Tonight, January the 12th, sees 18 teams in action after just 4 games on last night’s NHL schedule. Tonight’s featured games include the Philadelphia Flyers playing host to the Dallas Stars, the Columbus Blue Jackets continue their road trip in St.Louis, and the Phoenix Coyotes welcome the San Jose Sharks to the desert. Other games to cash in on tonight include the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the Carolina Hurricanes, the Ottawa Senators visit the Atlanta Thrashers, the Detroit Red Wings are on Long Island to take on the Islanders, the New Jersey Devils are in New York, Washington makes their way into Tampa Bay, and the Nashville Predators will continue a western swing tonight in Edmonton. Tonight’s NHL board looks very opportunistic so be sure to get your bets in at www.sportsbook.com! Read up on our Free NHL predictions and picks below.
NHL Predictions and Free Picks January 12th:
Dallas Stars @ Philadelphia Flyers – The Stars come into this road game tonight with a purpose. Dallas has gone 0-5-2 in their last 7 road games, including a 2-0 loss to Columbus on Sunday night. Philly on the other hand has been playing better hockey in the new year, winning 3 of their first 5 in 2010, but still sit on the outside looking in for the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Tonight’s games marks just the 4th time in 5 seasons these two have met, with the Stars winning the last 2 out of 3. The Stars have also played well as a heavy underdog, going 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog of +151 to +200. I like the big road underdog tonight at the Wachovia Centre in Philadelphia.
Free Pick – DALLAS to win (+155)
Columbus Blue Jackets @ St.Louis Blues – As of Jan.5th, the Blue Jackets had last 13 of their last 14 games and could not find the net for the life of them. Now the Jackets are riding a 3 game win streak, and scored 9 goals over those 3 games. St. Louis snapped a 7-game losing streak on Saturday, winning 4-3 in Los Angeles. The Blues found an offensive touch they had not seen in weeks. Over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two, and 14-6-4 in the last 24 meetings in St. Louis. Those trends combined with the over going 7-0 in St. Louis’ last 7 home games, makes me lean towards the over tonight for good value.
Free Pick – OVER 5.5 (+110)
San Jose Sharks @ Phoenix Coyotes – The Sharks are fresh off of a hard-earned 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on the road last night, and hold an 8-point advantage over the Coyotes in the Western Conference standings. However, Phoenix has played San Jose hard this year, as all 4 games have been decided by one goal. The Coyotes have especially well against San Jose as of late, as the Sharks are just 2-5 in their last 7 visits to the desert. The home team is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings between these two, and the Coyotes are 7-2 in their last 9 as a favorite. Take the Coyotes tonight on home ice.
Free Pick – PHOENIX to win (-115)
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