of the season between these two teams, but the first one played in Pittsburgh.  Both squads are coming off of home ice shutout losses on Monday night.  Ottawa dropped a 2-0 decision to Boston and the Penguins gave Marty Brodeur his record breaking shutout in a 4-0 loss to the Devils.  the Senators may get Pascal Leclaire back in net tonight after being out since Nov.23 with a fractured cheekbone.  Last meeting these two combined for 8 total goals and I expect the offenses to be flying tonight after a slow-paced Monday for both teams.

Free Pick – OVER 5.5 at +105

Florida Panthers @ New York Rangers – The Rangers come into this one 2 points behind the Panthers who sit in the 8th an final playoff spot with 39 points.  The Panthers have won 4 of their last 5 thanks to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on the road on Monday night.  The Rangers look to keep their momentum moving tonight on home ice as they have won 3 straight, all on the road.  The Rangers have lost 5 in a row at home, however they have not lost 6 straight at home since 1993, a stat which I look to continue tonight with a Rangers win on home ice.

Free Pick – RANGERS to win at -155 – Bet it at Bodog.com