After a busy day and night in the NHL yesterday we are back at it again tonight, January 19th, with 8 games on the NHL schedule. Last night was an exciting night in the NHL, with a lot of good games, not to mention a couple blowouts. Tonight we are in for another exciting night of hockey with good match ups, including the hot New York Islanders in Pittsburgh to take on the struggling and injured Penguins. The Detroit Red Wings are in Washington to face Ovechkin and the Caps. The red hot Chicago Blackhawks are in the capital of Canada to take on the Senators. The Toronto Maple Leafs coming off a win are in Atlanta for a match up with the Thrashers. Below we have listed our NHL Predictions and free picks, including the betting odds for those who are betting on the games. If you don’t already bet on NHL hockey online you are missing out – read our NHL predictions, and check out the sports betting site we have listed for an exclusive bonus!
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NHL Predictions and Free Picks January 19th:
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Atlanta Thrashers – The Toronto Maple Leafs are sitting 2nd last in the Eastern Conference and are 3-7 in their last 10 games. Atlanta is 6 points up on Toronto, and aren’t much better as of late with a 3-4-3 record in their last 10. Atlanta is a respectable 10-8-4 at home, while the Leafs are 8-14-4 on the road. The Maple Leafs are coming off a win last night in Nashville, but are 0-5 in their last 5 games following a win and 1-5 in their last 6 road games. Our prediction is that Thrashers win by two.
Free Pick – ATLANTA to win (-120)
Tampa Bay Lightning @ New York Rangers – The Tampa Bay Lightning are 5-4-1 in their last 10 and are in 13th place in the East. The Rangers sit 5 points ahead of Tampa in the standings for 7th in the East, and are 5-2-3 in their last 10 games. Tampa Bay is coming off a 3-2 win in Carolina last night, while the Rangers are on a days rest after thumping the Canadiens 6-2 on Sunday. For whatever reason Tampa Bay struggles in New York (1-5 in their last 6 meetings in New York). Look for the Rangers to win at home.
Free Pick – NEW YORK to win (-185)
Chicago Blackhawks @ Ottawa Senators – The Chicago Blackhawks continue to win, going 8-1-1 in their last 10, which puts them tied for 1st in the Western Conference and in the NHL overall. The Senators have done well battling injuries as of late going 5-5 in their last 10, and are 6th in the East. Chicago is averaging almost 3 goals per game, and the Senators are giving up almost 3 per game. The over is 6-1 in the Hawks last 7 road games, and is 5-2 in these two teams last 7 meetings. With good odds on the over 5.5 total goals we are predicting this game to go over the number.
Free Pick – OVER 5.5 total goals (-105)