Tonight, January the 28th, sees 16 NHL teams in action from coast to coast in what should be a great Thursday night on the ice. Tonight’s featured games include the LA Kings continuing an Eastern swing as they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets, the New York Islanders are set to invade Raleigh, N.C. to collide with the basement-dwelling Carolina Hurricanes, and the Calgary Flames will try for their first victory in 2010 tonight, this time in Phoenix. Opportunities to cash in all across the NHL board tonight, so do not miss out on this week’s continued high-flying NHL action, and be sure to get your FREE NHL predictions and picks below.
NHL Predictions and Free Picks January 28th:
Los Angeles Kings @ Columbus Blue Jackets – This is the 3rd of 4 meetings this year between the Kings and Jackets, as each team has taken one on home ice so far. The Kings have won 3 in a row overall, and also carry a 4-game road winnings streak into Columbus tonight. The Jackets have been better lately, with a 3-2 win over Nashville on home ice on Tuesday. The Jackets won just 2 games in the month of December, so some ground needs to be made up in the Western Conference. The Jackets are 9-26 in their last 35 overall, and 17-35 in their last 52 games as an underdog. The Kings however are 4-0 in their last 4 as a favorite, and 4-1 in their last 5 as a road favorite. Take the Kings tonight to continue a strong road trip.
Free Pick – KINGS to win (-120)
New York Islanders @ Carolina Hurricanes – The Islanders have won both meetings earlier this season, each by a score of 4-3. The Hurricanes are coming off of back-to-back victories, as they beat Boston 5-1 on Sunday night, and beat the Rangers on the road by the same score on Wednesday night. The Islanders are coming off of 2 consecutive losses, losing 4-2 to New Jersey, then getting thumped 7-2 by the Capitals on Tuesday night. The Hurricanes have found their offense as of late, as OVER has gone 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Head-to-head, OVER is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Carolina, and 7-0 in the last 7 meetings overall. Take the OVER 5.5 tonight with two strong offenses, but weak defenses in Carolina.
Free Pick – OVER 5.5 (+100)
Calgary Flames @ Phoenix Coyotes – It has been a trying time lately for the Flames, as the boys from Calgary have not won a single game in 2010, after 8 chances to do so. The Flames have only manged 2 of a possible 16 points in the new year. The Flames blew a 3rd period lead last night and lost in a shootout to the Dallas Stars, 4-3. Both meetings this year resulted in a 2-1 final, with each team winning on home ice. However, all signs point to the boys from Calgary tonight. The Flames are 4-1 in their last 5 trips to the desert, 17-7 in their last 24 overall with Phoenix, and the road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. Take the Flames tonight to break out of a season-long slump as an underdog.
Free Pick – FLAMES to win (+120)