Tonight, February the 9th, features 7 games on the NHL schedule, with some nice playoff races developing in both the Eastern and Western Conferences. Tonight’s featured games include the Boston Bruins traveling to HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY to take on a divisional foe, the Buffalo Sabres, the Tampa Bay Lightning look to stay strong on home ice as they welcome the powerful Vancouver Canucks to town, and the Detroit Red Wings will travel to St. Louis to collide with the Blues. Only a few days away from the Olympic break so don’t miss out on these last few opportunities that the NHL has to offer! Get your FREE NHL predictions and picks below.
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NHL Predictions and Free Picks February 9th:
Boston Bruins @ Buffalo Sabres – The Bruins have made headlines over the past few weeks for all the wrong reasons as they were riding a 10-game losing streak into Sunday where the finally got a win in Montreal. The Sabres come into tonight’s gave having lost 4 straight for the 2nd time in a month, and as a result their lead in the Northeast division is down to a single point over the surging Ottawa Senators. Although Boston has taken two of the three meetings so far this season, the Bruins are just 1-5 in their last 6 visits to HSBC Arena, and the home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between these divisional rivals. Take the home favorite tonight at a reasonable price.
Free Pick – SABRES to win at -145
Vancouver Canucks @ Tampa Bay Lightning – East meets West tonight as two hot teams will collide in Tampa Bay, a place where the Lightning have been at their best all season. The Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. However, the Canucks are in the middle of an intense divisional race in the West, and are 8-2 in their last 10 games. The Canucks are 21-7-1 in their last 29 games vs. the Southeast Division, and 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win. The Canucks are also 6-1-2 in their last 9 meetings with the Lightning, which points me toward the road favorite to remain hot in Tampa.
Free Pick – CANUCKS to win at -145
Detroit Red Wings @ St. Louis Blues – The Detroit Red Wings unhealthy season gets a bit healthier tonight as they gladly welcome back sniper Johan Franzen to the lineup after being out since the Red Wings home opener on Oct 8 with a torn ACL. This is the 5th of 6 meetings this season between the Wings and Blues, with St. Louis taking 3 of the previous 4. St. Louis has been a story of inconsistency this year which lead to a coaching change, and their numbers do not add up well against the Wings. Detroit is 20-7-4 in their last 31 visits to St. Louis, and 41-17-4 in their last 62 meetings with the Blues overall. Take the veteran wings to come out big tonight in St. Louis.
Free Pick – RED WINGS to win at -130
*Bonus Pick – OVER 5.5 at +120 – Over is 5-2 in Detroit’s last 7 games overall, 9-4-1 in the Blues last 14 home games, 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two, and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in St. Louis. Bet the OVER here for some good value.