Tonight, December the 30th, features 8 games on the NHL schedule after an exciting evening last night on the ice. Tonight’s featured games include the Philadelphia Flyers traveling to New York to take on the Rangers, the Colorado Avalanche travel to Canada’s capital to do battle with the Ottawa Senators, and the Los Angeles Kings make their way to Calgary to collide with the Flames. Other games on the NHL radar tonight include the Pittsburgh Penguins taking on the New Jersey Devils at the swomp in New Jersey, the Montreal Canadiens are in Tampa Bay to clash with the Lightning, Atlanta visits Boston, the Edmonton Oilers play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Washington Capitals invade San Jose. Do not miss out on tonight’s spectacular NHL action, and be sure to get your FREE NHL predictions and picks below.
NHL Predictions and Free Picks December 30th:
Philadelphia Flyers @ New York Rangers – Eastern Conference rivals collide tonight as the Philadelphia Flyers bring a 3-game winning streak into New York to take on a Ranger team that just suffered its first loss in their last 5 games. Philadelphia looks to stay perfect in the midst of their 6 game road trip, while the Rangers were just recently cooled off by the Islanders in OT on Saturday night. These two teams come into action with similar numbers, ranked 17th and 18th respectively on offense, but Philadelphia will hold a distinct goaltending advantage while Ray Emery still rests a torn abdominal muscle. I am leaning towards a high-scoring affair tonight in New York.
Free Pick – OVER 5.5 at -105
Colorado Avalanche @ Ottawa Senators – Colorado begins a stretch where they will play 6 of their next 7 on the road, trying to increase their 3-point lead in the Northwest Division. Ottawa is riding a mini two-game winning streak after losing 8-2 to Pittsburgh last Wednesday. Colorado looked sharp in a 4-1 win over Dallas on Saturday, thanks to a solid effort by goaltender Peter Budaj. Ottawa managed to snap Montreal’s four-game win streak on home ice recently, however it will be a tough task to get by a strong Avalanche team without Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson. I like the road underdog tonight in Ottawa.
Free Pick – AVALANCHE to win at +110
Los Angeles Kings @ Calgary Flames – A well rested Kings squad travels to Calgary tonight to take on a Flames squad fresh off a convincing 4-1 win in Edmonton on Monday. The Kings have only played twice in the last 13 days, losing one goal decisions to both Phoenix and Minnesota. The Kings have dropped to 6th n the West, however will likely have more energy than a Flames team who has gone 3-5-2 in their last 10 games overall. I look for a close game tonight in Calgary, while leaning towards the road underdog that has gone 8-3-0 in one goal games this season.
Free Pick – KINGS to win at +140