Martin Luther King Day, January the 18th, brings us some great NHL action throughout the afternoon and evening as we fast approach the Olympic break. The action began today with Boston and Ottawa at 1 pm ET, followed by the Devils and Islanders squaring off at 2 pm ET. The featured game’s on tonight’s slate include the Toronto Maple Leafs staying on the road tonight in Nashville, the Columbus Blue Jackets play host to the St. Louis Blues, and the Calgary Flames visit the Shark Tank tonight in San Jose. Other game on the NHL schedule include the Tampa Bay Lightning visiting the Carolina Hurricanes, Phoenix hosts Buffalo, the Atlanta Thrashers invade Florida, Minnesota visits Dallas, and the Edmonton Oilers are in Colorado to battle the Avalanche. Be sure to keep up with tonight’s NHL action and don’t miss out on our FREE NHL predictions and picks below.
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NHL Predictions and Free Picks January 18th:
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Nashville Predators – The Nashville Predators come into action tonight red hot as they swept Western Canada for a 3 game win streak, one that has lifted them to 4th place in a tough Western Conference. The same cannot be said for the visiting team tonight as the Maple Leafs have struggled lately, going 1-4 in their last 5 games, thanks to a stomping they received on Friday night in Washington. While Nashville has found some offense in the 2nd quarter of the season, Toronto has struggled to be consistent offensively, and UNDER has gone 10-3-1 in the Maple Leafs last 14 overall. UNDER has also gone 6-2 in the Predators last 8, so expect a lower than usual total tonight in the Music City.
Free Pick – UNDER 6 at -115
Columbus Blue Jackets @ St. Louis Blues – The Blues come into this one riding a season-high four game winning streak, which includes their 4-1 victory of the New York Rangers on Saturday thanks to 3 3rd period tallies by the Blues. This is 3rd meeting between these two this season as 12 total goals have been scored, as these two teams like to score on one another. OVER is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings in Columbus, and 9-3-2 in the last 14 meetings overall. A red hot Blues team should be bringing some offense into Columbus tonight as OVER is 5-1 in the Blues’ last 6 as an underdog. Look for some goals tonight in Columbus.
Free Pick – OVER 5.5 at + 110
Calgary Flames @ San Jose Sharks – The Flames come into San Jose tonight having lost 4 straight games and 6 of their last 7 overall. The Sharks meanwhile look to tie Chicago for top spot in the NHL with 72 points tonight. The Flames need a win as much as anyone in the NHL right now, but that may play into their favor tonight. Calgary is 6-2 in their last 8 as an underdog, and 6-2 in their last 8 games as a road underdog. Those trends combined with the underdog going 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between the Flames and Sharks, makes me lean towards the Flames with great value tonight as a road underdog.
Free Pick – FLAMES to win at +170